The Basket Lady
In the Good Humor Town, the dance of nature is moving around us in glorious, colorful, circles that will once again, take us on a magical journey that will help us to forget about the lazy dog days of summer, barbecues, picnics and will twirl us around to brisk mornings spent getting the children off to school before the first bell rings.
Nature will whisper to the leaves on the trees to explode into an array of colors in back yards, fields and on mountain tops as the dance surrenders its beauty for all to see and enjoy.
In appreciation, let’s welcome the gifts of abundance and beauty by making up a Harvest Gift Basket.
Basket: Natural round wicker basket, 9 inches in diameter, 3.5 inches high
Silk stems and leaves, raffia and large-eye needle, cellophane wrap
Gift Basket Contents:
Fresh apples (or any other fruit). Natural excelsior
Decorating the basket
With wire cutters, remove some of the wicker so you can push the stem in the basket to create handles. For additional security, use a piece of raffia threaded in a large-eye needle to stitch the stems in place.
Wrap other stem pieces around the base and the rim of the basket.
Glue any leaves to balance the arrangement or, if you cut the leaves off the stems, glue them in place.
Asembling the gift basket
Fill the bottom of the basket with natural wood excelsior. No base is needed.
Fill with fruit (or veggies, tea biscuits/ quick breads). Wrap the basket with cellophane or, wrap the fruit/apples in a bundled cloth napkin.
Fruit baskets may well have been the first gift baskets as neighbors shared an abundant harvest.
Friends, give someone a basket of kindness today.
Kindness, as a way of life and living, depends on choices made and remade on a daily basis and the ultimate aim is to bring more kindness into our daily living.
Dot Sanchas, we miss you kind lady, every day. Until then, smile and live in the present.