It Starts With The Base…

This week is a special class where ‘The Goddesses’ are working on an ‘exhibit quality’ basket. Sunday night at Eric’s ‘open house’ they each got to pick out their own bases…

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The next morning they were fast at work. Here a few of them, uhm, I mean ‘goddesses’ in the workshop sanding…

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The next morning, I joined them for breakfast at the Bonnie Blue Inn…

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Above is Rebecca, the owner and the chef, announcing what everyone is about to eat. I stopped listening after she said the “peaches in the peach cobbler come from my garden.” I started to inch my way back to my chair while the others continued to listen. Well, from the look on Tracey’s face below, I think she was thinking the same thing as me… I need to taste this cobbler… now!

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Here’s the only other pic I have of the basketmakers working in the weaving area…

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Somehow all the other pictures I took disappeared off the camera. After the basketmakers left here to go to the B&B, Mr. Basketmaker borrowed my camera to take this shot of, what else? His dog Jaxson, lounging on his dog bed. Actually his dog bed is a loveseat couch…

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And when Mr. Basketmaker returned my camera after taking a bunch of shots so he could show me how cute his dog is, a whole pile of photos I took of the basketry workshop for the last two days were gone. Now of course I’m not accusing him… I’m just sayin’…

5 1/2 Days of Basket Bliss!

Okay, Mr. Basketmaker’s 5 1/2 days of his first full-week workshop in Tennessee was probably not all blissful…

Like when he came into the weaving area and announced “I got to use my First Aid Kit for the first time… Amy drilled her finger!”

I have to admit, my instant reaction was slight panic…. a student is injured? Drilled through her finger? Shall I grab some ice? Do I call 911? But Eric’s grin tipped me off that it was not so serious…
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I headed into the shop to see for myself. Here’s Miss Amy holding up her left index finger with a bandaid. I’m sure it hurt and probably stung a little too so that experience most likely not so blissful.

Mr. Basketmaker continues to be very proud that he was able to come to the rescue with his fancy First Aid Kit… he seems to be in total bliss…

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And Amy displaying that delightful smile, I think she’s going to be quite okay.

In the other room, Mark was getting his straps on the creel basket…

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I’m thinking he was also a little “blissful” himself because he started on another basket but moved it out to the front porch…

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Kay, Ginger and Chance also made it out to the workshop’s porch to enjoy the sunny and peaceful day…

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After taking a break, Ginger was back in the house weaving alongside Marcia…
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Speaking of Marcia… she was a very busy weaver. She created three baskets during the 5 1/2 day workshop….

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Here’s JoAnn tucked around the corner at Eric’s workstation sanding her parts (sorry for the quality… took this one with my phone)…

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And here’s Miss Kay with her completed basket and a blissful smile I might add. I believe this is her third ever basket made. It looks gorgeous… 
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Here’s the last day of the workshop with everyone’s completed baskets…. and being photobombed by Jaxson…

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I was very impressed with all the creations!! Thanks Marcia, Ginger, Kay, JoAnn, Mark and Amy for a fun week with y’all. Hope you come back again!

Workshop Week in Tennessee Continues…

Some pics from the last two days…

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

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

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