Sunday, August 26, 2012

Questions, Questions.....

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?"  

Answer -    
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"
Answer - 
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

Answer - 
Yes it is my real name and I've never hidden in an attic.
(only 1 guest ever confused me with Helen Keller!).

Have a great week!


  1. Like you would make up your name??? LOL! And how could they confuse you with Helen Keller?
    Your baskets are WONDERFUL!!! I love mine.
    Hugs :)

  2. Those baskets look like one of my kits. It's called Jeremiah. You may find it on your doorstep one day. I've packed it several times to send and thought - nah, I'll make it. Nah. I probably won't. But maybe. Nah. It's only been waiting for 25 years. Nah.

  3. This is a fun post Ann!! What a great and hard decision to take a few years off. It sounds as if you miss it. Who wouldn't after 13 years? You are amazingly talented. I never even thought of basket making until I met you. Good luck with all that is happening this week. -Steph-

  4. Hello Ann, enjoyed your post today, great. Love your baskets you make in your factory, tee hee. Blessings Francine.

  5. The only factory I ever want to work in is my own! Love your little assembly line baskets.

  6. Love all of your baskets! It sounds like a fun job that you had. Isn't it so nice now to work for yourself??!!Such a Blessing ;)

  7. I bet it was wonderful stepping back in time to work.I agree when you have to make the same thing over and over and be on a time schedule you lose that creativity.Enjoy your little home factory assembly Blessings!~Amy

  8. Ann, I bet you where beautiful in that dress and petticoat. I loved how they dressed then. Thanks for giving us some history on your basket making. You know when I make bonnets I do the assembly line thing sometimes too. Have a great eve. hugs, Lecia

  9. *****i agree...your basket are wonderful and beautifully made! we love ours! thanks...

  10. I'm sure that was a really hard decision to make. Have fun working in your little factory I'm sure you'll have much enjoyment in that too! Your baskets are beautiful!
    Take Care!
    Prim Blessings

  11. Wow, what a talent you have! I just love your baskets. And how fun to be able to work at a living history museum! Very happy to have found your blog :)