Sunday, December 25, 2011

Farm Fresh Gift Basket

Happy Boxing Day everyone!  I hope that everyone had a great Christmas, we sure did!  Jason cooked dinner and most of his family came over.  My family was here in the morning.  Such a great day.  

Caution, photo heavy post ;)

I have been waiting to post this gift basket that I made.  I made it for my SIL and her hubby (and she is a facebook friend and would have seen it if I posted).  A couple of years ago she decided she wanted chickens and her hubby made her a chicken coop and everything... they live in city limits.  Anyhow, she loves her chickens and I love that she has a hobby... she always just doted on everyone else and it is nice she has something for her.  Anyhow I decided to make a Farm Fresh themed gift basket after I purchased this rusty silver basket at a garage sale (the one in the back).  I spray painted it and went from there.



Now inside the basket are some 'egg themed' gifts.  I got her an Egg Cookbook, egg slicer, egg poacher and was really happy to find the old egg timer too (another garage sale item).  The Farm Tractors book is a bit of a joke.  We tease her about her little farm.  However, her hubby likes 'coffee table' books and vintage items so I was hoping he would like this.  This is for the Just Add Ink challenge - packaging.



Don't you love the egg timer?



Now no gift basket would be complete without some hand crafted items from me. 


 So I dug out some Farmhouse paper by October Afternoon, some Unity stamps (Farm Fresh and Provencial), some Charcoal Twine from The Twinery and my Cricut and went to work.  This is for the Unity Challenge - Gift Packaging.


There is just something about that egg timer...



For the napkins, I cut out the rooster (I know, not really egg related but the chicken I had wouldn't work) with my From My Kitchen Cricut cartridge and used it as a stencil as I sponged on some black paint.  I used the Removable Glue Dots to hold it in place while I did this.   I then stamped over top with this Provencial Collection stamp from Unity.  I love how they turned out.


Now the ledger paper in the October Afternoon Farmhouse collection was perfect for making some tags.  I then stamped the Farm Fresh stamp by Unity on some white cardstock, punched out and adhered.  I tied on some extra long twine so that she could wrap it around a carton of eggs.  



Finally, I am proud of this sign too.  I saw a similiar one on Etsy for about $20 or $25 and I decided I could do my own.  I had some scrap blocks of wood laying around (got them for free when the school was getting rid of them).  After layering and sanding of the block with a few colors I was happy with the result.  I then used the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge to cut out the letters and once again, used them as a stencil.  I then sanded lightly after painting the letters on.  I know she will like this in her chicken coop... she has purchased some items from Pier One for it too!


ETA:  My SIL loved the gift, especially the sign it is the first thing that she picked out! Her hubby loved the Tractor book, yay!

13 comments:

TesaB said...

WOW! This is awesome!!! And the sign - loooove it!!!!

Julie E said...

So detailed, you thought of everything!

Katie said...

Laurel, these gift baskets are a fabulous idea! I just may start collecting items for family members to make some of these next year! So creative!

Brenda said...

What a thoughtful gift-giver! This is a wonderful bakset, Laurel!

yyam said...

Another fabulous project! You make such thoughtful gifts! :)

Dora said...

This is amazing, love the fresh colors!

~amy~ said...

I bet she LOVED her giftie...so very thoughtful of you!

Karen Pedersen said...

What a perfect and very personalized gift. You are so thoughtful and seem to put lots of thought and time into making each of your gifts fit the person receiving it so well!

Angi said...

Your baskets are fabulous!

lynn said...

this is SO fab, laurel! i love the napkins and sign!

Alanna said...

What an amazing and very thoughtful gift.

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

laurel, this is too darn cute. I'm going to feature it on the Unity FB page. Thanks so much for playing along in the Unity challenge.

Aleks said...

I love this, what a great idea! Id love such a thoughtful gift!

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