A few summer seasons ago, Target offered plastic pint baskets in the Three Dollar Spot. I think there were two to a package. I bought two packages and then I found another two packages that fall at the Goodwill, which gets Target's castoffs for 99 cents. In the end, I really did not need that many fake baskets.
I really think I'm becoming a Hoarder. A Craft Hoarder. It's in the DSM V. Look it up.
As I was saying, I use a few of them to store wooden food in the play kitchen and the rest are wedged in the craft closet somewhere next to a paper making kit (unused) and photo albums (partially filled). I finally found a use for the smaller of the baskets:
I used Martha Stewart's tutorial for strawberry pincushions. (I can hear my mother now saying "Good Ol' Martha.") I didn't print the pattern piece, but eyeballed it and it worked. I also skipped the part about making seeds.
So cute! One tried to escape (not shown) and was hiding under the couch behind a massive tumblefur.
Tumblefur - as defined by Webster's - is a pet hair cluster resembling a tumbleweed. Look it up.
I have to sew the little green cap to it and then I can add it to this little outcropping.
It really inspired me to want to make a bunch of play food and I've been pinning like a mad lady. These are not for my kid, though. These were intended as a birthday gift for my niece, but I have since learned that her play kitchen disintegrated in a recent move and will be replaced at the end of the month for Christmas. So these will keep until then and I *gasp* bought a birthday gift instead.