March’s Basket Cottage Calendar Cover Girls Are…

Tracey Reidy, Sandy Beaulieu, Hannah Sommer and Suzanne Marvin.

There’s always too many great creations to feature in only 12 months, so for one page, I like to group several together. This year it is the page for March.

There’s also a special honor for Sandy Beaulieu who is a scrimshaw artist at D.E.L.S. on Cape Cod. Many of the cottage girls commission works from her so I wanted to have something of hers in one of the calendars. Her beautiful mermaid ocean scene lid was perfect.

(Note: Hannah Sommer chose to show baskets that were made for her by Jim Kent)

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Imagine Staring at this for a Few Hours (No wonder I now need glasses)

And when I say “a few hours” it really is for a few hours.

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Part of my job description as the Basketmaker’s Wife involves helping Eric with his patterns for exhibit baskets. (Exhibit baskets are special. For his other baskets, he’s on his own…)

He creates preliminary sketches on grid paper and then I electronically reproduce all into one drawing. Then Eric is able to make changes on my computer. And when I say “changes on my computer” that means him sitting next to me, looking over my shoulder, telling me what square to move where.

I know what you’re asking, “Lynne, how can you calmly (y’all are assuming with the word ‘calmly’) sit there and move around a bunch of squares. That must be grueling.”

All I can say is that I gladly do it with no complaints, mind you… as long as my glass of wine is refreshed without me even asking.

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  1. Looks familiar. I’ve done this myself many a time. Nothing like spending a couple nights doing one of these only to decide that you don’t even like it and have to scrap it.

  2. Wow! That’s all I can say “WOW”.

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Five Questions Friday: “Eartha Kitt-y”

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Q: Why has there been a kitty in your workshop for the last three weeks despite you telling me “ we cannot have a cat”?
Eric: What? I don’t recall letting that kitty in. All I know is she followed you home after you rescued her from that tree across the street.

Q: Oh Really? Not only is this tiny little black kitten in your workshop, I see she has a blanket, a water bowl and a food dish that you dubbed “the kitty station”… what’s up with that????
Eric: What? I don’t recall saying that.

Q: Uh, huh. Well, does she have a “kitty station” or not?
Eric: She has a place were she has food. And a bowl for water. And a basket with a blanket for her to sleep in. And it’s all next to a window where she can look outside. And I might’ve referred to that area as “a station” but that’s all I’m sayin’… 

Q: Despite what you say, I know you’ve been thinking of some names. What’s the number one on your list?
Eric: I have not wanted to name this kitten because when she becomes a cat, you never know how long it will want to stay. But it seems like she may become an indoor cat since she doesn’t want to go outside or even leave the workshop. Back to your question, if I had to come up with a name, I would say “Eartha Kitt” who also is the best Cat Woman Villain there ever was.

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: That kitten! She is under my feet, on my feet, on my workbench—non-stop, all day. And when I’m gone, she apparently has an obsession with taking my pushpins out of my large cork board above my desk and ripping my calendar pages. 

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  1. Christy Newman

    That’s about the nicest cat basket I’ve ever seen! Eartha kitty is perfect!

  2. Tracey Reidy

    Curt said you should name her Baskitty! Pretty clever, huh? But I agree that Eartha was the best Catwoman

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