"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Simple Giving: DIY Hose Basket

It is always extra special to receive a gift that has been handmade by someone you love, and that is exactly what I unwrapped, first thing, Christmas morning.

 More specifically, beneath a tremendous amount of wrapping paper and tape sat a super-cool, super surprising garden hose basket!

It was love at first sight.

Evidently, my 12-year-old son, Ethan, was struck with inspiration on a visit to a friends house when he noticed several garden hose baskets decorating their wonderful, creative home. That he set out to make one for me immediately, is testament to how well he knows dear, old mom.

Coiled from a garden hose and held in place with zip ties, the idea is clever and fun.

I must have been very good last year...

He may not have realized it at the time, but his craft was paying homage to Denver, Colorado artist Chase DeForest, who created the original concept and has gone on to use humble garden hoses in her equally fantastic lawn furniture.

As a gift idea, it's a good one! Imagine how cute a pink or red hose basket would be for Valentine's? 
Or a palette of pastels for Easter! The possibilities are endless!

Chase DeForest's baskets and chairs (below), are absolutely wonderful -and available for sale through her website!...but I wouldn't trade my own piece for the world.

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