Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Let's Go On a Picnic!

Yesterday, I wrote that I would post some pics of my new Shabbified picnic basket and the silver, glass and linens that I had "shopped" the house for. Below you will see a closeup of the silver ware that I purchased at the St Vincent de Paul Store. It is made by Rogers and the pattern is Magnolia. I scooped these up for 50 cents each. I bought two dinner knives, two teaspoons, two dinner forks and two soup spoons for $4.00!! They were black with tarnish, but are sparkling after a good polish with Silvo. The glasses are pink swirl tumblers by Arcoroc. I received them as a shower gift from my dear friend Muriel, twenty-seven years ago!!

Here are the plates etc. ready to be packed. The plates are J&G Meakin "Bridal Bouquet". I started collecting this pattern a few years ago. I have eight luncheon plates, two cups and saucers, a platter and a large milk jug. I'm using the plates for the basket because the lavender coloured flowers is similar in colour to the lavender in the fabric. The linens I picked up a few years ago on one of my thrifting jaunts. There is a small tablecloth and four matching napkins and four other napkins all in a lovely, faded pink. They are made of linen. I paid probably $2. for all of it, so I am not afraid to throw it in the washer. I iron it when it is wet until it is dry. This gives the linen a lovely look and feel.
See the hand crocheted tablecloth???!! I paid a dollar for it in a joblot at an auction about a month ago. SCORE!!! There is a white linen tablecloth underneath it which I bought at another local thrift store....price?....$1.00.

I love picnics. I can remember going on picnics when I was a toddler in France (I am an Air Force Brat!). Here I have assembled a bottle of Perrier, an (opened!) bottle of roseh (LOL) wine (had to have a glass last evening on the porch!), a luscious ripe tomato, a piece of medium aged cheddar, some olives, a hunk of polish sausage, a piece of baguette, two pinkaliscious apples and a sharp paring knife.

I packed everything into the basket. I suggest that if the food will not be eaten within an hour, that you pop in a small freezer pack to keep the perishables cold until you do eat them.
I was at Value Village a few weeks ago and saw this beautiful Ikea wool plaid blanket. I thought at the time that it would be a great picnic blanket, but I talked myself out of buying it. The day after I bought the basket I went back to VV and the blanket was still there!!! I brought it home this time!!! Now it is ready for our picnic! Hop in the car!!! We will find a pretty field just down the road!!!
Hugs, Laura


  1. Love your basket, I love redoing old things too, and finding all the fun goodies at thrift stores,,Thanks for sharing

  2. Just popped in to say hello! I'm out blog surfing!
    Hope you are having a great summer!

  3. Sweeeeeeet shabbified basket my friend! I just love it!

    Happy Day to you from the USA!