Friday, January 30, 2015

Organizing the Easy way with Baskets: 25 Ideas

What is the first thing you think of when decorating with baskets?  If you are thinking dust collection or country decorate, think again.  There are so many possibilities to decorating and organizing with a basket, until I lost count.  So I have 25 ways for you to organize with a basket (and a couple of bonus ideas too)

Tea basket-
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  •           Pod holder (laundry)
  •           Hair bows (bathroom)
  •           Perfumes (bedrooms)
  •           Creamers –small (kitchen)
  •           Small office items (Home office)

                                        Laundry basket-
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  •           Separate clothing of different family members (laundry)
  •           Balls and other sports equipment (garage)
  •           shoes (bedroom or mudroom)
  •           groceries (inside car trunk)
  •           recycle bin (kitchen, garage)

                                                         Medium Market-
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  •           car and other small toys corral (playroom)
  •           Book mobile (car if toting library books, kids room)
  •           Project bin (sewing, craft, hobby Room)
  •           Winter gear holder (coat closet, mudroom)
  •           Pantry items (kitchen)

                            Handy Helper-
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  •           Perfume (bedroom, Bathroom)
  •           Glues and tapes (craft and hobby room)
  •           First aid kit ( bathroom, kitchen, garage, car):  Don’t forget to have more than one
  •           K-cups and other hot beverage packs and pods (kitchen)
  •           Picks for guitars (music room)

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Protectors- (can purchase separate without the basket)
  •           Set inside a large baskets as dividers
  •           Holders inside another containers as a divider
  •           Holds paints when working on a project (get the lidded ones)
  •           Leftovers (replaces any name brand plastic container)
  •           Samples you get in the mail or at the grocery store

So there you have it, just a few of the many things you can do with a basket that are slick and modern.  Before I go, I want to leave you with a few tips:
·         Think outside of the basket- Just because it is called a bread basket, for example, it does not mean you have to use it for bread.
·         You also do not have to use it for your home.  Take it to the office (baskets make excellent conversation starters), your boat, or car (yes a car needs organizing too), school (especially if you live in a dorm or if you are a teacher, share a classroom).
·         Make a gift basket of the recipient’s favorite goodies, pastimes, or a get well basket.  Add the basket as part of the gift.  It’s rude to ask for it back.

Have fun decorating with baskets.  Don’t forget that when paired with other pieces (pottery or wrought iron), you can extend the use of your basket, and never leave out the protector.  Not only does it protect your baskets, but there are so many uses for the protector by itself (as pointed out earlier)

Last two days...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Sale Puts the Tea in Treat! January 28-29

  • Treat yourself to our beautiful and versatile Tea Basket at a special price.
  • During this online special, each Tea Basket, in your choice of 8 colors, is just $28.50!
  • On the go or right at home this tea-rific treasure can find a place in your life wherever you need it to be.
  • Visit my Longaberger web site to order today!
Would you like a spot of tea?

My shallots and garlic bulbs in the
Tea basket-minus protector
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Ok, I am not Mary Poppins, and I am most certainly not British, but I love tea (as well as coffee).  I drink both hot and cold sweet tea, and I have found a little place in a suburb not far from my home, which serves tea, and if I wasn’t such a coffee drinker too, it could rival Starbucks any day of the week. (Did I say that? (In my female version of Steve Urckel))
What flavor? 
When I was a little girl, the only flavors of tea out there in the United States were black tea, and if you wanted a little bit more flavor, then it was the black tea, plus peppermint, chamomile, lemon, or orange.  My mother used to only drink Lipton Tea.  Since then, she has learned to drink other teas, and I have learned to appreciate the different teas and their health benefits.  There is black, Oblong, red, white, and green leaf teas to name a few.  My father, on the other hand, is a coffee drinker all the way, but hates Starbucks, which I introduce to him two months ago, he cannot get past paying over $3 for a cup of coffee.

Brewing tea

Brewing tea for some cultures is an art form within itself.  The Japanese call their tea ceremonies, Way of tea, and it is the ceremonial preparation and presentation of Matcha or powered green tea. They use Buddhism as the influence of this ceremony, and they have both a formal and an informal ceremony.  You can read the rest here. They are often performed by a Geisha.  The Chinese call their ceremony the “Art of Tea.” They have only formal side of making and presenting the tea.  In fact, the Japanese, as well as the Korean and the Vietnamese are all influenced by the Chinese version of this ceremony.  The British have high tea, and to make a proper tea that the British Royalty will enjoy, it requires 8 steps.  I am an old fashioned American woman, and I take my tea with a tea bag, or brew my tea in my Keurig Machine.  I use lemon (if I have it) and sugar or honey, cold or hot.  There is also the American Southern way of serving tea.  I believe it is similar to the British.

Tea basket Sale…  

It does not matter if you like tea, coffee, or both (with a little hot chocolate on the side), the tea basket is great for holding these items, but as I always tell everyone, go outside the basket.  That means, go outside what the name implies.  Here are some Tea Basket ideas: 

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  • Salt & pepper shakers
  • K-Cups, tea or coffee bags, hot chocolate packets
  • TV remotes, computer disks
  • Address book, note pad & pens
  • Perfume, nail polish or make-up
  • Bath salts & decorative soaps
  • Wedding gift/shower gift with family recipes
  • Teacher gift filled with candy or with dry erase markers/eraser
  • With divided protector: cotton balls, q-tips, keys, sunglasses
  • Sewing notions
  • Recipes, coupons or sponge
  • Coasters
  • Razor and after shave
  • Samples from the store
  • Business cards
  • Small office supplies:  paperclips, pins, tape, thumb tacks, rubber bands
  • Small craft supplies

The tea basket also sits perfectly on any shelf on the spice rack, the retired narrow shelf, and many other wrought iron pieces. Visit my website through the URL at the beginning of this post, on the top menu, or here.

Did you know there is free shipping on all products until the end of the month?

Friday, January 23, 2015

National Pie Day- An Ap(pie)tizing Sale! January 23-31

An Ap(pie)tizing Sale! January 23-31
  • Celebrate National Pie Day this Friday, January 24th with a beautiful Pie Basket that works to suit all of your serving needs.
  • Bake sales, parties, family dinners, and more, the Pie Basket showcases your talents with ease.
  • During this online special, each Pie Basket, in your choice of 8 colors, is just $57!
  • For the perfect addition add the Cake Riser (57251) for double the space.
  • Working as a compliment to your pottery, this basket will make all of your occasions as easy as pie!
  • Don't forget about the 70% off sale that is still going on...LAST WEEK!!!
  • Visit my Longaberger web site to order today!  

How about a piece of Pie…

Foodies everywhere take note…nothing say yummy like a good piece of pie.  Today is National Pie day, and I bet that there are some cooks and bakers out there, who could not have been any happier about this day. 
Pies are so versatile, and there are so many ways you can make them.  There is the savory kind.  You know, that is where pies like pot pies, Shepard’s pie, and bean pies come in handy.  Quiche is an open-face pie (meaning one crust).  There are the fruit-filled pies:  Apple, strawberry, peach (my brother’s favorite), and cobbler.  Vegetables make delicious pies: Pumpkin and Sweet Potato (my favorite).  There are cream pies:  Chocolate-cream, banana-cream, and coconut-cream. 
You can also make what my mom called, hand pies.  Take dough, roll it out on a cutting board, place your filling, and crimp with fork.  Do not forget to cut small vents in the dough, or it will explode in the oven.  Set oven to 400°F (200°C) and cook for 35 minutes.   Here is a recipe I found on
Apple Hand Pies

Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Submitted By: Chef John
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: 4
"Making baked apple turnovers is a snap with these easy techniques."
1 pound prepared pie dough, cut into 4
2 large green apples, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, or to
1 teaspoon water, or more if needed
1 egg
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon white sugar, or as needed -
Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Cut peeled and cored apples into quarters, cut each quarter into 3 wedges, and cut wedges into chunks.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; let butter brown to a light golden color and until butter smells toasted, about 1 minute. Stir apples into hot butter; sprinkle with salt, white sugar, and brown sugar. Cook and stir apple mixture until apples are softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in cinnamon and water; continue cooking until apples are soft and sticky, 1 to 2 more minutes. Spread apple filling onto a plate to cool.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Form a dough piece into a ball, place on a floured work surface, and roll into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup apple filling in the center. Fold dough over filling, leaving about 1 inch of dough on the bottom side visible below the top side. Gently press dough closed around filling, using your fingertips.
Fold the overhanging bottom part of the dough up over the top edge, working your way around the crust, and pinch the overhang tightly to the top part of the crust.
Crimp the edge tightly closed, pinching a little bit of dough with the thumb and forefinger of one hand and using your index finger on the other hand to push a small notch into the pinched dough. Continue pinching and notching all the way around until the crust is tightly crimped together. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Transfer pies onto prepared baking sheet.
Whisk egg with milk in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Brush top of each hand pie with egg mixture and sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon white sugar. Cut 3 small vent holes in the top of each pie.
Bake in the preheated oven until pies are golden brown and filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
No matter what type of pie you are making, be sure to a pie plate that can handle the job.   I have 2 of the Grandma Bonnie™ pie plates that will pull it off. Like all Woven Traditions ™ pottery, it is made from vitrified pottery, which means you can freeze it, put it in the fridge, put it in the oven or microwave, and it is dishwasher safe.  If you have an older pie plate like I do, you can get an optional lid to go with it.   You can also get it as a set, but what if you are a party of one or two like me?   You get the little pie plate, which is only 6” in diameter (vs. 9” for the Grandma Bonnie Pie Plate).  This pie plate also comes with a lid and is a Woven Tradition pottery piece. 
Many years ago, before I started selling (2001), there was a pie basket that was made to fit the Grandma Bonnie pie plate.  Unfortunate for me, I never got a change to purchase this basket, because it went into retirement the year before.  Now I have my chance to make that purchase, and so do you.  From now until Sunday, January 31, 2015, the pie basket is on sale.  There are so many things that you can hold with this basket, and a few examples are listed below.
So Happy National pie day.   I hope you will try the recipe that is include with this post.   There is one more tip for you today as I close out this post:  If you do not bake, what you can do is buy a frozen pie, take it out of the tin pan it comes in, and bake it according to the directions on the box.  Once it is out of the oven, take caramel syrup (the kind you put on ice cream) and drizzle on top while it is still hot, and present it to your guests.  It will look like you have worked all day on the pie.   Have fun, and don’t forget about the sale.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More on the Cracker Basket

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So if you still sitting on the fence on making a purchase or not, consider these ideas, then visit

A Sale That's All It's Crack(er)ed Up To Be! January 21-22

  • Start the New Year off right - with BIG savings on our beautiful and useful Cracker Basket.
  • During this online special, each Cracker Basket, in your choice of 8 colors, is just $28.50!
  • Of course, this little cutie is perfect for crackers, but you will also find lots of other uses. At this great price, you will want to buy a bunch!
  • Visit my Longaberger web site to order today!

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When I look for storage, I often look for something that has more bang for it's buck.  It does not matter if it a shelf or a container, that piece has to be practical in more ways than one.  That is what I love about Longaberger baskets.  They are so versatile.

Take for instance this Cracker basket.  now, some, they may see it as a place to put crackers.  After all, that is why they call it a cracker baskets.  When you get this basket, or any other product that Longaberger makes, look beyond the name.  That is what I do with each item.  Ask yourself this question:  if I ran out of crackers, or if there was no such thing as crackers, what else could I put in this basket?

First of all, let's concentrate on the  very place you would see this basket, in the kitchen.  I see packets of instant oatmeal or cream of wheat sitting there in that basket, waiting for someone to wake up and decide to choose to eat some, because the oatmeal was sitting out, on the counter, in that cracker basket so they can get to it.  Maybe oatmeal or Cream of Wheat is not your thing for breakfast, how about a tea bag, and it is sitting in the cracker basket, waiting on you to make a cup of tea, and you can, because you made a beverage center, and tea bags are easy to get to.  


Sock drawer...How about using it as a sock drawer organizer?  This is in your or your child's bedroom.  You may separate the white socks from the colored socks.  If you do not want to separate the socks, how about a makeup organizer?   The cracker basket can hold your current makeup (which you should go through every 6 months or sooner).  You will know what colors you have (especially if you paint your own nails), and what you do not need.  Jewelry box.  Again, you can place some piece in the basket that are your "go-to" pieces, so you do not have to search all over the place for them.

These are some of the ideas I have, but you can also use the basket in the craft and hobby room, Laundry room, even the garage.  Check out the Idea sheet below:

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If you have any questions, want further ideas on where to use the basket, or would like to book a party or even sign up to become a consultant, please contact me at, or you can contact me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google plus,  You may also visit the link above this tip.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Save BIG - On Pottery Favorites And At Longaberger at home®!

  • Nothing feels better than getting something you love at a great price. Longaberger has two amazing opportunities for you to do just that!
  • Starting Wednesday, January 14, save 50-70% on Woven Traditions® Pottery favorites and more with our January Jackpot of Savings!
  • From January 16-26, save 70% on nearly EVERYTHING at Longaberger at home - both online and at our Showrooms!
  • Visit my Longaberger web site to shop and save!

Taking inventory

On my other blog, Simply Organized Crafts, one of the topics I cover is organization.  I love an organized room, and it is easy to clutter a home or a room to the max (ever heard of those extreme hoarding shows).  This month is the month to take a look at what you have, get rid of the things that are no longer have use for you, place an ad on Craig’s List, Ebay, or place it somewhere until you are able to have a yard sale in the spring, or if it is damaged and irreparable, toss it.   
This is also a good time to take inventory of the items in your house.  This is not only good in case you need to make a claim, should there be a fire or a burglary in the home, but again, you can see what you need and what you do not need.  You do not have to sell your gently used items either, there are places, such as thrift stores, consignment shops, and free stores that can take them as well.  These days, the poor are not the only ones who shop in these stores.  The only downside with giving your stuff to a thrift store is they can and will not pay you for the items, and if you are looking for extra money to pay down a debt or save for a vacation, it may not be your best bet.  You can fair a little better with consignment shops.  They also do not have to accept your items either, so you are taking a risk.

 So when you are decluttering this month or any month, consider using this tip while decluttering.  Oh one other thing, it is good to document everything as well.  You can do this in a handwritten document or digital.  You can take pictures of your stuff or video record it.  Just do not put it on You Tube, or you will have a feeding frenzy of thieves wanting to steal your precious items.  This is a private matter that should be stored in a safety deposit box, for yours and a few select people’s eyes.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sweet News - Sweetheart Order Date Extended

  • The holidays are behind us and it's time to start a wonderful new year!
  • We want to make sure you don't miss out on these tasty choices for the next big holiday - Valentine's Day! We've extended the order date to January 16, to receive your selection by February 14.
  • Select from the darling Gift of Love Basket Set or the super cute Chocolate Swirl Set - or order both!
  • Visit my Longaberger web site to order today!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January specials

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Start with this campaign, I am going to list the current month’s flyer, and end it with a look at the next month’s campaign.  You can still see all the products listed on my website, but I just thought that you might want to take a peek at the products beforehand.
So what is in this month’s flyer?
Good question.  I know there are some people who are Irish or love the look of Irish inspired products, and Longaberger does a really good in provided that this year.  This year, Longaberger has taken the look of what I called the hexagon basket (5 ½”l x 5 ½”w x 2 ½”h; Rec. Wt. Use: 2 lbs.), added green and light green up-splints, and the lid pays tribute to those customers, who love and paint their lids. The basket is called The Irish Festival basket, and it is they type of basket that goes well in any room.  Although the basket is pretty to look at, always think about ways for it to function in your home. After all, like the flyer says, “Like Spring itself, our Irish Festival Basket brings a splash of fresh color that will brighten any day.
This one is for the lovers (and everyone else)…In addition to the Irish Festival Basket set, Longaberger has two, count them, two sweetheart baskets.  They were first introduced last month as a two basket set (two baskets, two protectors, two lids, one liner).  This month, they are sold as two separate sets.  The first basket is called The Love Basket set.  The basket (7”l x 4 ½”w x 2”h; Rec. Wt. Use: 2 lbs.) is white with one red up-splint, it comes with a lid and protector.  The drop-in liner is sold separate.  The second Sweetheart basket is called The Chocolate Swirl Basket set.  The basket (4”l x 3 ½ “w x 2 “h; Rec. Wt. ½ lb.) This candy truffle looking basket comes with a lid and protector.  Be sure to order just in time for V-Day.  The “V” stands for Valentine, and guys, you can slip a little something on the inside for your sweetie. (Hint, hint)
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Organizational month is in January, and this is a good time to clear the clutter.  Once you clear the clutter, used these baskets in this month’s flyer to organized the rest of your stuff.  Of course, all Longaberger baskets are versatile in any room, and they value last for many generations.
Coming up next month:

February is the month to welcome in spring, so the month has Easter baskets and a pottery sale going on as well.  So until next month, stay warm, and get ready to welcome in the season.  So if you have any questions, you can get in touch with me at or through social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, or LinkedIn)