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SummerThe profusion of flowers in the summer is overwhelming and quite glorious. Take advantage of the wonderful variety to fill baskets and jugs for inside the house as well as outdoors. A beautiful arrangement cascading out of a hanging basket in the garden, or a spectacular display in a tall storage basket indoors, will make a dramatic focal point and convey the full glory of the summer season while being positively life-enhancing in its beauty.
AutumnThis is harvest time, and as the crops are gathered, we can all--city and country dweller alike--appreciate the bounty of the land and revel in the variety of its produce. The huge range of fruit and dried flowers, cereals and seedheads so plentiful at this time of year look marvelous, yet so natural, arranged in baskets. Such displays look as good in the bedroom as in the living room and they are everlasting.
SpringSpring brings with it a host of cheerful bulbs, many of which will look wonderful in a basket. Simply pot them up in a shallow inner container, or line the basket with plastic first and plant the bulbs in it directly. This is a perfect way to bring a little bit of spring sunshine indoors: the bright colors of flowering bulbs will thoroughly dispel the gloom of winter.
Basket of FlavorsThis basket, brimming with flavored oils, fresh and dried produce and herbs, would delight any cook. Once the herbs are dried they last longer if kept in a dark, dry place, such as this tin container with all its different compartments.
WinterA beautiful basket filled with holly, ivy or pinecones creates an atmosphere of opulence. It is fun to bring as much as we can of the outdoors in, since we rarely venture out in this season. For most of us, the chance to gather around a blazing fire or holiday banquet is an infinitely more alluring prospect.
Gift Baskets For All Seasons
75 Fun and Easy Craft Projects

By Elizabeth Jane Lloyd

Size: 8 7/8 x 9 1/2", 
Paperback, 96 pages
80 full-color illustrations
Published 1997
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0295-6
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Baskets overflowing with seasonal delights or homemade vinegars and oils are featured in this inspiring book which contains 75 innovative projects and ideas for filling and assembling attractive baskets for perfect gifts or for decorations at home.

Baskets containing seasonal delights are perfect for gifts or home decoration. This captivating book contains 75 fun and easy projects and ideas for making, filling, and decorating baskets. All with a seasonal theme, the baskets celebrate holidays including Valentines Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and are wonderful gifts for such special occasions as birthdays and anniversaries.

The projects encompass a wide range of styles and techniques, from traditional country crafts using flowers, foliage, and herbs to more innovative ideas using materials as diverse as candles, sculpting clay, cookies, and chocolate. Bountiful baskets of all shapes and sizes are filled with decorative objects or edible treats, including:

* Fresh and dried flowers

* Decorated Easter eggs

* Gingerbread men

* A picnic spread

* Seashells

* Ripe summer fruit

* Aromatic oils and herbs

* Wheat and corn dolls

* Sewing materials

* Bright craft beads

* Christmas specialties

There is a detailed "recipe" for creating each basket, with clear step-by-step instructions. Even so, each of the projects may be modified to allow for individual interpretation and creativity, making them memorable gifts and decorations.

Elizabeth Jane Lloyd created all the baskets in this book. A successful painter, she exhibited her work internationally. She also taught fine art and gave workshops all over the world. She is the author of two previous books, Enchanted Circles and Watercolor Still Lives for the Royal Academy in London.

Lucy Peel, co-author, is a freelance journalist. She is the co-author of two previous books, 50s & 60s Style and An Introduction to 20th Century Architecture.

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