Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best Nine of 2016

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It is always interesting to see what are my most popular posts on Instagram. You just never know what is going to resonate with people.

Hope everyone had a great 2016 and hears to an even better 2017.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Alice Ogden Christmas Ornament

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"From My Tree to Yours" - Shaker Flying Geese. This is the latest in Alice's series of black ash Christmas ornaments. The basket is about 3" x 2.5".

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Crafting with the cousins

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So I started doing these little craft projects with my cousin Carol and her daughter, Sofia, when they would come out to my parents' house for Christmas. Well, now Sofia is 16, so the pony bead projects are a little meh. I was stumped as to what to do this year, but stumbled across these cool cord or headphone keepers. I will definitely be making these for stocking stuffers in the future or as a crafts and drinks with friends.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Season's Greetings

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I present my 2016 Christmas card. This design was inspired by a card I saw on the Stampers Anonymous site.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Some of my favorite things

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Bottle brush trees, vintage Santas and glitter houses.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday

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I can't believe it is already 5 years ago that I had an exhibit of my baskets in my hometown.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Nantucket Angel Tree Topper

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I have had the materials to make this Nantucket basket-style angel for years, but was intimidated I think to start it as the materials were rather expensive. This is my prototype and I hope to take what I learned on this one to make another. The wings were always a sticking point on making these and they proved to be as challenging as I expected. The color of the wings looked like it was going to match the face perfectly, but ended up being much lighter than I planned. I will definitely have to adjust the color next time.

The wings look really crooked in this photo. I don't think they are that bad in real life and on the top of a tree you would never even notice. As I said, the wings were the biggest challenge. If I ever do get around to making another one I will tweak them a bit.

I guess the final thing to do is to get a Christmas tree up!

Monday, December 12, 2016


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Hello Fresh protein-packed rice bowl. Sorry for all of the food posts lately, but these meals have had such a pretty presentation I couldn't help but photograph them.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Comfort Food

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Hello Fresh style comfort food, Easy as (Shepherd's) Pie. I give mad props to people who can photograph food well. It is really hard! I guess I need a nice sun drenched kitchen.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Finished Lidded Basket

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All finished. It actually photographed better than it looks in person. The rims gave me fits, so the weaving is not as tight on the lid as I would have liked. All of the other lidded baskets I have made in the past had rims that were straight up and down, like the rims on the basket body. This basket has flat rims, so the lid actually hangs over the edge of the basket body.

Working on a lidded basket

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I haven't made a basket with this type of lid before. Typically all of the starts on bases and lids for the baskets I make are a plaited square. This basket is more of New England or Native American style basket than my normal Shaker inspired baskets.