I Need Your Help.

As most of you already know, I am not a basketmaker or a weaver. In fact, I knew very little about basketry before I met Eric. Undoubtedly, I still know very little about basketry when compared to all the people I have met in Eric’s workshops and classes.

However, one thing I have attained and am knowledgeable about, is what the “business” of basketry entails. I am the basketmaker’s wife and a supportive one at that. So I know what it takes to be a working craftsman by living, working and traveling with Eric. And if I finished writing our bio’s you would know this already. But I’m a procrastinator.

Since this blog is mainly from my point-of-view as a non-weaver and a wife of a basketmaker, I need your help. If there are any questions you would like me to ask for the popular “Ask Eric Five Questions on Friday,” send them to me at questions@thebasketmakerswife.com. Especially all you basketmakers and weavers since I would not ask him basket-related questions. I will still throw in my usual non-related inquiries (or as Eric calls it “the interrogation”). But I also would like to share more informational basketry content as well.

So go ahead. Ask anything! I promise I’ll do my best to get Eric to answer them. You know by now how lackadaisical he is with quite a bit of his responses. All questions will remain anonymous unless you want me to attribute your name. Just let me know this in your email. See you Friday!


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Eric Answers Five Questions Friday

We just got a snowstorm yesterday. How come the driveway is still full of snow?
Eric: Because the weatherman said it was going to snow all day.

But it did snow all day.
Eric: Next Question.
(editor’s note: Sounds like question-dodging to me since his answer makes no sense.)

What did you think about the girls on Survivor?
Eric: Not too bright. Big mistake dumping the older, stronger and the smartest one on last week’s show.

Do you think Kermit does have feelings for Miss Piggy?
Eric: No. I think Kermit is gay. She’ll be chasing him a long time.

Ginger or Mary Ann?
Eric: Since you remind me of Mary Ann, I will say her.

Awww… so sweet. When are you going to be shoveling the driveway?
Eric: I’m not shoveling. I’m snowblowing. Don’t you have work to do today? 

Five Questions Friday

Yah! My favorite day of the week… Friday! Mostly because I get to irritate Eric with questions. I don’t know why he still has not gotten used to this every week. He’s a slow adapter.

What is your favorite movie?
Eric: To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember being home sick one day when I was twelve or thirteen and was flipping through the channels and came across the opening scene where she’s looking into the cigar box. That memory, and the movie, just stuck with me ever since.

Do you scream on roller coasters?
Eric: No, I’m a dude.
(editor’s note: I have never been on a roller coaster with Eric, but there has been many times I came around the corner in our home and he let out a little scream. So I think he’s lying, and he would be flailing like a 15-year-old girl.)

In the song Yankee Doodle, is he calling the pony or the feather “macaroni”?
Eric: The feather.

Do you shampoo your hair first in the shower or wash with soap?
Eric: Shampoo first.

Do you dance crazy when no one is looking?
Eric: That’s a dumb question. 
(editor’s note: He dances crazy in public so it does not matter).