| Ivelina Nikolova
A fox was walking through the forest when he saw a crow sitting on a tree branch with a fine piece of cheese in her beak. The fox wanted the cheese and decided he would be clever enough to outwit the bird.
"What a noble and gracious bird I see in the tree!" proclaimed the fox, "What exquisite beauty! What fair plumage! If her voice is as lovely as her beauty, she would no doubt be the jewel of all birds."
The crow was so flattered by all this talk that she opened her beak and gave a cry to show the fox her voice.
"Caw! Caw!" she cried, as the cheese dropped to the ground for the fox to grab.
I designed the basket with a wide big handle on the front. This is just my mania for embellished handles :).
I made very thick inside wall protectors - all around the basket and the back. One pillow nicely nests on the bottom of the basket and another one is attached to the lid. All of the protectors, that remind me of baby bumpers are made with Yellow Dot cotton 20C, filled with thick batting and are hand-quilted, following the pattern of the sweet dots. I made the back wall with the solid Mandarine oxford cotton and accented it with my favourite fox. I have one more of this charming foxes, sewn on the outside of the lid, which again is a solid.
The lid pillow holds the belt for the utensils and the crossed belt closing with a magnetic button for the small wooden plates, that are more like a coasters, but on a pique-nique, who cares how one calls the plate where they put their delicious bites?
My basket is filled with fresh salad and sweet fruits, lovely homemade cookies with high-quality raspberry jam, raw nuts and a bee wax candle. In case we decide to dine on a sunset somewhere, candle would be a nice touch.
Another delicate feature to my idea of pique-nique are the linen napkins. To match all of my colour and pattern creations, they are made of Soft Mustard linen, cut to size 40 cm x 40 cm. I made the rough edges, pulling few threads on each side, drew one of the foxes from the Winter Fox oxford cotton and embroider with DMC embroidery floss in matching colours.
I love love love these napkins so much! The best thing about them is that they could be used any time, and I definitely used them firstly for breakfast as soon as I made them. I just couldn't wait for the time we are going out with the basket. The napkins are so much my favourite, made out of the softest linen I have known so far! ♥
The basket could stand tall, with its handle up, or with the handle up front. I like it standing up, so I get to enjoy the sweetest winter fox tag, sewn on the bottom right corner.
It is time to set up the blanket for lunch! Because it was raining last night, the grass is wet and a blanket is required, a good one, with isolation. Nothing could ruin this day - I have the perfect cookies for the pique-nique. I call them "the Earth Flowers" - their taste is truly earthy, not too sweet, but delicious and warm. The chocolate chip is the heart of the Earth and it only adds an extra touch of warmth.
Hope you have your own basket, that keeps many memories of happy dining outdoors and is always filled with deliciousness. I would like to hear these stories. Mine are about to be written, this is a new start for my basket, and I sense - a very happy one.
Thank you for stopping by, my dear friends!
Happy summer moments!