Friday, March 4, 2011

Picnic Regrets...

With this perfect weather we've been having here in Houston lately, I've been thinking a lot about picnics.

Yesterday was definitely patio-weather, and I went to brunch with a friend at a lovely outdoor cafe and talked about organizing a picnic.

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I love eating outdoors, and in Houston, there's such a small window of time where it's possible to do that before the humidity and mosquitoes kick in - so I definitely want to take advantage of this gorgeous weather as much as I can this picnic season.

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For weeks I have been searching for the perfect picnic basket, and I finally found one about two weeks ago on Etsy. I told myself that I would snap it up first thing in March, but when I went to purchase it yesterday - I see that someone had already bought it!!!! I was soooo disappointed. It was such an adorable vintage basket with flaps that folded out to become a table.

I googled everything I could think of to find one like it: "picnic basket that converts to table", "picnic basket folds to table", "picnic hamper/table", "picnic basket/table"... and many more other alternatives - but alas I could find NOTHING for sale right now like it.

I am kicking myself for not buying it. Have any of you seen where I can buy a picnic basket like this or this? Aren't they lovely?

28 comments:

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

thats indeed a lovely idea, hope you find your perfect one Dionne!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

those are so pretty! love that idea for a basket :) hope you can find one.

Almalu's Place said...

didn't know anything like this existed!!they are so cute!

Tali Schiffer said...

I hate when that happens, the feeling of missing something... I read your post and felt I really wanted to help you out, so I googled myself, and though I couldn't find a vintage wicker basket that turns into a table, I found this really cool one...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Outdoor-Picnic-Basket-Trunk-Extendable-Table-NEW-Gift_W0QQitemZ250710397761QQcategoryZ38249QQcmdZViewItem#ht_1958wt_905
Hope that helps :)

Dionne said...

Thanks, Tali! I saw that one on my hunt, but I really had my heart set on a wicker one that had two flaps that folded out so that two people could eat at it like a table.

But thanks so much for going to the trouble for looking for me. That's so sweet of you!

amy b.s. said...

oh! that really is perfect and now i want one!

Dancing Branflake said...

If I see one I will definitely let you know. Lovely illustrations and photos. You are so talented!

the chirpy bird said...

That's one of the worst feelings ever....missing out... Spring time weather always makes me want to eat outside!
love this!
xx

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

eating outdoors is the best! I enjoy it a lot. hope you have a wonderful day, darling! xo

Meghan said...

I don't own a picnic basket but I LOVE outdoor dining! It's my favorite thing to do in Chicago in the summer:)

Sey said...

I love eating outdoors. It's relaxing. I used to do it with friends. Feels like I will contact them to see if we can do it during the weekends.

I never know where to find that kind of picnic basket but I hope you could find one before your picnic.

Felicity said...

Hey Dione, your pocket of the world looks gorgeous with the changing season. The poppy in particular is a lovely image.

Fingers crossed that another Blogerista is able to help with your picnic basketable.

Felicity x

PS If you're ever homesick for Noosa, pop in and have a look at this post that I put up this week about Laguna Bay in the morning

http://www.giftsofserendipity.com/2011/03/six-senses-tours-jump-on-board.html

x F

JuneBug said...

Oh I hate it when the "snooze you lose" adage is true - and I am so jealous of your poppies blooming weather! I was just outside chopping ice off the driveway!

Jess said...

That's sooo sad about your basket! Have you tried contacting the seller to see if they can get you another one???

PS. I LOVE Empire! I also love Agora, but I haven't been since they re-opened! I will have to check out Max & Julie's. what part of town is it in???

Mekkan said...

Hope you'll soon find the right one. Oh, but I know how you feel especially when you knew it was sold up. The similar result had ruined my rest of the day once before.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

What heartbreak! I will keep my eyes open and be on the lookout for one for you. What I've learned repeatedly: if you see something you love, you have to snatch it up. I hope that basket comes back into your life and you get a beautiful picnic in this year!

orchid said...

I hope you'll be able to find the one you love.
Last month, when I happened to be browsing the store of the glasses in the mall, I found the lovely one with small jewels on ech sides.
it was a bit expensive, but I could convince my hus to buy it. Then 3 days later, it was sold....
Haha, had the same feeling.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I hope that you create a perfect picnic moment . . . even without the perfect basket.

Love the art today, Dionne.

Fondly,
Glenda

Signe said...

I love picnics as well but I have never seen a picnic basket that folds into a table - how brilliant!
I will be on the lookout for one of those myself from now on :)

Hugs and a happy weekend to you!

Anonymous said...

we should do a picnic soon! (during spring break) we could do it at bear creek park and then go for frozen custard :)

~Jenna

Amanda said...

Gaa! I hate when that happens. You like something and then you wait too long to get it. Hopefully there's another one in your future soon!

shealennon said...

Ooh, I can't wait 'til it's warm enough for picnics! And I'm sorry about the basket--my fingers are crossed that another one will come your way!

Barbara said...

Oh darn! Sorry you missed out, Dionne. Those are adorable. Did you try eBay?

Tender Branson said...

Any luck? Can't believe you missed out on the picnic basket. Sure beats a plastic bag (which we always use). I'm with you on the weather, this is the perfect time in Florida for outdoor adventures.

everyone calls me bon bon said...

I am so excited for picnics and sunshine! We got a picnic basket as a wedding present. So adorable:-) xoxo

Colores said...

love pic nics , too! go for the bag as soon as possible.Both are perfecT( but prefer the second one!:-)))! kisses

christine donee said...

Picnics are absolutely the best. I too am in search for the perfect picnic basket. One of my bffs found an adorable heart-shaped basket at a market recently.. jealous? a bit. My search continues!

xoxo
Christine

Kristin said...

Ooh... I'm dreaming of dining al fresco again. It's going to be a while still before I can do that here where it's still gray and wintry. loving catching up on your blog... and hoping you're doing well!
xo, Kristin