A-tisket, a-tasket, we love our favourite baskets. A different basket for each task-et. To continue growing the ‘Favourite Series’, I’m sharing tips and info about our favourite gathering of baskets for: home, personal style, organic cooking & gardening, and chic Spring-Summer handbags.
Some of our uses for these baskets are: daily handbag, dry produce, fresh garden produce, mail, kitchen & dining linens, garden planters, books, laundry, food shopping in town, picnics, office/wardrobe/mudroom storage, special supplies, baby & doll bassinet, organic beauty products, and storage for family outtings.
One positive choice influences another. Perhaps a market basket will inspire you to support your local organic farmers, taking healthy walks to gather your food. A natural home inspires us to go out and balance in Nature. What do you use baskets for?
Using well made baskets is ethical, economical, and texturally pleasing. To maximize your sustainability, you can learn to make your own baskets. This really comes in handy when a repair is needed. This journal text appears in my upcoming Design Book, so check back for more!
Designer Tip of the Day:
When choosing a basket, it’s helpful to think about:
~The main use and other possible purposes. What are you storing or carrying in it?
~Colours, textures, sizes, smoothness, and weights. A balance of differences creates a peaceful design.
~Where will the basket live and how will it be used?
~Who made it? Were they paid fairly? What is it made of? Is it non-toxic so it doesn’t off-gas in your home or cause illness to those making the products?
~How much joy will it bring you to use a hand-crafted piece?
~Is there a local basket weaver in your area?
~Are the handles and straps comfortable to use and securely attached?
~How can you keep it in good shape to last many lifetimes?
We love picnics, so a special picnic basket was on our holiday wishlist. We’re excited to use it this Spring!
Keeping the home calm with natural materials and colours helps our family keep a healthy balance, while organizing things, like laundry, for easy routines.
Gathering fresh food feels even better in a sweet little basket at the shops and in the garden. Little Dear Ones sneak off with the basket and fill with toys. Now, it’s a bed or house for a little bear. Natural materials inspire shopping for fresh, organic food with no packaging. Bring everything home in your basket and place on the table, ready to enjoy! Maybe a flower will hop into your basket, ready to plant in the garden? Special stones, shells, or leaves. Basket handles feel good to hold. The senses need Nature. Sweet and humble, a basket inspires me so. For more A Gentle Life Collections, news & sales, and healthy lifestyle inspiration, please subscribe at the bottom of this page.
Yes, there is a thing as too many baskets, so choose mindfully with the above tips and your beautiful lifestyle in mind. Store baskets simply to avoid collecting dust/allergies. Vinegar-water is an easy way to keep baskets clean.
This week, our baskets led us to the ocean for fresh air and beautiful views.
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