Follow Me on Instagram… I have five years of making up to do!

Instagram launched in 2010. I opened my account in 2012 and posted this in July of that year:

And I remember that drink – was out to dinner with my mom-and-dad-in-law and contemplated having a 2nd in front of them… that Pom-Tini was a strong drink! lol!

Despite being a fabulous cocktail, it sat there all alone for over 5 years. Until about 6 weeks ago I’ve been posting a pic just about every day. I feel like I’m starting all over again! As you can see in the snapshot below, I have just over 100 followers. If only I kept up with it for these last five years… ugh.

Anyway, if you are on Instagram, please follow me @theBasketMakersWife  I promise to follow back.

If you are not familiar with Instagram take a look. No stories… just Photos with a short description. It’s actually quite fun. I post pics of Eric in the workshop, his baskets, my paintings, and of course photos of Jaxson, Chance and CoCo Kitty sprinkled in between. Check it out here.

See you on Instagram!!

A Basket Without a Name


About six months ago, Eric created this little basket and only a few students were able to make it—his special “ginuea pig group.” He’s thinking of offering it as a basket to teach however, it still has no name.

Mr. Basketmaker usually comes up with titles instantly. Today he told me to name this basket.

LittleRingsandThingsSnapshotSo I decided to delegate and texted this quick pic to my mom and put her in charge of the task.

What did she come up with? Petite Star. I texted back “No. Keep trying.”

She then texted back “Treasure Catcher.” I typed back “How about Wish Catcher because it’s small?” She replied “No, I like treasure catcher better.”

Her other ideas: Wish Upon a Star, Little Dipper, Rings & Things, Tiny Treasure

After a bit more of back and forth I ran all the ideas by Mr. Basketmaker and he settled with…

Little Rings & Things” with the intention of making a larger version titled simply “Rings & Things.”

Thanks Mom! Now onto another basket to name…

Now Twist And Stretch…

Below is one of Eric’s new baskets that he will be offering for workshops in 2016.


I thought it looked like a person, reaching up to the sky, in a yoga sort of pose. So Mr. Basketmaker named it “Twist and Stretch.”

But then I told him my unsolicited opinion that this basket should have a head-like shape as a lid. He rolled his eyes followed by a small grunt and a “corner-of-the-eye” stare. Nonetheless, he said he would only entertain the idea if I came up with something and presented it to him. (I also sneakily told our friend Suzanne so we could gang up on him, two against one, for the idea of a lid. I think she convinced him that it could be a good idea…)

So I’m in the process of attempting to make some clay sphere finials to attach to a wood lid that can be custom ordered for this basket.

Now that statement is not a guarantee (hence me using the word “attempting”). I have not created a clay shape, as of yet, that I like! But I will keep at it. If I’m successful, then I’ll post some of them here.

P.S. Suzanne, I was going to post the “clay head knob” ideas we created but I didn’t want to embarrass either of us…