A sedated-and-hypnotic basket?

This is an add-on to yesterday’s post. I forgot that Eric created the wine caddy after he made this basket first (based on an old basket we currently use to hold magazines).

It’s the same size as the wine caddy but without the “side inserts.” I named this version the Kindling Caddy. As the name conveys, I thought it was perfect for gathering twigs and small pieces of wood and would look great next to a fireplace. However, we ended up using it to store cloth napkins so they are readily available. (Similar to Eric’s Apple Basket. Doesn’t hold apples, but rather the dog toys.)

While naming this beauty, I went online, as I usually do, to look up different words that could describe its use. When I typed in the word ‘kindling’ and searched, I had no idea it would be defined as what I saw on wikipedia. Simply took a snapshot instead of retyping…

I had no idea! So how exactly did small pieces of wood for starting fires be known as kindling??? Also makes you wonder how Amazon’s Kindle got its name…

The Cottage Girls 2015 Calendar: February

Almost forgot to share the month of February from the Cottage Girls 2015 calendar!

If you missed January’s post, I was hired to photograph and design a calendar for the “Cottage Girls” of Georgia. You can find more info about that project here if you missed it last month.


One of the issues that I needed to solve for the calendar was how to feature everyone’s basket when there were more ‘girls’ than months.

Previously, they simply added pages at the end of the calendar to place photos that were not chosen for any of the months. It was a good solution, but these ladies are all so talented that ALL their baskets should be treated special.

So I decided to use the month of February as a sort of “We Love Baskets” page and feature a group of photos. But how to do that?

Outside of Suzanne’s Cottage is a little sign, “Basket Lovers Gather Here.” I thought that would be perfect for the February page, however I needed to figure out how to utilize it and incorporate several other photos.

And then it came to me…

Most of these ladies are also obsessed with quilts. Why not make a collage of sorts on a quilt background?

Initially, it wasn’t working as I envisioned in my head and then the answer popped in my head…


Create Polaroids of all the photos, including the Basket Lovers sign and “pin” them using an image of quilt pins! Perfect!

In addition, it was a great solution for the baskets I was not able to shoot at a specific size, thereby not having the images in high enough resolution or sized properly in the layout. For those images, I could put it in one of the polaroid squares and still have the same importance given to these basketmakers as all the others.

I also liked this month’s date page because of Suzanne’s folk art Abe Lincoln. A little difficult to photograph but it looks great on the page! Breaks the white space nicely.

I will try hard not to be so late with sharing March’s pages!

Note: Jane and Gwen provided their own pictures. I photographed Diana and Hannah’s baskets.

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.