Five Questions Friday: Love and Passion

Q: How much are you loving our new Fairy Godmother “Mona” ornament your mom got us?
Eric: Are you showing a pic? because Mona is very well-endowed.
That’s all you have to say? Did you know she’s the godmother of love and passion? I didn’t know that they had “themes” when I picked it out. I would’ve looked for the one that said “Money.” Sorry…
No. The only Mona I know was Ross’ girlfriend on Friends.

Q: For my pottery class tomorrow, can I use your Tool Tote Basket for my jars of clay tools?
Eric:  Sure, I always encourage people to use my baskets to the shagrin of many of my students that put their baskets on shelves.

Q: What a long and busy day, at least for me. What did you do today?
Eric: I played with the cat.
So a typical day for you.

Q: I got an email from Karen about an hour ago reminding me of an email she sent me back in 2004. And in it she was inviting me over for dinner… they were making roasted chicken and potatoes. And she finished it with saying they are eating the same thing tonight! Isn’t it weird that YOU are making roasted chicken and potatoes tonight as well? Did you two talk?
Eric: For one, we both know Eric cooked the dinner so shouldn’t you be asking if I had talked to Eric?
Oh yeah, you’re right.

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Jaxson now figuring out that my wife will allow him on the living room couch.
Hey! I only did that because when you were gone to Michigan he whined for days non-stop! It was the only thing that pacified him. Now I can’t get him off. You will have to fix that.

Our Reclaimed Wood DIY Advent Calendar

I can’t wait for December first. Why? Because Mr. BasketMaker fills up all 25 days of our advent calendar we made a couple years ago, for me to open up each day.

Actually, I think he only fills up a few days ahead because he thinks I will peek. But I wouldn’t know that because I never look ahead 😉

Anyway, when we made this I took instructional photos but never posted. But the good news is that after 3 years it’s still in great shape and working perfectly!

It started with a 25-box storage compartment I bought at Hobby Lobby or one of those craft stores.

My idea was to decoupage the fronts with different papers I’ve collected but brought it into Eric’s workshop to see if he could build me a frame around it so it would be more sturdy.

Well he did better than that…

Using some reclaimed wood that was given to us (Thanks Suzanne & Jud!) he turned it into a wood house frame with a little shelf under the roof!

Before he added the bottom base, he inserted the box to make sure everything fit. And, of course, it did!

So now everything is getting “re-put together” and glued and nailed…

Now it’s ready to bring into my workshop…

I decoupaged different papers on each front…

Now the task of laying them all out and figuring out which color combination worked best. That probably took the longest, honestly!

Then when I was happy with the order, I pasted on subtle numbers I found from old ruler paper. Then I painted a little on top of each to give it an “antique” kind of feel which made everything appear cohesive but you can skip that step.

And that’s it! I love our little advent calendar! Send any pics of your family’s advent calendar!!

Five Questions Friday: AmStaff’s

My smart, beautiful wonderful cousin Kerryn weaving her first basket. BTW, nice pants…

Q: While you were teaching in Connecticut I showed Kerryn how to make your 7-inch Carrier Basket. Teaching is a lot of work and I’m not even good at it! How do you do it?
Eric: How do I do it? Ah, well first lesson is learn from your mistakes. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Well how did I do?
I wasn’t there and won’t know until I put on the rims and really get a closer look. But from the picture you showed me, it looked good for someone who never made a basket before. I’m sure you showed her all the shortcuts and everything NOT to do when teaching a newbie how to weave a basket.
Not funny. But you’re probably right.

Q: Did you hear that the winner for the Terrier Group of the Westminster Dog Show was the American Staffordshire Terrier? Just like Jaxson!
Eric: Well, Jaxson is half that and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. But I love it. Am-Staff’s are great dogs. Should’ve won the whole thing.

Q: You must’ve enjoyed bonding with Jaxson over your long early morning works. You don’t do that at home. What’d you two talk about?
Eric: What did we talk about? Well, he doesn’t talk. But I said a lot of things like “Stop pulling… get over here… stop sniffing that… stay over here… hurry up…  that’s not your toy… watch out for that car… this isn’t your house… no we aren’t going in there…”

Q: Speaking of dog toy, I see he brought home a new one. How is he able to always spot a discarded dog toy no matter where we are?
Eric: He’s got some kind of radar. And some may or may not have actually been discarded. We will never know.

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Me packing a little bit yesterday and then Jaxson whining all day because he thought we were finally leaving. So annoying.
What? He whined for like four hours. Try listening to him whine all week when you are gone to a workshop! And you just got done saying he’s a great dog!
Eric: Well, he definitely has his annoying moments. That’s all I can say.