Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throw Back Thursday


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Throw back Thursday to 2006 and one of my trips to the John C. Campbell Folk School and a tree to basket workshop with Steve and JoAnn Kelly Catsos. Steve split a black ash log into billets and we pounded and pounded and pounded some more to make splints to weave into our baskets. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth the experience.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throw Back Thursday - Kwikies


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These are the "corn dogs" I grew up eating. I had no idea those horrible cornmeal caked things with mustard were what the world called a corn dog. These are Kwikies. They were originally from a place called Dairy Pride in Mexico, MO. I guess they might have been cornmeal based, but the coating was a thin layer of deep fried batter that was then dipped in sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. They also always came in one of those little red-plaid paper boats (I don't know what this paper towel tomfoolery is about). This was one of those places your dad would take you to eat.

Apparently you can get them again at the miniature golf course in town, but I have yet to remember to stop by to try them (the paper towel is still throwing me off).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Estate Sale Finds


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My estate sale finds from today, all at one stop. Unfortunately a fellow basket maker had passed away and his wife was moving to assisted living. I'm excited by what I found, because you know, I need more stuff...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throw Back Thursday


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This was from way back in 2007 when I made my reproduction black ash lidded Shaker knife basket. This was the first time I tried to recreate a historical basket, from making the mold to determining the widths and weights of materials. If I did it over today I would change a bunch of things, but I've learned a lot in the last 9 years.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Handle Attached


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Handle attached to my Nantucket basket. It is perfectly centered thanks to using my Handle Minder to mark the center of the rim. The handle is a tad bit longer than I would like, but it came predrilled. I would have had to wove the basket deeper, but I didn't realize the handle was to swing so far down the side of basket until the rim was already attached.

While this may not seem like a big accomplishment, I can't believe I got a basket finished that I wove while vending at the Missouri Basketweavers Guild Annual Convention. Normally I weave the bodies while demonstrating how to use my weaving stands and then the end up in a pile back home on my work table. I actually completely finished three baskets during the convention (I did still need to apply the polyurethane and wax, but I even got that done too.)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flash Back Friday


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A little flash back Friday to me actually finishing one of the baskets I started at the Missouri Basketweavers Annual Convention. Basket body woven and rimmed, now to mark where the handle will go with my handy Handle Minder. Because I had first used the Handle Minder to mark the base for the position of the first two staves, it was easy to line back up the two perfectly opposite staves and mark the rim for the handle holes.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Upcycled Napin Rings


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Another fun class with Perennial tonight at Larder & Cupboard. Made some sweet upcycled napkin rings out of discarded belts (also made a cute little notebook).

Unfortunately when I got home I discovered I actually don't have any napkins! Guess I will have to get some this weekend. LOL