Monday, December 31, 2018

Best Nine of 2018

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So these are my nine most liked Instagram photos of 2018. The funny thing is that seven out of the nine were all things I either did or posted in the first three months of the year. Three of them are also Throw Back Thursday photos, so things I did years ago. I Guess I better step it throughout all of 2019.

I guess I should identify all of the images. Starting from the upper left hand corner:
  1. This was my most liked post and was a video of the moment of truth when I took apart the puzzle mold I had made. There was a possibility that the mold wouldn't release from the basket if I hadn't made the pieces such that they would slide apart and out.
  2. The same basket, but in process.
  3. A nest of sorts of five different sized Shaker quadrafoil tubs I have made over the years. The largest (9" diam.) was made in one of the first classes I made with Martha Wetherbee.
  4. This was a flash back photo to an exhibit I did back in 2011. (I have another exhibit in the space running right now featuring many of the miniature baskets I have made)
  5. This was one of the recent photos that made the list. This is Alice Ogden's 2018 Christmas ornament basket.
  6. This is a ribbed melon basket I was making as a sample in preparation for my first time teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
  7. These are two baskets in my collection. I was lamenting the fact that I was running out of display room so had to stack them. The top basket is from Aaron Yakim and the bottom basket is from his partner, Cynthia Taylor, both white oak basketmakers from West Virginia.
  8. Another of my throwback photos, this time from a Martha Wetherbee class where I make a 16" diameter Nantucket basket.
  9. And finally yet another throwback photo to a basket I made for my father for Christmas.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas Basket

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I give my Dad a basket every year for Christmas. It all the hubbub I didn’t get a picture of him opening it this year, but later when I went down to the TV room I discovered he already had made a spot for it. I never see him do it, but he always finds a place to display the basket even before we finish unwrapping everything. It always makes me tear up when I see he has them proudly displayed.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

2018 Christmas Ornament

Alice Ogden black ash basket acorn Christmas ornament
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2018 Christmas ornament basket from the very talented Alice Ogden. Alice had made a smaller version a few years ago, so I wasn't sure what this one would be like. I wasn't disappointed.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and here’s to a wonderful 2019.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Baskets., Baubles, Santas and Bears, Oh My...

Antique basket, santa and steiff bear
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OK, can’t promise this is the last of the vignettes of Mom and Dad’s store window, Jim Stubblefield Furniture, decorated for Christmas. This section of the window features one of the baskets brought from Mom and Dad's home along with an antique Steiff bear, antique Santa and sleigh that usually make an appearance each year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Baskets, Baubles and Wreaths

Painted white oak appalachian ribbed key basket
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I don't know why it didn't occur to me before to put a ribbed key basket into the center of a wreath. This is another shot from the Christmas store window I did for my parents' shop, Jim Stubblefield Furniture.

Most of the red and green baskets we use in the window we have permanently removed from my parents' collection and keep them in storage at the shop for use in the window. The white baskets though I bring in from their house. This one normally hangs in my childhood bedroom.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Baubles and Baskets

laAntique white oak appalachian basket
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Here's a holiday vignette from Mom and Dad’s store window, Jim Stubblefield Furniture. I decorate the window every year and it is always a challenge to come up with something different. We do recycle themes or color stories, but a collection of red, green and white painted baskets always makes for an easy backdrop for decorating.