Monday, March 16, 2009

Lovin' My Longaberger

I have WAY too many Longaberger products. Besides baskets, I have 2 pieces of furniture, as well as dishes and some of the bakeware, which I love. They are super-easy to clean and are nice and heavy so they don't break when dropped lightly. For this week's Blue Monday I am going to show some of my baskets that have blue in them. Please take some time to visit Smiling Sally and the other Blue Monday participants, too.The bread basket was my first purchase in 1994. At the time I was horrified that I was spending $35.00 on a basket. I didn't even buy the plastic protector or the fabric liner. I love how the wood has darkened with age. Nowadays I have all the gear to go with the basket and I use it for my makeup.This little one is from the Horizons of Hope series supporting breast cancer research. Longaberger makes one of these every year. Usually they have pink, but this particular year they also had a blue option. I love the fabric! Right now it has extra bars of soap in it, but I used to use it for my nail polish. It can hold eight OPI bottles perfectly.As an American company, Longaberger is very patriotic. They have special edition baskets in election years, as well as for patriotic holidays. I love using this star basket to serve at summer barbecues. I have a 3-way divider for it so I can do cut veggies, too.These two are called darning baskets. Because my kitchen has no (I mean absolutely none!) drawers, I use them to store cloth napkins and potholders. They are kept on the Longaberger wrought iron baker's rack. I love being able to just grab the handle on the sugar/creamer or salt & pepper baskets. Check out the figure-eight shape; that must have been very challenging for the artisan who made it. I have blue liners in most of my plain baskets, like this one for paper napkins. Usually it sits on top of the microwave.The key basket is very cool because it has a rounded bottom. The leather handle keeps it on the doorknob and I can just toss my keys in it.This is the baker's rack in the kitchen. Besides the baskets I've already shown you, there is a little dangly one with pens, a big one with the Americana colors in which I keep recipes, and the one on top has gorgeous autumn shades and I use it for holding dishtowels.I love this special heart-shaped basket. I keep it next to my computer with eyedrops, chapstick and pens.
As I go back through this post, I'm a little embarrassed at all of this Longaberger. It's just some of the blue stuff, too! I also have a lot of the Collector's Club baskets with blue and green trim, as well as many plain ones and those with other color trims. I haven't bought any Longaberger in at least three years, but I drool over their catalogs and web site frequently.
If you are unfamiliar with the Longaberger company, check out their web site. Their corporate headquarters building looks exactly like one of their signature baskets! Also, when you buy Longaberger, you are keeping American craftspeople in business. All of their baskets are made by hand in America and signed by the artisans. Their china is also made here. Some people may consider the products to be a little pricey, but you are paying for American jobs, not 15 cents an hour in some Asian sweatshop.
If you aren't faint from horror at my buying all of these baskets, click on over to Smiling Sally and see what others are sharing this week.
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19 comments:

Smilingsal said...

For years I've heard of Longaberger baskets, but I don't own any as they are expensive. However, they are so well made and so beautiful as well as functional. So you have another valuable collection. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Bingo said...

I love these baskets but only own two. One I bought and the other was a gift. They are great! Do not tempt me to buy another or my husband will make me leave home as I have so many baskets (I collect) now! Thanks for a great post!

Raggedy Girl said...

What a beautiful collection with some really unusually shaped baskets. I love the salt/pepper and creamers. I own one little tiny basket that I had a girl paint flowers on. That's all!

Happy Monday ❤❤❤
from Roberta Anne

Kara said...

I absolutely LOVE your collection. I own one basket and use it for my makeup too. Definitely a drool worthy collection!!

I haven't been to your site lately because I've had you in my Google Reader - but I just had to let you know that I love it!! Very well done.

Shelia said...

Morning, Dear Elizabeth! oh, you've quite the collection! I didn't realize they made dishes and furniture! I do get out much! :)
I love the heart basket and the dish inside.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

imjacobsmom said...

Elizabeth, you have all the cute ones! I like that doorknob basket for the keys, that is a cute idea! I was hoping you would show their building - I get a kick out of that! ~ Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

beautiful baskets..you have a nice collection! Happy Blue Monday ~

Sheila T said...

I have a friend who collects these baskets, also. I have one myself. They are really beautiful, and so is your post!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

what a great collection. I have one!

kbbryant said...

I have a friend who also caught the Longaberger bug. I once counted 35 displayed in her house, not counting the ones in boxes she has in the garage. I have 2, one was a gift. I think they are lovely and functional too. The ones with the pretty liners are lovely.

Kathy b

jlshall said...

I love Longaberger products, and have given them as gifts. But I don't buy them for myself because of the price tag! Strange, I guess. But I do really like that they're an American company. One of the few left.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow what a great collection. I love that key basket too. I have not seen that before. My cousin sold Long...and gave me a few pieces that I just adore. Wonderful. I love your baker's rack too. That is a great piece.
Have a wonderful day!
Debbie

Tink *~*~* said...

I definitely love the heart shaped one the best <3

Happy Monday,
Tink *~*~*

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jeanne said...

I too love Longaberger everything. I have been to Ohio at their headquarters and of course saw the giant basket. I do have the collection you have but I do have quite a few. I love your collection.

Hugs...Jeanne

Jill said...

I cannot imagine EVER spending that much money on a basket, but even I have to admit that they're gorgeous, and I love the fact that they're made right here in the USA. And look at their building! How cool is that?

Justine :o )

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth, I love all your pretty blues today!

~Ann

Carebear said...

Love that star basket!! I own a couple of these baskets and they are so nice! Sure, you can get a 6 dollar basket in the Ben Franklin Crafts clearance bin, but it will shed, crack, break, etc. But my longabergers are such quality work. Love them!

Chan said...

Great collection! I think they are lovely and functional too. The ones with the pretty liners are lovely.

Baskts said...

Elizabeth

What a wonderful blog! Thanks so much for sharing! I loved seeing all your baskets! If any of your readers are looking to get some of their own, or just want to browse my catalog I would love to have them visit my website: www.longaberger.com/deborahkaye. Also, I have some great fundraising ideas if anyone is looking to raise money for a favorite cause with Longaberger!

Glad you are doing well! Keep in touch...Debby