You Scratch My Blog, I’ll Scratch Yours.

I am the first to admit that I am a little clueless when it comes to blogging. I say a ‘little’ because as of today, I’m not totally clueless, thanks to first, Tony Stubblefied of Jaskets who told me to just launch the blog and let it create itself (superb advice) and to Cathryn of Wicker Woman who has been blogging for almost a decade! She sent me several valuable tips and wrote a glowing shout out on her blog! You can view her post I have pictured, here. To see the great ‘shout out’ she wrote about moi (well, and a shout out to Tony and my husband, but I’m feeling a bit narcissistic today… so it’s all about me!) click here. Thanks Cathryn!

P.S. Cathryn… I agree with what you wrote and you should get in your car and drive down to see Eric at Tony’s over the summer in Missouri! (Of course, because I’m pretending to be narcissistic today, I want you there so you can show me more tricks on the blogosphere! And if you have time for a basket or two, we could probably fit that in.)

Eric’s Latest Creation… in Progress.

Eric has been working on a new basket design for about a year now. I am taking photos at the different stages of development. This is the most recent one. The base (which you cannot see in the photo because it is all taped up) is gorgeous along with the handle he created. But at the moment, the handle design is top secret. The basket has over 100 uprights! Maybe that’s why this basket is driving him crazy. I usually enjoy watching him weave since it seems so effortless to him. Reminds me of my brother when he is skating. He can skate backwards faster than most going forward. And it’s like he’s gliding over the ice… so effortless. I have weaved two baskets before (That is correct. I am not a basket maker.) and my posture, hands and technique all show great effort (or distress – depends which angle you’re viewing me) when I’m weaving. No gliding-over-the-ice appearance for me. But this time, for Eric, I’ve heard him speak with not-so-nice-words about this basket. We have also been trying to come up with a name for this basket. The latest contender is one I cannot repeat here. But I think it’s going a lot smoother now since he actually cracked a smile before I took this shot!

Cornucopia and the Romans.

Some of you may know that after 9/11 I quit my job as a Creative Director in advertising and did something crazy. Basically, I was living in Texas making more money than I needed, quit, and headed north to Chicago to spend time with my sister and my new nephew. A few months after that, I headed back home to New Hampshire for Christmas and after the New Year I bought an antique store up in Maine. I had no experience doing such, but it changed my life. I also learned the old American art of bartering since I had no money! (Settling in a small rural town that gets tons of snow and relying on an antique store that is only open during the summer for most of your income will do that to you)! I sold that store about 5 years ago but still enjoy hunting vintage and antique items to sell online. Anyways, I’m always researching new finds and came across a coin (online – I don’t own this coin) of Hadrian who was a Roman Emperor from 117 to 138 AD. He’s known as one of the ‘good’ emperors. During his reign, he traveled extensively. To commemorate his travels around the empire, coins were made personifying the places he visited. The coin pictured is of Hadrian’s second tour of Africa. I will not bore you with Roman history so lets get to the good part (And why this coin is appearing on my blog to wish people Happy Thanksgiving.) The back of the coin shows Africa (personified) reclining, holding a scorpion with a cornucopia basket at her feet. (hint… hint… cornucopia and Thanksgiving) Coming across this coin reiterates how ancient the craft of a basket maker is! And the basket must have had a huge significance to the Roman people almost 2,000 years ago to be on Hadrian’s coin. And the art of basketry still holds its significance today for so many people including myself since this is Eric’s livlihood. I think that is so cool!  But I have one question. Why is she holding a scorpion?

Happy Thanksgiving to all the basket makers out there! 
(And the ones who love them.)