Baskets & Fur

Eric’s summer workshops are in full swing. And our furry family members are delighted…

There’s a line of baskets waiting for Eric’s attention. Coco Kitty cut to the front of the line. This is her first “basket workshop” and she’s been loving all the chatter and activity—except for the fact that it also brings in the curious and annoying Jaxson into the workshop more than usual.
Speaking of the “beast” here is Jaxson looking for some attention from Mark and Joann. I think this is immediately after his “standoff” with Coco Kitty. Plus, it’s Thursday and there’s baskets to be finished—no time for canine affection.
But no problem for Chance who easily distracts Miss Ginger…
But not succeeding in distracting poor Mark who has a lot of work to do on his Apple Basket. Chance still hasn’t grasped the concept that students are not here for him.
However Chance is going to get ‘booted’ if he keeps getting in Eric’s way… But then again, all I have to do is walk out the door. I am hardly ever out of Chance’s sight.


Moral of this story? We started these workshops with one dog, Chance. Then Jaxson arrived. This year we have Coco Kitty. So if you plan on coming next summer, be prepared for another being… maybe a pet pig? Rabbit? You never know who will come roaming down our driveway as their ‘last resort’ in looking for a home.

The Summer Weekend Guinea Pigs

Before Mr. Basketmaker taught his two full-week workshops for the first time here in Tennessee, he had a “soft open” of sorts in the way of two mini 3-day Weekend Classes. Here’s some quick pics that I skipped posting this summer…

Here’s Miss Sue J. putting the finishing touches on one of Eric’s Cottage Gardener baskets…

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The first weekend it was great weather with plenty of porch time with lots of sniffing going on…
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Guess Jaxson finds weaving relaxing as well…
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Here’s Eric attaching the handle to the little gardener basket…summer-basket-workshop-2015-basket-small
Below is Miss Donna finishing up her Cottage Napkin Basket. She got to hang out in the workshop with our nephew Ben. I think in this photo below I got done kicking him out of this particular workstation…  I think I said something along the lines of “Hey, get your butt out of that chair, it’s for students.” And he said “I’m a student!” And I corrected myself, “I mean a ‘paying’ student!”

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Oops… took this next pic too soon! One of the baskets are missing the handles…

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Here’s Eric attaching them…

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All the summer workshops went very well and we had fun meeting new students, visiting with prior students and catching up with the regulars.

Hope to see everyone again next summer!

Sixteen Baskets.

That’s how many baskets “The Goddesses” made in 5 1/2 days. One word… AhMazing!

Here’s the whole group…
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And a few close-ups…

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The group was also able to fit in these tiny little baskets in addition to their two main baskets…

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They can be left as is or add the optional “cushion” to make it a Pin Cushion Basket similar to the one peeking out at the right.

It was a great two weeks of workshops! Now I need to sleep… for awhile…