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Workshop Week in Tennessee Continues…

Some pics from the last two days…


Above is the French Bread Basket that Marcia is making. Below is Miss Amy’s design for the Purse Basket.


Come to think… maybe adding that doggie door in Mr. Basketmaker’s workshop was not such a good idea…


Below is Ginger processing materials on one of Mr. Basketmaker’s nifty sanding contraptions, with Jaxson (the creature above) at her feet…

A gorgeous Apple Basket in the making…

Above is JoAnn making the Purse Basket and below is her husband Mark in the workshop creating Eric’s Creel Basket (the same one that is in the Smithsonian)…workshop-aug-2015-2-mark

And here’s my cutie in the weaving area…



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A Productive Day 1 Workshop

Today marks Mr. Basketmaker’s first FULL week workshop here in McMinnville, Tennessee. And it was quite a productive day.

Everyone started out early this morning out in the main workshop. Amy got right to work sanding her base…


Ginger ventured into Eric’s sanding room and got on one of the machines…


Kay claimed one of Eric’s several work stations…


After a scrumptious lunch delivered by Chef Rebecca from Bonnie Blue Inn, it was off to the main “weaving” room to join Marcia (on the right) who got a big head start on her weaving since she sanded her bases last night after our Open House…


Oh, and also except for Mark who stayed in the workshop all day…


And then there’s one who pretty much did his own thing and wasn’t very productive at all…



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Working for the Basket Biz

I think I’ve whined on here enough about how much I dislike web work, so I won’t go into my usual rant. Fast forward to today, where I could no longer put off the web job that’s been on my to do list for months now.

It’s all the update work I needed to do for Mr. Basketmaker’s website and his private workshop class pages. (Ugh….)

So I finally plopped myself down in our new comfy dark gray reclining chair (yes, the one that “those other people” usually have that we said we would never buy and in fact, did buy a couple months ago) in front of the tv today and just plugged away. I needed to get out of my office because there’s too many distractions there.

I know… I’m the opposite. A home office is supposed to be a place where you can escape to, with no distractions. But you haven’t seen my studio. It might as well have a blinking orange neon sign that says “distractions over here” and one of those big finger graphics pointing straight at my desk. That’s another item on my very long to do list as well… clean up office so it’s no longer a vast distraction.

About a couple hours ago, I finally got his workshop page updated on his website and also the much-needed accommodations page —that I promised his already-booked students I would have done before the end of the year — added to the site page with his private workshops to be held here at his basketry studio in Tennessee.

So for those that were waiting for this info, simply click on the pages below and it will bring you right to the site online.


And his updated workshop schedule…


So I now feel quite accomplished! Until the boss, Mr. Basketmaker (who pays me nothing), came in about ten minutes ago and said “hey, where’s the ‘Area attractions’ page that I wanted you to add.”  (I’m sure he noticed my eyes rolling around 180°.)

After my eyes focused straight ahead at him, I simply got up and filled a nice big glass of wine. Then returned back to my laptop, and continued on with my latest distraction… while I was working on said “Area Attractions” page, I came across a new yoga facility that is actually a studio in a tree house, right here where I live in McMinnville. Why didn’t I know about this place sooner? I need to stop by her place and have a chat… Another item added to my to do list.

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January 25, 2015 · 7:57 pm