basket case…

before making another run to the local charity shop I snapped a photo for posterity…magpies-nest-appalachian-style-baskets

a couple of years after the birth of our middle son I took a basket weaving class and caught the weaving bug which lasted a fair number of years…

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I sold lots of handwoven Appalachian style baskets (along with dried flowers) at a wonderful fall festival each October taking more classes and broadening my repertoire over the years…magpies-nest-colin-patty-works-of-the-heart-1991

that was then and as we all know things change…

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joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday…
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“And that is how change happens, one gesture, one person, one moment at a time.” -Libra Bray

 

32 responses to “basket case…

  1. Those baskets are gorgeous, that is one thing I have never tried. Hope all is going well with your home renovation. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. wow, another hdiden Talent… the baskets you made are so versatile and i can understand you were hooked! great samples!
    happy t-day, dear patty xox

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  3. You really seem to be a multi talentend woman dear Patty – fantastic baskets! Wow!
    A wonderful T-Day post! Thank you for sharing ! Love the stitched quote on the towel! GORGEOUS!!!
    Happy T-Day!

    oxo Susi

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  4. vintagewithlaces

    Your baskets are gorgeous, Patty! I’m not amazed they sold so well. You’re right, tastes and interests change over the years. It’s good to try something new from time to time.
    Have a wonderful week!
    xo Julia

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  5. OMGosh, Patty, If I lived closer, you would NOT have to take these to the charity shop. These are superb and I adore the large one, especially. Nice view of your new room, too.

    You are really purging, aren’t you? At least your lovely sun mug looks beautiful in the new room along with the beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing these with us for T this Tuesday, and thanks for sharing the baskets, too.

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  6. You are so talented and all the baskets look so nice and perfect. My favourite basket is the heart shaped one. I like all handcrafted things made of natural materials so much. You and Colin behind all your nice artworks look so wonderful, mother and son in harmony.
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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  7. What fabulous baskets! I’ve never pursued basket making, but I now have a friend who teaches it and have made my first small basket with her. And, on Sunday, we went to a random weave basket workshop – so much fun and much more my kind of basket making – using fabric, ribbons and paper.

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  8. I don’t know how you parted with these, but as you say,”That was then..”
    Love these photos and a reminder of yet another skill my Mum had – I know where my love of creating comes from but had forgotten this one! Big Hugs, Chrisx

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  9. Oh sad to part with,they are beautiful. Some lucky person will be blessed to have your beautiful creations. xoxoxo

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  10. Oh Patty, I could never have parted with those baskets, they are so beautiful, some one will treasure them in future.
    I have had a bit of internet today, to let me catch up. I have loved reading your posts today.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. You are going to make some charity shop and their customers very happy. There is a shop near us that teaches basket weaving as well as caning for chairs, etc. When I walk by I often think I should take a class. So many creative things to try – so little time.

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  12. How awesome that you know how to make baskets!! Do you ever teach?? I imagine thats could be a dying art?? They are lovely for sure. I’m so glad you shared them. Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

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  13. I made a basket at a camp when I was young, and it gave me a real appreciation for handwoven baskets I saw in craft shows as an adult. Yours are beautiful! Happy T Tuesday 🙂

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  14. Oh my, your baskets are definitely “Works of the heart”, they are so beautiful and look like they are made with love! They will adorn someones home and make it a very happy place :-).The friend saying is perfect and your home looks so inviting, I’m in love with your lavender chair with it’s pink and grey spindles, those gorgeous flowers and jug, the pretty quilted placements and of course your sunshine mug – wonderful! I hope the house renovations are going well and wish you a very Happy T Day dear Patty! J 🙂

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  15. I’m like E, if I were closer I would gladly take then off your hands, I’d even buy them from you. I LOVE baskets and containers, and I don’t care if they are in style, or not…..I’m such a container junky….LOL.

    You and Darla both are showing cobalt blue mugs this week, both of which I would also dearly love to own…..adore the sun on yours.

    Thanks for the earlier visit and the comment.

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  16. Patty, you have so many talents, dear-your baskets are SOOO beautiful, and so wonderfully done. You must have sold a lot of them, I love baskets, and still have some around me, here. NOT that I tried creating them, myself. I really admire your talent in also doing this, and they are lovely with all the dried flowers, around and inside them. Such wonderful photo of you and Colin, from back then.
    The almost flat one with your dried bouquet is so lovely, and I love the sweet embroidered piece hanging from it, too.
    Happy Tuesday, I hope your sweet mug, have already ,been filled ,many times today with good tea 🙂
    Hugs to you,
    Dorthe xx

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  17. You are certainly multi-talented Patty. Your baskets are great…particularly the big one, tho’ I do love the little triangular one. Happy Tuesday!

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  18. Gosh Patty those baskets are so wonderful! And I like your quote about change. Such a loaded sentence you have about we all know things change. Speaks volumes. God bless you.

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  19. Wow, Patty, your baskets are gorgeous! You are a multitalented woman!

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  20. Wow – I am in awe of your range of talents – I expect folk looked forward to buying each October your beautiful filled with love baskets xxx

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  21. Oh my, if I was in your area i would be running to the charity shop and snapping those baskets right up. 🙂

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  22. Happy belated T day. I have to laugh, I had that same basket bug back in the day. I also took man classes and your basket collection looks a lot like mine. It was a great thing to do, but I found after awhile I couldn’t get basket making materials very easily. Now with the internet it would be different I guess, but baskets aren’t as popular as they used to be. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

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  23. OH MY!!!!! I am crying over here over those baskets! I have made a few rustic ones over the years just by following instructions in a craft magazine. I always wanted to learn more but never got around to it. Setting up at festivals and craft fairs is a lot of work but I enjoyed it in my younger years…can’t say that I would now 🙂

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  24. Yes, you either like baskets or you don’t, maybe we did and maybe we don’t now.
    I totally love the last photo with the flowers, the mat, the chair and the wise mug, and the colours go together and look so good. I also like the raggedy edges of the photo. And what a view. Is that your garden I wonder. I’m imagining sitting at the table with you with a nice cup of tea and a delicious piece of cake.

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  25. Wow! I had no idea. They are gorgeous.

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  26. Holy maloley, Patty! Those are spectacular! You should have sold them on your blog (I probably would have bought them out!) Really, really beautiful. (I’m a basket fan, can you tell?) Your workmanship is amazing. Doesn’t surprise me one bit, knowing your other art. I’m glad you shared those with us!

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  27. oh what gorgeous baskets!!! I certainly can see why they sold so well. Do you still remember how to do the weaving? I’ve gone through different phases of craft work too. Love the quote on the hand towel as well as the Libra quote at the end.

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  28. Clever lady! I love your baskets Patty! xxx

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  29. Wow – yes, very clever and talented lady! your baskets are fantastic… Interests and things change but it will be wonderful to have the photos to look back on and remember this.
    Gill xx

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  30. Wow! When you do something you do it SO Well!! What beautiful baskets my friend!! Holy cow, I bet the place you donated these to-felt like they just received gold!! How talented you are dear Patty!!
    sending love and hugs on this rainy fall morn xx

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  31. These baskets are really nice! I wish I could make something like that…

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  32. Those are amazing! I am very keen to learn how to weave baskets as I love them filled with plants. For the moment I am the person who buys discarded baskets from thrift shops!!

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