Easter Is Coming!

I “think” spring is finally here.  I mean, the calendar says so…but it sure doesn’t look like it.  No buds on the trees, no Forsythia bushes starting to bloom and no tulip, daffodil or even crocus’s sprouting out of the ground.

It will be April in a few days, so I’m pretty sure things will start looking up for us…but in the meantime, we’ve been busy preparing for Easter.  We’ve collected some really exciting new treats…along with the traditional favorites.  Of course we have the ever so popular Peeps, Madelaine’s Milk Chocolate Bunnies & foiled eggs, Old Fashioned Jelly Beans and such, but this year we’ve added new Easter Cookies, handmade lollipops, chocolate dipped rice crispy treats and more!

Most of our Easter Basket recipients are children, but it’s become increasingly popular to send Easter Baskets to adults;  parents, grand parents, neighbors and even as Thank You gifts for offices.  Of course we make them different from the ones we send to children as we put in springy treats that are geared towards adults like truffles, assorted chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels and so on.  Our Easter & Spring Cookie Bouquets are another great gift to send to entire families too.  80318V2Spring 6ct 80228 Easter 6ct Non-Personalized Monaco_webreadyIf you can’t visit your family this year, send them a nice Easter Basket or Cookie Bouquet!  Or, bring one with you when visiting as a special hostess gift.  How nice would it be to get an Easter Basket filled with springy treats? I send Easter Baskets to my family and they really look forward to them year after year.

We invite you to take a look at our Easter Baskets or call us to custom make one.

Happy Spring!

How To Weave A Wicker Basket

Now, I’m not here to teach you how to weave a wicker basket,  but just take a quick look at this picture tutorial with instructions on how to make one.  http://www.bushcraft.ridgeonnet.com/basicbasket.htm .  It shows just how much goes into making a wicker basket.  Baskets are still made by hand, and even though these basket makers are really good at what they do, it still takes some time and many steps to finish one. 

I should know.  Back in high school (Syosset High School) , I choose to make a wicker basket for a class project.  I made a Navajo Native American Wedding basket that was used in wedding ceremonies.  The actual basket was supposed to be about 14 to 18 inches in diameter, but after 25 hours, mine was only 7 inches.  Yes, I soaked and dyed the reeds myself,  but that wasn’t what took most of  the time, it was the actual weaving. Here’s a picture of what mine looked like. The design has particular ceremonial meaning for a wedding. american indian basket

 I won’t go into detail here, but if you are interested, here’s an article I found that explains it all. http://www.navajocrafts.net/site/618450/page/853656.

I got an A++ on that project and ended up giving it to my teacher, Mr Lukazuski, because he loved it so much. That was a long, long time ago, but I’ll bet he still has it.

So, the next time you see anything wicker, take a moment to appreciate the time and skill it took to make it….and while you’re at it, send one filled with interesting goodies for any occasion.


Welcome To Our First Blog Post

Hi All,  Over the years we realized that we just needed more space.  We thought about enlarging the shop and moving things around, but that just didn’t work out…so we finally made the decision and moved to a larger facility at the beginning of the year, but I am very happy to say that we are still in Huntington!  Even though you can’t physically visit the shop anymore, you can still visit us online or call us anytime. In lieu of trudging out in the traffic, & enduring this wicked winter weather to pick up a gift or gift basket, we are now offering a FREE LOCAL drop off service!  We have created gifts and gift baskets online just for this purpose.  So stay in your nice, warm home or office and visit our “Showroom” page, our “Gifts Under 20$” page and our “Gift Basket Specials” page. It’s just like you are back in the shop.  Take a look around, pick what you like best and have us bring it right to you.

We are comfortably settling in to our new surroundings.  For the most part, it’s business as usual, except now we have more space to work in, and that’s a great thing!

We do miss our old shop at 220 East Main Street. Heck, we were there for 16 years, much like when we left our original shop at 170 New York Ave.  We were there for 10 years…but we’re so excited about what the future will bring. We look back with fond memories, but look forward to creating new ones… which leads me to this blog. ..

We will be posting video tutorials on gift basket making tricks, offering interesting basket trivia, tidbits and articles, and informing you of new exciting products we will be carrying, and welcome all of your comments.

So stay tuned…