Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A French Vineyard Basket....ooh la la!

Hi Bloggerettes!  Don't ask me why but I went nuts over this basket, which I'm calling a "french vineyard basket!"  Not sure if there is such a thing but it sure sounds good, dudnit?
I'm not sure how old it is.  It has a sturdy standlike bottom and the inside has three sections which appears as though it would hold galvinized flower buckets.

Now, all I gotta do is figure out how to use it and where to put it!

I bought it from another booth owner and she didn't have any information as to its origin.  If any of you know what it's called and what it was used for I'd sure appreciate you settin me right!

Here's my shopping bag full of goodies from my friend, Peggie.
 No, you cannot borrow my blingy crown.

Gizzy is just plum tuckered out from all the Holiday festivities...

The rest of the week I'll be busy fluffing up my booths.
I'm working on some projects and hope to have something new to show you in a few days.

In the meantime I'll be visiting you and seeing what's new at your place.



katie said...

That basket is awesome. Hope you find some information on it.
Your goody bag is wonderful. Nice friend that Peggie.
Gizzy just looks so comfortable in the sunshine. Getting her beauty rest.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Fabulous basket....and sweet Gizzy....needs the rest to get ready for the next project!! Happy New Year!

Cindy said...

Hey Sissy,

I saw a basket like that that i was dying for at a cute local shop, ... she told me it was an ammunition basket, but i don't remember from where or when. It's fabulous!


Ozma of Odds said...

...omg ~ I LOVE the basket!!!

I can see it hanging on a front door with glorious flowers in it, a french doily dripping out of the front and a french wired fluffy bow with some kind of rhinestone bling in the center...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Fun basket and I'm lovin' your blingy crown! Giz is just resting up for New Year's Eve... it's not easy being the life of the party:@)

Char said...

Hey Sissie, as a basket weaver I wish I knew, but with the handles on the sides being short, I have not a clue. It's a beaut and a keeper for sure. If and when you find out its use, I would love to know, Char

Sherry said...

I love the basket! I have no idea what it is called or used for but whatever you use it for it will look good!

Pink Satin Sashes said...

I have never seen a basket like that, but and ammunition basket makes sense. I like what Ozma of Odds idea was...

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I'm nuts over that basket too! Such great patina! Hope you have a HAPPY New Year!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sissie, I have seen those at a flea market here and the tag said it is a vintage artillery or armory basket. Yours looks great. I would love one, but they aren't cheap!

Jacqueline said...

Love your basket! I woulda snapped it up too!

Polly said...

LOVE IT! It's a french artillery basket....at least I'm pretty sure it is. It would have held three long metal canisters for ammo. I've been told the french use them to store baguettes! I looked for one for several years and finally found one last year. Mine has stenciling on one side.

I love the patina of this one you found! It has so many uses!

Theresa said...

That is fabulous Sissie! I would have grabbed it too, so many things you can do with it! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and the best 2011 has to offer! Theresa xoxo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sissie, This is a German basket and they would have held artillery shells. After WWII the Germans left the empty baskets scattered all over France. The French decided they were the perfect size for baguettes. I have a large and a smaller one of these baskets. I keep my vintage bread board in the large one. Congrats on finding one.

Blondie's Journal said...

The basket is just beautiful...maybe you can display fresh cut flowers in it this spring. Love all your goodies from Peggy...I love surprises!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sissie that is a wonderful basket. I hope you get some info on it. Love all your blingy stuff!! Poor Gizzy...Charlie has collapsed under the Christmas tree again! Plum tuckered out!

Kathy Martin said...

Love the basket too! I think calling it a French Vineyard Basket sounds perfect! ;) I have that exact pair of ultra soft pink socks! Love! Gizzy is a kitty I could really enjoybsome cat naps with! ;)

LuLu Kellogg said...

I have serious basket envy now!


Donna said...

Your basket is tres magnifique, Sissie! Not sure what the proper name is, but I love the sound of a French vineyard basket! I think it would be so pretty with flowers in, real or faux!

Nancy said...

Oooh, Sissie! Love that basket! I don't know what it is either besides lovely!

Hope you're doing well and that you had a very nice holiday. Happy new year!!


Heidi Meyer said...

I adore your basket! I would sooo use it for many things like rolls of art paper or pretty blooms hanging on my front door. Gizzy is just the cutest!
Wishing you a Happy New Year! xo ~ Heidi

Sandy said...

Hey Sissie.... I feel just like Gizzy.... pooped! That basket is to die for..you did good. How would I use it? Probably put lavander in it. Maybe towels in the bathroom. Toilet paper, obviously in the bath. Using it in a utilitarian way would be the way I would want to go. Those are my thoughts... I think it's lovely... I would love to own it too. xoso Sandy

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh Sissie, you basket is beautiful... Gizzy looks like he's enjoying a little sunshine, he's so cute!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Back in the Day said...

Love love love the basket! What a great find! Can't wait to see what cute things you put in it!

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I had to check out the comments to see if anyone was able to answer the question of what the basket was for. So interesting artillery? Wow! What a lovely basket. Seems you found a great piece for sure.

Cat & Cricket said...

I love it Sissie.. you always find the best stuff!

Sharon Wengel said...

No matter what it really is , I bet you will find lots of ways to display your basket, it is a beauty.

stefanie said...

oh, its beautiful!!! i know you will find a gorgeous way to make use of it!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

T's Daily Treasures said...

Seems like several bloggers are in agreement on it being an artillery basket. Thankfully it is now in your hands and will be made over into something absolutely peaceful and beautiful! Gizzy seems to be enjoying a lovely spot of warm sunshine. Wishing you peace joy and much love in the year to come. Tammy

Tina @ TinyBear said...

That´s an awesome basket Sissie. I can´t wait to see what you do with it.
xo Tina

Dorthe said...

It`s SO wonderfull, dear Sissie- I too love baskets, and this one is special,-I love the idea from Rosemary --some whites,some bling,and this beauty = perfect.
And sweet, you looks beautifull in your new photo.
Hugs, Dorthe


Nice basket.. I am wondering what you will do to make it even more fabulous! I adore that picture of Gizzy! What a life!

A Cottage Muse said...

What a fabulous basket!! I think it would look great with some brown craft paper rolls and perhaps some pretty linens to soften it a bit. And I know you will add some bling which will be just perfect!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Isn't it great you can throw out a question and get an answer as to what exactly your treasured basket was used for? My goodness it was on the battlefields in france? I think it is beautiful, and I would so have this basket on my front door in the spring time loaded with ivy spilling down the front and tiny white daisies standing tall with a yellow and white checkered ribbon.

trash talk said...

A tisket, a tasket..who cares...it's a lovely basket!
Actually, I have a similar one. I was told it was a Swiss ammo basket, but unless gift wrap counts as WMD's, I think they're just beautiful storage!

Jacqui said...

Love the basket, can see it with flowers in it, can't wait to see what you do with it! All the best for 2011

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Sissie! I am lovin' that basket! My friend Linda has one of those she bought for her hubby. He keep house plans, etc in his. The antique store called it a French artillery basket! I like your description better! Love the shot of Gizzy all stretched out in the sun! Happy New Year to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

Allison said...

Oh, I love the basket you found! I would use it for standing all my pretty umbrellas in (the tall ones, not the fold up kind) and I like the idea of French baquettes. Also, great to hold rolls of pretty wrapping paper. What a great find! Gizzy has the right idea. Kick back and relax after the holidays.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I LOVE that basket!! I have no idea what it is either, but it is gorgeous!!

Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Lou Cinda

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Fabulous basket, Sissie!
And that Gizzy sure has the right idea, eh? ;-)

Happy New Year, sweet friend!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love those baskets! I recently saw one but the frugal part of me was not willing to pay what the proprietor was asking. I really like Amy @MaisonDecor's suggestion but it might be too big for a door.

Happy New Year!
~ Tracy

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh geez, I am swooning!!! That blog header is beyond amazing!! And I love the basket too!! Wow, this place is pure gorgeousness!!!
Happy New Year!!!

Gracefully Vintage said...

Sissie, I so Love that Basket, so many uses and love not knowing much about it, except it is old- LOVE it
Thanks for your kind words on my blog..
Much Appreciated

Diane said...

Sissie, whatever it's called and whatever it was used for...it's great! And you will sure find a good use for it many times.
Oh...doesn't it amaze you how cats always find a bit of sunshine to sleep in! =^..^= So cute!
Hugs, Diane

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Sissie, I don't know what that basket was made for but I love it. It would be great to store rolls of wrapping paper for example.
Gizzy looks so cute taking her nap :-).
Hugs to you,

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sissie, when I bought mine some years ago..I was told that it was an ammunition basket. I know..sounded crazy to me too.
I use mine with great big beautiful flowers in it. It's in my living room at the end of my piano..and I love that basket. Sometimes it's filled with boughs of evergreens at Christmas..I change it all the time.
Many of those very large blooms..with the very long stems go well it it. What I did was stuff newspaper (or brown paper) in the bottom of it so I can better manage arranging them.
Mine is almost exactly like yours. Your color may be just a bit lighter..but that's all.
Leather handles on the sides and everything.

You are going to enjoy it...just wait and see.
I have done all sorts of things with it. Or should I say, tried all sorts of things. I have used it as an entry piece in one of my homes when I had a large entry. I hung quilts over it once I remember. I think it sort of made it top heavy and but I managed.
Ammunition? I wondered if that meant some sort of ...shells? Who knows really.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I see others have stated the same thing...so that is what it must be. Another said these baskets are not cheap...and that was right too! :)

Kathy said...

A treasure of a basket girl...
Happy New Year sweetie....
May your year be prosperous and full of joy!
Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Sharon said...

Your blog is beautiful and Gizzy is too!

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