The Basket Blog Archive

All entries in the category: Basket Sightings


Custom Work - Triangles

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Every so often, we get emails from people who have no idea what to do with that awkward, triangle built-in cabinet space. How to prevent a cluttered look? A triangle basket, of course!

Sandee had this request:

“I need a triangular-shaped basket with one handle on the hypotenuse side....

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Farmhouse Bathroom Baskets

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“I live in an old farmhouse from the 1780s, which more recently was owned for 30 years by 2 artists who started an amazing line of housewares which are heavily designed and very whimsical and unconventional, and yet they fit perfectly in this rustic home… It feels like an old English Pub.”...

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Peace Bicycles Blog Feature

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Good Morning from Northern Minnesota!

MN Winter

Although it doesn’t much feel like Bicycle Basket season for us today, it’s not too many months away from spring warmth and outdoor adventures. Peace Bicycles is working on getting us geared up for the start of the spring season by sharing a blog...

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The Primitive Front Porch

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Every home remodeling show will tell you that curb appeal makes a big difference, right? We spend a lot of time working on the inside of our homes to make them reflect the style and image we prefer, but let’s not forget to give the outside a little attention smile

Primitive Front Porch

This fall, Jack built us a...

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Fall Is Coming Soon

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It won’t be too much longer before all the leaves change color. I’m thankful for the seasons we experience in northern Minnesota. It’s fun to experiment with changing colors and styles of weaving to reflect the switch from summer to autumn. We don’t use dyed stakes or rims very often, but...

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Putting Baskets to Use

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When we moved here 22 years ago, we planted a dozen apple trees. Today, they produce more than we can handle! But there’s just something wonderful about eating what we can grow. I think this batch will be made into cider this week.

Square Market Basket
Square Market Basket

Textures

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One of my favorite aspects of home decorating is mixing different textures. Add a section of seagrass weavers to this Toiletries Basket, and the contrasting texture pops!

Toiletries Basket

Using a continuous weave with seagrass isn’t as easy as weaving with rattan, but it changes the entire look of the...

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Black-Eyed Susans

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I appreciate how flowers change tones with the fading summer. The yellows and oranges of the black-eyed susans are a beautiful way to enjoy the last few weeks of this season.

Country Flower Vase
Country Flower Vase

A New Take on Custom Handles

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Over the years we’ve been in business, we’ve received many requests for custom designs in our shop. Many times, customers send images like this one to begin the process of creating the exact baskets needed to fit their storage spaces.

Measurements for custom request

Weaving to fit specific sizes is standard operating...

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A Gorgeous Hutch

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What an honor to have our custom-sized Storage Baskets as part of this beautiful piece of furniture.

Custom Storage Baskets

Just plain gorgeous ...

Three Mail Baskets

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Most everyone still receives snail mail ... even if just bills & advertisements.  So we make Mail Baskets, in three different sizes. 

Three Mail Baskets

Pictured here is a Medium Mail Basket (top), a Large Mail Basket (middle), and a Painted Mail Basket (bottom). 

Three Mail Baskets 1

Surely one of these three would work...

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Dresser Drawer Baskets

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“My baskets arrived yesterday, and they are beautiful!  Thought you might like to see them in the piece of furniture that they were made for.  Thank you for getting them to me so quickly.”

Dresser Drawer Baskets

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A New Addition ~ the Farm Table Basket

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Similar in design to our Mantelpiece Basket, the Farm Table Basket measures 10” longer and is finished in a primitive/grungy technique.

Farm Table Basket

It’s the perfect basket to serve as a centerpiece on your rustic trestle table.

More Storage Baskets

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It’s always such a joy to receive photos from people who have ordered custom items ... we like seeing how they will be using their storage baskets.  These lidded baskets were finished in slate gray and traveled to their home in New York City.

NYC Custom Storage Baskets

“I received the baskets in the mail today...

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A Student’s Beautiful Project

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Susan from Minnesota joined us last month for a weaving class and made this beautiful Measuring Basket

Colonial Red Measuring Basket

She finished it on her own in our stain/paint technique ... the basket is first dipped in medium walnut oil stain.  When that is almost dry, the whole thing is then sprayed with an...

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Custom Display Baskets for Mall Kiosks

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We have had the privilege of making various shapes and sizes of custom baskets.  Here are three of the eighteen baskets (so far) that we have woven for display racks to be placed in two shopping malls.

Kiosk Display 1

Kiosk Display 2

I wonder how many more malls will need these displays.  And who said basket weaving...

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Cradle Baskets

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Last month we had the privilege of making two custom-sized baskets for the bottom shelf of this gorgeous cradle.  The customer said that her dad had made it two years ago in his woodshop for her first son.  Now her second son will be born in November.

CradleBaskets

She sent us a note, “I got the...

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Canadian Custom Basket

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What a joy to receive notes like this one ... from a satisfied customer in Canada!

“We received our basket in the mail and could not have been more pleased. It is just how we imagined it to look and perfect for the space. We just love it!  Thank you and carry on making beautiful baskets.”...

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Custom Baskets for a Dresser

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A customer wrote to say ... “the baskets are wonderful, and the color blends perfectly.”

Dresser Baskets

“The bureau is actually an entertainment center that we bought as a floor model for a ridiculously low price.  The top openings are designed for the cable boxes, dvd players, etc.  Now it looks...

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A Beautiful Addition

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Weaving is something we really enjoy.  Sewing ... maybe not so much.  Customers have asked over the years if we make liners to fit inside the baskets, but the answer has always, unfortunately, been “no”.  Weaving keeps us too busy!  When Kerri ordered the Double Swing-Handled Tote, she...

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Gorgeous Bathroom Cabinet

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Check out Lisa’s newly remodeled bathroom ... complete with custom made baskets for the vanity.

Custom Bathroom Vanity Baskets

That beautiful cabinet makes the baskets look wonderful!

Custom Storage for Betsy

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Here are a couple of pictures sent to us from a customer in Florida. As an artist, she wanted four custom pieces to store art supplies in her work table.

Storage Baskets

Storage Baskets

Thanks for sharing the finished result, Betsy!

Custom Colors For Another Cruiser

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A happy customer wrote us a note ... “I totally LOVE my bike basket. Was so excited that it arrived so quickly.  Looks fabulous on my bike, don’t you think?”

Custom Bicycle Basket Gray

Thank you, Lisa!  We always appreciate seeing where our baskets are used.

Custom Gray Bicycle Basket

Classy Cruising

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Our Bicycle Basket, finished in warm chestnut stain, perfectly accessorizes an already GORGEOUS Electra Cruiser … what a classy way to tour the streets of Gilbert, Arizona!

Electra Cuirser Bicycle Basket

A Five-Sided Basket?

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When Mary contacted me about weaving custom storage baskets for her entryway, I understood her dilemma in finding baskets just the right shape and size for her uniquely shaped bench. The smaller spaces were straightforward and easy to accommodate, but the bottom bench required some extra...

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Entertainment Stand Custom Baskets

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Turning the hobby of basket weaving into a way to make a living has been a fun career. But it’s even more rewarding to see the finished products in the places they were designed for. 

Entertainment Stand

This order for Mary Jane looks great in the entertainment center she upcycled herself. She did a...

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Wisconsin Basket Sighting

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There are five daughters in our family, all in their 20’s and 30’s. When we all get together, one of our favorite events is to leave all the cooking and cleaning to go find some wonderful shops. Whether home décor or antiques, we always manage to discover some treasures.

Shopping

And maybe...

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Jane’s Primitive Market Basket

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Using our Primitive Market Basket weaving pattern and three-step stain/paint (shabby chic ivory) finishing technique, just look at the final product of her weaving labors ... absolutely beautiful!

Jane's Primitive Market Basket

Now there is a basket that will not only add country charm to her primitive home decor but...

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Island Water Finish

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After posting a blog entry about discovering how to weave striped baskets, we received an inquiry about using different colors to accent custom baskets. After many emails and questions, the final result was using a new branch of the MinWax stain. We have always used MinWax’s oil-based...

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Custom Colors for a Cruiser

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“My beach baby with her lovely basket, hanging out at the Jersey Shore. I just had to show you how great it looks and tell you how happy it makes me!”

Thank You,
Happy Biker

Custom Colors Bike Basket

Custom Mail Slot Basket

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This is definitely the LARGEST custom mail basket I have ever made ~ 30” tall! It will go under the slot in the customer’s front door ... and hopefully capture the mail before Fido does!

Custom Mail Slot Basket

A New Challenge

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After over 6,400 baskets, I thought I had almost done it all … until a customer asked if I could make a striped basket. I have done checkered patterns, American flag patterns, solid stains, painted accents, even Aztec designs, but never genuine stripes. I told the customer that I would...

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Custom Work of all Sizes

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Finding the right basket for a specific piece of furniture can be very difficult. When a customer sent us a photograph of this beautiful, repurposed cabinet, we started weaving right away!

Repurposed Cabinet Before

The final product ended up being one of the largest custom pieces we’ve created yet. Using the...

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Shelley’s New Bathroom

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Look at Shelley’s beautifully remodeled bathroom ...

Bathroom Vanity Baskets 1

and our custom-sized storage baskets have the privilege of nestling right in behind the twin sinks.

Bathroom Vanity Baskets 2

Thank you for letting us be part of this project.

Bathroom Vanity Baskets 3

Rachel’s Custom Baskets

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Look what Rachel has done with the baskets we made her ...

Rachel's Hall Tree Baskets 1

What a nice addition to the beautifully handcrafted hall tree bench built by Rachel’s father-in-law!

Rachel's Hall Tree Baskets 2

Custom Kitchen Cubby Baskets

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It’s always great to see how people use the baskets we make.  This creative homeowner has been remodeling her kitchen.  She re-finished her cabinets in a whitewash and chocolate distressed technique.  To complete the project she had us weave ten walnut-stained baskets designed to fit in...

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Benjamin Barron House

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We received this note a few days ago.  “Thought you might like to know how your basket came to Concord’s historic Benjamin Barron House (c.1716).  The British marched by this place in 1775.  Nearby, are the homes of Emerson, Alcott, Hawthorne and Ephraim Bull who developed the Concord...

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Grungy Tall Basket

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This beautiful fall display was created by one of our customers using the Grungy Tall Basket.  What a delightful addition to her home’s primitive decor.  We love seeing what ideas come from our baskets, so thank you, Rhonda, for sharing your wonderful design!

              Grungy Tall Basket...

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Custom Storage Baskets

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Finding just the right size ready-made baskets for your particular shelving units, hutches, cubbies or benches can be challenging.  Possibly custom-sized pieces are what you need.  Here is a photo of a unit in a Canadian home for which I recently wove baskets. 

Custom Storage Baskets

The customer’s...

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Kari’s Bicycle Basket

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We live in Minnesota ~ Kari lives in Florida.  We have snow and clouds ~ Kari has sand and sunshine.  Our vehicles require snow tires ~ Kari’s “re-conditioned” ride has a new Bicycle Basket!  I think she is the lucky one today ...

Karis Bicycle Basket 1

Kari says, “The basket is just perfect, I love it!”

Karis Bicycle Basket 2

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The Basket Blog

December ‘18 Free Pattern

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Welcome in the holiday season with the Holly Berry Basket. This square-to-round basket measures 5” x 5” base and flares out to a 7” round top. Colorful “holly...

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November ‘18 Pattern

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Do you need the perfect Christmas gift for your littles? How about weaving a Wooden Bottom Toy Basket ... whether holding Thomas the Tank Engine or Barbie, this large...

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Custom Work - Triangles

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Every so often, we get emails from people who have no idea what to do with that awkward triangle built-in cabinet space. How to prevent a cluttered look? A triangle basket,...

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