Well, let's get the obvious out of the way.
2. Spoon Rest
Listen- you're making tea, adding sugar to coffee, or even just sneaking a little taste of what’s cooking for dinner. You’ve got your spoon, but ya know you're gunna use it again! No need to clean it over and over and over. The 3” and 4” trinket dishes are perfect for a spoon to rest.
3. Tea bag holder/ tea strainer holder
Speaking of making tea, where’s that teabag going? Some really nice teas can be steeped two or three times before the leaves can no longer be used. A trinket dish is a great way to hold on to the leaves and dry them out a bit before they are used again.
4. Votive Candle holder
Every year I buy beeswax candles from a local bee keeper at a holiday market. They’re in all different shapes and sizes- some of my favorites are actually in the shape of a little bee! But I used to ask myself, how do I burn these candles without the wax going everywhere? A paper plate is hardly the prettiest way, and definitely not great for entertaining.
Trinket dishes in any size are the perfect answer. They make great tablescape elements for entertaining, as well as being super easy to clean up. When the candle is all burned down, just put the dish in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to easily peel up the melted wax.
5. Matchbox holders
While candles are on the brain, those babies gotta get lit somehow. Having a second free trinket dish or bowl on hand is handy to store both spent matchsticks and to store your cool matchboxes.
The fancier the box, the more you wanna show it off!
Pictured here are the matchboxes from three Atlanta Favorites -- Marcel, Barcelona Wine Bar, and Victory Sandwich Bar.
6. Pencil Shavings holder
How many of you out there love to draw- I sure do! I always make sure to have my sharpener and a little trinket dish near to make sure my pencils stay sharp and ready for me. Having a catch place for the shavings is handy so you don’t have to get a pencil shaver that has a plastic cover- less waste for the environment (always a win!)
7. Vitamin holder
Im terrible at remembering to take my vitamins. And the older I get, the more a pill box makes sense for my lazy butt. However, I refuse. Instead, I like to put my daily vitamins in a little trinket bowl next to the toaster. It reminds me to take them with food, and then its also done and just right there. Also my vitamins taste super gross (which is fine because why would they taste good?) so putting them in a pretty trinket bowl tricks me a tiny bit into thinking they *might* taste okay this time. They don’t, but the trick sure does work on me.
8. Salt and Pepper Bowls
How great is it to put a small bowl of salt and pepper on the table and let your family and friends season to their hearts content. The black and grey trinket bowls are pretty perfect for this use, however the pink trinket bowl looks pretty great too (especially if your into pink Himalayan sea salt!)
9. Change holder
If you find a penny, you gotta pick it up for all that luck. But then where do you put it. Why not collect all your lucky pennies is a cute trinket dish? That gold rim is sure to highlight all that money.
10. Nightstand catchall
Before I go to bed I’ve always got a million things to take off, rings, earrings, mysterious clips in my hair I forgot about… It’s nice to have a catch-all place next to the bed for just-in-case items you definitely don’t wanna loose in the middle of the night. Pro tip- nothing’s worse than waking up in the middle of the night to chapped lips. Its February, so basically it’s cold and dry and the worst. I make sure to have some chapstick in my trinket dish so I don’t get myself into that situation.
This blog was started last year as a way to show y’all how versatile the mighty trinket dish can truly be. And whereas I was meant to post an update to this blog every month last year, March 2020 turned out to be a little… different than I think we had all thought it would be.
One year later and a lot has changed. But a lot has also stayed the same, including yalls love of a good trinket dish! And let me tell ya, I’ve thought of some strange and exciting extra things to do with them!
Some may seems silly, and some definitely are. But I’m a silly kinda gal, so let’s dive in--
11. Cone incense Holder
The trinket dishes are super great for cone incense. It’s a totally natural pairing with a very quick cleanup.
12. Hair Accessory holder
Bobby pins- ammiright? Whenever I’m looking for one, there’s never one in sight. Right now, there’s at least 20 in my bathroom… somewhere. I have 2 trinket bowls dedicated just to holding bobby pins, hair clips, ponytail holders- you name it. They’re so easy to lose, something about the bowl being so pretty really makes me mindful about actually using it!
13. Soy Sauce holder
Sushi was something I craved all of 2020. Mainly I think it’s because I couldn’t just make a Rainbow roll from scratch at home. But what was great was ordering takeout from my favorite Japanese place and creating a restaurant type environment at home! The trinket dishes of all sizes are pretty great for holding the soy sauce/wasabi/ginger combos for sushi nights (or lunch or breakfast- I don’t judge).
In a pinch, the 4” ring dish can act as a coater for very very cold or hot drinks. I’m always scared to leave a ring on the coffee table, and when in doubt, I’m confident a ring dish will save the day.
15. Watercolor palette
Depending on what you're painting, you might need quite a few. However, trinket dishes can be amazing watercolor separators- especially if you’re like me and have a tendency to be messy! This way each color you’re working with can have separate space with no risk of contaminating other colors.
Ill back back in April!