Baskets & Fur

Eric’s summer workshops are in full swing. And our furry family members are delighted…

There’s a line of baskets waiting for Eric’s attention. Coco Kitty cut to the front of the line. This is her first “basket workshop” and she’s been loving all the chatter and activity—except for the fact that it also brings in the curious and annoying Jaxson into the workshop more than usual.
Speaking of the “beast” here is Jaxson looking for some attention from Mark and Joann. I think this is immediately after his “standoff” with Coco Kitty. Plus, it’s Thursday and there’s baskets to be finished—no time for canine affection.
But no problem for Chance who easily distracts Miss Ginger…
But not succeeding in distracting poor Mark who has a lot of work to do on his Apple Basket. Chance still hasn’t grasped the concept that students are not here for him.
However Chance is going to get ‘booted’ if he keeps getting in Eric’s way… But then again, all I have to do is walk out the door. I am hardly ever out of Chance’s sight.


Moral of this story? We started these workshops with one dog, Chance. Then Jaxson arrived. This year we have Coco Kitty. So if you plan on coming next summer, be prepared for another being… maybe a pet pig? Rabbit? You never know who will come roaming down our driveway as their ‘last resort’ in looking for a home.

Sixteen Baskets.

That’s how many baskets “The Goddesses” made in 5 1/2 days. One word… AhMazing!

Here’s the whole group…
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And a few close-ups…

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The group was also able to fit in these tiny little baskets in addition to their two main baskets…

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They can be left as is or add the optional “cushion” to make it a Pin Cushion Basket similar to the one peeking out at the right.

It was a great two weeks of workshops! Now I need to sleep… for awhile…

“Goddess Week” Continues…

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

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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…

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

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

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