I have never been an avid collector of anything. I love ironstone, but you don’t come across it often in AZ so I don’t have many pieces. Wooden dough bowls are amazing, but incredibly expensive. Same goes for ceramic crocks. My stack of crates seems to be the closest thing that I have to a collection, but they’re scattered around our home working hard in built-ins holding toys and on the wall holding camera gear.
I had been looking for some kind of display to keep my husband’s deer mount company, when the stars aligned and I saw this post from The Nester, then found a Native American basket at a local antique store for $5. It sent me down a basket collection rabbit hole. I fell in love with images like these…
I love the texture the baskets bring to an otherwise empty wall. The grouping becomes a large statement piece, but still looks unfussy and warm.
Natural. Easy. Impactful. I just needed a few more baskets! Below is the basket that started it all. I found it at an antique store for $5. Five dollars.
Apparently it was crunched up a bit during the transport, and had a few small holes. I barely noticed the holes, let alone minded them, so I resisted the urge to jump up and down as I paid. I actually used an existing hole to put my nail through.
The next basket was a large wicker basket tray from Hobby Lobby.
There were three or four different sizes, and I was tempted to get a couple more. In the end I stuck with one to try to keep things diverse and interesting.
This next one I made using thick jute twine. I might do a post on the how-to another day, but I basically wrapped black twine around the jute in a few strategic spots to create the design.
The thrift shop basket below was originally a lid to a larger basket and had a pink and turquoise design, but the shape and size were perfect. I painted over the design in black and brown that fit in a little better with the other baskets.
This is a special one that my brother brought me from a trip to Peru. It’s actually a purse with the strap tucked inside.
Until I can get my hands on a few more genuine Native American or African baskets, my hodge-podge collection will do.
Yeah… there are only a few. And only two are authentic. But it’s a start and I think it works so well on “the deer wall”.
In other news, my giant table is finally finished! It’s been in use for a while, but I haven’t shared it because I wanted to add a fun little detail to the aprons.
I’ll share more about the table and benches soon. It was quite an undertaking, but I love having such a substantial table both for the look and the space to spread out!