I know most of you have probably seen this photo before of my messy but still pretty "I wanna be a crafter someday" table...
Do you see the two tiered metal basket towards the top left side of the photo?
Well, I bought that piece a few years ago at Target and just love it. For sometime I kept it in my kitchen, but after seeing so many baskets like these being used by fellow bloggers in their crafting spaces to hold some of their crafting supplies, I decided to move it into my office/craft room to store some of the bits and pieces I've collected. Well, it wasn't long before I decided that I wouldn't mind having another one just like it, but of course, just like it always seems to be, anytime I find myself wanting to buy something in particular, I can't seem to find them anywhere. Does that ever happen to you?
I searched high and low in all kinds of places where I thought I might be able to find another similar piece, including googling tiered wire/metal baskets on the Internet, but no such luck.
But my luck changed not too long ago, when purely by accident, I stumbled across a new to me blog, and lo and behold, right there before me on my computer screen, I see my dream basket being shown in the blog owners current blog post. Sadly, I don't recall who's blog it was, so forgive me for that. She mentioned in her post that she had just found her new tiered basket at HomeGoods, which of course just happens to be one of my all time favorite stores.
Well, I logged off my computer and hopped in my car as fast as I could and quickly made my way to my local HomeGoods store and I was beyond thrilled when I walked in and headed to the kitchen section and discovered a shelf full of these two-tiered metal baskets along with several other companion pieces. They came in both black and cream. My color of choice being the cream of course.. It is almost identical to the one I already have, but there are some slight differences.
They were very reasonably priced too at only $14.99 each, Whoo Hoo!! Yeah for me. With them being as inexpensive as they were, I ended up buying two of them. Who wouldn't if you found something you wanted very badly and knew that your chances were slim to none of ever finding something quite like it again and at such an affordable price.
I also purchased this smaller metal basket which has a pedestal base. I assume the purpose for this piece is to hold fruit, but I had other ideas for it.
Knowing that it would need just a little something to cover the bottom of the basket to prevent items from falling through the underside, I whipped up a little something real quick to prevent that from happening.
I measured the inner circle and cut a piece of thin cardboard in the size I needed. After doing, that I covered the cardboard piece with some pretty floral fabric. I used tacky glue to glue the fabric on the underside to hold it in place. It looks a bit sloppy from this view...
But turn it over and it's all nice and pretty on this side....
Just pop the fabric cardboard piece in place and "voila", a simple solution to covering the bottom of the basket to prevent items from falling through.
I do plan on finishing the bottom of that hastily created cardboard insert to make it look neater than it is shown in the photos here, but I wanted you to be able to see how I made it, so I took pictures of it in it's still unfinished state. I will also make one just like it for the two tiered basket as well.
For now, this basket will hold some of my paper flowers...
Whew!! That was a long post, but one I enjoyed sharing with you all the same. I should warn you that it's been about a month or so since I bought these pieces, so if you live near a HomeGoods store and were hoping you might be able to find one for yourself if you decided you wanted one too, my guess is that they've probably sold out of them already as their merchandise sells pretty quickly and they are constantly bringing in new things. If I hadn't been such a lazy blogger this past month, I would have posted about these weeks ago when your chances might have been a bit better at finding one. Sorry about that..