If you have followed my blog for sometime, you may know that for 13 years I worked for Ohio's largest living history museum. I wore an 1860's day dress to work complete with petticoats and lace up boots. I did not work for the museum this past summer. It was a hard decision, as I truly enjoyed every hour of working there. I figure in 4 more years I can go back to - when my youngest is 16 and can drive himself to baseball practice!
I thought I'd share some of the questions that I was asked every day when I was working.
Favorite Question #1 -
"How long does it take you to weave a basket?"
Depending on the basket, it might take me 45 minutes and it might take me 12 hours. I didn't make many 12 hour baskets to sell in the museum shop!
Many people are familiar with a very famous basket factory that is also located here in Ohio. Which leads to
Favorite Question #2
"I bet you wish you could work for ****** basket factory"
Not really - work in a factory where someone tells me what I'll be weaving, weaving as fast as possible, having no artistic input at all?
I got to thinking about Question #2 this weekend while I was weaving. If I have several of the same basket to make, it is much easier to work assembly line style.
Shhh....don't tell anyone I was working in MY factory!
And Favorite Question #3
"Is that your real name?"
Prompted by reading my museum nametag
Yes it is my real name and I've never hidden in an attic.
(only 1 guest ever confused me with Helen Keller!).
Valerie of Yorkie's Primitives. You've won my basket giveaway.
Thank you to all who entered and follow my basket blog. Stay with me - I'm going to have another giveaway soon.
Valerie, your number was 18 - the number that the random number generator spit out and you signed up for the giveaway on May 18th - is this your lucky number? I sent you an email - please respond with your mailing address. Thanks!
The Etsy team, Old Farmhouse Gathering, that I belong to is hosting a Summer Celebration with tons of new Summer related items. The event will start tomorrow and to find all these great new items, simply type STCOFG in the search box at Etsy.
I thought I'd share the 4 items that I will be listing for the celebration. You won't be able to find them on Etsy until tomorrow - so this is your sneak peek.
Ball Mason Jar Americana Basket
Americana Trivet Basket featuring a pottery center.
Now for my giveaway I'm having in conjunction with the celebration!
The Ball Mason Jar basket is up for grabs - all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.
You can choose a painted lid like the one in this photo, or a rusty lid like the one in the photo of the Americana one listed with my items for the celebration. Just let me know in the comment you leave which you'd like. I will also be happy to change the garter for you, let me know that in your comment too.
This small tote basket is perfect to carry your lunch to work (that's what I do with mine) or to hold smaller needlework projects. The handles are cotton Shaker Tape and the liner is 100% cotton quilt shop fabric. You can remove the liner for easy washing.
The rules for my giveaway are simple -
1. Follow this blog
2. Live in the USA
3. Leave a comment on this post that you'd like a chance to win this basket
That's it. Simple!
I will draw a name out on Monday April 30th. Please make sure that I can contact you, if you don't have a blog be sure to leave me your email address in your entry.
A new twist on my Rug Hooking Tote basket. I used various shades of dyed blue reed with blue Shaker Tape Handles and a denim pocket. The pocket would be the perfect storage place for hooks and scissors!
All shipping charges are continental USA only. If you are interested in International shipping, email me. I will combine items to save on shipping. I'm trying to charge only for actual shipping charges.