Hand Shaped Pepper Mill. Awesome.

It was my mother’s birthday a few weeks ago.  She’s always complaining that she has too much to do.

So I gave her a helping hand …

It’s the most versatile hand you’ve ever met.

Observe how much it can portray through just a gesture.

Hand First


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hi in hawaiian.  the  hand is bilingual.


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everything’s a okay


PepperMill spoon


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metallica rules


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thumbs up


PepperMill N
universal sign language for “n”


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thinking of taking up the flute


Pepper Mill Finger
what do you mean you won’t pay for flute lessons?


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hey!  what the  hell are you doing?  put me down this instant!


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twist, twist


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tap, tap


Pepper Mill Final
surprise, surprise!

 Yup.  It’s a pepper mill.  And a handsome one at that.  Heh.

I saw this at the cash of my local kitchen store, The Keeping Room and HAD to have it.   (if you click on The Keeping Room link … yes that is Jacque Pepin standing beside a lifesized stuffed bear).

I didn’t even know it was a pepper mill and I loved the thing.  It was sitting by the cash register with a wooden spatula in its fingers.  When they told me it was a pepper mill I screamed out a whole bunch of random swear words that didn’t even make any sense and ran out of the store with it without paying.

Here … I’ll explain.

I actually just borrowed the pepper mill so I could do a post on the thing.  I couldn’t justify buying it for myself, but how could this exist and I not share it with you?  The owner of the store, knowing my blog, my level of insanity and dedication to making the lives of people who say no to me miserable, agreed.  She let me take it home to photograph with the promise I’d return it.  One day.

Then my mother caught wind of the pepper mill and decided SHE had to have it too.  So, being the general time of her birthday and knowing if she owned it, I could borrow it, my boyfriend and I decided to give it to her.

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas or Hanukah but I have a feeling these things are gonna sell out, so if you want one order it here through Amazon or you can contact the manufacturer.

No.  I’m not getting paid for this.  But only because no one’s offered.  I’d totally take payment for it.


  1. I love this thing! I would buy it this instant if I had more than two square feet of counter space. So I have to gift it… but I don’t know many people as crazy/quirky as me/us (us = artofdoingstuff-ers).

    Great post! Hugs!

    Erin @ Dwell & Tell

  2. Jules says:

    yep I was too excited..thanks :) buying 2!

  3. awesome!! I SO look forward to your posts! Once I saw where you were going, I was hoping some sign language would come up! I teach sign language interpreters. Do I dare tell you that is the American Sign Language “n”, but not universal? You would need two pepper mills to do, say, British fingerspelling. We don’t even share common sign language with other English-speaking countries. Aren’t you fascinated? sure you are :)

    • Karen says:

      Cassie – REALLY?! Sign language isn’t universal? O.K. That’s just stupid! I knew about the 2 handed finger spelling, but I thought it was just something different. The pepper mill is fairly pliable but a lot of letters just weren’t possible. I wanted to do a K, but it just didn’t bend that way. I did a tv show segment on sign language once and I immediately wanted to take sign language. I LOVE it. ~ karen!

  4. Kasia says:

    Okay, I love that everyone loves it, and I think I might love it too. Sort of. Maybe. It is a pretty cool thing to have on display. But…deep down…. it kind of gives me the creeps!! It’s like it has potential for life or something. Maybe if it was smaller I’d feel less weirded out. Nah. Still creepy.

  5. Danielle says:

    I don’t really need a new pepper mill but this is totally going on my Christmas list. Love it!

  6. Jenn says:

    karen. i bought one.

    I never ever ever splurge – I’m an estate sale die-hard.

    I spent two weeks deciding to buy new pots and pans (a necessity!) I thought about this hand for a whole 3 minutes.
    AWESOME. Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Jenn! Yay! I’m glad you bought it. I *love* it, but I’m exactly like you. I’d research pots and pans on the Internet until my fingers were bleeding. Then one day … I bought a car w/out ever having done any research on it at all. I bought it on a whim! My entire family was stunned. Some of their mouths are still open. It’s good. We all need to do something like that once in a while. Keeps em guessing. :) ~ karen

    • trinity says:

      Ha, I got one too!! I try hard not to buy new stuff but my 20 year old pepper grinder failed and the dollar store thing, while I am very grateful for a $1 pepper grinder full of peppercorns, just does big chunks of pepper.
      I was glad to find out about Spice Place cause Amazon is out. I got a left handed one cause I am.
      Dang, I even forgot to check the return policy at this Spice company. Oh well, we’ll see.

  7. Dee says:

    I can check at least one Christmas gift off my list. My teenage grand-daughter is in her 3rd year of American Sign Language and will love this. Of course in the first year they had learned all the ‘bad’ words and she was willing to share:-) I love your blog, can’t imagine a day without it. And the comments are just as funny, who knew there were so many crazy, funny people in the world?

  8. Nancy says:

    Oh yea..I knew the finger would show up too!!! LOL

  9. Nancy says:

    Awesome Karen..just think of the possibilities!!!

  10. Stephanie says:

    How cool! I love it! Forget the pepper mill…I would use it to hold necklaces on my dresser.

  11. Barry says:

    Awesome! But I noticed the one on Amazon is lefty and yours is righty, so I googled it to see if you could pick which one you want. They have it on this site http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/handy-pepper-or-salt-mill
    for $10 less and you can choose!

  12. Babie Knoop says:

    I NEED one of those!!

  13. BTLover2 says:

    Oh, the things I could do with that hand… Wait… did I say that out loud? Well, if I’m wrong, I don’t wanna be right!! Love it.

  14. Julie Cucinotta says:

    absolutely HAVE to have one of these!!! It does not look like The Keeping Store is online for shopping..now I am on the hunt. you think I can find it somewhere else?? SO fun! I need it for thanksgiving for sure..

    • Karen says:

      Julie – Mmm … me thinks you got overly excited and didn’t read to the end of the post! Go have another look … I provide 2 links as to where you can buy it. ~ karen!

  15. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    There are so many ultra inspired pepper mills in circulation. This one is superb. I can just imagine waking up every morning and going to the kitchen to have this unit sporting that day’s greeting. The rest of them really can’t do that.

  16. Kate S says:

    Great pictures! Did you build your own light box for this? I cant remember if I saw that tutorial here or somewhere else.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate – I didn’t build the box … I borrowed The Fella’s. Instructables has some light box tutorials. Easy enough to make, really. ~ k

  17. Laura says:

    Oh my…like I really need this in my life. We have an almost 10 month old & are really trying to stop cussing. I know the hand would be constantly upset about the flute lessons. But on the other hand, it would be a great learning tool for her if we could control ourselves the rest of the time :) (Need to get those little poseable wooden guys and gals, imagine the posit…um possibilities for learning!)

  18. You are wacko. But in a good way.

  19. Angela says:

    How do I convince my hubby that we need to spend $60 on a hand peppermill for his brother? Because my BIL will LOVE it!! I know this because I’m 3 for 3 in gift-buying for him.

  20. Julie shinnick says:

    oh that is just totally awesome!
    And I know you well enough to have guessed that the one finger salute would make an appearance! I would have been devastated if it hadn’t!!
    Makes my playing with my sketching figure seem not so much fun!

  21. Sara says:

    You’re giving your mother a pepper mill you stole from a store for her birthday? ;) Wow…

  22. Marti says:

    Blown away at how many languages you speak! You are definitely gifted.

    Maybe next time, ask for a pepper mill?

  23. Michelle says:

    Dammit – I already have a pepper mill :(
    Quick – how do I break it so I can justify buying this one?

    • Karen says:

      Michelle – Run it over with a car, throw it against the wall, feed it to a bear, drop it in the toilet, clean the litter box with it, put it in an old man’s pair of boxer shorts (while he’s wearing them) … the possibilities are endless. Go buy the hand peppermill. ~ karen

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