My friend Sue has a lot of titles here on q is for quandie. She is my picker, my co-worker, my garage sale mentor, my occasional sale partner, my garage sale spotter, my garden advisor and of course, my friend.
She is also the master at putting together amazing gift baskets. Every year she gifts me with a spectacular collection of stuff for my birthday.
A while back when my sister and I were shopping in Excelsior, I came across this book …
and I immediately thought of Sue. She loves the art of presentation, and this book is all about that.
The book also provided a jumping off point for creating a cheesy themed gift basket to give Sue for her recent birthday.
I started out by pulling out a galvanized container that I used to give a gift to Ken a couple of years ago.
Although he enjoyed all of the contents, as is his style, he returned the container for me to re-use.
So I started by sanding down the chalkboard paint on the front, and then painting the entire box with Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky.
Then I added some transfers from prima’s Somewhere in France.
They don’t quite have a cheesy theme, but I thought they would do.
While I was out thrifting with Meggan last week, I asked her to help me keep an eye out for some items that I could add to my cheesy themed gift and she helped me spot a couple of good options.
I like finding things that I can add my own touch to using paint. The wooden handle of the cheese knife got a coat of Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky, and the wooden wedge shaped gift set got a paint job in Drop Cloth.
Then I added a JRV stencil to the front using the Midnight Sky.
Here’s the inside …
Next it was just a matter of adding some edibles.
Hopefully Sue will have fun putting together some cheese plates that will change lives!