Thanks to all the kind readers who took the time to send me a thoughtful note about my cat Poe, who had surgery this past Friday. Thankfully, his surgery went well and he's back home recovering. When we went to retrieve him, we were surprised that more than half his back hair had been shaved off. It turns out that while operating, the doctor found and removed a second tiny cyst that was so small that no one was aware of it. We were so thankful the doctor was so thorough. While we were taking care of Poe this weekend, my husband and I decided to work on a woodworking project together. A few years ago, I was searching for a better way to store my abundance of rick rack, ribbon, and lace trim. So we devised and made these handy ribbon racks featuring vintage or new wooden spools—whatever we happen to have on hand at the moment!
Painted a soft French blue color, this particular rack holds an assortment of my regular and baby rick rack—both vintage and new—but it works equally well for ribbon and lace trim. Over the years, we've made a bunch of these racks by request. When friends would see them, they'd ask us to make one for them, or we'd make some for a quilt shop or boutique as we had time. We've painted them everything from black for primitive tastes to hot pink for bright ones. We needed to fill a couple orders, so this weekend seemed a good time to work on them! Plus, it was much too hot to work outside with temps near 105 degrees, so we were in need of a good indoor project to keep us busy! Next month, we plan to sell one of these on the online primitive marketplace (TDIPT—otherwise known as "To Dwell in Primitive Times") that I've belonged to for the past 5 years.