A few weeks ago I found this cute picnic basket at Goodwill. I knew I could make it adorable and it would be a fun project. My goal to balance my life is to have one really fun project a week. I would like to have one every day but cooking, cleaning, gardening and Mothering gets in the way of that. So if I do a project a week I feel like my creative energy is being satisfied. I don't know how some of you are able to do so much! So here is this weeks project.
Though I believe it is meant to be a picnic basket I think it makes a great crafting basket--to take things with me if I want to work at a project somewhere else. I used to go to crops and stuff all the time, and this would have been perfect. I think it is so cute. Photos below show what it looked like when I bought it.
The first thing I did was take it in the back yard and paint it white. Then I use my finger tip distressing method found in this post. After that I applied a water slide decal from The Polka dot closet found here. The water slide decals are so fun! I have to admit I screwed a couple up--but after e-mailing with Carol and having a few "duh" moments I think I have the knack of it now. I think I will really enjoy doing these on lots of projects.
Then I started working on the inside. I took out the previous lining and sort of used it as a pattern for the new lining. I used my new favorite fabrics. :)
I used the hot glue gun to hold the fabric down and then I trimmed around the edges. I made a little pocket in the back. After that I glued a ruffle around the edge which covered the raw edges.
I am so happy with this little basket!
Now to get back to housecleaning:)
I will end this post with a picture of the gorgeous petunia basket Eileen gave me on Mothers day. What a great friend she is! I look at this basket hundreds of times a day as it is hanging outside my dining room sliding glass door.
Enjoy the season:) Thanks for visiting!