Monday, July 14, 2014

Prairie Baskets - Plain & Primitive

Distressed baskets, prairie style, primitive baskets
I am still on a mission to spread Prairie - Plain & Primitive as far as I can.

Mount Basket has become higher and higher as I paint, repaint, and paint yet again to achieve the thick distressed finish I am looking for.

When I am not painting baskets, I am overdying calico to tear into ribbons to make rosettes and tassels for the baskets.

Some are listed on Etsy (some of those have vintage linens with them).

Several have made their way to the booth and found new homes.

The large lidded basket - perfect to slide on a shelf - distressed white paint - stained ticking with a calico rosette.

A large picnic hamper lightly distressed with stained ticking, calico rosette, and tassel.

I stained this one dark first then painted white.

Added a stained calico piece around the edge with a rosette.

I am in love with this market basket, but have it listed on Etsy.

Heavily, heavily painted with calico ties around the edges.

Added a tassel with a rusty concho.

A wooden basket with twig sides - distressed white paint job.

Mod Podged a striped fabric to the sides.

Rosette of floral upholstery fabric (betcha thought I was going to say calico - HA!) with added pearls.

My distressed roses are getting a work-out being a photo prop.  Read how to create them here.

This one is listed on Etsy.

This is one gigantic twig basket - distressed white with added tassel.

Too huge to ship - in my booth.

It would be great with rolls of vintage linens.

We all got together outside for a Prairie family portrait, but all of the baskets would not fit into the photo.

Here's the first group.

And here's the second group.

So in conclusion, I have been away from Bloglandia painting baskets, making rosettes and dying fabric before tearing it up.

Also I have been glued to the TV watching The World Cup.  I have decided our football players are wimps compared to the soccer guys.  Congrats, Germany - you had to be good to beat us!

I am now on my fourth washcloth for knitting class.  In the fall we will meet again to knit a scarf.

I continue to purge the contents of this house.

My long-held belief that one had to have on hand every craft supply known to exist is ridiculous.

I am now moving into the "buy it and immediately use it up" mode for all craft supplies and paint.  Let the stores worry about where to hide, er, store all that junk.

So if you follow me on Etsy as well as here, be prepared for major destash.

If you are a customer of my booths, be prepare to be inundated with supplies and vintage stuff.  

First up will be the Mount Basket residents.

For those needing a little Prairie - Plain & Primitive Style.

See y'all!

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  1. I am loving the white distressed look on your baskets!

  2. You've been very busy Donna! The rosettes and tassels add a lovely finishing touch to the baskets.

  3. Well these are wonderful! I think I like your rosettes and tassels as much as I like your tags! I am stunned to find out that I don't need every craft supply in existence. I'm not sure I believe that. LOL! (Obviously I'm in the denial stage!)

  4. You've been busy as a bee! Love the prairie baskets...the one you stained then painted white is my fave! If you loved closer, I'd give you a huge basket I thrifted last year to see what you could do with it. Keep up the basket decorating, knitting and purging! We are almost finished with all of our walls. Joey had to return to work today so we just have a little time in the evenings, but we will get there! Hope to start putting the floor in soon and then my BIG project in the dining room! Have a great week!

    Blessings, Vicky

  5. Love your Prairie baskets Donna. The rosette really adds a nice touch. I don't know how you accomplish so much in such a short time. I just donated a huge garbage bag full of basket to the Thrift ... would love to have sent them to you instead. I know you would have made them pretty. Take care and keep on enjoying your summer.
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  6. I love it that you overdye fabric for your embellishments. It is so cool! Lovely, Donna.

  7. How'd I miss this post? I'm going shopping!

  8. They are so nice Donna! Love your prairie baskets and the embellishments are perfect. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  9. I think the big open twig one is my fave. Thanks for sharing this loveliness with Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  10. I agree on the craft supplies I just sent a pile up to the kids school, too much crap I didn't use. I love your baskets I just bought a wicker or straw bag I plan on painting up.


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