Saturday, March 29, 2008

I finally did it!

Ok, remember last summer when I bought a safety pin
and bead basket at the flea market ! You don't? Well,
I did, and I wanted to take it apart to figure out
how they are made. But , I found an instruction booklet
online to make 7 different safety pin baskets so no baskets
had to be destroyed! As soon as the directions arrived,
I ran to the store for supplies of pins and beads and
found that there wasn't much color selection but they did
have a pastel mix so that is what I started with to make this little
sweety. Then a whole new world of beads in everyone rainbow color
opened up for me online so who knows how many combinations of
colors and designs I could make! It does take some time how -
ever so it's not for those that like instant craft gratification.
My daughter said they are b**t ugly. But I don't live in a
pottery barn house and when you visit you are going to see pink
accessories made out of safety pins and paper bags. My extended
family is polite, they don't get me, but they smile. It makes
me smile and thats why I do it.


Charmingdesigns said...

This is so pretty!! Oh the people that dont craft...THEY just dont understand.LOL my mother in law just thought it was disgusting that I used the living room floor to lay out my quilt I was working on! lol.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that basket. It looks like it too a long time to make!!!!! My great aunts would also love you for carrying on the "old time" crafts we know and love so well!!!

Lori said...

eeeeek!!! i saw two of those baskets at the thrift store last year...REALLY wanted them but thought my DH would think that i had finally lost my mind!!! so i didn't buy them and have been regretting it...i will have to look up the instructions and make my own too...yours is gorgeous!!!

celestina marie said...

Hi Karen, I just love that basket! What a charming all time craft. I could totally get into this!! Always something unique to find when I visit. Love it!
La Rea Rose

Stephanie said...

Karen, I LOVE this. Boy, you MUST sell these!! Too bad not everyone is as "hip" to chic as we are!! :0)

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Miss Rhea said...

Love it !!! And Aqua too !!! :)

rosechicfriends said...

I just LOVE anything basket...and don't worry, my family doesnt get me either! You are just a nostalgic kinda of lady who like vintage anything...just like the rest of our gang! lol My dd like very modern and is always making remarks about my decor...I just laugh it off!

Are you willing to share your might be fun to try one of these?

Diane said...

I think you did a wonderful job on the basket, I always thought they looked hard to make. Can't wait to see a few of them all lined up together hint hint.... keep going girl. You are on a roll.
Hugs, Diane

vickie said...

Karen, this little basket is beautiful. Looks like you have to have some patience to make these!
Very pretty.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

OH KAREN!! The basket is just gorgeous! WOW, I bet that was hard to make! I love the color too, so spring-y!! Great job, I want one!

Love ya,

shirl said...

Very pretty Karen, I love the colors you are using.
Shirls Rose COttage

twinkleshabbystar said...

I GET YOU KAREN!!! LOL!!! I LOVE your saftey pin basket! I've seen them on ebay before. Also, Jenny Heid *Everyday is a Holiday* collects them. Sooo PRETTY!!! :)) said...

How funny, I have the same reactions from my family!

Sharon said...

Karen I do like those little baskets very much. I think that aqua color with pearls in place of those clear beads would look very good as well. Can't wait to see more styles, hope you will show them along side each other so we can see them when your ready with more. They make me smile also.

Beth Leintz said...

That is just gorgeous- what a beautiful shape & color. I want to figure out how to make baskets out of old greeting cards- where they laminate the cards, poke holes in the edges and sew them together.

Natasha Burns said...

Oh and it makes me smile too along with so many others who 'get' it~!!!! I can't get over how gorgeous that basket is and that you made it! I know it isn't instant craft gratification but the pleasure after you toil for a while on something so lovely has got to be worth it!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Your basket is just beautiful ! They are so elegant !

Sarah said...

Your bead basket turned out pretty. I love the color you chose.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Hi! I came over from "A Bit of Pink Heaven" I had to "google" you because her link did not work. I LOVE the pin basket! I inherited a few from my husbands grandmother. I'd love to learn how to make one myself! I just might have to do it! You have inspired me!