The Basket Lady
In the Good Humor Town, autumn has never looked more vibrant even when the dreary rain sneaks in to interrupt the glorious days that we’ve enjoyed over the long weekend.
The school of life is in session; sit up straight and tall, pay close attention to its lessons.
In the meanwhile, here’s a little bit more about the ABC’s of faith (not so much about the birds and the bees).
Give to one from whom you will not receive. Hope. Instruct.
Recently, a friend of a friend -- you know how that story goes, wanted to know if I would write down the steps to making up a wine basket to give to a special someone.
“Ah,” the scintillating fruit of the vine. Friendship is the wine of Life gift basket.
Round wicker basket, 11-inch diameter, 3.5 inches high.
Whitewash or white acrylic paint plus gel medium in a 50/50 mix
100 grit sandpaper
1 yard white crocheted lace trim, 3 inches wide
1 yard green and white checked ribbon, .025 inches wide
1 yard green and white checked ribbon, 1.5 inches wide
White ribbon roses
Gift Basket Contents:
Brown Kraft paper
Cream pleated paper shreds
Silk ivy leaves
Polymer clay and seal to decorate wine bottle
Bottle of wine
Candles and candleholders
Paper cocktail napkins
Decorating the Basket
Whitewash the basket, applying two coats. Let dry.
Bring out the weave of the basket by distressing with sandpaper. Wipe away dust.
Using a needle and thread, tack the white ribbon to the rim of the basket every 1.5 inches, leaving a little slack so the ribbon poofs out.
Glue a ribbon rose over each stitched space. Thread the thin ribbon through the crocheted lace. Using a glue gun, glue the lace around the inside of the basket.
Assembling the Gift Basket
Decorate the bottle of wine with a polymer clay seal tied on with a piece of ribbon.
Place the wine bottle in the middle of the basket and secure in a brown paper base. TIP: Use a few glue dots on the bottom of the bottle to prevent it from tipping.
Top the base with cream pleated paper shreds. Tie the stems of the glasses together with ribbon and place in the basket. Tie the candles with ribbon and place in the basket. Tie the napkins with ribbon.
Glue on a wooden skewer and prop them upright behind the bottle of wine. Add a few sprigs of variegated silk ivy as accents. Wrap with cellophane. Top with a matching bow and a sprig of ivy.
Anything that has to do with a basket- always makes me think about Dot Sanchas. How could I not think about the friend who mentored and inspired me?
Oct. 28 will mark the third year of her passing and I know for certain that I’m only one of the many who miss and admire her for all of the many kindnesses that she showed to innumerable individuals.
Recently, I was in Bartashes gift store buying some greeting cards when Barbara began recalling how Dot could bake a cake at the drop of a hat and admired the “hundreds” of recipes that Dot had in her head and in her recipe books.
Wouldn’t it be a great tribute to our beloved Dot to have a recipe swap and publish all of her collected recipes into a volume for publication?
Friends, show someone a kindness today. We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.