“Goddess Week” Continues…

One thing is for sure… these basket goddesses work really hard!

workshop-basket-3-weave

Above is Connie, Patti and Suzanne putting their uprights in. That’s Mr. Basketmaker in the back adjusting Diana’s basket. Below is Miss Tracey applying oil to her pin cushion basket base — and doing so with a smile…

workshop-basket-3-tracey

Below is Miss Patti getting the bottom of her boxcar basket lined up…

workshop-basket-3-patti

Here’s Kathy arranging her weavers for the body of the wine carrier…
workshop-basket-3-kathy
workshop-basket-3-dog-walk

Above is Jaxson and Patti returning from their afternoon walk. I heard that Jaxson got distracted by the critters in the field and the dog down the street and wasn’t much of a walking companion.

Below the basketmakers are all in the workshop sanding their materials…workshop-basket-3-group-jax

Not too interesting of a shot but wanted to show you what was going on “above” when I showed you this next pic. Tracey is standing at the far left and here’s who is right below…workshop-basket-3-jax-feet

She didn’t have too much space to move with Jaxson right at her feet! But she does have excellent taste in sandals (I have the same pair, but in silver).

After the basketmakers retreated to the B&B for the evening, Mr. Basketmaker went out in his shop and took this picture of some of the ‘exhibit’ baskets…

workshop-basket-3-baskets-exhibit

The weaving is complete — just need the rims and handles and they will be done.

It Starts With The Base…

This week is a special class where ‘The Goddesses’ are working on an ‘exhibit quality’ basket. Sunday night at Eric’s ‘open house’ they each got to pick out their own bases…

godesses-basket-workshop-2-base

The next morning they were fast at work. Here a few of them, uhm, I mean ‘goddesses’ in the workshop sanding…

godesses-basket-workshop-2-base-sand

The next morning, I joined them for breakfast at the Bonnie Blue Inn…

goddesses-basket-workshop-2-bed

Above is Rebecca, the owner and the chef, announcing what everyone is about to eat. I stopped listening after she said the “peaches in the peach cobbler come from my garden.” I started to inch my way back to my chair while the others continued to listen. Well, from the look on Tracey’s face below, I think she was thinking the same thing as me… I need to taste this cobbler… now!

goddesses-basket-workshop-2-eat

Here’s the only other pic I have of the basketmakers working in the weaving area…

goddesses-basket-workshop-2-weave

Somehow all the other pictures I took disappeared off the camera. After the basketmakers left here to go to the B&B, Mr. Basketmaker borrowed my camera to take this shot of, what else? His dog Jaxson, lounging on his dog bed. Actually his dog bed is a loveseat couch…

workshop-dog-sleeping-bed

And when Mr. Basketmaker returned my camera after taking a bunch of shots so he could show me how cute his dog is, a whole pile of photos I took of the basketry workshop for the last two days were gone. Now of course I’m not accusing him… I’m just sayin’…

The Goddesses Have Landed

There are a group of lovely ladies from Georgia who are appropriately dubbed “The Basket Goddesses” and are often visually represented as mermaids. They are now here for Eric’s second workshop (yes, he had two full-week workshops booked back-to-back).

I have lots of photos to post since their arrival on Sunday, but I need some sleep! (Not because of the “Goddesses” but because I was up late watching a documentary on my iPad.)

So the only thing I will post tonight is our ‘Welcome Message’ on the supersized chalkboard to this week’s students…

godesses-basket-workshop

(I was going to write my name on the mermaid but that would’ve been truly smug!)