Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mexican fiesta basket...

The third basket I made for the May Day swap is for the ultra-fabulous Miz Suzi Finer. Now Suzi gave me quite the challenge. When I asked her what she liked, first she said "everything." When I asked her to get a little more specific, she was really into Cinema Mexicana. I thought, ok...hmmm.....where do I go from there!?! Well, an estate sale, of course!!! That proved to be fun. I found this basket made in Mexico and a bundle of these gorgeous Mexican crepe paper flowers. All in the basement of a fancy house on Lake Minnetonka on the second day of the sale, everything half off! Doesn't get much better than that! Also found this adorable vintage Mexican figurine pushing his oxcart, the lovely floral dish in the front of the basket and the ceramic bird bells (made in Columbia) at the same sale. Total score! I added the beaded skeleton, since Suzi said she liked Day of the Dead.I thought the basket still needed a little something. When I saw these antique Mexican Cinco de Mayo cards on Anahata's site, I knew it was the perfect finishing touch. So there you, go...I hope you like it Suzi!!!


P.S. Here is a preview of the magnificent looking altered art book In this House by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn coming July 1st.

10 comments:

beth said...

thanks so much for hosting the may swap - it was so fun !! i look forward to doing more in the future !!! eveyones baskets are breathtaking !!!!!!! take care !!! you are so very genourous !!

beth
www.bethquinndesigns.com

suzi finer said...

I am the happiest gringo in the entire world right now...ArtsyMama sure knows how to make a girl's joy-center feel great!
Thanks for a magnificent basket!
love.

Lilli said...

How amazing that you found all the appropriate elements in Minnesota! within your time frame. I bet you enjoyed doing the research, you librarian you :)

It looks wonderful!

kristin said...

looks like i missed out on a fun swap!! i just linked here for the first time and am enjoying all your wonderful creations here :)

Happy May Day to you!!!

Laume said...

All the baskets are lovely but Suzi's is the tops. The little Day of the Dead beady guy is too awesome. Where in the world do you find something like that!?

Hmmm, I bet Suzi would like the doll I put a photo of up on my studio blog. Now I'm off to check off her blog.

Oh, one more thing - have I ever mentioned I used to live in Mound?

FrostingsNSparkles said...

Your baskets are gorgeous, and I am so loving the mexican themed one! I love day of the dead stuff too, yours turned out adorably!

Gypsy Purple said...

Congratulations...this is stunning...love the detail and the effort you made...lovely heart and spirit you have!!!!

stephanie said...

oh what a lucky girl Suzi is! All the things I love too!!

Felicia said...

So lovely!

Merci-Notes said...

May Day tomorrrow!!! I better not forget my neighbors!! Kari, thank you for another fun event! The baskets that you created are gorgous! I also love, love how the Mexican Basket came together so wonderfully!! Bye for now!
Mary