I love containers - bowls, boxes, bottles, baskets, anything that serves to contain other things. Here are five of my favorites.
 This is a basket made by a man in our town who makes and sells baskets. We've had him make several different kinds of baskets for us, but this is the one we use the most. We mostly use it to bring vegetables from our garden.
 This is a wire basket I got at a junk store in the U.S. I put excess garden produce in it - mostly tomatoes! We've found what I think is the best tomato ever. It's called Black Krim and it not only has a better taste than any other tomato we've grown, but it also keeps well outside the refrigerator (and this is in a hot climate!). I've had ripe Black Krims in this basket without going bad for over two weeks!
 One of the Pirate's micro-enterprises is making woodenware (bowls, trays, spoons, etc.) which he sells at a local gallery. This is my favorite. It's made of red eucalyptus, and although it's hard to see in the first photo, it's not perfectly round. That's because eucalyptus distorts when it dries, and the Pirate deliberately made this bowl from green wood so that it would distort. BTW, the Pirate made the lovely table that these containers are sitting on. He hand-planed the top so it would look old and hand-made, which fits in with things around here. That man is SO talented!
 There is a small community in the mountains near us where a family carries on the traditional craft of pottery making as practiced for centuries in this area. I have a number of bowls from this area, but this particular bowl is the one I use most often. I put it directly over the gas flame on our stove with no problem. Of course, this pottery would have to be flameproof since for centuries the only way things could get cooked was in pottery bowls over an open flame.
 This is something I recently found at the local segunda (thrift shop). It's made of a length of bamboo, which someone had cut in half lengthwise, preserving the membranes at end end of the segment, and then decorated with a wood-burning tool. I'm currently using it to hold the embroidery thread for a project I'm doing.
Go to Hallie's blog for more Favorites.