Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wood Mail Basket

There's a D.A.V. on my way home from work.
I have apparently developed a teensy tiny habit of stopping by on Friday afternoons.
I was unaware how regular these stops had become until one Friday when I didn't go.

Mr. Concrete walked in the door asking where my latest junk was.

"Why would I have new junk?" I asked.
"Because it's Friday!" he responded like I was stupid.

Yeah, it's a habit.

So last Friday I found this...

I've been looking for something to hold all the random mail and papers always laying around the kitchen.

When I found this basket I knew it was the perfect size to fit between my existing glass jars.

All it needed was a bit of tweaking.

The twine and thatching wrapped around it wasn't quite working for me.

It had to go.

I used a pair of Mr. Concrete's tin snips and it was outta there!

Little did I know what all that twine was covering up.

No worries.

A bit of Gorilla Glue and some clamps fixed it right up.

{never mind the table knife holding the wood in place while it dries, a girl's gotta use what a girl's gotta use}

And it's perfect now!

Well, perfect enough anyway.

I love that it went from "typical" to a rustic harvest basket with just a few snips.
Ok, so maybe it's NOT a harvest basket.
But I can pretend.
Try and stop me!

I threw in a few of the letters Mr. Concrete sent me during his time stationed in Iraq.
They're amazingly special to me, and way better looking than my current electric bill.

So that's it!
I'm hoping this'll help us stay a bit more organized.
Wish me luck...

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  1. Looks fantastic! I need that eye of yours to spot such wonderful treasures.


  2. It's great, I love that you removed the twine... twine be gone!

  3. Love it, but a huge "GOOD LUCK WITH THAT"!!! We do belong in the same family so I know our tendencies!!!

  4. Wonderful treasure. Love the look...pumpkins would look great in there. I am your newest follower. I hope you stop by and say hello.

  5. Wow! Your new wood mail box is AWESOME.. and really if I had
    a) a job that payed and
    b) a place that had awesome stuff on the way home.. I would sooo be there every Friday too!
    Thanks for joining in the Under 300 Hippo Hop!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  6. Very pretty! We have similar cabinets, although our kitchen isn't as pretty!
    I am your newest follower from the Pinkapotamus blog hop. Come visit my blog!

  7. Love this idea! Looks great!

    xo, Emily

  8. Great versatile basket. Looks fabulous with your kitchen decor.

  9. Your great junk looks fab! Beautiful inspiration! Thank you fro sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  10. Jeannine, I really like how you transformed your wooden basket. Perfect solution for your papers.
    Mary Alice

  11. I absolutely love this! I have a basket simple and never thought to take off all the twine and thatch to make something so adorable. Beautiful!

  12. it's soooo pretty it looks great on your counter...I picture it with white little pumpkins ...I think we share the same addiction....;) xo

  13. Love what you did with that wooden basket - looks great on your counter - and just love that you keep special letters in it!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you follow back when you have the time!

  14. Super cute! I swear mail is going to take over my house one day. Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

  15. Much better without the twine! And it looks so pretty on the counter! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  16. Super cute! I think it is perfect! Love the DAV :)

  17. I love your tray! It looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  18. You are a crafting rock star. Your blog is cool, with great projects. The basket is perfect. I found you on the under 300 hop and I am glad I stopped by. I am a new follower. Have a great week.
    Frances from

  19. I never would have thought to remove the twine! It looks great!

  20. I don't think I would of seen the vision of removing the yarn! I love the basket now, before not so much, so it is only fitting that you found it. I need one of these, mail and papers all over - ugh! So nice! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  21. Love your new mail box. I'm your newest follower. I hope you will check out my blog when you have a minute at

  22. This is gorgeous!
    What a great idea!
    Looks really good in your kitchen!

  23. It does look perfect! Good find :)

  24. I LOVE this ! New follower here. I found you through Cowboy Up! I hope you don't mind I shared your post on my Blog Fest: Hope you'll stop by next week.

  25. I have stumbled across your blog accidentally by following links from one party to another, I think!!! Blog browsing has become a favorite activity of mine lately! Anyway...I have read your blog all the way back to the beginning and have also "googled" D.A.V. I give up. What is it? I have enjoyed all your posts. You are so "real" and so talented!
    Carolyn in Louisiana

    1. Oh Carolyn, you're so sweet! Thanks for the compliment.
      I'm not sure if I ever have said what D.A.V. stands for. Guess I just assumed they were all over the country... sorry!
      It stands for Disabled American Veterans. It's a thrift store nearly exactly like the Goodwill except the proceeds go to disabled veterans. I go there a lot because it's convenient and as my husband is a veteran (thank God not disabled) it's absolutely an organization I want to support!
      Thanks again for checking out my little blog! :)


  26. I just LOVE the basket!! I want it!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  27. Luv luv luv your mail basket! What a great find {and fix - wish I had more skills in that area, after all, you have to know where to put the knife). It's lovely.

  28. First time visiting! I love that you just adapted when your project didnt go as planned. I took a look aroundand I love that you fail sometimes but try again! Me too!! Thanks for teh inspiration today.

  29. Have to say, like the wood basket lot more without the twine, etc on it, much better look. You could always paint it or stain it if you get tired of how it looks now. Great save on the broken side piece. Smart gal. I really love how it looks now, pretty durned handy also. Enjoy your Fall and happy days


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