I have always been a sewer (sewist?) and have tended to buy thread for a specific project and then leave it an a bag with the remnants which ended up in a big cupboard with lots of other bags. When I took up quilting I decided I needed a way to organise my thread which was a little more sensible.
I decided to make a thread holder and so had a rummage in my husbands wood collection where I found a nice bit of ply. Some nifty work (by me!!!) with the jig saw and an owl was cut out. (He does have 2 wings - the big reel of black is hiding one.) I then hammered in some big nails. I'll be honest, they aren't all at the same angle, but I figured the reels would hide that! The eys and beak are leather with gorgeous slate buttons from North Wales.
I could really do with another owl (or perhaps a pusscat?) as I have too much thread, but he is a big improvement on the old system. He hangs on the wall above my machine so is in easy reach.
Whilst on the subject of thread - here is a bit of gorgeousness. I inherited this from my granny and I can't bear to use it.