Saturday, June 17, 2017

Baskets, baskets, baskets...


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My parent's are in the process of finishing up a major remodel in their house, so basically everything was displaced at some point. Furniture went back into their spots, glassware and china went back into their cabinets, but baskets, which basically festooned the house lost some of their homes. So, I got to be the primary decision maker on what should stay and what should go back where. I meant to count how many baskets we ended up culling, but it was a pretty hefty pile. If you are interested in purchasing any nice antique white oak and black ash baskets be sure to visit my Dad's antique shop, Coal St. Antiques in Mexico, MO.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mold Weaving Woes


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I don't know how people weave on a mold in their lap. I always use an adjustable weaving stand when making a Nantucket basket or any other mold woven basket. Originally I just used a table top version that would clamp to the end of a table. At a basket weaving workshop in North Carolina I was introduced to a floor stand version and immediately fell in love. I used that stand for years and referred many people to the man that made them. One day though the gentleman fell off the face of the earth never to be heard from again. For years after that people always asked me about my stand and where they could get one. Finally I decided I need to make my own version to sell and a small cottage industry was born. I have made, sold and shipped hundreds of these crazy things over the intervening years. I never go to a workshop without mine, it is indispensable. Because it adjusts to any height I can even stand while I weave if I need to give my back a stretch.

Friday, June 9, 2017

More stamping around


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Playing with some ink and another one of my basket stamps. I was trying to see what I could do with just a single layer of overlapping images. I used Tim Holtz's new Distress Oxide ink for the basket image. I love the detail you can get with it. If you are a stamper and haven't tried the oxide inks you really need to give them a shot. I still love the original Ranger Distress Ink line, but for highly detailed images it is a bit too "soft". I used it for the overall background stamp on this card and the resulting image is wonderfully vintage looking, but for the basket I wanted it to be nice and sharp.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Designing Cards


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Playing with some ink and one of my basket stamps. Distress Blueprint Sketch really does look like an old school architectural print. Love how the water spots turned out.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Don't mind the mess...


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...I'm actually working in my craft room! I always have the best intentions. As I am leaving work and walking to my car, all I can think about is what project I want to work on. Then I get home and the couch looks so comfy, and that is all she wrote...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flea Market Find


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Picked up this sweet antique white oak ribbed basket the other day at the Gypsy Caravan. I shared this pic with some friends and one of them asked me if I knew who the maker was. Unfortunately, except in rare cases, is it possible to identify the maker of a basket. You can often tell the region of the country that a basket was made, either by the materials or style of construction. Since this basket is white oak and a rib construction I would say it came from the Appalachia region of the US. Of course that covers a pretty big area of the US. The thing is, most basket makers made their baskets exactly the way they had been taught without really putting their own spin on them. So, this resulted in all the baskets from a local area being pretty similar. The thing you really have to remember is that these were utilitarian objects like a screwdriver or a ladder. For the same reason they also didn't sign their baskets. When you do find a name written on a baskets or screwdriver or ladder, it was the owner's name, not the maker. Just like you write your name on a Tupperware bowl when you go to a picnic, so would they write their name on a basket. Today we think of baskets as art objects, but not back then when this basket was made, it was just a tool like any other.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Peas in a Pod


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My first pea pod! Funny how the little things can make you excited.