Monday, August 27, 2012

Inspired by Country Living

Hi everyone.  Hope you had a great weekend.  We had a little bit of everything, sun, rain, hot and a bit of a chill.  Stuck inside through the rain, I started a craft project.  One I saw here.
The first order of business was asking for my honey's help removing the rim on this old basket.  I use this old basket for storage in the craft room.  My DH asked why I didn't empty the basket out before I started to remove the rim...Like, WHY?...  He always chooses the hard way. ;-)  Anywho, it was a heck of a job.  Who knows how long those staples held this basket together, but they weren't going peacefully.
Thanks babe!

Next I needed a base.  I made this tabletop when we moved into this house 18 years ago.  The Ballard Design influence was already taking hold way back then. I stapled the chicken wire around the clockface/tabletop, to make the sides of the basket.
 I wrapped the wire under the basket and stapled to secure it.

Then a quick trip to Ace Hardware for a few yardsticks for the side supports. (I was going anyway for a furnace filter...)  I just wired them in place, and nailed them at the bottom to the base.

Then I wrapped the rim of the old basket around the top, inside and out.  I used the thick tacky glue to hold it all together and then put clothespins all the way around to hold it all together while it dried.

The final touch was spraying the yardsticks with walnut ink to match the rim.  I would like to make a handle for the basket like on the photo, but mine is alot bigger, about 20 inches across. Son Jon suggested trying to bend another yardstick for the handle, but that is beyond my woodworking skills.

So there it is, my take on the Country Living basket.  What will it hold, you might ask...  Pillows, pumpkins, my DH almost flipped when I said pine cones.  Some of you know about my proclivity to pine cones. ;-)

I wonder what this week will hold?  All good things I hope, for you and me!  Have a great day my friends.

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Lynne said...

Love the basket . . . And pine cones would be perfect!
(I like them too, all kinds, shapes, sizes, colors. Remember last year when I found charcoal gray cones?)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Oh my gosh, I love this! May I share your tutorial with my readers? How did I miss this anyway? Sorry, I've been remiss at reading all my favorite blogs recently. Glad to see you've been busy! I think you could probably use some form of bendable material for the handle, even maybe some type of burlap, sprayed to be stiffened? Not sure if that would work but it' s a thought.