Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Carpet Picnic





Last Spring when I was at the Tom Bishop Show in Chicago I met Lidi Stroud for the first time at her table. It was a real treat to see so many of her gorgeous baskets in person.  I was going to buy one of my favorites but instead we started talking about a trade. Lidi told me she liked my walnut shell cottages. Over the next few months a trade was never discussed again.

In November I emailed Lidi to let her know I had sent her a parcel. She wrote back and said... "Now isn't that strange, I sent you one yesterday." Strange indeed!!! I was sure she had forgotten all about our discussion.

I was thrilled to bits when her French picnic basket arrived! It has been a favorite since the first time I saw it on her blog. http://basketcase-miniatures.blogspot.com/ You can't really appreciate how fine her work is until you hold it in your hand.

Thanks again Lidi! I love it! XXX




40 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Everything looks delicious and that picnic basket is perfect to hold all the wonderful food and wine.

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  2. The French picnic basket is an absolute delight - no wonder you were so pleased when it arrived.

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    1. Hi Rosemary,

      I was thrilled. It was something I wanted for a very long time! ;-)

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  3. What a sweet coincidence! Lidi’s stuff sure is beautiful!

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    1. Yes! Lidi's work is gorgeous. I would love to take one of her classes!
      It sure surprised me when Lidi told me she had mailed me a package within 24 hours of me mailing her one.

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  4. What a wonderful addition to your collection!
    Lidi's baskets are the best. Your scene is very inspiring, shows it off beautifully---

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  5. Hi Catherine, What a great idea to have a carpet picnic as the weather is not conducive to an outdoor one at this time of year.
    Elizabeth has a basket of Lidi’s and her workmanship is lovely. The basket has such a nice weight in the hand and the weaving so consistent.
    The picnic basket is such a lovely treasure and I as sure she will be so happy to receive your swap.
    All the best,
    Regards Janine

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    1. Hi Janine,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

      I am lucky enough to have several of Lidi's baskets. I adore them all but this one is extra special!

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  6. Can I come and share your carpet picnic?.....it looks like such fun!
    Lidi's baskets are VERY special indeed, I understand totally why you love it so much. I have mine constantly on display, I cannot find it in myself to store it away.
    Linda xxx
    P.s.....no need for indoor picnics here...our Summer is lovely!!!!

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    1. Hi Linda,

      Yes please, come right over and we will share it!
      I adore that basket. It is never going to be stored away. My favorites are always on view. I was thrilled when it arrived.

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  7. What a delightful scene!!! A perfect picnic and the French picnic basket is really wonderful.
    Geneviève

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  8. J'ai bien envie de partager ce picnic avec vous Catherine, tout semble délicieux.

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    1. Jean- Claude,
      Vous seriez plus alors invités à partager mon pique-nique tapis. :-)

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  9. Thank you for posting such a lovely scene! It is so cold here in the Northwest US just now. The photos have reminded me "mind over matter"!

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    1. Hi Jodi,
      Thank you! It is pretty cold here too. I am afraid there won't be any outdoor picnics here until April.

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  10. Beautiful indeed! You have lovely minis in your collection.
    Thank you for sharing

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  11. Hi Ray,
    How wonderful to see you!!! Thank you for your kind comment. MERRY CHRISTMAS XXX

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  12. I can fully understand why you would want to keep your most favored treasures on constant display Catherine. Time is too short to have what makes you feel happy, buried or stored away in boxes "awaiting that someday..." off in the distant future.
    As Janine has mentioned, I won a Giveaway of Lidi's awhile back, of a fishing basket which is slated for my Nautical house Land's End,
    ( temporarily on hold) but I think that your French Picnic Basket is Lidi's weaving at its FINEST because of the complexity of the 3 basket design, that Fabulous handle and the over-all size of it!
    And t was obviously meant to be yours right from the start because of the timing of the swap between the two of you; a clear demonstration of how 2 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! :D
    Congratulations on this new and Treasured addition to your minis Catherine, and I hope that Lidi will be showing your nutshell house on her blog post so that we can see your ALWAYS INCREDIBLE and AMAZING work too!

    elizabeth

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  13. Awwwwwww Thank you Elizabeth for your kind comment.

    I thought it was just incredible that we both, not only remembered each other's choices after so many months but mailed them at virtually the same time. I was worried about Australia's customs because they are so strict. They do not allow natural materials in Australia from foreign countries. I thought *&^% if those dogs get a whiff of acorn caps and walnut shells, Lidi may never get her package. Somehow it made it and she got her cottage.
    Ooooh you won a fishing basket! That is a beautiful design. Perfect for your Land's End house. :-) I will look forward to seeing that in place in a future post. ;-)

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  14. What a lovely story, Lidi's basket is beautiful and I love your picnic scene.

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  15. Hi Elga, Thank you!
    Lidi's baskets are wonderful! :-)
    Merry Christmas!

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  16. What a wonderful trade. And I have to come back to see the other wonderful things you make. I found you through Casey's Minis.

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  17. Hi Wendy,
    Welcome! Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you come back often.

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  18. comme ce panier est joli . je comprends pourquoi il vous plait autant . c' est un très joli échange . moi aussi j 'ai admiré son travail à Chicago et j 'ai acheté un gros panier pour attraper les langoustes !! c'est très différent .
    je vous souhaite un joyeux " pique nique " .

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    1. Bonjour Catherine,
      Ravi de vous voir. Oui, les paniers de Lidi sont merveilleux et j'étais flatté qu'elle voulait faire un métier.
      Joyeux Noël!

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  19. Hello Catherine,
    It is just stunning. Her workmanship is fantastic.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac,
      Thank you. ;-) Merry Christmas!

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  20. Great scene! I'd love to come for a visit ;-)
    What a lovely way to obtain some miniatures, by doing a swap. Lidi's work is wonderful, and so is yours so both of you are lucky girls!

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  21. Thank you Josje!
    I would LOVE to have you come for a visit!
    Merry Christmas!!! XXXXXXXX

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