One of the items under the tree for me this Christmas was a bottle cutting kit. If you’re old enough, you might remember this gadget spawned of the early 1970s ecology movement (yep, the same one which eventually morphed into the current “green” trend). The idea was to keep those pesky no-deposit, no-return bottles from cluttering up the landfills. All it took was a spin with a special cutting wheel, followed by quick applications of heat and cold, and then, voila, your useless empty bottle was now a handy drinking glass, or a coaster, or a mini-terrarium.
Being a crafty sort, I’d always wanted to give bottle cutting a try. I had visions of creating cool-looking stuff out of all our empty wine bottles and then distributing my eco-friendly designs as presents. And so I was quite pleased when Santa filled this particular item on my list. I now have my kit and a whole box of empty wine bottles to play with (no, we don’t drink THAT much; my husband had the foresight to start collecting the empties well in advance of December). Guess what all y’all are getting for Christmas this coming year!