Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Basket Case

Now this post might strike a chord with some of you. Some of you it might not. I'm aware that some people manage to live in pared down minimalist houses and then there are others who live in a hodge podge of stuff. I'm one of the latter. My man, the girls and I all have magpie tendencies. We gather, collect, create and store stuff and every now and then all that stuff needs a bit of organising, a spot of getting on top of.


I can't think of a better way to justify in my own head my burning desire for more and more baskets. Not only are they blinking gorgeous to look at, they're pretty darned useful too. I love that everything I need can be stored in one place and then moved here and there.

I store fabric in some, all folded away ready to dip into. The bigger bits hide on shelves in the laundry room. I have to say this is one of my favourite baskets. I was asked by an artist once if they could borrow it for a still-life they were painting, that's just how lovely this basket is.


Then there's the basket that was once the picnic basket, but now it's become the overflow place for cookbooks.


This is the random things basket. Only lovely things are allowed in here, but they are random because I don't know where else to put them for now. Each thing is actually on it's way somewhere else. Golly needs to visit the bathroom for a good old wash and scrub up and the books need to find a shelf.


This wee basket has become useful for long sticky stuff and just makes me smile at it's smallness.


Then we have unfinished projects baskets and dressmaking projects baskets all heaving and ready to topple over if I don't go and rescue them soon.


Piled high above all these useful baskets is another one that displays my wares at markets. At home it holds onto sticky backed plastic and other vintage papers.


By my desk are piles of books and magazines (just out of shot) and then there is the tidy basket of a few bigger ones ready for fireside reading.


Waiting for me each evening are a multitude of knitting and crochet baskets. This one is my favourite at the moment as I dash to try and finish both things in it before it gets really really cold.


Just over the way there is the forgotten projects basket, not to be confused with the really very forgotten project basket (not shown). Behind that is another favourite which is in the shape of a coconut. I was offered money to sell this on the same day that I hummed and haaed about buying a peach of a 1950's basket. I thought too long and hard and when I went back to get it it was gone.


This was one of the first baskets I bought many moons ago lined with beautiful delicate French fabric. Pip our older cat has had too much fun with the handle and has even more fun destroying my repairs, so it doesn't come on shopping trips anymore. 

There are a few more baskets here and there holding onto daft stuff we just can't bear to throw out. 

I imagine there will also be tons more baskets coming to live with us as we always need a good looking bit of moveable storage.

Alongside all of this I'm feeling a bit of a true basket case myself. My mates have told me it's definately hormonal, but I don't like it one bit. Words are eluding me when I'm talking. I chat to my man describing the word, but am unable to find it in my head. I often start conversations and wonder what on earth I'm on about. I feel as if an army of invisible insects are crawling over my skin and I'm really really snappy and emotional. Apparently this is all normal. I'm only in my 40's for goodness sake and I don't think it's normal at any age to be this held to ransom by hormones. Just thought I'd mention it as I want to blog with my voice, but then I find I'm struggling to find the upbeat me hidden in the depths. I want me back basically and I'm impatient to know the date she'll be arriving.

As always I really appreciate your kind words and thoughtful comments. You said some really insightful and helpful things about this whole parenting malarkey which made me feel a whole heap better. So thankyou.


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  1. I hope you feel like yourself again soon. I understand how you feel. Your things are all really pretty and interesting, they give your house so much character and personality!

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  2. Sounds like the "pre-Change" you experience up to ten years before the real "Change". Kind of depressing isn't it? *Sigh* I was hoping our forties would be fun...

    Jenn @ JennsCraftyWorld

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    1. Yup definately rubbish, I'm still enjoying my 40's Jenn, but not the feeling of becoming a demented angry idiot.

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  3. Crafty girl,I haveto tell you one thing. All the things you are feeling and words you can't quite get could also be because of being too busy and stressed. We work hard to create our beautiful lives and befor you chalk it all up to hormones( yes,we are all a bit hormonal...) make sure that you've made some 'just you' time to chill and regroup.Maybe even 'not do' time where you accomplish...nothing!That might be a special request to the family but if they want their wife or mom to not go barking mad perhaps they could indulge a time out for you!Just sayin' because when I am in freak mode I can't remember the words I am looking for either and I feel very frustrated in general.There is only so much of us to go around even though we aspire to be wellsprings of strength and creativity.The human body, including our brains can only take so much of our spirited charge forth aspirations. Time out for mom!

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    1. Exactly what I was thinking at the time Amber and then funnily enough my last post is about trying to do just that. A friend asked me where I got this idea of being the perfect mum. Not what I was trying at all, just being too hard on myself and slowly putting the kids before me.
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get yours sorted too.

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  4. Oh my goodness you have the most gorgeous things!
    Yes, I will say that you have a lot of stuff, and too much stuff in my own house makes me a little crazy, I have to keep it to a low. But in your house... you make it work and it's GORGEOUS!! I love that little black doll, and I love your baskets, not to mention all of that needle work. Everything just looks organized and like it belongs exactly where it is. Things look at home with you!
    Have a great rest of your week,
    Tammy x

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    1. That's really kind of you to say so Tammy. There's a whole lot of mess here that never gets shown. I keep meaning to do a reality post of what's hidden just out of shot.
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  5. I realized this evening that I had responded so fervently to your post earlier.In that,I forgot to just say how fun your blog really is. I guess you were just talking about something I am working on personally right now.Your home and crafts are amazing!Sorry... Thanks for letting us readers share.XO

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    1. I didn't think you were fervent, just passionate about your feelings and I appreciated it truly.
      Glad you enjoyed reading and that you stopped by.

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  6. I thought I had a quite a basket collection but you win hands down!

    We are also a magpie household - none of us can bear minimalist spaces!

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    1. Minimalist sounds quite nice when I'm stressed about mess, but the reality would be so boring wouldn't it Vicki.

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  7. I do love your use of baskets. I especially like the idea of all the things that are on there way somewhere! Also your last thoughts left me wondering if it would help you to see a homepath? they base their remedies around some quite specific feelings and emotions and sometimes they are really spot on. I hope you feel better soon anyway. I did like your last post, sorry not to comment, it made me cry actually, but that's not a bad thing!! Heather x

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    1. Hi Heather

      I had thought about seeing a homeopath once I get paid, they've always been really helpful to me. Sorry for making you cry. I got all teary writing it, but that was good for me too.

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  8. Hello lovely....
    I'm so like you when it comes to baskets. I adore them as they have a charm all on their own!

    As for the hormonal thing.....Mmmmm I have to agree that at times I often feel the same for many reasons. Running my own craft business is lovely and I love seeing others create etc but sometimes it takes away my energy to enjoy my own lovely home and crafts.
    Stress is not nice in any form especially hormonal...hang in there hun. It will sort itself out eventually.
    In the meantime use your blog as a sounding board if you need to. I know it has helped me at times with my fibromyalgia. There so many lovely peeps out there who help make you smile just when you need it....
    So I'm sending you my smiles to help today :)

    Tilly x

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    1. Thankyou Tilly, I really appreciate your words and smiles. I know you've gone through a lot and achieved so much also which isn't easy. Stress is a bug which creeps up on us and needs a good kick really.
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  9. I'm DEFINITELY a basket case. I have lots, but not enough to keep all my stash in! I have a room full of boxes as well!

    Hope you feel better soon - have you tried the Bach Rescue Remedy? Or a drop of Sloe Gin?

    Penny
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    1. You sound like you need lots more baskets Penny! Bach's on my list of to do's thank you, sloe picking soon to make our own so for now I'm finding anything alcoholic works a treat.

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  10. Cheering you on over here in Shropshire, you will be fine. I am not allowed another basket in the house until one leaves! How crazy is that. Jo x

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    1. I can hear your cheering Jo, thankyou kindly. Yes that is crazy. We need a basket gang to sort that out.

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  11. I'm definitely a basket case too, in both senses! I seem to be all over the place hormonally recently and put it down to being in my mid forties ... I go from high to low and back again all in a day! I find a walk in the woods or a good movie and a glass of red wine helps!! My little man going back to his last year in primary school made me feel quite melancholy and sad that I never had more than one child ... probably the reason why I baby him too much and need to let him fly a little more ...
    As for baskets ... i have old scaffold ladders suspended from the ceiling and hang my baskets from them on old butchers hooks. They are so useful filled with everything from tea towels to used egg boxes, to seed packets, to school books. Yay for baskets ... you can never have too many! M x

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    1. Baskets are definately addictive and much needed. I like your idea to hang them up.

      It's hard being this mental isn't it and not too great for everyone else. When I stopped to hear what a sarky bitch I was being to my family I felt horrified. Hard about feeling sad where children are concerned. I wishe we'd had loads more, but it wouldn't have been sensible at the time. It means though that we can give the girls more attention and send them to a school we chose. Same for you, having just one I always notice people have more time for their children than I do. We're both only's and had lovely childhoods, just hate it as an adult. I think the melancholy is normal and accerbated by the blinking hormones really. I well up thinking we won't be getting icecreams and going to teh swings after school. I ask you.

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  12. I think of baskets as natural filing cabinets, just imagine the chaos without them. Try to ignore those pesky hormones they feed on worry, give them attention and they show off more. I made it to the other side...it's fine. Eco Ethel xx

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    1. Tx Ethel. You make me laugh and that's good stuff. Make the hormones human and then I can kick them hard.

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  13. I have a lovely basket that I take to the allotment to carry my bounty back in... my home is full of vintage suitcases full of fabric... Yep I became Peri menopausal at 38 and by 41 that was that... Due I'm told to the stress of my body having ME / CFIDS... I see a medical herbalist which has evened out the symptoms and keep stress to a minimum... Ooo and a sense of Humour about the whole thing... hugs Cx

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    1. Hi Cass

      I'm sure my reply to you go through ok. Sense of humour slowly being found again.
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  14. I am glad that I am not the only one who has magpie tendancies, but how do you keep it all so dust free? My house is always covered in dust, no matter how often I clean it. (And maybe, erm, that isn't as often as I should...)

    I too feel like I am going through perimenopause in my early 40s. Quite a surprise and fairly depressing. No answers, I'm afraid. If you hear of any, please pass them on!

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    1. Tons of answers here Lise thankfully, it's like an online helpdesk for BC's.

      Dust - I just blow and it moves somewhere else.

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  15. I am loving your basket collection. I only have one basket but definitely fancy getting a few more particularly for crochet and the rare knitting projects. I think they look so cosy. And great idea for storage. We always need storage here!

    Ahh yes hormones they are the bane of our lives are they not. Well I have a delightful week of panic attacks and tightness of chest and its all hormone related. Come that time of the month it vanishes but a few days to a week before. A nightmare. Although there is a lot of great stuff about being female there also is an awful lot of crapola too!

    Hope you get feel more yourself soon.

    P x

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    1. Poor you Paula that sounds awful. Have you tried any of the cures that people are mentioning on here as it's awful to be so controlled by our bodies.

      Much rather be a woman though as I love make-up and florals and would otherwise be a very camp man.

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  16. Do you want me to start a BCC so you can join too? My soon to be 12 year old is looking rather like my annoying little brother did at the same age....do you know I called him by my brothers name the other day.....my own son!!!
    So setting up a BCC immediatly that is of cours the 'Basket Case Club'

    bestest daisy...

    aka. founder member of said BCC. x

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    1. Yep you can be the President off the BCClub. Gin and Tonics and knitting in baskets for remedial purposes only.
      Good luck remembering your sons name. my mum used to call me Jetso (he was a black spaniel who looked nothing like me).
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  17. Hello Lisa ... what a lot of gorgeous baskets! I love them too and have them dotted about all over the place, but the last 2 I bought, I was so excited about, didn't really examine them ... Steve turfed them out when I got in as they were riddled in woodworm!

    Hormones are horrid, but you're not alone sweetie! Hope you're feeling a bit more chipper soon

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. Thanks Claire you are sweetheart. Bad news about the baskets, you need some more most definately.

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  18. Baskets are so darn useful aren't they. I've got a few but none as pretty as yours. Yup, I can sympathise with you on the hormonal front and feeling like a basket case. I feel like that all the time, my memory is appalling - hate it. I'm taking comfort from what Ethel says - it'll get better. Surely.xx

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    1. Ethel has comforted me too Loo. I feel like a demented idiot at work when everyone's staring waiting for me to find the word I'm looking for.

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  19. My name is Sarah and I love baskets..... What's not to love practical and pretty and they come in all shapes and sizes... Amazing.

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    1. Good for you for owning up Sarah. Bet you love tins too.
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  20. All of your baskets are so lovely and filled with pretties!! I love baskets and enamelware to store all my things! Wishing you a most wonderful and crafty day! xo Heather

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    1. Thankyou Heather - I think most of us folk love the same stuff.
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  21. If you are a basket case, then I am too - I love baskets and yours are all being so useful!

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    1. I like meeting other BC's so how do from one to another.
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  22. That makes me a basket case aswell then, brain fog! it makes me feel downright stupid at times trying to recall words and when I am especially tired even conversations are a nightmare. But if you read this, get your thyroid tested as these are all symptoms of an underactive one.

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    1. There seem quite a lot of us out there who are going nuts at the moment. I've noticed it's worse when I'm tied too.
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  23. Lisa, I too am a basket case - there, I've said it! They contain a multitude of sins and make them look like they are meant to be there.

    Re your symptoms - all good advice above, but for sure have your thyroid checked out. Brain fog - not due to peri-change, that just clouded the issue - was a major symptom in my under-active thyroid. It was AWFUL. also the creepy crawly feeling. Check it out, there's a dear, and put your mind at rest or get something done about it! Lx

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    1. Thanks Lynne

      I think an MOT of me is in order.
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  24. yay another basket case!!! I too have lots & they're all over the house storing different projects, I love them!
    Sorry to hear you're feeling rubbish, being a women is no fun :( xx

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    1. Course you do, baskets are just wonderfil things Josie.
      Being a woman does have some real good bits, like not being a man! I wouldn't fancy that at all.
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  25. I came across your blog via Textile Treasury, and just love the fact there is someone else nuts about baskets. My other half thinks I can't possibly need another one, what would I put in it? But that doesn't seem to be a problem does it, all of a sudden, when a pretty basket old or new has caught your eye and had to come home with you, there is the very thing to put in it. Amazing! Lovely read, thank you.

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    1. What does he know about the basket need hey?

      Glad you found me too btw Maggie.
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  26. oooh love this post...you know i'm a basket lover too.....can't resist them either and there's always something that needs nesting!....as for those hormones....think mine are scrabbling about too and it isn't very nice....if all else fails a skip to the doc for a sweet remedy might do the trick? thinking of you x

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    1. Trying remedies and sticking my head in a basket for pleasure seems to be helping.
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  27. we are basket case sisters separated at birth!!! seriously! have a basket of almost identical crochet...have the deer and that swan, have the material and the odds and ends, even have the same pink smeg fridge! How could we have been lost from each other for so long!!! glad i found you sis and now following xxxxx

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    1. Always wanted a sister so this could be handy you finding me Jane.
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  28. Have house AND basket AND shoe envy now!
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    1. Bet you don't have itchy skin and mad old woman envy do you Mrs?
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  29. Hello my name is Janine and i follow your blob, love your work and the vintage images, you bring me nostalgic moments :)
    If you like to make me a visit just enter in my blog secretfromthesea.blogspot.com, it will be nice to receive your visit or comment.
    Wish you all the best
    Hugs
    Nina ***

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  30. Thank you this made me laugh out loud. I had to read it to my husband. I am a terrible magpie and collect many things. Baskets have been a long time passion and I would love like you to have them all over the house . Especially where I am sitting . This is a major no as far as the other half is concerned !! They are clutter equally holding more clutter. I try and they find there way out of cupboards to proudly display themselves in all shapes and sizes. And he promptly collects them all in a pile and I have to hide them again .
    It is nice to know other people have the same collecting habits as me and that I am not alone.
    I really enjoy your blog so thanks once again .
    Warmest Wishes
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Alison and for your warm wishes.

      You really need to re-educate him about the beauty of baskets, really not good enough hiding them up. Good luck.
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  32. Am glad its not just me vis a vis the basket thingy, i love old baskets but my hubby and know some lovely basketmakers over in Scarning fen(Rob and Julie King) so if we need a basket(as we often do) i feel compelled to get one from them. We have bought all sorts over the past few years and are hoping to commission a new log basket for our new room. They are fab and made us a lovely veg basket with special onion compartments(very important to keep them separate according to hubby!) i keep my sewing essentials in a 'tomato picker', and have one of their creations on my bike. Oh and i am hormonal seemingly all the time according to hubby, goodnees knows how i will fair with the change-eek, Catx

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    1. Wonder why onions need to be kept separate, I know I'll wake in the night asking myself this Cat. You're as normal as a creative one can be so all good in your neck of the woods I reckon.
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  33. Oh Lovey I'm in the Basket Case Club with you! I've been there a while, in fact, if I could I'd live in one myself......in amongst the crochet and vintage fabric, I'd be quite happy! I am seriously, seriously envious of your blue one! :) x

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    1. I can see you as a cat all snuggled up, please don't leave fur and drool all over the wool though Ada.
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