Which brings me to the reason for my post today. As one of the room parents for Layla's preschool class, I was tasked with putting together a basket for her school's Annual Benefit's silent auction. The theme of this year's event was Around the World and each class was asked to make a basket featuring one international city-- we were assigned Marrakesh. I'll admit at first I was bummed we didn't get Paris because I already had a bunch of ideas for that city but I soon found that Marrakesh (Morocco City) had a lot of inspiration to offer! I quickly decided that our class basket would featured mostly handmade items that were unique and one of kinda mixed with some more "practical" items too.
I had a small budget since the basket was being funded by contributions from the parent's of Layla's classmates. So I knew for the kind of items I wanted (and fell in love with) I would need to make a plea to a few shops to offer a discount or free shipping. Let me tell you, I was overwhelmed by the generous reception I received and I wanted to share a few of the lovely Etsy shops that helped make our class basket the best of them all (in my opinion!).
I contacted Janice from La Rue de Fleurs about the Moroccan Floral quilt pictured below. I knew immediately that the pretty colors and coziness of it was just what the basket needed. Janice was very helpful and supportive of our fundraising effort. I didn't realize until after I made the purchase that I was her first sale on Etsy! I know I certainly won't be her last!
|This quilt was gorgeous! So well made and the colors and fabrics were amazing!|
When I came across Amy's shop I thought the print on these coasters would be a great addition to the basket since I had already purchased four Henna Dot glasses from Pier 1. Amy did a beautiful job - these coasters are almost too pretty to cover up with a glass!
|The pattern is so vibrant and delicate!|
Dominion Design was the first shop I contacted when I started working on the basket. I thought this elephant candle holder was so whimsical and fun it would be a great statement piece for the basket.
And when I received it (the day after I ordered it !!) I was thrilled with the quality of it.
|Isn't he great!?!|
And of course, I couldn't put together a handmade basket of goodies without hitting up my wonderful Mom for a donation. I picked out the fabric (a black and white trellis print) and she worked her magic. Plain pillows aren't the kind she usually sells in her shop so I thought I would share a few of my favorites she currently has listed.
|Chevron and a giraffe - need I say more?|
|Sleep bunny cuteness.|
|Pink and gray and elephants!|
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