Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Planning the Easter Basket

Left, the bow at it's best. Center, a prize winner. Right, tiny rose buds on a round form.
      Which shall it be the gaudy tinsel-decked form filled with candy or rather questionable value, or the Easter basket that combines present beauty with future worth? When planning the basket for the gift, it is undeniable that there should be something more than a combination of much money and little taste; indeed, it is better to have a little less of the former, and by emphasizing the latter, make the Easter basket a gift worthy of the thought.
      A stroll through any basketry department will unfold hundreds of shapes to your eyes--forms so lovely in color and variety that the specially "seasonable" baskets of greens and pinks will be rejected to the past, when beauty was not so much insisted upon.
      From the dull shades that have the advantage of affording a harmonious background for any color, a receptacle for the gift (it may be a plant, flowers, or candy) can be evolved that will stand for the best in this line.
      With green leaves from the flower counter, and pale yellow satin ribbon, a spray of tiny rosebuds it is possible for any woman who has the knack of tying to decorate a superior basket. The basket form (left) pictured above is decorated with three or four loops of ribbon for the making of each bud. Notice the attractive line that trails around the shapes in graceful abandon.
      On the bucket-shaped wicker basket, center, a larger rose and bud are used. The petals are made separately of two pieces of silk, and stamens make up the attractive center. Large leaves are placed between the silken forms. The result is particularly pleasing.
      The high standing basket (right) above shows the effective use of a bow--not the stiff large form that spells yards of expensive ribbon, but the soft French bow, secured by twisting the ribbon before tying. From this, a few satin roses and green leaves follow the weave up to the top.
      For those who prefer the undecorated form, a round basket filled with fresh eggs contains no headaches for the fortunate recipient. It is a gift for an invalid that will bring the thought of the giver in tangible form. If for the little boy or girl, a morning spent in decorating the eggs with  faces, or colors, will fully compensate for the lack of the sweets that usually result in vain regrets. 
      It is hardly necessary to suggest that each of these baskets will fit into a niche when the Easter season is no more. For the porch, the sewing table or the library shelf they will supply just the tangible reminder that we are improving in the appreciation of the beautiful. A basket selected and decorated in this fashion will be received with as much joy as the coming of the springtime.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for your thoughts. All comments are moderated.