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Ideas For Using Vintage Baskets

So many ways to use those lovely old Vintage Baskets you find~

By the farm sink to hold Fresh Fruit~

To hold Fresh Flowers~

From Fifi O’Neill’s gorgeous book Romantic Prairie Style (my farmhouse was also featured)

Mark Lohman Photographer

To  tuck under a bench~

For Laundry Day~

From Fifi O’Neill’s Romantic Prairie Style Book, Mark Lohman Photographer

My backyard at the farmhouse

A book holder~

Or for a Flower Girl~

Don’t you just adore a great old basket?



  • Carol Spinski - Hi Rhonda, Thank You so much and I am going to visit your blog:) Blessings, Carol

  • Rhonda - Just discovered your blog today, love it….you have a new follower ….I love photography also….stop by and visit me when you can ….

  • Kelly - Carol:

    I just love your blog and especially your vintage baskets!

    I would love for you to visit my blog, I just moved from PA to SC and still unpacking. Can’t wait to get my permanent home here soon!

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Mimi, Blessings, Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Melinda~Hope your week is beautiful too:)
    Blessings, Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Sandy! I have so many ideas and photos to share:)

  • sandy cookman - I love your photos and ideas! Lovely!

  • Melinda - Love these beautiful ideas Carol, thank you!
    Have a lovey week.

  • Mimi - Thanks for some new ideas for using baskets. Great ideas I can use in my flower shop too.

  • Lana - Lovely uses Carol! I especially like using them for books! :)

  • winnibriggs - It’s always good to see how others use items. Some good ideas there. Lovely photographs.

  • Rachel @ French Farmhouse 425 - I always love your photos Carol~ And I love using baskets for so many things! :) xo Rachel

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Liz and Kent Engagement Photo Session

It’s all about the L-O-V-E right? I recently did an engagement session with a darling couple who made my camera sing.

Liz is the type of beauty that always seems to have a natural glow surrounding her. Kent is a cutie too!

We added in a little off duty fire shoot for fun too:)

I think Liz and Kent will have a long life together~Congratulations to them!

  • Laurie - what beautiful photos! you can just see how in love they are!

  • pamq - All wonderful photos, but the last one is just glorious!!!


  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita - Love these photos! What a gorgeous girl!

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The Feminine Home By Jo-Anne Coletti

Once again Jo-Anne Coletti has published a new issue of her lovely The Feminine Home

“The Feminine Home~embraces the heart and soul of a woman. It is a singular place where loveliness resides and the language of romance and poetry lives; a home that coaxes an extraordinary life that is enduring, purposeful and distinctly feminine.” Jo-Anne Coletti

Visit Jo-Anne’s blog for ordering information and even a chance to win you’re own copy!

Pure gorgeous don’t you think?

  • Cathleen alyce - Such a beautiful book. Thank you for sharing it. I am popping on over to her site right now.

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For The Love Of Lemons

I love lemon anything, especially old fashioned lemonade~

This is my Mama Stella Mae’s Best Lemonade Recipe

1 3/4 cups white sugar

8 cups water

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Lemons are great to decorate with too, from a simple bowl to something a bit more fun~

*Photography and Styling Carol Spinski

For more ideas on using lemons check out my other blog~Raised In Cotton

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Save Those Photos

How many times have you taken a photo and it turns out poor because of bad lighting conditions? Before I toss a photo out I will do some exposure adjustments and even convert it to black and white to see if that helps the image~

This photo of my Son and his girlfriend was taken as they were sitting in a car in the middle of the day. There were bad shadows across both of they’re faces so I just decreased the lighting levels and saturation in hopes of saving the photo. I also applied a hint of blur to further even the skin tones out a bit.

I have nice windows in my bedroom but many times I can get a harsh backlight situation producing blown out photos.  So to counter in this photo, I decreased the exposure level and saturation down producing greater details in the pitcher.

This early morning Florida beach photo was a tad too dark and the sand had a slight blue cast.  I just increased the exposure a bit and decreased the saturation to take full advantage of the beautiful colors of the sunrise.

And finally…..

One of my favorite photos from Curious Sofa’s Christmas Open House 2008. To capture the ambience of the night and the beautiful candle topped farm table, I increased the exposure level just slightly. Since there were a few overhead lights that created a yellow cast, I decreased the saturation tone in the image to focus attention on the table.

Don’t give up on those photos, try doing some level adjustments to see what you come up with!

Answers to some of your photography questions:

1. My equipment~ Canon 5d MK2, Canon Film Camera, Nikon d90 and a number of lenses, speedlites, reflector, studio lighting.

2. My favorite photo editing software is Lightroom 3 and Photoshop Elements.

3. I shoot RAW files so I can have full post processing control. But the above examples can be done using JPEG files too.

4. I have learned to take my time with each image and capture the best straight out of the camera shot that I can. This helps in reducing any post processing needs.

5. To teach yourself about proper exposure settings, try shooting in Manual mode~Trust me, it’s not hard!

  • HA - Nice site, i am so interested to do this as well…could you advise as to how to begin this? thank you, Heidi

  • HA - Very nice site, i too am interested doing this. Could you please advise how to go about this? Thank you ..

  • Rebecca - I am so in love with photography again (and my Canon EOS 50D!) ;-)I think it is because this time I have “control” of my images where as before with out having a darkroom to process my own film I relied on a photo drop of site.
    I too shoot in Manual and RAW formats. Absolutely no waste now and if I don’t like something, even after tweaking, I can always delete and take it over again.
    Have a Great day Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Nerina~ Manual mode is really fairly simple. Just a matter of finding the best combination of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

    Have Fun!

  • Nerina - Carol,
    Thank you so much for all of your fabulous tips. I’ve recently started playing with a DSLR and your hints help me to have even more fun. Manual more here I come!!
    Enjoy a terrific weekend!!

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Photos Of Fall Decorating Past

So it’s 108 degrees today and I’m not usually one to wish my life away but……Fall weather sounds pretty good right now don’t you think? Since it was way too hot for much of any activity, I spent most of my day organizing photos and found a few Fall ones to share with you~

I’m in the mood to decorate for Fall, how about you?

Photography by Carol Spinski

Raised In Cotton Blog

  • bicocacolors - those pictures are gorgeous,
    colors are amazing!!!
    really looove this collage!

    greetings from Spain,

  • Chatelaine - I love Fall. Can’t wait for that crisp fall air and Autumn in New England. It’s my favorite time of year!

  • Gail - Because a very high count of family problems in May and June, I never got around to decorating for summer, just a few dribs and drabs of summery things. So, I am looking forward to seasonal decorating in late Sept.

  • Lori R. - Please not fall yet. I’ll take these hot temps over snow and cold any day. My bones are just thawing now. I can wait for that cursed white stuff.

  • Victoria Cullen - Your pictures make me soooo ready! Thank you!

  • Angela Chelette - I’ve never been more ready for fall…this is the hottest summer ever! Your photos are so inspiring.

  • Paula Parrish - Hello Carol,
    Ah, your photos are so pretty. Love the colors. If you walk into a retail store you will be instantly put in a fall mood with all of the fall items on display. It is so nice to plan ahead and get busy decorating for fall. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  • Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage - I can’t wait for Fall and decorating for it. These images are just beautiful. Maybe if I stare at them long enough I’ll feel like we have cooler weather!

  • Traci - i feel the same way. i don’t want to rush it but i am done with all this heat. i want to turn my air off and open up the windows. thanks for the fall beauty. it is my favorite time of year.

  • Shannon - Wow! Ideas are flowing! I can’t wait to decorate for fall! Thanks for sharing!

  • gretchen - no, no, and no…it’s barely summer here! we’ve had a really late start in the northwest…

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