Getting to Know Our New Digs.

Moving was a royal pain! Boxing up all the web files, dealing with an aching back, trusting that everything will be moved safely without breaking stuff, figuring out where the new packages will go, finding out you’re missing a ‘box’ and trying to locate it between the last home and the new home, all that unpacking… okay, enough of the trying-to-be-clever-“physical moving”-words.

The “website” move went a little better than I thought. Only one rumble with Mr. Basketmaker that resulted with him stomping down the stairs to get out of my way, if you know what I mean. The new blog is not completely done but it’s in working order. Still need to transfer all the images from the old site onto the new server and then relink them. Have a few more things to do and then I can relax… well, briefly.

There’s some minor glitches that I have not figured out. But eventually I will (may not be until summer…) Speaking of summer, winter has finally arrived here in New Hampshire. It’s snowing! I was tired of looking at brown grass and bare trees since November. Now everything will be covered in white. Will hopefully get some pics of me and Chance tomorrow frolicking in the snow.

(Interesting note: When I published this post, the date automatically went to March 1st. WordPress was not recognizing that it’s a leap year! So I had to manually force it to say Feb. 29. I wonder what the date will say tomorrow?)

We Are Moving!

No, not us. The Basketmaker’s Wife Blog is moving! Since beginning this blog journey four months ago, I have learned a lot about blogging the hard way. Mostly, what not to do. However, as soon as my confidence about how the blog looked and operated grew, a change was needed.

The development of this blog began over a year ago and to get the ball rolling and simply start it, I went with the popular and free weblog publishing tool, Google’s Blogger. At that moment, it seemed like a good match. As time went on though, I became aware that all the content was not owned by me, but by Google.

That’s not a good thing. Protecting all the content being published is very important, especially since I am writing about basketry events & organizations, workshops, other artists, along with various people commenting on the blog as well. In addition, during Mr. Basketmaker’s research, he found that many Google Blogger users had their blogs shut down without any warning. All their content gone since it was all owned by Google. It was time for a change.

One of our main concerns with the “move” was that the blog’s subscribers have been increasing exponentially and if we’re not able to transfer the email feed with the new host, then we (meaning “me”) would be contacting a lot of people begging them to re-subscribe to the blog. Another reason to make the switch sooner than later.

So, by painstakingly playing dumb, I was able to get a lot of help over the phone from the new host’s technical people (actually, playing dumb, for me, is not that painstaking). We are using the WordPress interface that is uploaded to our new host, giving us complete ownership of all the content. It’s been designed, configured and all posts transferred but it will not go live until Monday evening or Tuesday.

Hopefully, it will go without a hitch! (or is it now ‘glitch’?)

Getting Ready for the NCBA.

The North Carolina Basketmakers’ Association Annual basket convention is less than one month away. This is my favorite out of all the conventions simply because that was the first basket-related gathering I attended with Eric four years ago. And one of the first “basket people” I met was Pattie Bagley… I mean, Madam President of the GBA (unmistakeable shameless brown-nosing).

Eric puts in many hours and long days getting ready for any convention, but especially NCBA’s since it’s one of the largest basketry conventions in the country. As most of you already know, I go downstairs to Eric’s workshop many times throughout the day to say “hi” and, yes, annoy him a little. I cannot help it. It’s so much fun! But weeks before a convention, he’s so focused that he barely knows I’m there. 

Yesterday was one of those days. And I tried to get his attention to no avail. I grabbed the dog’s front paws and started dancing. I threw the dog toy over his workstation to play fetch with the dog. I even performed my best “stripper-who-wears-sweatpants” interpretation. All I heard him say was “these stupid handles are frustrating me.” 
Uh oh. Time to leave him alone. No playing games today. (Come on people. I’m not that heartless!) His new handbag design has a complicated handle and lid configuration with many wooden parts thatneed to fit precisely. And being a new design, means that Eric needed to come upwith a system or “jigs” for making everything come together many times over. I snapped some pics (after abandoning my attempt to distract him) of what he was working on.
Mr. Basketmaker’s goal is to finish up all the basket parts for the new handbag and the Cottage Jewel basket over the weekend so they can be mailed to students sometime next week. This will give them plenty of time to properly finish the wooden parts before the convention classes begin.