Repurpose a spice rack, for buttons, scrapbook supplies and other crafty items. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!
the only pattern i followed was the usual one when you're crocheting circles: in first round you double every single stitch, in second row you double only every second stitch, in third row every third stitch, and so on. and then i just switched between normal double crochets, granny stitches, little bows, and so on. hope that helps at least a little bit. :)