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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 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!