Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Last week I somehow convinced my farmer boy that adding to my vintage basket collection was a matter of urgent business importance. Not only that, but I convinced him to spend Thursday afternoon driving around hunting down the woven treasures.

I'm a little bit in love with the old baskets. I love their shapes, the feel of the old wicker, the bits of colour used to highlight and to cover the handles and the thoughts of the stories they hold.

I carry a basket full of crap wherever I go. I also have most of my wool collection tucked up neatly in baskets and then I've got a few filled with other odds and ends.

Our builder Mick, who is going to build my studio one day, is designing one whole wall for basket storage. Baskets are functional and decorational (?), win, win!

So naturally when it came to freshening up our farmer's market stall to show off our new season's apples, I thought of baskets. A bunch of baskets filled with apples sitting on a red and white checkered table-cloth. Now why haven't I ever thought of that before?!

So we basket hunted, and we basket bought, and we basket filled and we basket loved. And we chatted baskets with so many people on market day. It actually surprised me how many people stopped to take photos and how many people had basket stories of their own to tell. Old baskets, family heirloom baskets, romantic picnic baskets, baskets on top of fridges, Lego filled baskets, market many baskets. So many bits of wicker woven into vessels. So much gorgeousness.

So how about you? Are you a basket user? A basket collector? A basket lover?
Is there a special basket in your life?
I reckon there just might be.

Be good peeps.



  1. The baskets AND the apples look great. I think I might just be a basket case!

  2. Baskets are fantastic and very worthy of being their own decoration if you ask me. My very favourite basket is one that my aunt gave me and itt's on wheels. One of the market style, pull behind you with it's big bamboo handle. It's fab. At home we would use it when we went to the fruit markets, but currently its holding our duplo stash!

  3. Your stall looks so welcoming. I love baskets. I use them along with vintage suitcases for storage around the house.

  4. Oh my, too much basket gorgeousness. I really don't need another addiction...Do I???

  5. oh, absolutely. baskets are the perfect carry all (except that I have no clue what is lurking at the bottom of my day basket!). and so evocative of good memories, going places, gathering things. your stall looks gorgeous! :)sarah

  6. I love how baskets look but I wouldn't carry anything in one because I hate carrying things anyway and baskets just make it all quite a lot heavier.

  7. My best one is the Christmas one.
    Love Pepper xoxo

  8. Basket lover, basket user, basket collector! (amidst SO MANY other things!) I have a particular love for plastic basket weaving (kitschness!) but for apple picking, those ones you have there = PERFECT!

  9. Love pictures..I have that kind of basket too..for toys and yarn!! :)
    warm regards

  10. Purple one is amzing! (just had another look! The plastic/non-plastic combo is great!

  11. i have a thing for fitched baskets, you know, the ones with more of a gap between each weave-y bit, my fave is a old school fitched waste paper basket. ooh, and maori ketes, they're good too, especially the backpacks. and fishmans creels, beautiful. i just got a coloured trug-esk one, 50's for flower picking on the weekend too. yes, i'm a basket case too and i'd have been talking and photographing your baskets if i'd been there x

  12. Good to see that op shops are not where baskets go to die but sometimes are found and rescued from dark, dusty corners and cleaned up and filled with yummy produce and useful things. Well done you.

  13. Great idea for your stall, it looks beautiful! I'm a basket user/lover, but rarely ever find my favorites with the colored bits woven in, what a score to have found so many!!!

  14. Baskets rock. i use them all over the place, esp in my sewing space for all kinds of storage. I'm eating a Gala cuz your pics made me lick the monitor !~!

  15. Beautiful baskets and beautiful apples!!

  16. I'm both a basket case and a basket user! Just found a gem at a local vintage market for $4 over a month ago and am still totally stoked. Great collection!

  17. Big basketcase here too!
    My favourite two baskets are from Arnhem land. Treasured objects that I feel priveleged to own.
    Your apple display is awesome, Kate!

  18. Totally stellar and so pretty. I would've been snapping away with my camera as it all looks so pretty (and those apples look YUM)!

  19. Yes!!
    My sister has one of those jobbies next to the washing machine for unmatched socks - it's cane with some green and white plastic woven in a band around the bottom.
    I have a very natty white and red plastic woven one that has a lean for teeny tiny fabric offcuts.
    And this one (
    is my favourite - a rickety old woven picnic basket with holders for your thermoses.

  20. I would have loved to see those pretty baskets of apples in person at your market day, they make the prettiest picture.

  21. Your green and red one...... my mum had one but white and red. The memory reel that just went off in my head. Thankyou xxxx

  22. I love seeing markets where the stall holders have gone that extra mile to show off their wares, and yours looks beautifully vintage and shows off the wonderful colours of your apples. Fantastic idea. I love baskets and have them dotted around my house and garden, some just for show, some more functional. You can never have enough in my opinion! Take care. Chel x

  23. You are a woman after my own heart! I LOVE baskets and use one instead of a handbag. I treasure my deceased mother's basket which she used to carry all her bits and bobs to various gatherings. It stores my recycled egg cartons. I have my deceased Aunty Laura's basket next to the couch with my crochet and unfinished projects in. I love your photos. Kate

  24. I love your baskets. Seeing those on a market stall, filled to the brims with sweet-smelling locally produced apples would certainly entice me to buy. I hope you had a good sales day.

  25. This makes me want to go and buy baskets! they are gorgeous!

  26. I can hardly pass up a basket. Best when I can find them for cheap. I've got all kinds and looking around the room right now they are 'working', mostly holding yarn and fiber. The one under the bathroom sink has towels on one side and a sleeping cat on the other half. lol :) Helen

  27. yes I always get my baskets from op shops . I love them. Have you made apple jelly/jam...ooh its soo yummy on scones.

  28. I love baskets, I have two faves, a lawyer cane one I bought a million years ago in northern NSW that collects my veg from my garden and a lovely very old one with a hint of coloured cane I use as a peg basket that I rescued from the side of the road.

  29. I am a convicted basket case! Completely and utterly
    Luckily I can make a lot of my own from coconut frond, willow, lamandra and more so the male opposition is less as they are free...
    Happy days!!

  30. Oh yes! I've bought quite a few at my local second hand shop. My sis has one that was used when harvesting grapes on the farm we lived when we were kids, and another my parents used when traveling, to hold a coffee flask.

  31. Awesome. What better receptacles could there be for such rosy loveliness! I have to admit to being a real basket case, and not just as a collector of same if you ask my DH !!

  32. We have an American basket maker named Longaberger...and for awhile in the 90's it was big to collect husband was neighbors with someone who sold them, so he bought a we have them all over the house....I have bunches f regular baskets favorite is probably a woven one I have...

    If you want to see the Longaberger ones, especially the giant tourist basket, check out their site..

  33. I love love love your basket collection. I have a small collection of my own, but I long to have one of those like you have. My Mum had one that I remember from a very small child. It was black and white with the cane in between and a solid bottom. I always wondered what became of it.

  34. I was admiring your gorgeous basket display with all those delicious apples on IG last weekend, I keep showing my hubby your pics and telling him about your farming ventures, he'd love to do what you do..x

  35. Oh yes!! I love baskets.... A basket for { almost } everything. Your basket collection is so lovely xx

  36. I was just looking at pretty little woven eater baskets this morning for my kids - but your divine baskets made me think of my mum and picnics in the park collecting pinecones :)

  37. awww arnt they lovely, have to admit to a bit of a basket fetish myself, I have even retrieved them from the dump...oh the things people chuck away,
    lovely rosy apples and gorgeous photos as always xx

  38. I love baskets but in this climate anything "cane" like goes mouldy. ANOTHER REASON to move south!! Xx

  39. I love baskets but in this climate anything "cane" like goes mouldy. ANOTHER REASON to move south!! Xx

  40. What a gorgeous way to display your delicious apples, bet you sold buckets, I mean baskets of them! mel x

  41. I love looking at all your gorgeous pics on your blog- and even more so thsi time- the apples look so good:)

  42. Kate I still can't shake the feeling that we would be awesome neighbours. I am also a basket case. My husband just shakes his head with that "another one?!?" look now! So come on, tell us when the book release date is and will we be able to get signed copies from your blog site?!?!

  43. I love baskets but we don't have many of them. We definitely need more! I really, really like that red and green one. So perfectly coloured for apple holding!

    Katie x

  44. These baskets remind me of some that my nan had - wonder if she's still got them?!

  45. A basket maker, a basket collector, a basket lover. I am all three. And I would openly weep to have found the baskets you've managed to gather to you.

  46. Good to know I am not alone! I need new shelves for the baskets!!

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