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Saturday Night Artwalk: The Mini’s of Mr. Basketmaker

Tonight I’m featuring none other than my husband, Mr. Basketmaker and his fabulous tiny mini baskets. Now for the usual stuff…

What I’m drinking: Okay, again, it’s a Chardonnay. Now I need a disclaimer here…  this may be the 3rd time I say I’m drinking this varietal but before I start getting students bringing me bottles of Chardonnay, I need to reveal that this is not one of my favorites. But beggars cannot be choosey. We live in a dry county and Mr. Basketmaker travelled a jaunt, by himself, to get me some wine for tonight. I keep saying we should stock up but we never do. As artists on a budget, there’s always something else more important than wine. 

What I’m listening to: This is actually a little different in that it’s not a usual playlist but rather a documentary on the tv that Eric insisted I watch. But it was more like ‘listening’ because it was about three musical groups who piled into five old VW vans and toured half the country. It is titled “Austin to Boston” and featured the bands Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Staves (who are amazing!) and Bear’s Den. Needless to say there was a lot of great ‘live’ music playing in the background while writing this and I can’t elaborate further since I’m not sure if Mr. Basketmaker will feature this little film in his new “documendation series.” However, if I was a betting gal, I would say he won’t because he went to bed before it was over. 

I’ve mentioned before that Eric was “in the zone” with creating many of his mini’s. He completed them a couple weeks ago and sold about three quarters of his inventory. I wanted to get many of these online before North Carolina… but c’est la vie. Anyways, below are most of his mini’s he created and the ones that haven’t sold I provided a link to where you can purchase them. There’s only six left. And I’ve already been on him that he needs to keep going! After all, he has a waiting list dating back to 2005 now, I think (It was even earlier but I believe he has now satisfied a bunch of them).

The following two are sold out. I don’t know if it’s because their names incorporate the word “bungalow” or not but maybe it does!

The photo below is Eric’s mini version of his Bungalow Bowl…

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… and here’s his mini version of his Bungalow Tote…
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Both of the bungalow baskets have sold out. But I’m sure he will be making more. He does have two of his mini “Carrier” baskets available which I have pictured below…

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Either click on the image or here to purchase either of these.

Next up are his Desktop Keeper, Desktray and Jewel mini baskets but before you desire them quickly, they also are sold out. But I’m sure he will be making more. When? That I am not sure about. But aren’t they magnificent?
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Above photo is the Desktop Keeper and the one below is his Desktray…  mini versions of his full-size baskets:
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… and next his little sweet Jewel Basket, also sold out…
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This next series is his Cottage Mail Basket. He currently has available two “mini’s” and one “small” version of this Mail basket.

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The above is a pic of the “mini”. In the next image you can see his full-size Cottage Mail basket next to the “Small” version with is bottom left and the two “mini” baskets seen on the bottom right…
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All three baskets are available to purchase. Either click the image or click here.

Next is the only other available basket left to purchase which is his newest, the Presentation Bowl:
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And I couldn’t including a pic of one of his mini baskets with his teeny tiny signature (isn’t it cute?)…
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I will finish with three of his most popular full and small size baskets…
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Above is his mini version of the Cottage Tote and below his French Bread…

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And his cute little mini Cottage Wine Tote…

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I may be biased but these are all examples of the finest craftsmanship.

Have a good evening and Happy Easter!

NOTE: Click on any of the images with the GREEN background and you will go directly to the ETSY page…

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