Sunday, September 4, 2011

gather ye berries ...



Berry season is beginning to wind-down and I'm trying to make the best of the last of the season. As you may have guessed, it's not just the produce I enjoy.



I have always liked the simple containers commonly found at farm stands. Sweet as-is in their no-nonsense functionality, I decided it might be fun to print-out words on patterned paper and adhere them to the containers. I even gave one basket a coat of pink paint.



A quick stroke of glue stick to affix the paper to the basket followed by a coat of decoupage medium as a sealant was all it took to take these containers from the cart ...



to the table as holders of muffins and napkins.



What better way to celebrate the beginning of the end of summer ...

To make these muffins:
Corn muffin mix + fresh blueberries and raspberries

xo
elyse

32 comments:

Shabby Life said...

It's cute! I love little containers and boxes...especially the pretty ones! ;)

Mary Ellen said...

So cute Elyse! You know you are making big trouble for me! You had a post eons ago about using a little plastic clear container to use for a pretty display of goodies or some such thing and I started collecting those. Then I would look at other containers and think "Elyse would use this for some cute little thing".

I watched a few episodes of Hoarders on Netflix and think I am now one with all my little container collections! Yo-u may just have to call me in

bee blessed
mary

A Vintage Chic said...

So adorable, Elyse! I love that you see the beauty and potential in the simplest of things--and you make magic out of them!

Wishing you the loveiest Sunday night, my friend!

Julie

BeachVintage.com said...

Love this Elyse. Those napkins are so pretty too.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I love these produce baskets painted in pretty pastel colors.

xo,
Danielle

NanaDiana said...

So cute, Elyse! I love that you make everything a little celebration! You are my kinda gal! xo Diana

koralee said...

How cute are these containers my friend...I love little things like this. xoxoxo Hugs for a great week.

debi said...

Oh, I love the berry baskets. And they're oh-so-sweet with your tinkering!

It's me said...

It looks like summer never end !!..love from me....happy week....xxx...

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

They look amazing!

Katie said...

Good Morning Elyse! Your little baskets are adorable. My farmers market keeps all of there baskets. They put the produce in bags for us to take home. So not nice ;)

casapinka said...

So sweet - I like those containers as well, and I love what you did with the labels.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Love the pastels, Elyse! ♥

PS Note new blog name!

Lisa's Creative Designs said...

Very cute idea! The muffins look delish!

Scrap for Joy said...

OH NO! I have thrown so many of these little boxes away....I never thought about how cute they'd be painted!!! Great..now I can't throw anything away-lol! See-you can make trash look cute! The muffins sound delish!
xoxo
Joyce

Theresa said...

Precious! What a wonderful way to make use of these containers and they are gorgeous! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Lelén ♥ said...

Your blogs is always inspiring! I love all the thing you post, perfect for someone like me, who is looking for inspiration for my work :)
Hugs!
Belén.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh so cute!!!
love
Alison
x

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

What a sweet idea! Great colors, too!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Pretty pictures, yummy muffins and darling baskets! Have a wonderful day sweetie!

Love,
Maryjane
xox

Suzann said...

I so love your sweet baskets!!!
Enjoy your day!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

BearShe Cottage said...

Cute idea on those baskets. Love the colors!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

love this idea! ... want muffin now.

permanent magenta said...

So charming Elyse!

molleydzigns said...

Hi Elyse!! I have 30 of those little baskets...some the egg carton like material, and some are the old wooden kind...any ideas for those?? and what kind of paint did you use?? acrylic?? I LOVE what you did with yours..as always, you inspire!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love those cartons, and the pastel colors are so lovely. What a pretty idea to dress up so many things. These cartons filled with fresh strawberries used to be one of my favorite watercolor painting compositions.

Karen

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

how do you outdo yourself every time with these cute little projects?! i love wooden berry baskets too...so simple and farm fresh! yours turned out adorable :)

KatCollects said...

You always make everything so cute : ) Wishing you many smiles.
Hugs,
Kathy

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Yummy, Elyse! Give you a glue stick and you create some great things!

birdie blue said...

those berry baskets are very adorable, elyse. trust you to take something sweet, and make it even sweeter.

have you even heard of that expression from the 1920's, 'it's the berries'?

hope your weekend is lovely.
xo
molly

Amg-Arts said...

OMG how adorable is your blog, and then I read your latest post and im hungry cute muffins and love their little baskets.

Ann

http://thislittlecottageofours.blogspot.com/

Diane Mars said...

I just love the painted Baskets, my spray paint transforms the most simple things into real treasures too! Hugs, Diane