Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Basket of Goodies

My daughter's sweet friend got married this summer and we gave her a bridal shower. I wanted to give her something personal so first I found out her kitchen was black and red. I decided to give her utensils to make cookies and so now I know I have a black and red, cookie making theme to work with.

First of all, I bought her a cookie sheet which is the foundation for all the rest of the goodies in the basket. Now, what do you need to make cookies? A BOWL! So I bought a stainless steel bowl and placed it on the cookie sheet securing it with glue dots. (They will peel off easily.) In the bowl, I have placed a few wooden spoons to stir your cookie batter, of course. In the bowl and clearly visible, I have placed a homemade (with love) cup towel with her newly married initial appliqued on the front.

To top it off, I made a cute little red and black bow centered with a vintage black and rhinestone button that I found in my collection. Hanging from the bow are stainless steel measuring cups to measure her cookie ingredients. I made a custom card to attach to the front of the basket with a photo of homemade cookies from my own kitchen. BTW, That's my mother's Piggy cookie jar in the photo. I still treasure it and hope to fill it with cookies for my grandson soon. We have to carry on the traditions, you know. :=)
And the back side of the card has the recipe so that she can make them herself. Maybe you'd like to try them too! Please do and hope you enjoy!

Now the story continues when my daughter came over and saw the basket and said, "Oh, I want a cup towel too!" And that progressed to an apron which we'll talk about next time. ;=)

Now, you need to hurry over to
Gollum's Foodie Friday and Kelli's Show and Tell to see all the other goodies!


Lori E said...

What a thoughtful gift. You did a great job. I like the glue dot hint to. I have struggled with slippery basket stuff before.
I just did two in June for birthdays and I wrapped them in the matching black and clear cellophane to your black and white swirl on the towel.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a wonderful gift! Thanks for the hint about the glue dot.

I love the color combination.

Jadehollow said...

What a great basket of goodies Marsha! So Personal LOVE IT!
Thanks for sharing the tip too.

Laura said...

What a wonderful, creative, and thoughtful gift. Your blog looks great, and I always enjoy visiting.


Mommy said...

I love that idea! And the towel is just beautiful! ♥

Itajeff @Something To Share said...

It's a wonderful and thoughtful gift.
Happy Friday

Lots of luv,

Robin said...

That is such a wonderful gift! PERFECT! You are so smart!!


Robin :o)

Blue Creek Home said...

You really put a lot of thought and time into that wonderful gift. I know she will be delighted to get it.

Boo-Bah said...

Now that is a lovely creative gift. I bet she loved it.


Mary said...

What a wonderfully thoughtful gift. I love the cookie recipe. Have a wonderful day.

Allidink said...

That is soooo clever and adorable! I hope I get such neat gifts! Love your idea!

All the best,

Leann said...

Marsha I would love to receive a gift like this, I'm sure that she'll love it!

What a great idea to use glue dots to secure things.

Enjoy your day!

Leann said...

I'm following you right back!

Marsha said...

What a beautiful gift - I think the hand made and put together baskets are always the best - so personal.

Silly question - why is it called a cup towel? I have never heard of that before.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

To Marsha at Marsha's garden: I really don't know why it's called a cup towel?? I thought everybody called them that. hmmm...maybe I just made it up. :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Marsha! Don't you just love giving gifts like this? I wish I would get a few in return like that for my birthdays, holidays? People always comment on these wonderful gifts when we give them. They are always the hit of the party. Your package looks absolutely wonderful and I love the red and black theme. Really cute. Please stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

Love Bears All Things said...

I love gifts like this because they take time and thought to make. You did a great job and I am sure it was much appreciated.
Mama Bear

Cindy said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Very pretty.

darnold23 said...

Such a cute idea - may just have to copy that one! Beginning August 5, I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays at, and I hope you will join me. THERE WILL BE PRIZES:)!!!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What a nice and personalized gift.

Susan B said...

What a wonderful and personal gift. I'm sure she was thrilled with it! Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

my home sanctuary said...

What a lovely gift. And how creative. You inspire me. I was collecting kitchen items for a gift. I'll have to add a towel and apron.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Femin Susan said...

That is such a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing!!

The Watts Family said...

Wow great basket your very talented...I am sure she will love all those wonderful things...The towel was a super cute idea with the intial ~Blessings Heather;-)

Amy said...

I just love all the details you put into that special gift. So creative. I can't think of anyone would wouldn't love it....including me! Amy

Marie said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. I know she will enjoy using everything.

Terry said...

Howdy Marsha
What a precious treasure you are .
That is such a thoughtful gift basket .
I love all the personal touches that you added.
Thank you for taking us step by step my mind is racing now with creative energy you were just what I needed to get out of my its too hot to be creative whining attitude :)
Bless you !!!!
I never thought of the glue dots before thank you for the information .
You are just so cleverly creative.
Blessings to you sweetie .
Have a fabulous fun filled weekend.
Happy Trails

susan said...

Marsha--I hope the bride doesn't lie down on my cushions--we'll lose her :) This is such a great gift. I LOVE aprons and you coordinated it all perfectly right down to that cute bow!

mishebe said...

great gift. love it. I have a black and red kitchen too.. lol... mishelle

Jenny said...

That's a great gift!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Marsha,
Wonderful idea and a very special gift, since you gave it so much thought and love. I love a home made gift so much.
Your apron turned out great, I have been wanting to make some from Christmas gifts this year.
Take care and enjoy your day,

Candy said...

As Martha would say, "It's a good thing!" What a sweet thought gift.
I just traveled all the way down the page...cute girl-N-cute apron, pretty table, RW&B goodies, and love the butterfly mosaic.

Pretty things to share on this start to a new week.

Blessings, Candy

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! Very nice. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you for visiting my Garden Party today, Marsha! I love your creativity! This basket and the apron you made are wonderful.


Tracy said...

What a great gift! I just love this, and the towel is really beautiful. I'm sure she was thrilled!

Cathy said...

How lucky your daughter's friend was to receive this beautiful basket. Love the black and red and sharing a special recipe.

Joyce said...

This is the cutest and best idea. Thanks for sharing this with me. I know the bride to be is one lucky girl to receive such a thoughtful gift.

the wild raspberry said...

this is a wonderful gift...much better and more thoughtful than picking something up from walmart!
super sweet~

Frugal Fine Living said...

This is such a great idea! These would make great Christmas gifts!


Mike Hale & Co. said...

Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! This is all new to us, and we are finding it's a fun new world to explore! Talk about exploring...I just got lost in your blog! WOW! Everything is so beautiful, and creative, and inspiring and...! Can't wait to see more!!

Thanks again!
& Co.

Carolyn said...

Hi Marsha,
That is such a lovely thoughtful gift.
Thank you for visiting me and sending your friend also.I am excited to see what she paints.
Take care,

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog post about the gear lamp! It's so nice to meet you! Such a fun gift!


Blondie's Journal said...

This gift is a perfect example of what a giving and loving person you are!! I am in awe of the thought and talent that went into this gift (I have NEVER been good with making bows!). A gift like this is so special...

I read your post in which you taught your daughter to make her apron. I don't sew, so it was an interesting tutorial. Too bad we live so far apart, I would love to learn!

I enjoyed visiting your blog, Marsha!! :-)