It’s that time of year again.

You know.

When I wax poetical and sing the praises of my brothers and sisters and their handmade presents.

But before we get to my siblings, let’s discuss my contribution this year. I went off the rails and ordered something that was handmade by someone else. To be fair I would have made it if I would have been brilliant enough to have thought of it.

My gift this year was called “Blind Date With a Book.”

You choose the genre and the books come wrapped in brown paper with twine and a tag. It’s a mystery. You have no idea what the book is until you open it. I chose non-fiction for my brothers and thrillers for my sisters and historical romance for my mother.

It was a hit and I’m sure we made a few book love connections.

And now?

Here’s what my sister wrapped up for me under the tree.

Can you guess what it is?

Here’s a close-up of the edges.

It’s about 10″ x 10″ in a circle with a monogrammed “W” in the center.

She hand hooked them herself.

Of course she did.

“Hand hooked?” I asked her when I opened them. “How did you learn to hand hook things? Did you have a pattern? Did you have a teacher?”

She shrugged and told me she taught herself and made up her own pattern with leftover yarn in her craft stash.

Of course she did.

That’s my sister. One part Martha Stewart. One part Albert Einstein.

She actually made me two of them.

Here’s the second one.

Same size. Same shape. Just a little more geometric pattern that looks like it’s closest cousin is a soccer ball.

But what do you think it is?

A purse?

A door hanger?

A wreath center?



The cutest handhooked monogrammed trivet you’ve ever seen.

And it’s amazing and blue and white and handmade and looks like it’s my newest family heirloom.


Except for one thing.


I don’t really cook. I don’t really make casseroles. The only time I need a trivet is when Thanksgiving rolls around and there’s a green bean casserole in residence at my house.

So I did the next best thing. I came with an idea for that trivet that would be so much more useful at my house.

I turned it into a…..


Isn’t it perfect?

It’s blue and white and handmade and looks so perfect in the middle of this pillow.

And then?

When Thanksgiving rolls around?

I know right where to find it. 🙂

But just in case you needed a trivet?

They really do make the perfect gift.

The quirkier the better (especially that red heart trivet for Valentine’s Day).

So here are some of my favorites that would be perfect for a friend wrapped up with a loaf of handmade bread.

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  1. Image for Barb E Barb E

    Your monogrammed gift is beautiful. I love how you not only “repurposed” it - BUT you assigned it a Place of Honor, which is what a gift like this deserves.

    1. Image for Susan feaga Susan feaga

      This is such a beautiful gift and I love the Ollie idea. No way would I it a pot of any kind on this. It’s too pretty!

  2. Image for JC JC

    This is beautiful!! I'm so glad you made it into a pillow! I'd hate to see spills or anything stain this! What a sweet and thoughtful sister.

  3. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Tou have a wonderful sister and a beautiful gift. She's so talented just like you and it's perfect for making your kitchen just a bit prettier.

  4. Image for Gale Gale

    I always enjoy seeing what your talented and creative family makes for each other at Christmas. Hope you will share your other gifts. Trivet is definitely too beautiful for a pot to sit on- love the way you have displayed it.

  5. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Karianne I know you gave her the biggest sister hug ever. That is the perfect idea for its use. Safe from grime. Lucky you? Oh yes...BUT lucky her too.

  6. Image for Betsy Betsy

    You made the right decision! There’s no way I would let a hot pot anywhere near that work of art!!!! I need your sister. I’ve been trying to do a piece of punch needle embroidery for my girlfriend for 2 years 😩

  7. Image for Maris Maris

    Hi, looks like a great Christmas haul!!! I DO cook and I DO have trivets. A couple vintage cast iron ones and even one made from wine bottle corks. I just love them. They are great quirky decor items when not in use and always starts of a conversation when friends visit my kitchen. Love love love yours and the pillow idea <> mwah!

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    It's gorgeous! I have a story related to this. My siblings are a lot older than I am, and when they got married, my mom's best friend hand hooked a rug for each of them. She died when I was a teen, but she made her daughter promise to hook a rug for me when I got married. I was married about 20 years later, and her daughter came through on that promise. The rug, which is roughly 6 feet by 3 feet, has a place of honor in my living room. It's not a trendy item but it is beautiful and has a special place in my heart.

  9. Image for Miss Anne Miss Anne

    You are so blessed to have such a talented family who wants to bless others with such wonderful creative gifts. I love watching you share with the others your creative ideas - the books are an unique idea for all readers. I can't wait to read mine.

  10. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    You are so blessed!!! Love the pillow; it's a better use of the trivet. You can see it everyday and remember your thoughtful sis!!!

  11. Image for Dee Dee

    I so appreciate the special gesture between your siblings to create something handmade each Christmas, what a sweet and lovely tradition! The trivet is adorable, and when I saw it I just knew you were going to do something like make a pillow out of it, don't ask me how I knew, I just knew! And it's perfect! I also thought your mystery book date was a fabulous idea I love that! What sweet traditions you carry on within your family, I love that so much! 💕

  12. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    ♥♥♥ And you putting on a pillow because that way you can see it all year instead of hiding under a green bean casserole once a year? Sis isn't the only part Einstein in your family. :-D

  13. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I love it! I always await anxiously for the reveal if all of those handmade gifts from your siblings. They are always the best!

  14. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Oh, wow! Such a great gift! Your sister shares in the family genius category! I love what yo did with them. And now they won't get food spilled on them! Yay! 😍

  15. Image for Amy Amy

    That is beautiful. I love how big it is and detailed. Great idea to put it on the pillow. It looks like it was meant to be in a pillow. She did an amazing job.

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