If I were a wooden tray….

…..this is what I would want to be a diy embroidered wooden tray when I grew up.

Nothing too fancy for me.

Just paint me white, distress me a little and when I was dry drill tiny little holes in the shape of letters.  Then finish my make-over by weaving gray embroidery through the holes to spell out words.

I guess that makes my sister a tray mind-reader because she knew–somehow she knew what every neglected, overlooked, under-appreciated wooden tray found in thrift stores everywhere truly wanted to be.

You’ve seen them before…..

……sitting over by the plastic fruit and the unfinished paint by numbers.


Waiting for greatness.


Hand-stichery on wood.

Who would have thought?

So my wonderful, creative, genius of a sister, Whitney, take the stage for your standing ovation….

….this is your hour of greatness.

And on behalf of wooden trays everywhere.

We salute you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Kim Kim

    Great idea. So unique and now trays everywhere shall be rescued. Would love to have you share this at my Wow Us Wednesdays party.

  2. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Amazing idea! Talent runs in your family! Who would have ever thought to try this? I love the trays! They're rescued and turned into a lovely cherished accessory! Thanks for sharing another awesome idea!

  3. Image for "Auntie" sezzzzzz... "Auntie" sezzzzzz...

    Gracious! How inventive your sister is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never seen anything like this before, for sure. Has she gotten a patten on such? ,-) Thank you for liking my post, about our old family corner drug store. I too simply LOVE that... About how the original owner turned the key in the door, went to fight the Civil War, came home, turned the key again, opened back up, and this business has been going ever since. Just love it!!! :-) "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde

  4. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    FUN! These are very creative and original! Thanks for sharing them! I sent an email, but wasn't sure it was to the right place, so thought I'd let you know here, too...you are the winner of my giveaway! If you send your details, I'll get it right out to you!

  5. Image for Teresa Teresa

    What a clever idea! So the whole family is talented! Thanks for your comment : ) I haven't tried real chalk paint before. I think I'll have to try it sometime soon now that I've experienced the homemade variety. Anything that lets me skip priming and sanding I'm a fan of!

  6. Image for Bristol Bristol

    Cute... great idea! I can't wait to get creative. But someone decided to tear up the whole house, moving furniture from room to room. It drives my husband crazy but it's what I do. Hope to post and start blogging end of week that is if I don't rearrange anything else! And thanks for the paint post that project starts next week!! Bristol

  7. Image for Alison Alison

    Wow! I am beyond impressed! I was staring at the picture for the longest time trying to figure out how you embroidered a tray. I can't believe you drilled tiny holes. Genius. Thanks so much for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

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