Wednesday, October 20, 2010

a tisket...a tasket...a linen ruffled basket!



I am not feeling the best today...my allergies have me in a near coma-like state, so I will keep this short and sweet.

I have been missing the blog world the last few days, the cause being renovations are underway on a few projects I am super excited about! There has been dust flying all over my house (I am sure that is not helping the above-mentioned allergy issue) and I have been tripping over construction workers at every turn...so ideas for a blog post just have not been flowin'.

 And yes, I have had worse problems in my life than a house full of strong, young men that are good with their hands being under my feet. But with a stuffy nose, head congestion and swollen eyes, I have been in hiding as to not scare anyone into not coming back to finish the job. Trust me...it is not a pretty sight.

Did I say this was a 'short and sweet' post??? Hmmm...

I guess I better get to it since this post is not supposed to be about strong young men or runny noses...but about......metal wire baskets.

I love my collection of wire baskets.

If there was a house fire, I swear I would grab a few on my way out the door.

These are going to be part of a make-over I am working on for my home office. Big changes are in store...and it involves beadboard, lots of white paint and yards and yards of my new favorite linen-like fabric. I can't wait to show you...but until it is done, I thought I would show you what I worked on today

Metal basket storage for my magazines...

(and I apologize for my lack of ironing of my fabric and dark outside photos...those "men" were in my way again.)



My lovely (and currently favorite sister) sewed liners for a few of my wire gym baskets, and I am loving them! I asked her to give me something simple, and to give me exposed stitching and raw edges. I am lovin' how they turned out!




 And in case you were wondering, my "go-to" fabric when I want a "linen" look is from a pair of Ikea drapes called LENDA. I love, love, LOVE this fabric! It drapes like a dream, the color is fantastic and I love the slight seaming it has, too. But, best of all? It is cheap! $14.99 for TWO 110" long panels. I discovered these about a year ago, and I use them to cover chair seats, pillows, curtains and I will now add to my list...basket liners!



I hope you all are having a happy week! I can't believe the weekend is almost here..woohoo!

Did I mention I am doing a Halloween charity event for a local museum this Saturday? And yes, I am dressing up. My "seamstress sister" is sewing my costume as I type this. If I am brave enough, maybe I will show you pictures on Monday!

(wink, wink...) 

67 comments:

  1. What an amazing sister you have to sew such awesome liners for those great baksets. (did I use enough strong adjectives there?) I have started my own collection of lockers baskets (2) and am always on the lookout for more. Love them and their versatility.

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  2. If those baskets say Kasper Iron Works-Shiner Texas they are from my dads hometown (population about 1500 - were my granny still lives - it is always funny to see those baskets all over the blogging world...

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  3. I LOVE these!!! What is better than wire baskets, linen, and ruffles? I want some for my craft room.

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  4. oh I adore these! I love them!!!! I want some too :)

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  5. I am in LOVE with those baskets!I can think of so many places I would put those!
    I keep telling myself I need to learn how to sew and everytime I see something like this it drives me crazy because I have yet to learn!
    I guess I'll just stare at yours!

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  6. I LOVE your baskets and the new liners are adorable!! Thanks for the fabric tip too.
    I hope you are feeling better soon. :)

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  7. Love the baskets with the liners, so very pretty! I can't wait to hear all about what those strong men are up to!
    Feel better!
    XO

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  8. I love those basket liners, soooo cute! Thanks for the Ikea tip. My allergies have been the worst this year than I can ever remember. Gotta love Illinois!
    XoXo

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  9. Those are adorable! Your sis did a great job. Thanks for the Ikea tip! I don't have an Ikea locally but I'm making a trip soon to a town that does and Ikea was is my to-do-list! Thanks SO much!

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  10. Those are some familiar-lookin' baskets. I LOVE the liners; and the fabric tip...thanks for sharing!

    Jan

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  11. Your sister is so talented. I just love your new basket liners. They are lovely. Thanks for the tip on the fabric from Ikea.

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  12. i am bonkers for your baskets and the ruffled liner pushes them over the edge to pure fabulousness! thanks for sharing about the ikea fabric.

    enjoy!

    xo
    elyse

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  13. Of course I love the baskets and the ruffled liners are fabulous! Thanks for sharing about the Ikea drapes. We are making a trip there this weekend so I'll make sure and buy some.
    xoxo, Sherry

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  14. Oh to be able to sew! Your sister did a fabulous job, I love them!! I want them! Great drape tip, the color is perfect.
    How fun to have men working on your house. We've done almost everything ourselves so having someone to help is wonderful!! Enjoy!
    Hope you feel better.
    Londen
    xo

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  15. Those cutains are in my future the weekend of Nov 14th!! I will own them!!!

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  16. I love these and have some gym baskets, does she sell them? Lezlee

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  17. Oooo, I love wire baskets!
    Got me three of 'em and always looking for more.

    Any chance you'll be selling those purty basket liners? :-)

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  18. *love* them! my wire baskets would be on top of my grab list also! ;0)

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  19. I love these baskets sooo cute!!

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  20. I love them, they are so pretty!!! I so need to go to Ikea!!! What a clever thing! I hope that you feel better and the big, handsome, sweaty men that are good with their hands are being good to you!!! pictures?? ;)

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  21. OHHH! So Pretty! Love that fabric! I have wire baskets too...they need a face lift like yours!
    and I love IKEA!!
    Hope you feel better!
    Tammy :-)

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  22. I love them. They are gorgeous! You are brilliant. Those curtains are totally going on my Ikea wish list. Thanks for the heads up!

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  23. ~*~* LOVE those basket liners!! Who sewed them for you?? Absolutely farmgirl perfections!!! And thanks for the Ikea drape tip!! HUGS~ Rachel ;)~*~*~*

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  24. Oh I feel for you Mary...my allergies have been horrible too and I don't even have reconstruction dust flying around. Those liners were beautiful. Thank you for sharing the linen look. We have IKEA here and that would be super easy for me. I heart your baskets!!!!

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  25. Love the basket liners. They put my paper covered foam core to shame! And IKEA curtains for fabric??!! What a great idea. I know I'll be looking for them on my next visit.
    Chris

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  26. I absolutely love your basket liners, so sweet! Hope you feel better soon! Deb

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  27. Your basket lineers are beautiful! Your sister is a talented seamstress. Great tip on the Ikea drapes. I hope you feel better soon.

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  28. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these baskets, Mary! I was hoping you were going to tell us that you were selling them in your soon to open etsy shop... imagine my disappointment! :( Just kidding. :)) Your home office makeover sounds to die for... can't wait to see it!
    I hope you do show us your costume on Monday... pleeeease (puppy dog face)!!
    Would you being willing to share your sister?? I could really use a good seamstress. :D
    Have a good night!
    ~ Jo

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  29. P.S. I hope you feel better soon... :)

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  30. Life is a journey...I bet you anything, you will end up back where you began....Wouldnt that be fun?

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  31. I love this idea...never thought to put fabric in a wire basket!

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  32. Oh you just have to show pictures!! I wanna see!!!
    Those baskets and liners are fabulous! Love the material. Thanks for sharing the idea and the drapery fabric as well
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  33. love them!!
    oh my word, definately the cutest i've seen
    i love a big grouping of them too :)

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  34. The baskets are gorgeous!!!!!

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  35. Good grief- they're AMAZING!!!!!!!
    Off to post a link on Facebook!!!
    Love you lady,
    Layla :-)

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  36. GREAT job! These are gorgeous! I'll have to pick up some of these ikea curtains!

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  37. ok so you are going to laugh...my mom and I tried to do this a while back, but neither one of us could figure out how to get the fabric to drape over the side of the basket without the liner being all wonky on the inside, how sad is that! and then look your sister just whipped these cuties right up...goodness we are silly! love them, adore them, probably need some too for the 5 i just acquired for our next closet!! :) hope you are feeling better and those mens don't get to much in the way...but I suppose triping over a working man is better then tripping over a napping man, at least something is getting done! xoxoxo

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  38. Wonderful! Hope you don't mind, I'm gonna have to copy! I have a bunch of them (my dad owns an old school building & I grabbed them!) several rusty ones, I've thought of sealing; this would be a perfect finishing touch!

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  39. Bonjour Mary,
    Your wire baskets are fantastic, you and your (favorite) sister are a marvelous team. I'm a new follower of your blog and will be back soon.
    a bientôt,
    Mimi

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  40. Gotta Love those Sisters, fabulous look! Great idea for fabric and they look awesome.Hope you are feeling better soon.~Cheers Kim

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  41. oh my goodness - those liners are divine! Tutorial coming? Would love to show love by imitating!! :) Gorg.E.ous!

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  42. I know right?! At our IKEA here you can buy it in bulk. It's like $3.99 a meter! I was so excited when I found it.

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  43. Just too cute an idea! Nice sissie, too.
    ~ Sue

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  44. Dear Mary, You have saved the day...I needed a large amount of fabric for a project and was planning on using muslin, never thinking to use the curtain fabric from IKEA...and the kicker is, I have these curtains hanging in my family room! We also visited Edwards orchard as per your suggestion. You are one smart cookie. Thanks so much! Love, Penny

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  45. Gosh Mary - your ruffled liners are just perfect for your wire baskets. Such a great idea! LOVE LOVE Lenda fabric.. so simple, but has such nice light texture to it. I just bought the larger size panels for a window in my house, but now you have inspired me to pick up some of the $14.99 size ones to repurpose! Thank you for the excellent inspiration! It sounds like you are cooking up something special & I can't wait to see! Take care!
    Lara ♥

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  46. those are just the cutest...love, love, love them and thank you for sharing your fabric...I've been looking for a chair {seat cushions} and those look perfect...but we don't have an Ikea here so hopefully the hubs can pick them up next week when in Arizona again:)
    Hope you feel better and looking forward to your project
    xo

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  47. Such a fabulous look! And a great tip! I so much love this farmhouse vibe! Get better! Jacqueline

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  48. Love the wire baskets with the ruffled fabric! Thanks for the IKEA fabric tip!

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  49. HI Mary!

    I can hardly wait to see your home office!!! I am suffering from a severe case of basket-envy!!!!;)))

    I hope you are feeling better soon!!!!

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  50. Oh my goodness, I have 3 of those baskets holding toys in my sons' room. Hmmmmmm, maybe they will have to have liners and be confiscated!

    Judy

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  51. seriously you have no idea how great these are!! OH my gosh I am stuck with the craziest whim to whip out the sewing machine & learn how! These are so cute & so fun...any tutorials would be fantastic!!!
    Your sister might just be my favorite too :)
    thanks for sharing & the fabric tip too.....
    have a wonderful weekend
    Ada

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  52. Beatiful baskets from a creative mind...just a hint re the dust...maybe a small dust mask to stop you breathing it all in, along with some antihistamine tabs...but, you probably know this already! Enjoy your weekend and keep your eye on the young men, to keep your mind off your allergies...Cheers!

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  53. The baskets are very lovely. I love how they all match. Thanks for the tip re the LENDA curtains. Would you believe I had been contemplating the very same ones from their website. Now it's going to be a definite purchase.
    A very lovely blog.

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  54. So darned pretty!! can't wait to see the redo! xo

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  55. I'm with you in the sicky department, been battling a cold for a week now. I am feeling a little better now that I've seen those adorable wire basket liners. I need a sister who can sew me some, can I borrow yours? Can't wait to see what you're working on. Feel better - Carrie

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  56. I adore the look of metal baskets and really love the liners you have made for yours. Such a gorgeous look and thanks for the tips on the Ikea curtain fabric :)

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  57. With a name like Urbanfarmgirl I just had to check you out! Great blog. A New follower to your many many followers! Sinead (www.urbanstems.blogspot.com)

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  58. wow, I'm in love with your baskets and the liners are adorable! awesome tip about the IKEA panels! hope you're feeling better :)

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  59. Mary, I LOVE these!! What a fabulous sister you have, the liners look fabulous!! Envious!!:) ~ Tina x

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  60. Genius!!!! I am SOOOO happy you shared your love of Lenda because I never would have thought to chop up a set and use them elsewhere. Hope you are having a fabulous day miss mary!
    Holly

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  61. i love our baskets too! those liners are amazing! i found some baskets at an estate sale for $1 each i only bought 5 of them and i could kick myself now there were a couple dozen of them! hop you are feeling better! susan

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  62. Where on earth do you get the curtains? I live in Nebraska and know IKEA won't ship them so i'd like to know your source (maybe you drive to Chicago to get them?).

    Thanks!

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