Dreaming of sunny days...

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All day I've been obsessing about my latest, non sewing DIY project...

Here's the back story: Yesterday I got an email from ShoeDazzle, otherwise known as my "shoe of the month club", advertising their Valentine's Day sale (by the way, if you're a shoe lover you should definitely be a member of this site). I'm a sucker for new shoes so I of course clicked through to look at the options. Turns out they were peddling more than shoes. Among other things, they had this picnic set available for $39.95...

I immediately wanted to purchase it. The boy and I did some picnicking last summer when our local botanical gardens offered a free classic movie series in the park and it was so much fun! The dreary winter has left me longing for picnics and I had already mentally planned menus for several in the spring and summer. I was about to click "buy" but 2 things stopped me.

1. I don't really love the color or look of this backpack, I love the cute dishes and the "idea" of the set but I think I'm more of a picnic basket kind of a girl, rather than a picnic backpack...

2. It's $40 and I could probably make my own for around the same price in a style I like...

So this is my mission before spring! The plan is to find a vintage picnic basket similar to this one:

Source: etsy.com via Forrest on Pinterest

If it's in good shape I'll leave it as is, otherwise I'll spray paint it a pretty color, line it with felt and maybe a pretty floral print fabric, create elastic loops to hold silverware and dishes and then go on the hunt for pretty things to fill it will! I think I'll also make some napkins to match the lining fabric. Then maybe I can find a great blanket to match?

This is actually a miniature picnic basket made for dolls, but you get the idea I'm going for...

Source: etsy.com via Forrest on Pinterest

Anyone else dreaming of picnics?


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January 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM delete

I love picnic baskets, but don't really like picnics so I have to remind myself of that fact every time I see a cute picnic basket set on sale anywhere! One thing I have noticed with picnic basket sets is that they usually have all the tools you need for a picnic, but no room for actual food - which is important on a picnic.

Melizza Makes
January 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM delete

I am TOTALLY ready for spring and summer. I bought my Brexton picnic set right before the winter set in. *Sigh*. I cannot wait to hit the parks and drink some cocktails out of my thermos :)