An article in Craftstylish referred to this
which uses crocheting and bottle caps to make a trivet. Really lovely!
But the sad state of my life is I no longer linger long enough over food to merit the effort of trivet making.
Anyway the reprise of this idea use "ugly buttons" as the basis for the trivets. Now as I was in search of grey buttons and instead used square black leather, but nonetheless, wanted grey, it was irksome to see perfectly good buttons used. The original idea used the usless-- bottle caps.... sigh... i know, I take things too seriously. Isn't it the Western way to call useful things useless or ugly and then needlessly repurpose them?