“Goddess Week” Continues…

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


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…


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


Here’s Kathy arranging her weavers for the body of the wine carrier…

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…


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

Lakeside Cottage Workshop Quick Pics

We returned a couple days ago from one of my favorite places to visit – a little town outside of Atlanta – where Eric had a three-day workshop.


It was absolutely gorgeous weather in Milton, Georgia over the weekend. Which was great for me since I was out taking many photographs of all the Cottage Girls’ baskets for their upcoming yearly calendar. Will share pictures after it is published.



It was a full house all three days. Eric certainly had his work cut out for him.


Above, in the solid blue (left), is poor Miss Tracey who was working with an injured left hand! Here she is, plugging away on the wine carrier basket. As someone who broke her finger a few years back and had surgery but still worked the whole time, I feel her pain.


Here’s Eric conversing away with all the ladies. Jud, one of the hosts, made a comment that Eric is becoming a very chatty fellow! I have to agree with him!

Five Questions Friday: My Boss is a Jerk

Q: What are somefive-questions-doll-pickles-basket common misconceptions people have about being a Basket Maker?
Eric: That it’s easy, hence the phrase “I took underwater basket making for easy credits.” Mostly, when I’m asked what I do and I say I’m a basket maker,  I get a confused look and that’s usually the end of the conversation. Until my wife jumps in and explains what I do, better than I can.
(editor’s note: If you know Eric, you know that self-marketing is not his strong point. He does not talk about himself! But he’s getting better since I told him it’s about his product! Not him. When I remind him of that, he shines since his craftsmanship is amazing and he knows it! Sounds like a good post for the future – how to talk about yourself as an artist and your work!)

I think people give little thought about baskets and just see the cheap imports in the stores. Not all baskets are equal, like not all furniture is equal. It takes a lot of time, concentration and skill. It’s far from easy. Do you know no one has figured out how to build a machine to make a basket? Every basket, even the cheap ones, are made by human hands.
(editor’s note: I did not know that basket making has never been automated before I met you. I cannot believe that some baskets are only pennies from cheapo stores. From someone who has only made about three baskets in her life, I can say that it is very difficult and time-consuming. That’s why I have only made three baskets… I like stuff easy and quick. Walk in my studio and you will see about 15 unfinished projects all going on at once.)

Q: What do you consider to be the best “perks” of your job?
Eric: Not having a boss is number one. My usual motto is “I like working for myself, but my boss is a real jerk.”

Q: I’m “publicly” thanking you for taking Chance to the vet yesterday. So how was it at the Vet’s office?
Eric: I almost moved this question to “what annoyed me the most this week.” What a racket these folks have going. “Hey pal, I’m only here to get a few shots so he can continue to go into boarding when needed. Can you try to let me get out of here under a couple hundred bucks?”

Our dog is as strong as an ox with more energy than Lance Armstrong after a blood transfusion and these guys had a list of over five hundred dollars worth of tests and meds they wanted to give him. They also figured out a way to split up the shots so that they can get you in there twice a year. No wonder we’re both “starving artists.”
(editor’s note: I think we should change that phrase to “Starving Artists with a Dog.”)

Q: What’s for dinner tonight?
Eric: Don’t know, whatever is in the fridge. Can you say “Who eats breakfast for dinner!” (Refer to the post here to see what Eric is referencing.)

Q: What annoyed you this week?
Eric: The New England Patriots is number one. Since we will be in Georgia staying with friends at the time of the Super Bowl, we were hoping for a dream matchup of the Pats and Falcons, but nooo! Now all we have to look forward to is the half time show, fried pickles, the commercials, beer, chicken wings and oh yeah, there’s a football game going on.

(editor’s note: Did I throw you off with the title “My boss is a jerk?” te hee. I bet you thought you were going to read a long rant. Nope. We are both our own bosses. But I’m sure we could fill a few posts with rants about each other!)

Images above from:
Basketry Degree Diploma Doctorate Certificate
Voodoo Boss Office Kit: Doll And Executive Spellbook
Fried Dill Pickle Mix, Gluten Free