Tuesday, May 5, 2015

baskets . . . and a few new finds

I begin pulling out my baskets in late Spring, as I enjoy using them in my decor and entertaining throughout the Spring and Summer months.

You've probably noticed these petite baskets in many of my Spring photos. I have several of them. They're all different shapes and hues . . . and they're very special to me!

They were my grandma Monie's . . . and I have the sweetest memories of her filling them with fresh breads for family dinners. I loved family dinners at her house. She cooked simple dishes and served them with love. We would gather around her large table, pass these very baskets to one another, enjoy good old-fashioned food, and visit for hours.

My mom gave them to me shortly after my grandma passed away. I use them now . . . and fill them with cookies, muffins, napkins, flatware . . . just about anything.

I filled them with hand-blown eggs and displayed them in my kitchen and dining room this Spring . . . and have enjoyed them so much!

We all have collections . . . and one of mine are baskets. I love them! I find that their differing textures, hues, and weaves add so much charm and character to entertaining and home decor.

Have you seen the Nantucket Bicycle Basket Collection? I love how people use them in their homes and gardens, as well as on their bicycles!

I was happily surprised to come across this darling basket caddy at IKEA last month. Isn't she pretty!?

I've used it to display white roses and long vines from my garden . . . as well as napkins and flatware when we've entertained friends.


Early Summer entertaining comes to mind when I pair it with this charming beige ticking stripe fabric at a local fabric shop. I'm planning on making napkins with it for late Spring and Summer entertaining.

Oh! Let me introduce you to my new favorite basket find this season (so far!) . . . oblong seagrass baskets!

I'm in LOVE! The large one is the size of a serving tray!

I'm sure you'll see it in many future 'entertaining' and dining al fresco posts!

Since bringing them home, the smaller basket has found itself filled with fresh fruits & vegetables from weekday visits to our local Farmer's Market, flowers, napkins & flatware . . . and even a few of my favorite, current magazines. 

My LOVE of baskets stems back to my sweet, loving grandma . . . and our family dinners together.

I hope that my daughters grow up appreciating them as much as I do; and that they, too, will have many memories of happy family dinners together, where we're passing these same baskets to one another and enjoying a home-cooked meal - and - one another.

Do you love baskets, too?

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  1. These are all so pretty, Suzanne! I love how they make everything in them look so special!

  2. Oh Suzanne, I just love my visits to your blog. Everything is always so beautiful. A great way to start my day!

  3. Suzanne-I always learn something, or see something in a fresh way, when I visit. Today, I love the new uses for bicycle baskets- what a fun twist and beautiful design! I also love that you clipped vines and put them in a vase. Their trailing quality is so nice in your vignette. As always, all your pictures are gorgeous. I've got quite the basket collection too; I can't resist snagging up unique and pretty ones! Have a great day!

  4. Beautiful - thinking I need something new that includes a basket on my kitchen table. Great ideas! The Nantucket's are wonderful - thinking I need to incorporate them in my garden in the future. Our next address as we plan to sell this little farm next year. So excited thanks for your ideas always wonderful to stop by.

  5. Oh my goodness, those baskets from the Nantucket bike company are soooooo cute! I bookmarked the site for later!

  6. I love baskets, too! And I love how you have some with such special meaning.

  7. The pictures of your baskets are awesome!! And your flowers are beautiful -- did they come from your garden? The seagrass baskets make me want to go out and hunt for one of my own. In fact, the people who live in the low country here are noted for their seagrass baskets. Hmmmmm!! I feel a hunt coming on. Thank you for your beautiful inspirational photos.

  8. I love collecting baskets. Your pictures are always so amazingly beautiful!

  9. I love baskets...and have too many. but I love them. yours are so special...and the story that goes with a basket is always great. Your photos look wonderful.

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  11. so beautiful ideas! I have a couple of colored baskets full with candles and plants!

  12. Great ideas and beautiful pictures! Love the bicycle one!

  13. Such sweet memories! They make the baskets so much sweeter! I love using baskets too. They are a great way to add texture and storage to a room. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures!

  14. Your baskets are so pretty, especially the one on the bike.

  15. So many pretty baskets, I love the bicycle ones! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  16. I just love your basket collection, and the history behind Grandma Monie's dinner baskets. How lovely to be able to pass such a meaningful family tradition down to your daughters! Thank you so much for sharing this week at Talented Tuesdays!

  17. I love baskets too. Yours are so lovely and I like your vignettes using your baskets.

  18. Hi Suzanne, i'm a basket lover too, and love nothing more than scouting out old basket at flea markets and junk store finds. My latest was a long white basket all shabby and chippy and is now featuring on my dining table.


  19. I have a basket addiction - you have a lovely collection especially the sea grass ones.

  20. Yes, I do have a love for baskets as well. They are so useful and might I add pretty. Love that you have that connection with your grandma! You've got some beauties! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. Suzanne, I love all of your baskets. I couldn't choose a favorite...they are all so perfect in their own way! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash! http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/05/make-it-pretty-monday-week-136.html Hope to see you again at the party! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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