I Called Her Crazy For Buying This Old Knife Block “For Her Kids” But Then I Saw The Result

Ever since she was young, mother and creator Serena Appiah has loved finding ways to upcycle objects. In other words, she takes a mundane object and then looks for ways to take her creativity to new heights, challenging the status quo and creating something new and exciting. She’s solved many problems parents face especially when it comes to organizing kids’ belongings.

As any parent knows, a little one’s room can get out of hand right quickly if mom or dad doesn’t step in and teach them how to neaten it up.

Serena wanted to find an out-of-the-box way to solve this organization problem. So while hitting up a local thrift shop, she had a brilliant idea. She was looking at the shelves and saw old knife blocks lined up one after the other. And she thought she had figured out a way to transform these into something that could solve her children’s organizational illiteracy.

“I was walking past this section of knife blocks, and inspiration hit. I just knew I was supposed to buy one. And boy am I glad I did!”

While most people would just see a block of wood created to place knives into it, Serena saw something so much more. She had a vision of how this old object could find new purpose as a holder for her children’s numerous school supplies.

With a power drill, she turned the slits for the knife into bigger holes that could hold crayons or colored pencils. And it worked perfectly.

But before she handed the organizer over to her kids, she got crafty. She painted it and even added a latch so the holder could keep her children’s scissors in a safe place. There was also a bracket added to hold paintbrushes.

Because she was so proud of her project, she uploaded a video of herself making it to YouTube. And that video has already been viewed more than 130,000 times. People love watching her make useful things out of junks he found at the thrift store. There really is something satisfying about transforming someone else’s trash into a lovely piece of treasure.

In the video description, Selena writes, “I had found this old knife block from the thrift store and wanted to make a DIY crayon holder for my kids. This easy DIY craft project takes only about 1 hour, and the only tool you’ll need is a power drill and a few supplies!”

And her viewers are also very excited. They shared dozens of comments including the following:

“I’m going to make 2 of these.  One for my granddaughter and one for me!!! Such a cute and easy idea. “

“Such a great idea. I will give this one a try especially with summer break upon us.  Thanks for sharing.”

“How clever are you? That’s a super cool idea! Thanks for sharing and happy holidays to you!”

Knife blocks are not hard to find. And that means you can go to your neighborhood thrift store and find one to transform into a school supply organizer.

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The 400-horsepower Audi TT RS is the most polarizing sports coupe on the market — and that’s what makes it great

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The Audi TT is probably the most polarizing sports coupe on the market.

It’s the compact, two-door, four-seater hatchback of the Audi lineup, and it’s among the smallest cars the luxury automaker produces.

In its base form, the TT’s 220-horsepower, four-cylinder engine doesn’t necessarily inspire thoughts of track days and breakneck zero-to-60 times. It is a design-focused car. On the outside, you get tastefully sculpted fenders, shapely haunches, a stern front fascia with a piercing LED headlight array.

The 2018 TT maintains the rounded wedge aesthetic that made the tiny coupe famous when it first hit the streets in 1998.

I first drove the current generation TT back in 2016 and loved it. I was a little bit head-over-heels with it, actually. I even called it a “mini-R8,” and got my inbox flooded with fan mail from people who disagreed. (Some of them made good points, to be fair).

Since then, I have driven quite a few cars — from the actualR8, in V10 Plus guise, to the Tesla Model S P100D, the Cadillac CTS-V, Lexus GS F, and many others that are far more unhinged than a base TT.

But then there’s the Audi TT RS. It’s still a TT, yes, but that’s in name only. Everything else about it is on an entirely different stratum. It’s a 400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive misfit that grunts and snarls to life when you hit the start button and barks and growls at everything on the road.

But you want to know the quickest way to become jaded about fast cars? Drive a lot of fast cars.

When Audi let me borrow a TT RS for a few days this month, I obliged, but I wasn’t expecting to be impressed. It took only a few drives to change my mind.

Keep reading to find out why …

Here’s how the Audi TT RS looked when it first arrived at BI’s LA office.

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The TT RS is a product of Audi Sport, the automaker’s high-performance division.

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Audi Sport pumps a select few models with extra everything, transforming them into muscular land rockets.

It’s powered by a 400-horsepower, 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder, turbocharged engine.

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