Sunday 6 November 2011

story telling sunday | the Christmas basket

Linking up with Sian's Story Telling Sunday.

It's looking worse for wear. One of the candy canes has come off (been pulled off?) The paint is flaking.

I rescued it from the rubbish box today, thrown there when we were emptying the front room of three years worth of needs-to-be-somewhere-but-doesn't-have-a-home-junk, ready for visitors in a week, and Nat moving in to her very-own-room in two weeks.

It came filled with screwed up paper and a nest of shredded cellophane, holding the very first gift of toiletries given to an eleven-year-old-girl. In fact, I think it was an eleven-year-old-girl's very first gift of Body Shop toiletries, dewberry, I think.

The basket has moved to eleventy-billion houses, sat on eleventy-billion tables, housed trinkets and important stuff and dust. And today, it's going to my craft desk, to spend the rest of it's life, holding the most important stuff of it's twenty-something-year life span - memories.



  1. I'm so pleased it's been rescued and will be used and loved for many years to come!

  2. I can smell that dewberry! I think my first was white musk, I can still smell it too. It's an important rite of passage that first set of toiletries - you are right, a perfect sunject for a story and one you have me thinking about telling now too. Love that!

    Thanks for rescuing the basket and sharing your story today Cate

  3. oh well done for that basket. How could anyone throw out something so....special? Lovely story thank you for sharing

  4. What a lovely story and just right for the time of year. I remember lots of school friends who always smelled of Dewberry, but like Sian I was a White Musk girl! Fiona x

  5. I was a Dewberry girl too! So glad you saved this lovely would have been so sad to have let it go after all this time!
    Alison xx

  6. Mine was also White Musk rather than Dewberry. What a cracking story told from eleventy billion miles away and how great that the wonder-web makes it seem like you are just next door (albeit on a night shift or insomniac or whatever :P)

  7. a day in the life of a basket! Very cute, I must admit to not liking Dewberry as I think so many people used it and wore lots I kind of went off it and went off the Body Shop too! It does remind me of my youth tho! Great story xxx

  8. What a great story & so fitting that the basket will be loved in its "retirement" years on your craft table.


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