Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Vintage French Market Baskets

I love vintage French market baskets.
Especially the tall ones.

Don't know what it is about them,
but the older and grayer and more weathered they are,
the more they appeal to me.
(Kind of like a distinguished older gent...you know?)

But they're hard to find.
(The baskets...not the gents.)
So when I read about  Rosemary's discovery of French-inspired rolling market baskets
last summer at JoAnne Fabrics, I ordered two of them.
One to keep
 and
one to sell.

(Yes, they've been sitting in my basement for that long...)

I used ASCP in French Linen as the base color,
dipping my brush in the paint and then in a bowl of water,
and haphazardly brushing the color on.
 After letting it dry,
I went back with ASCP in Old White
and did a very wet brushing over the entire basket
allowing the watery paint to catch in the nooks and crannies.
 I was pleased with the results.
But...
 I wasn't finished with it yet.


 
This gent needed something more.
Something to make him stand out from other baskets his age.
So, I hauled out a French address stencil, a piece of leftover drop cloth, 
and ASCP in Graphite.





A few dabs of silicone glue later
and he was ready for a trip to the market.




As I was downloading the photos,
I started playing around with the "Gritty" effect
and loved the vintage look it added.










Since I had the paints and stencils out,
I transformed this shapely old basket I discovered at Goodwill last week
with the same technique.








They make a nice pair, oui?




She just may have to live at Heaven's Walk for a little while...
while the gent is off to my booth!


Vintage basket on left: Allegan Antique Market


~ Blessings ~



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108 comments:

  1. they're fabulous, laurie. i love what you've done!

    michele

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  2. These are fantastic!!! Oohh.. and that gritty effect is great too.
    Hope you are enjoying your week
    ~Cheryl

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  3. Started sexing our baskets now, have we? He & She? Dast you leave them alone in a dark room? They turned out great, Laurie, and I imagine they will sell in short order in your booth. Great looking -both of them. xo Diana

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  4. Just gorgeous, Laurie!! {as usual} :o) I need you to come help me with some of the stuff I have laying around!! Where did you find a French stencil? Would love to have one, though I guess I could make one on my Cricut machine!! Duh!!! Can you use that one over and over again? That would be great!

    Hope your week is wonderful, sweetie!!
    Still loving my little sign! You're so talented!
    Hugs and joy,
    Becky

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  5. love how those turned out! so clever and so charming! xoxo, tracie

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  6. Oh, the "gents" are not that easy to find, unlike we ladies, they don't appreciate the 'vintage'look! ;-) Your baskets turned out great. I love how you just slap on paint! xo

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  7. Oh, I just realized there is no soft pretty music! Your play list is gone?? ;( xo

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  8. Oh I want one of these baskets Laurie!! Your photos are beautiful!!
    Pamela ox

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  9. Ma chère Laurie, je connais bien le 80 rue Pannesac au Puy en Velay. C'est ma ville !... La spécialité de la région est la lentille verte (aoc) et la verveine.
    Vos paniers sont très jolis... merci pour cette merveilleuse publication agrémentée de magnifiques photos.
    gros bisous

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  10. WOW Laurie,
    They look absolutely amazing!!~ I am in love with the shape of the basket you found at Goodwill!!
    You did an awesome job!!
    Hope you have a beautiful night my friend!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  11. Loving your basket transformations:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  12. Oh, the basket with the French address is my favorite! Perfect makeover. I couldn't part with it. I don't know how you do it.

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  13. I love what you have done with these baskets! great job

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  14. very cool!
    love that look

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  15. This is so great Laurie....love Ria....xxx...

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  16. Lovely baskets and what a great idea. I have many baskets.

    Hugs
    Elna

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  17. These are amazing, Laurie. Just love the vintage look and the little muslin signs are the perfect finishing touch! Would love for you to come and share it at our All Star Block Party blog hop!!

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  18. I saw that transformation some time ago and have been wanting to try it on one of those market baskets. Your technique sounds so easy....I've gotta try it! Linda

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  19. So very nice!! I love them!!!

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  20. Oh my gosh I am pretty much in love !!!! Seriously in love with these!! I think it is time to make some :)

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  21. Hi Laurie,
    Great idea, I love the French grayed baskets as well. I had not even thought about painting to get the look. Annie Sloan paint will be great for that. I am going to look at baskets differently now and look for the shapes I like and paint them. Thanks for the tips.

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  22. Wow, They are sooo beautiful! I love what you did with them.They are so gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  23. They are lovely. I could use one of them in my livingroom. Great job.

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  24. I LOVE that idea! You took something that looked ok and made it expensive looking and old, even rare to find, looking! I love the stenciled drop cloth material added to the front too. It's the perfect finishing touch. Makes me wonder what baskets I could redo like that. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm sure your "old gent" won't last long in your booth!

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  25. Oh my gosh, That is Amazing! Cutest thing i've seen all week! If i were near your shop i would buy that basket so fast it would make your head spin!

    Cindy

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  26. Your baskets are just beautiful! Thanks for showing how you created them. Just lovely! ~ Jamie

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  27. These look just amazing. I can't believe the transformation. I am Pinning this! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Also, I have a fun linky party that starts tomorrow at 2:00 PST and runs through Sunday at midnight. It is every weekend at Redoux. I would love for you to come link this project up. I think a lot of my readers would love to see this project. Thanks! -K

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  28. ohmygosh Laurie, these are so wonderful, and btw, I like those older gray gentlemen,too. well, not toooo old, but just a little!

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  29. oh you did it again. this is beautiful. you are talented!!!!

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  30. What a wonderful transformation. I saw those at JoAnn's, and you've done a perfect job of making them look so frenchy. Love all your baskets.
    Mary Alice

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  31. This market basket turned out more beautiful than any I have ever seen. Love it! I always enjoy all of your posts, and I have you Mom and you on my prayer list. By the way, I love your pup, Maize Grace. She smiles at me each time I bring up your blog. Have a blessed day. Judy

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  32. Great project! Thanks for sharing the beauty....xo

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  33. Laurie~Just simply gorgeous girl! I love your styling also!
    Where can I find a stencil like that?
    xokathee

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  34. Laurie,
    These basket transformations are gorgeous! Some lucky person is going to love it, have to have it and purcha$e it, for sure! You have exquisite taste! Great finds @ your Good Will!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  35. The baskets turned out great! I need to try this. I pinned Rosemary's tutorial ages ago...so I can totally relate to the baskets in the basement thing. In fact, I have a cool basket I procured a year or better ago from GW that was awaiting the technique...hmmmmmm, sounds like project time.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  36. I like these baskets, Laurie, they all look great!
    Good job!
    xxoo

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  37. Laurie
    Those are absolutely Fabulous! What a transformation I'm not sure I could part with them. Have a wonderful week!

    xoxo
    Kate

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  38. Hi Laurie,

    Your baskets are gorgeous. I love the stencils you used.

    Dee

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  39. Hi Laurie!

    These are all lovely! I adore the lavender and roses, and the painted signs on them! Very original.

    Blessings,
    Donna

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  40. Hi Laurie,
    Fantastic Job, the old gent is looking dapper!! Even though you kept the baskets waiting over the winter you did better than me, I wanted one and never got to JoAnn's to get one. Now I am gonna have to see if they still carry them:-) Like the griity phot work too:-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  41. hiya, tehse baskets are very commonly used in Turkey too, lovely idea :)I'm following you now.
    I'll be happy if you check my blog and follow too=)

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  42. These baskets are so adorable! :)

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  43. wow, that is just lovely! I adore the nappy linen with the writing! I want to make something like that now! thanks for sharing!

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  44. I love these baskets! You have made them so beautiful!

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  45. I am absolutely in love with these baskets!!!

    The writing on the linen just topped the "cake." LOL

    My current hunt: Tall baskets to transform to vintage French chic.

    Lovely!!!

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  46. Laurie! Wow! This looks amazing - you've taken a wonderful basket to begin with and made it extraordianry - I'll be pinning this one! Tres' Chic!
    Kathy

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  47. O.K. just shared on FB & Twitter...too much fun!
    Kathy

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  48. so very charming, laurie!! LOVE the tall one:)

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  49. Hi Laurie, how cute are these? I have a basket very similar to your first one that I bought at a nursery. It has a french graphic that was printed on paper on the front of it. It is one of my favorite baskets. Yours turned out absolutely darling. So very clever you are! I have made a couple of drop cloth items and have left over scraps. You have inspired me to do something fun with them. I have a linky party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love if you shared this!
    Hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. So happy to have found you and now am following.

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  50. Hi Laurie, Your baskets look wonderful. What a great idea. I had something similar with a basket I painted white and then I used paper with a printed add on it. I love the texture of the drop cloth. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Rebecca

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  51. Those baskets are all just awesome! I'm in love!!

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  52. That sure did the trick. You have some beauties there!
    Liz

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  53. PERFECT embellishment! WOW! Love your style and your ideas!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  54. I just adore these French baskets. I love all things French and the way you have them displayed is perfect. Saw you on Rooted in Thyme I am on there too.

    Cynthia

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  55. I absolutely LOVE what you've done with these baskets!! I found you on Rooted in Thyme, and would love for you to check me out, too :)
    Susan

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  56. Laurie,

    Thank you so much for linking this post also with my Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop. I love the what you did with the baskets. They are so fun. I have really enjoyed looking at your site.

    Enjoy!!!
    Debi

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  57. Love your baskets, great idea,thanks.
    Bernice

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  58. Love them!!!! Good eye! I like how you frayed the fabric label too. Thanks so much for coming by and linking these up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

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  59. Sweet baskets. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I just found you at Rustic Restorations Weekend. I am now a follower! Blessings ~ Judy @ addicted2homedecor

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  60. I so love those baskets; and such nice job you did on them. Lovely home too.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend my friend!

    Cielo

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  61. I noticed the sweet comment you left on Tausha's "Simply Me" blog after her nasty incidence with Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic fame and thought I'd drop by the blog of the darling woman who left it. Lovely !! xoxo

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  62. HEAVENLY INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW, thank you for coming to visit our Paris link party and your blog is just BEAUTIFUL!!! Come again and visit the other Paris inspired posts!! Anita

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  63. Wow! Just love how you've given these the aged patina!! I love how your photographs turned out using 'gritty effect. The French bread, the lavender and flowers...perfect.

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  64. These are just soooo beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your painting technique. I have been holding off on painting my baskets because I wasn't sure of the best technique. I'll proceed with confidence now using your great tutorial. Thanks again!

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  65. this just looks so terrific. we now all gotta try your technique and get ourselves some faux french baskets!

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  66. The baskets are just sheer perfection! Your additions made them even more so.
    Great photos as well.
    We'd love to have you share at the linky party , too.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  67. Ah! Totally Oui, Oui! I love baskets and I agree the older the better. You did such a lovely job I really like the french linen shade. But always your special finishing touch.
    How is is shoppe doing?
    Hugs Rosemary...xoxo

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  68. Thank you Laurie for your beautiful visit and taking the time to visit. I love the taller baskets as well, and I hear you girl ...the grayer the better, your inspiration over here is just so beautiful, I to am on the hunt for some baskets, oh and French bread boards :)
    See you and all your beauty soon.
    Blessings beautiful Sunday
    Xoxo
    Dore

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  69. Lovely! The graphic adds just the right touch to make them extra special.

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  70. Oh, Blessed you are!
    I hope I am not spoiling the surprize!! I am here to give you a bog shout-out and a CONGRATS! to your win over at the beautiful VillaBarnes "Rosemary" with her GiveAway Vintage by Nina! I am most excited for you and it so belongs to you with your beautiful Nordic style.

    Beautiful Sunday to you and yours through him.
    xoxo
    Dore

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  71. Laurie,
    That looks amazing girl!!! Love your ideas.You keep me inspired.Where do you get your stencils?
    (((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  72. Gorgeous transformation!! I'm here visiting via Southern Hospitality.
    Love what you did to the baskets, and the stencilled drop cloth is just the icing on the cake!

    Have a fantastic week!
    xo-Lisa

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  73. Just lovely - what a fabulous idea! Love the additiona of the dropcloth swatch on the front. Too bad all my dropcloths had paint splattered all over them! Have to buy new!

    Pop over to my blog to see the commercial range hood I transformed.

    http://www.studioofdecorativearts.blogspot.com

    I am a new follower...Linda

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  74. Beautiful! I love what you do to baskets, it's perfect!

    ~Shanon

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  75. I love, love, love what you did to both baskets! They look so fantastic!! Wish I lived near your booth!!

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  76. Wow!!!! I actually said wow out loud, love them!!! beautiful photos too. xo

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  77. They're just gorgeous!! Thanks for visiting my log :)

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  78. Hejsan härliga korgar ...härlig blogg du har
    Kram Rosa

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  79. Hi Laurie, I just wanted to hop back over and let you know that I will be featuring your darling French Mkt. baskets on Share Your Cup later today.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  80. Wow - the stenciling adds so much to the baskets - I love how they came out!! Lovely!

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  81. Beautiful photos!! Have a wonderful week! Hugs

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  82. Laurie,

    Those baskets are amazing! But the best part is the way you styled them. They look like they are straight out of a magazine :)

    Have a wonderful day!
    karianne

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  83. Laurie,
    These turned out amazing! Love it! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  84. what a beautiful idea, and what an absolutely great job. I am inspired.
    AMAZING!!!!!

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  85. You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create! Thanks again for linking up this fabulous idea.
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/06/wildly-original-features-4-new-party.html
    <3 Christina

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  86. Really creative! Love the idea of the fabric stenciled and added to the basket. What an
    attractive combination! Great job!

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  87. Great look on these. So where did you get the french stencil? Did you make that yourself? Love it..
    Let me know..
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  88. Absolutely gorgeous result Laurie. Thanks for linking to Shabbilicious Friday... I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

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  89. Wow - I absolutely LOVE those baskets!! The fabric and stencil added so much!

    Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime! I always love seeing what you come up with. I would love to feature your baskets next Tuesday - would you add my Take it on Tuesday button to your sidebar? Thanks!!

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  90. I absolutely adore these baskets, especially considering you used ASCP and a drop cloth. Have a wonderful day!

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  91. I don't know how I missed this post, Laurie! I just got that willow cart myself! It is the natural one and I was thinking of using the French Linen on it, too. How great to see how it looks first before I do it! I'm also going to make a new liner for it ~ out of dropcloth, add a few ruffles. The one they provide is not to my taste, but at least it's a liner for now. I just did a flower bucket makeover using some Osnaberg fabric and a French script number stencil. That won't post until next week though. The dropcloth you used for the graphics turned out great.

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  92. Well I wanted to be comment #100 but I'll have to settle for #99 instead. :) The baskets are beautiful! Now I'm going to be giving baskets at Goodwill a closer look. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. These really are gorgeous and I'm getting ready to give my kitchen a French makeover and these would be perfect in there.

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  93. I'm visiting from Jann Olson's party where your beautiful basket was one of her features. This is a great tutorial and your photographs are stunning! Great Job!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  94. I've been so busy I totally missed this post until it was featured today - how fantastic!!!! You have given me exactly the idea I needed - thank you!!!!

    Love, love, love this project!

    xox

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  95. I am thinking that I need one of those french baskets Laurie!! Love what you did with it. :)
    Blessings~

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  96. Now I need a French basket of my own!! You really made them something special.
    Kelly

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  97. Dear Laurie!!! Didn't I tell you I spot you in the parties, in the middle of 200 projects??LOL!
    I love the baskets, stunning!!!
    The other day I went to buy paint and thought of you but when I saw French linen it seemed to beige for me. I already use so much beige. I could not make up my mind because all I like is coco and country gray and french linen. I completely forgot about graphite which I wanted, too. Oh., well. Next time!
    I did not come across baskets like your yet! Enjoy them for a while!

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  98. I read your post on Someday Crafts and I was lucky enough two days later found a basket made of wood my mom calls them banana baskets, I went to Lowes got the paint and voila! My daughter knows french so I had her translate our address onto the material, what an inspiration you are, thank you!

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  99. I love these! Laurie- this project was genius! They look so good- I had to pin this so I can remember to try it. Thanks for the super amazing idea!!
    xo Becca

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  100. Do you have your own garden where you get your flowers? I would love to see your garden if you have one.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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  101. Acabei de conhecer o seu blog e achei maravilhoso. Me visite:http://algodaotaodoce.blogspot.com.br/
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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