October 29, 2018

• DID YOU KNOW? • History of Tobacco Baskets & Tips {updated}

Hello! With the onset of popularity around reproduction Tobacco Baskets. I decided it would be fun to update/repost my Tobacco Basket post from December 20, 2011 {back when my blog was called Tina's place for this and that)  With a few updated pictures and some ideas and inspiration.

I do have to say that I was amazed when the first reproductions came out and the response of people saying they had never heard of Tobacco Baskets, especially with so many bloggers using vintage, antique decor and Pinterest

Short history:
First let me say that through my information gathering (research), I discovered that in certain areas they no longer call them tobacco baskets but warehouse baskets! 🤦‍♀️

It is believed that the first baskets were developed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, when North Carolina became the primary area for tobacco raising around the late 1800's. Before the development of these baskets; tobacco leaves used to be shipped and delivered in barrels. This way of shipping made the inspection of the leaves rather difficult and the leaves were not kept clean either.  Once tobacco baskets came along the leaves were laid in a circular pattern with the steams facing out. A hook is secured to the center of the basket and they are hoisted in the air for ease of weighing and loading. READ MORE 
Unfortunately, North Carolina's tobacco warehouses and companies switched to using burlap after the 1980's.

Just in case someone has never seen tobacco leaves

Since these baskets were either owned by the warehouse or the tobacco companies the original baskets had their names stenciled or painted on the side. Another little piece of there character that to the charm!

Tips for use:
Honestly these baskets are so pretty that just hanging them on a wall is a statement within itself.

Like this image below....WOW!
I'm unable to find the original source for this image.
If any one knows please leave me a comment, so I can give
credit where credit is due.

Photo by Troy Rhone Garden Design - More traditional home design photos.
Cute, huh?
This is my basket from the original post back in 2011. I attached 2 faux plants in the corner, and at one time there was a large metal star, too. Until I found this plaque at Kirklands not long after we moved in here and replaced the star with it. It hangs on our screened in porch.

The wonderful thing about these baskets is they can be used anywhere, especially outside and there is no need to worry about the weather ruining them. In fact, it makes them more appealing.

Enjoy your day,
♡ Tina ♡

March 7, 2018

• PROJECTS • How to Build a Built-in Hall Tree & "X" Console

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This post was originally posted on my old blog,' www.maplestoneblog.com'. -----> Hello, DH and I have been busy these past 2 years building furniture for our home, in an effort to get it the way I want.

One area in our home that I have always had a hard time getting just right is the foyer. Then one day I came across these plans | HERE |, but ours was going to be permanent and these plans | HERE | for a "X" console. DH and I made a few adjustments in size and he got to work building.

*Sorry for the poor photo quality, they were taken with a phone*

Built-in hall tree:
DH built the bench first, brought it in so he could get it centered and the measurements written down.

Once the measurements were right, he removed the baseboards and cut the chair rail to size. The bench was put in place, then secured to the wall.

Once in place, DH started building the rest of the hall tree directly to the wall. All molding was added, baseboards were put in place, then caulked, and it was ready for primer, then paint.

I primed it first, then painted.

We added the coat hooks and it was ready to decorate.

Next piece DH built was the "X" console. Besides adjusting the size, it was assembled according to the plans |HERE|

The cost of the built-in was less than $100. We used a mixture of mdf and wood.

The cost of the "X" console was free. Thank goodness for scrap wood!

Foyer reveal coming soon.

So, do you have and area in your home that you just can't get it to look the way you want it?

Thank you for visiting,

February 1, 2018

•PROJECTS • Two Simple Year Round Wreaths

This post was originally posted on my old blog, 'www.maplestoneblog.com'. -----> I have a thing for wreaths. I have a few d.i.y. posts on wreaths. Most are burlap + a magnolia one.

But I have become tired of the burlap. Don't get me wrong, I still like the look, I just wanted something different.
Now the problem is, in an effort to reduce the amount of outside decor and holiday decor, I wanted wreaths that could be used year round. Since I love the look of boxwood, magnolia and the baby eucalyptus wreaths; but I only needed 2 (front door and another to hang inside my tobacco basket), I  decided to combine the looks.

First  is the eucalyptus and boxwood wreath

*baby eucalyptus wreath | HERE |
*Grapevine wreath (already had)
*Boxwood garland (already had)
*Floral wire
*Ribbon for bow

1. Attach boxwood garland to grapevine wreath securing with floral wire
2. Center eucalyptus wreath inside boxwood wreath and secure with floral wire.
3. Add bow with wire, so its easily changed out, and hang.

For the magnolia and boxwood wreath
*grapevine wreath
*boxwood garland
*magnolia wreath | HERE |
*floral wire

** Follow the steps above to assemble the wreath**

How easy and simple is that? Plus with just a simple change in bows, I can decorate for all the holidays + bows take up less room.

Thank you kindly for visiting,

January 14, 2018

• PROJECTS • How to Frame Out Builder Grade Mirrors Inexpensively

This post was originally posted on my old blog 'www.maplestoneblog.com'. -----> About a year and a half ago DH and I framed out the builder grade mirrors in 2 of our 3 bathrooms. Framing out these mirrors is one of the cheapest and easiest upgrades you can do. The cost is only as expensive as the trim that you purchase (or already have).

Before heading out to your favorite home improvement store or digging through your stash at home; make sure to measure the perimeter of your mirror(s).

Bathroom #2, which has been repainted

Master Bathroom

2 - 1x2.5x8 simple molding
3 - 1x4x8 baseboards
tube liquid nail, we used one tube for both bathrooms
painters tape
miter saw
tape measure

Make sure to paint the backs of the boards before hand. It was raining the day I painted them, so I laid down plastic and used my dining table!

The 2 boards on the right is the molding for the second bathroom.
1. Clean mirrors thoroughly before starting.

2. Measure mirror again REMEMBER: MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE, start making your cuts (we started with the sides then moved to the top and bottom). Make sure to do a rough fit before gluing boards to mirror.

3. Run liquid nail along the back of boards, if you put too much on make sure to wipe of immediately. Place boards on mirror, adding pressure to adhere, once all boards are in place, add painters tape to keep boards from moving while drying.


I let ours dry for 48 hours before I removed the tape.

In our Master bathroom we decided to divide to apply the boards down the middle.

Once dry, apply caulk, let dry (I waited 24 hours) then paint.

Here are the finished mirrors:

I love the way they look, especially the master bath mirror.

Thank you kindly for visiting,

January 7, 2018

• RECIPES • Easy Meatball Sandwich

Do you like sandwiches/subs? My family does and I've never been been a huge fan of meatball subs, but I will eat them. They're easy to prepare, filling and great leftovers. I've had this recipe written in my recipe book for awhile and I'm not sure where I got it from. But wherever it came from I'm glad I wrote it down!

All the ingredients are pre-made, (including the meatballs) or homemade, it's up to you.


prep time: cook time: total time:


  • sub rolls
  • 1 36oz to 66oz favorite spaghetti sauce (amount depends how many sandwiches are being made)
  • 1pkg Provolone cheese, about 24 slices
  • Meatballs - 3 to 4 depending on the size meatballs per sub



  1. 1. In your crock pot place meatballs and pour in sauce until meatballs are covered. Cook on high for 4 hours, then turn down to low and let simmer until ready to serve. To prevent meatballs from scorching stir often.
  2. 2. In a (9x13) pan place sub rolls, scoop 3 to 4 meatballs in each roll, slather on more sauce, top with cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted (be careful not to burn them)
  3. Once cheese is melted, serve
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