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

Nothing too fancy for me.

No walk on the wild side.

No partying with the hors d’oeuvres and the fruit tray.


holes in wood



Just paint me a crisp clean white and distress me a little.

And when I was dry…..drill tiny little holes in the shape of letters.

Letters that spelled out words like “eat” or “delish” or “party”



Then add a little bling with black embroidery thread.

Woven through the holes.

Just like the sewing cards in first grade.




I guess that makes my sister a tray mind-reader because she knew…..

…..somehow she knew what every neglected, over-looked, under-appreciated wooden tray truly wanted to be.


You’ve seen the trays like this before.

At yard sales and thrift sales….laying abandoned 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.

Plate-Rack - Copy


PS  Here’s the delish tray in it’s plate rack home!  If you want to see how I made the plate rack click here.

PPS  If you want to see how I made the plate rack into a recipe wall (without even using a level) click here.

PPPS  If you want to see the actual recipe….click here.

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  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    I can't tell you how much I LOVE THIS!!!! It reminds me of some of your first posts and I feel in love with this BRILLIANT idea then!!!! Simple and PERFECT with every stitch!!! sending hugs...

  2. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    OK...this project is going straight to the "Crafty Chicks" Group....we love crafting and eating!!!...Perfect!

  3. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    That is totally cool! I love that idea:) And it goes so well with 'sew a fine seam' I may have to just check out all those forlorn old wood trays on my next garage sale spree!

  4. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    So glad this tray got it's encore so I could ohh and ahh it once again (yes, I do believe I was one of those exclusive four readers)! Talent runs in the family - this is delish! Off to the thrift store to see if I can score a forgotten wooden tray (and maybe take up paint by numbers if I'm lucky)! Kelly

  5. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    Well I'm comment number 14, so looks like you've exceeded 11 readers ... And Whitney, if you are reading this comment thread can I just say that I bow to your brilliance ... I think you may have started a new blogland trend ... I think this one will usurp those starburst mirrors .... and will seriously overshadow all those dust-collecting coffee filter wreaths! :) Linda

  6. Image for Patti Patti

    Super cute, and so amazingly creative! Okay, now I have to dedicate a DAY to go back to the beginning and read EVERY single post! I don't want to miss a thing! Hugs, Patti Please link this cutie to WIW!

  7. Image for Charlotte Charlotte

    She should seriously sell those puppies. In fact, I'm opening a gift shop shorty and, I would love to have a few plates for my shop.....If she's interested, tell her to email me......Tanks

  8. Image for Linda Linda

    Hello Karianne, Whitney is very clever and talented too I see. What a great way to up-cycle an old wooden tray. I've never seen stitiching on wood before. I'm thinking you and your sister love words and you enjoy writing on things. As children did you do crayon work on the walls? Joyous Wishes, Linda

  9. Image for Kathryn Griffin Kathryn Griffin

    I would have NEVER thought of this! Smarty pants! It looks great. I'm about to go pull out all of my ugly wooden trays...lol. Thanks for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House! It means the world! Pop by and join the bash at my Make it Pretty Monday party. https://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-7.html Hope to see you at the bash. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Super cute way to personalize a plain tray. Can't wait to see my hubby's face when I pull out our tray and his drill :) And next year, when you're up to your bazillionth follower, I can say I was one of your first 3,000!

  11. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Girl you did it again! This is the first time I'm seeing this and i love it. Adding one more of your projects on my to do list. I'm going to a wedding tomorrow and this would have been perfect to add to our gift. These would make great hostess gifts. So original!

  12. Image for HRH Sarah HRH Sarah

    Fa-reakin' fabulous! Yes, that's the best grammar I can come up with. Very cool tray, and so many possibilities! Thanks for (re) sharing.

  13. Image for Whitney Whitney

    You know...all I really want to be when I grow up is Kari... Thanks for the shout-out, maybe I'll add some of these to the old etsy store! Whitney (Kari's sister)

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