Well, the holidays are in full swing, and if your holidays have been anything like mine have been, then you’ve opened a bottle of wine or two to celebrate with your loved ones. My favorite place to buy wine in New York City is Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The owner, Lily, is just about the greatest wine store owner you could hope for. She’s super friendly, very knowledgeable, and she knows how to throw a bumpin’ wine tasting.
And all of the good folks who work there with her just happen to be some of the coolest, friendliest folks you’d ever want to meet. I probably buy too much wine just ’cause I like going in there so much. And the sign in their window is hard to resist.
The shop is open and airy, and they store some of the wine in things like these cool old lockers.
Look at all those purdy bottles…
I dig the old Gallo Wines display case. Lily bought it at Kill Devil Hill, another neighborhood store that is completely awesome.
Do you see that huge jar of corks? I can’t say that I have a stash quite that large at home, but during the holidays my cork collection certainly grows. The first time I did Whole Living on Martha Stewart Radio the producer invited listeners to call in with questions about what to do with any random craft supplies they had around the house. She gave a few examples of odd supplies, including a casual mention of wine corks. Well, she must have hit a nerve because for the next 15 minutes, every caller called in with cork-related questions. One woman even said she had, “a barrel full of wine corks” in her cellar. I wanted to suggest that she might want to reconsider her relationship with wine, but I thought that might be a tad impolite.
A few months later, I had an a-ha moment when faced with another plethora of wine corks at my favorite craft store, Spacecraft. Wine corks are so cool looking, so why not make them into something that will protect your table from drips from your favorite bottle of wine? A cork wine trivet is a chic, eco-friendly craft that is easy to make and looks great on a table.
Cork sheet or cork wall tiles (the thicker the cork, the more protection it will provide to the surface below)
Glue gun (loaded with glue sticks)
1. Using a compass, draw a circle with a six-inch diameter on your cork sheet or wall tile. You can make the circle bigger if you usually buy wines with a wider bottom. And if you don’t have a compass, find an oatmeal container or any other round container with a six inch diameter and use that to trace a circle on the cork roll.
2. Cut your cork circle out of the cork sheet or wall tile.
3. Take approximately sixteen to eighteen corks and arrange them around the edge of the circle. Make sure they will fit snugly. Arrange them in the order you’d like to glue them in.
4. Using a glue gun, adhere the corks to the bottom of the cork circle until it is complete.
5. Let the glue dry, and voila, you have a cork trivet!
My best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy new year. May you celebrate surrounded by those you adore, and by all means, save the corks!