Continuing the theme of over-worked and over-looked household items, consider the humble pot holder. Its only job is to protect hands and sometimes a table or counter from hot pots and pans, so it is easily forgotten the rest of the time. Unfortunately, that means most pot holders look boring, utilitarian, and ugly. I was beginning to think I was crazy for wanting an attractive pot holder. Luckily, a quick search over at Etsy proved at least a few other people like their hands protected from burns by something lovelier than this or this.