So Easter is right around the corner, can you believe it? In some ways this year has gone incredibly fast, and in some ways it seems like January 1 was a lifetime ago. It’s also been a whole year since I last posted. A whole year! Crazy. It’s definitely been an eventful year for me. Eventful last 4 months, really. We moved cross country, and I had another baby! But those are all stories for another time.
So back to the point, Easter is right around the corner. I’ve been wanting to make an Easter basket for my daughter. Last year, when she was one, I broke down and just bought a little wire one to make do. I have scoured and scoured the internet and pinterest, but couldn’t come up with anything I loved. Anything that seemed to fit. I was wanting to make a basket that she could use every year. Not for egg hunting, but to wake up to Easter morning filled with goodies. I wanted to make a basket for her that would be a memory.
I remember when I was little, I had an Easter basket that had a stuffed bunny head on it. A little gruesome when you write it out actually, but it was cute. I still have that basket. I don’t actually remember ever using it, but I’ve seen it in pictures when I was little, so I know it was loved. So that’s what I wanted for Avery. Except I want her to remember it. I have these images of her waking up every Easter morning to the same basket, filled with goodies. All the way until she leaves for college. Then when she’s gone, I’ll cry over her basket every Easter morning, sad that she’s away. Then when she gets older, she’ll appreciate the nostalgia of that basket, and want to use it for her own daughter….Okay, so maybe I get a little carried away. She’ll probably not even notice the basket, just grab the stuff, and it’ll get tossed aside. Then in a few years we probably won’t even do Easter baskets anymore, she won’t remember it, and it’ll get left in the attic somewhere. But, I can dream, right? So, as you can see, I put a lot of pressure on myself for this ‘Easter basket for a lifetime’. Ha, I don’t know why I do this to myself. Anyway, now that I have baby boy, I’ve got to do this times 2.
I wasn’t worried about it being a traditional basket so much, just wanted to find something cool and unique, so I set off for the antique store. This is what I came up with for Avery.
It was an old metal ‘flower basket’. A little worse for wear. Not sure what it looked like originally, but it had been painted a green color, and it was terribly rusted. But, it had potential. Pretty shape, and it was big enough to hold goodies, but not so big it would be hard to fill. I started by sanding all the loose rust I could, then primed it with a spray paint Rustoleum primer.
After it was primed, it already looked much better. Avery’s favorite color is currently purple, and she picked out the color she wanted her basket to be.
I had some pretty blue leftover from a different project, so I sprayed the inside blue, for a little contrast.
At this point, all that was left was to give it a little personalization, so I made a bunting banner with her name. But of course it had to be a double-sided banner. Why? Because I like to complicate things. And because then I can be less decisive. If I can’t decide between 2 different banner fabrics, why not do them both, right? So, after all is said and done, this is what I came up with, all ready for Easter morning.
I’m pleased with how it turned out. It may not last until my children’s children’s children, but maybe the next couple of years. 🙂 So now it’s on to Benjamin’s…