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Topic: The Bon's big day is Saturday! and my OOT baskets  (Read 3486 times)
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« on: June 21, 2007 10:26:05 PM »

Woohoo! I just noticed that The Bon's wedding date is this Saturday! Congratulations! I am sure you are more prepared than I could ever hope to be. Have a wonderful day!

And just so I am not violating the Craftster law of "thou shall not post without intent", I'm going to post the evolution of my OOT baskets on here....

I bought some fabulously shaped, but super ugly purple coloured baskets at the dollar store.


I then painted them a lovely shade of green on the outside, and a darker shade of green on the inside.


I will post a picture of them filled with all the snacks, maps, slippers, and goodies, when I get them all ready to be delivered to the hotel. Here is a shot of the handmade coasters I'm doing for each of them. I'm a big time weirdo recycler. The boxes are from brie cheese, that I saved, and painted.


Then, I am doing the felt coasters in different flowers in my wedding colours, green/pink/brown. Each is backed with cork.




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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007 05:08:43 AM »

Oh, oh!  I have to add OTT baskets to my list.  Ahhh!  Just when I think I'm making a dent, too...

Can't wait to see pix of them all filled!
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007 09:18:59 AM »

strangely enough, the out of town packages are one of the things i'm most excited about making Cheesy

MAR, you found those at the DOLLAR STORE??  Shocked  i guess i have access to crappy dollar stores, or something, cos they only baskets they have are...  yeah.  i won't go there.  but they're bad.   Wink
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2007 09:39:38 AM »

Dollar Tree here has some funky ones like that, I think.

I think I need to go shopping today! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007 12:21:37 AM »

Oh, oh!  I have to add OTT baskets to my list.  Ahhh!  Just when I think I'm making a dent, too...

Can't wait to see pix of them all filled!

Me either, I wish they were done and filled now!
Here's what I have thus far:
-Maps, each marked and noted
-Directions written out, with phone numbers and pertinent info and addresses
-a list of fun things to do in Chicago for down time
-Farmer's Market listings
-Treats for late night snacking
-Tea in several varieties
-foot soother fuzzy foaming packets
-cheap slippers from IKEA
-baby bottle of wine
-small packet of table water crackers
-stamped postcards of the city
-Chicago visitor's guidebook and fun walking tours pack
-handmade container of felt coaters made in wedding colours and wedding flower shapes
-handwritten "thank you" notes for every person coming in from out of town (ALL DONE!)

Can you think of anything else fun - and cheap - to put in them? I don't want to go crazy, I just want to have something nice waiting for our guests.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007 12:23:42 AM »

strangely enough, the out of town packages are one of the things i'm most excited about making Cheesy

MAR, you found those at the DOLLAR STORE??  Shocked  i guess i have access to crappy dollar stores, or something, cos they only baskets they have are...  yeah.  i won't go there.  but they're bad.   Wink

If you only have crappy $ stores, check out Target's dollar section. I also got two straw bags from their dollar section, to put the "younger" girl's OOT "basket" stuff in. I think the straw bags were $2.50 each. I love them, they are perfect to throw a book and a towel in and head to the beach!
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2007 04:49:56 AM »

holy cow... i have to go to the dollar store anyways (well not HAVE to) but you made me really excited haha. I'm such a dork.
What does OTT mean?

And on your coasters, did you put anything else in them to make them stiffer or were they just felt?
Your stuff is awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2007 04:51:46 AM »

oh, der. "backed with cork"
somehow i missed that.
disregard.
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2007 09:04:10 AM »

holy cow... i have to go to the dollar store anyways (well not HAVE to) but you made me really excited haha. I'm such a dork.
What does OTT mean?

OOT means out-of-town.  The baskets are for her out-of-town guests when they arrive to their hotels/lodging. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2007 05:25:14 PM »

man... if i would actually read the posts more closely, i could probably have figured that out on my own.
there's actually a lot of those i dont know
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2007 05:26:04 PM »

It's a whole language of it's own, I think. Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2007 05:39:29 PM »

Haha it must be
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2007 01:31:42 PM »

These are great! I really would like to do baskets for all of our OOT people but I am afraid because that is actually the majority of the people coming! Are you doing a seperate basket for each person or just each room?

I will say that I do plan on doing day of restroom baskets for probably both the men's and women's bathrooms. Particularly with some sunscreen, some insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc. Our wedding is outdoors at 2 PM, so I want people to be comfortable Smiley

I may think about OOT baskets as the time gets closer and I get more stuff done!
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2007 02:13:45 PM »

Marci, you are so thoughtful! Your guests are really going to appreciate those!!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2007 05:28:31 PM »

Marci, you are so thoughtful! Your guests are really going to appreciate those!!!

Hey! If you can sneak away, I've got one with YOUR name on it!  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2007 05:30:34 PM »

These are great! I really would like to do baskets for all of our OOT people but I am afraid because that is actually the majority of the people coming! Are you doing a seperate basket for each person or just each room?

I will say that I do plan on doing day of restroom baskets for probably both the men's and women's bathrooms. Particularly with some sunscreen, some insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc. Our wedding is outdoors at 2 PM, so I want people to be comfortable Smiley

I may think about OOT baskets as the time gets closer and I get more stuff done!

I am only do one per room. We have about 6-8 out of towners, at this one hotel, and the fact that there are so few has allowed me to do something fun for them. I could see this being totally impracticle (sp?) if you had a bunch of OOT'ers.

I just picked up a bunch of Chicago postcards yesterday. I'm putting two in each basket, stamped, so they can write off postcards during their visit.
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2008 09:28:56 AM »

HEY! I'm so glad Sweets linked me to this post. I thought it was theBon who used these baskets.
Well, anyhoo, I remembered them and how great they looked, but I didn't buy them because I don't think we'll have any OOT'ers but once we got our location booked, I realized - bathroom accessories! So I went out and picked up two but you're right. They are a hideous color. Or one that doesn't match our colors anyway. I was wondering if you used a special brand of paint or anything, or a special kind, and if the paint had any trouble adhering.
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2008 04:47:03 PM »

thanks for bringing this up.  out of town gifts weren't on my list, but now they are!
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2008 04:51:17 PM »

OOTs were a big hit with our guests!  I was so glad. Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2008 05:41:11 PM »

I just used the metallic peridot Folk Art acrylic paint.
Just let it dry really well in between coats.
I think they will make great bathroom baskets!
(and yes, that purple colour they came in was ATROCIOUS!)
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2008 04:45:11 PM »

I'm really disappointed in myself (or maybe just the boxes)... I was a bad girl and started picking at some of the places on the basket that was peeling, and I ended up ripping a huge piece off of one. Sad Sad.
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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2008 05:41:28 PM »

That's okay, put another coat over it. And then, LEAVE THEM ALONE! I did the outside on one day, adn the inside on the next, to let the boxes dry thoroughly. What colour have you painted them? If you are using them as bathroom baskets, you could write "Ladies" or "Gents" on each. Find someone who will be in charge of them for you. I think I've been in charge of these for the last 4 weddings I've gone too. Go get all your bathroom basket goodies, then separate Men's & Women's into two bags. Give the baskets and the two bags to a friend/reliable family member at the rehearsal dinner or something, and it will be one last thing for you to worry about!  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2008 08:30:17 PM »

Plus, they'll be full of stuff... would anyone even see a missing patch?  Lay a piece of fabric in it, load it full of stuff, etc. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2008 08:14:48 PM »

Hahah I'm HORRIBLE at picking at things, so it's been so hard to not pick at the peeling part. I haven't painted them yet; I still have to find paint. I hope I can find the right color (teal-ish) I'll probably have to glue the peeling part and then paint though. I like the idea of writing "Ladies" and "Gents" on them! I figured I would assemble the baskets before-hand to make them all pretty, but I guess it would be a better idea to have someone else be in charge of that, and to put them in a bag so nothing falls out on the way there. Sweets, the fabric idea is good too, if I decide I just can't stand how it looks without. I may just be like "screw it" and leave it how it is haha. I'm sure I'll have too much on my mind to care about the tiniest details.
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« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2008 10:01:49 AM »

YAYYY!!! I'm finally getting them painted! Yesterday I went to HobLob and bought a bunch of acrylic paint (errr 2 bottles... a blue and a yellow to mix.) I painted the outsides and then before painting the inside, I glued the pieces that I picked at. What a horrible mess that turned out to be! I spilled the bottle and ended up glueing 3 fingers on one hand together and 2 on the other hahhaa. Easy fix though, and then I painted the inside. Now I'm just waiting to go back to HL and get one more bottle of blue.
I didn't realize til later that the paint in the cylindrical bottles at Walmart are Acrylic too, and that if I went up into the attic I could probably find the right color. Dang. I got the artisty acrylic paint, but it was actually cheaper and I love the color it turned out. Thank goodness I got a light color that dried darker.
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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2008 06:25:53 PM »

Oh good! I'm glad you were finally able to get them painted. I'm sure they'll turn out great!
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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2008 09:56:28 PM »

Me too! *phew* The only thing I didn't like was that I used a bristle brush cuz I couldn't find a foam rolling brush around the house, so they have paint lines or whatever. After looking at them for a while, I decided... I just didn't care that much haha. They turned out a lovely color though. Now I just have to go find more crap to fill them with.
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