Nothing says, "I'm glad you're getting married..your fiance seems like a great guy!" quite like adding some handmade items to your shower/wedding gift basket for a good friend, right? Well, that is what I am telling myself.
My friend Amy and her fiance Charlie, along with being owned by two of my favorite dogs ever, have some great taste in registry. I headed over to Crate and Barrel and picked them up a tea kettle and tea pot they registered for. LOVE both. Seriously, I might have to go buy myself the same teakettle. The spout opens up when you lift the handle. AND it whistles when your water boils. I made the C&B stuff into a shower/wedding gift basket by picking up this cute basket at Christmas Tree Shop, and adding some herbal loose tea from Tea Guys and of course, Teavana. I decorated a tin to store the tea in, a matching recipe card holder (with a few of my favorite recipes added), and then quilted them some placemats. Believe it or not, I even made up the pattern, such as it is, all by myself.
The finished basket:
The tea tin and recipe card holder:
and I even documented the placemats as I sewed them: