Welcome to My Tiny Brain Wave #4, the feature wherein, now and again, intermittently, when the mood strikes and a lightbulb goes off, I will be posting ideas that I’ve come up with that are NOT A CRAFT (gasp) but rather a clever idea that might help with crafting in some smallish way.
Today, I will be discussing the butter knife, that stainless-steel stalwart of the tablescape. You know the one. You place it to the right of the dinner plate according to that old adage: fork on the left.
Here’s a question. Could the butter knife be more useful? Don’t answer that. Let me.
NO. NO, IT COULD NOT.
Here’s a partial list of all the ways in which the butter knife improves your life everyday. Besides spreading butter (and ALL other spreadables) like there’s no tomorrow, you can use it as a stirrer, a screw driver, a paint scraper, a letter opener, a putty knife, a carving tool, a spoon replacer, an emergency sun reflector. Need I say more? Okay, just a few more. A back scratcher, a very small mirror, a thing to reach for other things stuck in hard-to-reach places, a catapult, a magnet tester, a dry-crusty-playdough-in-carpet remover. I could go on all day. But I’ll stop there. It suffices to say that your life would be significantly disimproved were it not for the beloved butter knife.
That is all.
Actually, that’s a bald-faced lie. There is one final thing I’d like to share with you about that ubiquitous utensil and my dear friend, the butter knife. It makes a superlative paper creaser à la bone folder.
Grab the card or paper you want to fold. Place a ruler along the intended fold line. Flip the butter knife over so the serrated edge is up. Now firmly run the blunt back edge of the butter knife along the ruler’s edge.
Observe the beautiful crease left by the butter knife…
Gently fold your paper or card along the crease. Look at that fold. Perfection.
And then, make as many creases and folds as you like!
Use the butter knife to help you improve the look of many projects, like this one for example, or this one. I don’t know about you but I love my butter knife dearly, and could not live without it. Do you have any special use for your butter knife? If so, I’d love to hear ALL about it!
In the meantime, have yourself a lovely day, and I’ll see you again soon!