Sunday, December 24, 2017

2017 Alice Ogden Christmas Ornament

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2017 Christmas ornament basket from the very talented Alice Ogden. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and here’s to a wonderful 2018!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Card 2017

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I present this year's Christmas card. Often my cards are inspired by other stampers. I found this plaid background stamp set from Concord and 9th and then searched for cards people had used it on. That led me to the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous "Great Outdoors" set of images. I did a little picking and choosing of parts that I liked from the samples I found, and fit those into the papers, inks and embellishments I had on hand.

This isn't the most "Christmassy" card, but I do like the snuggle by the fire vibe it gives off. I just mailed these out this morning, so everyone should get them at least before Christmas. Every year I say I am going to get started early and I don't think I really procrastinated, but I still was cutting it close.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Best of 2017

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My Best Nine of 2017 as seen on Instagram. As a basketmaker myself it is a tad disappointing that seven out of my nine are baskets made by other people. But I have to admit that my followers have good taste, as these baskets are incredible. I’m especially glad to see that JoAnn Kelly Catsos' pair of miniature fishing creel and backpack was my most popular post of the year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Spy with my Little Eye

Bushwhacker basket
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Saw this small (maybe 5” dia.) black ash Bushwhacker basket at the Forever Vintage Market in Belleville, IL this past weekend. It was in perfect condition with great color and a really cute size. I really wanted it, but unfortunately they were asking $495! I passed...