Someone sent me this link http://www.domestic-church.com/CONTENT.DCC/20030101/FRIDGE/baskets.htm to make easy baskets out of paper plates.
You can get very pretty paper plates and make these. They are even less expensive than getting a container at the dollar store, and will encourage children to be resourceful. I think they are good for giving, filled with home made things. Someone sent me a sample of their own version of this using a much prettier paper plate.
Also check out this woman's creative sewing http://ein-stueck-garten.blogspot.com/search/label/Creative%20Sewing There is a heart swap you can click on and see more of these creative and decorative hearts in fabrics and papers and other mediums.
Also of interest is http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com/ which includes photographs by the one of the original photographers for Victoria magazine in its heyday. In the early days of that magazine, the photos had an amazing ability to make the simple things in life, like light coming from a window, or a dew drop on a rose, more important than world events. Women in the 80's bought that magazine and soaked up all those scenes, re-discovering them in their own homes!