Monday, September 24, 2007

A Tisket a Tasket.........








A couple of weeks ago we visited a place called Gata De Gorgos about an hour north of where we live.
It's a lovely little town with plenty of the old style houses which I love to look at.
Gata is famous for basket weaving, wicker furniture and objects made from rush,cane and bamboo. There are over 50 shops and they are just overflowing with an amazing assortment of every kind of basket you can imagine and also the local ceramics and pottery.
Some of the "shops" are actually the living quarters of the person who has things to sell. Tomatoes, grapes, baskets etc. It was quite fascinating to get a glimpse into these old style Spanish homes.
Of course I had to buy a basket but how to choose! The one I finally chose is prettily lined with cotton and has a lace trim with little buttons at each side. I plan on using this basket to store my favourite fat quarters of quilting fabric.
On the outskirts of the town are many huge outlets selling an amazing array of pottery and ceramics. The two pictures I'm showing are of the outside and inside of just one of them. The inside shot is just a tiny corner of the floor area!
From here I bought a garlic pot to match the salt pot I have already.
Next time I go I'd like to visit the church and the museum. I'll save that for another post but I hope you've enjoyed the little glimpse I've given you of Gata De Gorgos.

11 comments:

Nancy said...

What a fantastic place Margaret! Everything is just amazing. I could spend a fortune and have so much fun in a place like this - all the baskets, the plates on the wall and the lighting fixtures, everything! I love the basket you chose for your fat quarters and the garlic pot too! No wonder you love Spain!

Bren said...

I love your basket choice! Your fat quarters all look so nice in it. What a wonderful area to visit. The shops look like a fun place to spend lots of money!!!!

CONNIE W said...

Oh what lovely places to see and visit and shop. Looks wonderful. Baskets are one of my weaknesses too and I fill them with everything. Yours looks perfect with the FQs inside.

Linda said...

Margaret, what lovely photo's, I'd love to walk down those streets wandering in and out of the stores. You lucky duck having that sort of thing close by. Love the basket you chose and your fq's look wonderful in it.

Andrea said...

Great photos. I love places like this. Perfect choice of basket too!

diane said...

I am so grateful to you for sharing Spain with me! I would be in SOOOO much trouble with baskets and pottery...why TWO of my favorite things. I love how you have chosen to use and display your basket and I may just copy the idea. I have such a great assortment of fabrics now, partly thanks to you..hee hee, that this would be a lovely way to display and enjoy them!

Sweet P said...

That's a cute basket. That town sounds like a place I'd love to visit.

Heidi said...

How fun Margaret! I cannot imagine having to choose A basket out of all of those. It is really pretty with the lining and a perfect use ~ for fabric stash!

Anonymous said...

Margaret,
I can't believe how similar your photos of Spain are to scenes we were so familiar with when we lived in Cyprus.I couldd have been standing in one of the pottery shops :>) The colours and styles are just out of this world. I love your basket choice.It's perfect for displaying your pretty fabric.
In Cyprus different areas are renowned for producing different crafts, some pottery, some baskets, some leather and so on. The village my mother lived in made baskets and this was her job when she left school at 11 years old.She had to cut the bamboo and willow reeds, strip and trim them and then weave the baskets.
Hugs, Angela

Jeanne said...

This place would be wonderful to spend some time. I would love to see the baskets being made. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Christine said...

Awesome. I could spend all day browsing in those types of shops. Love the basket and the fabrics. Love the garlic pot too.