oops… where are the napkin rings?

I like entertaining at home, not that I’m an excellent cook or anything but I love catching up with a few good friends whom I don’t get to see very often due to the simple fact that we are all busy with our own lives, family and/or work, and whatever else we normally keep ourselves busy with over a simple home-cooked meal and a few glasses of wine in a relaxed environment.

I prepare the crudités and dips as appetiser and the main meal, chill the white wine or uncork the red one before guests arrive depending on what I’m cooking, light the tea lights, put on the soft music, set the table… and that’s when I go, hmmmmm, it would be nice if I had some napkin rings!

In the little city that I live in, I have never seen any napkin rings being sold anywhere. I don’t think it was because we are not cultured when it comes to fine dining, I reckon the main reason is simply that in South East Asia and in this country with Chinese being one of the 3 main races, we prepare stir-fries more than other types of food and therefore, chopsticks are far more commonly used at home for a family-styled meals than individually plated western dishes with silverware and napkins. And with that the napkin rings tend to be overlooked. Having said that, the chopsticks are not exclusive to the Chinese because other races I have noticed are pretty good with them too as they are pretty handy when it comes to noodles! So with that and much to my disappointment, the shops don’t see the need to carry any pretty napkin rings. And yes, I see chopstick rests everywhere and there are even two-in-one rests for chopsticks and a soup/rice spoon!

So being resourceful that I am (and I said that without blushing!!!) I decided to make my own napkin rings by upcycling one of the most versatile items in my opinion — the curtain rings!

the wonderful and versatile curtain rings

the wonderful and versatile curtain rings

These are the first ones I created.  I love jute string, can't help it!

These are the first ones I created. I love jute string, can’t help it!

I gave these to a my friend May who likes butterflies as Chinese New year present with store bought butterflies

I gave these to a my friend May who likes butterflies as Chinese New Year present this year with store-bought butterflies. And she has been showing them off ever since 🙂

when Rebecca in Australia saw the butterfly napkin rings I made for May, she asked me to make some for her

when Rebecca in Australia saw the butterfly napkin rings I made for May, she asked me to make some for her

Rebecca has asked for dragonflies (which I love) and I found these in the shop

Rebecca has asked for dragonflies too (which I love) and I found these in the shop. Given time and patience they can be handmade too with coloured tights, wire and beads.

an alternative use for Chinese knots - they have found a home now in Australia with Rebecca

an alternative use for Chinese knots (striking combination with red and gold) – they have found a home now in Australia with Rebecca

these are for yours truly

these are for yours truly

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