Thursday, May 30, 2013

Another Needlepoint Project

I feel very stressed these days. When I'm stressed, I make things. I also happen to make things when I'm relaxed.  

I really started selling the animal heads I made so the house wouldn't fill up. I'm trying to find something on the small and useful size so the Alfa won't be stuffed with my handywork.

Recently, I've been working on a number of 4" x 4" needlepoint squares using the colors from the Pendleton blanket we have on the couch in the Alfa. Fun, relaxing, but what to do with them?

This is my next construction.  Can you guess what it is?

The back looks a little saggy because it has been padded with a layer of foil insulation.

One side of the front view,

And the other. 

The inner surface is foam-core board to give it stability without adding much weight.

It was designed to sit on the counter space behind the kitchen sink.  

It is a caddie to keep my cooking oils and balsamic vinegar accessible. I found that when I had them packed into the cabinet, the one I wanted was never in front and I had to unpack many of them every time I cooked.  

Because it will sit in front of a window, I made it with a tall back to protect the oils from the light. The inner foil padding is to reflect the sun's heat. When we are moving I will slide my cookie tray in front of the larger bottles to keep them from tipping forward. I may have to put a sheet of paper towels between them  to baffle any rattles. 

I plan on putting some nonskid shelf liner on the bottom of it and if necessary I'll add some clear plastic cubes anchored with museum putty to also help keep it in place.

I remember when I learned to cook, in my mother's kitchen, there were only three fats: butter, bacon grease, and Crisco! I remember her telling me that olive oil made things taste funny. I know I could get by with just one small bottle of canola oil, but this collection is what I've grown accustomed to having on hand. I also have canola oil and peanut oil in the cabinet.  

What should I make next?


  1. That is a very cool project! I use EVOO in 99% of my cooking. Have discovered a terrific tasting olive oil at Trader Joe's.

  2. That's a great design and a great idea. From the first photo, I was thinking magazine holder or remote holder.

  3. You are so creative! Now it's time to start thinking about selling your stuff on a sidebar in your blog! This would be a GREAT RVer accessory.... :-)

  4. Great idea. You are certainly very creative. How about selling on Etsy.

  5. I don't know what you should make next, but I'm sure you'll think of something!

    The project turned out great and will be very handy, I think.

  6. That was a great idea and will come in handy. Anxious to see what you do next.

  7. How creative and colorful! Not only that...but what a perfect holder for your precious oils! LV IT!

  8. I love it. I agree with the other commenters, you should try selling those! Nice work!

  9. Very nicely done! Keep on creating - it's good for the soul.

  10. nice... how about a tablecloth of little squares? Or a quilt to cuddle under?

    And what Donna K said!


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