Monday, March 5, 2012

This Blog has Moved!!

Okay People! My stats are showing that many people are still returning to this address on blogspot. (Including my own sister who called me today asking why I'm not posting!) So if you've been wondering where all my daily posts are, they're located at   

Pretty much, the same address, but remove "blogspot" at the end. Don't forget to make this change in your Bookmark Folder!
The posts on this site will soon be removed. I don't want to lose you! 

(And admit it... you would be lost without me...)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Blog Has Moved.

I believe the transfer is complete. This Blog is now located at: 

Don't forget to replace any bookmarks made in your browser, with the new address.

If you see an "under construction" page, do not fret. I'm probably doing some minor adjusting to get it all finalized. But so far, it's been up and running all evening!

Monday, February 27, 2012

We Are Moving!

No, not us. The Basketmaker’s Wife Blog is moving! Since beginning this blog journey four months ago, I have learned a lot about blogging the hard way. Mostly, what not to do. However, as soon as my confidence about how the blog looked and operated grew, a change was needed.

The development of this blog began over a year ago and to get the ball rolling and simply start it, I went with the popular and free weblog publishing tool, Google's Blogger. At that moment, it seemed like a good match. As time went on though, I became aware that all the content was not owned by me, but by Google.

That's not a good thing. Protecting all the content being published is very important, especially since I am writing about basketry events & organizations, workshops, other artists, along with various people commenting on the blog as well. In addition, during Mr. Basketmaker's research, he found that many Google Blogger users had their blogs shut down without any warning. All their content gone since it was all owned by Google. It was time for a change.

One of our main concerns with the "move" was that the blog’s subscribers have been increasing exponentially and if we're not able to transfer the email feed with the new host, then we (meaning "me") would be contacting a lot of people begging them to re-subscribe to the blog. Another reason to make the switch sooner than later.

So, by painstakingly playing dumb, I was able to get a lot of help over the phone from the new host's technical people (actually, playing dumb, for me, is not that painstaking). We are using the Wordpress interface that is uploaded to our new host, giving us complete ownership of all the content. It's been designed, configured and all posts transferred but it will not go live until Monday evening or Tuesday.

Hopefully, it will go without a hitch! (or is it now 'glitch'?) 

BTW, the new address, in case you used the blogspot one is simply,

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Getting Ready for the NCBA.

The North Carolina Basketmakers' Association Annual basket convention is less than one month away. This is my favorite out of all the conventions simply because that was the first basket-related gathering I attended with Eric four years ago. And one of the first "basket people" I met was Pattie Bagley... I mean, Madam President of the GBA (unmistakeable shameless brown-nosing).

Eric puts in many hours and long days getting ready for any convention, but especially NCBA's since it's one of the largest basketry conventions in the country. As most of you already know, I go downstairs to Eric's workshop many times throughout the day to say "hi" and, yes, annoy him a little. I cannot help it. It's so much fun! But weeks before a convention, he's so focused that he barely knows I'm there. 

Yesterday was one of those days. And I tried to get his attention to no avail. I grabbed the dog's front paws and started dancing. I threw the dog toy over his workstation to play fetch with the dog. I even performed my best "stripper-who-wears-sweatpants" interpretation. All I heard him say was “these stupid handles are frustrating me.” 
Uh oh. Time to leave him alone. No playing games today. (Come on people. I'm not that heartless!) His new handbag design has a complicated handle and lid configuration with many wooden parts that need to fit precisely. And being a new design, means that Eric needed to come up with a system or "jigs" for making everything come together many times over. I snapped some pics (after abandoning my attempt to distract him) of what he was working on.
Mr. Basketmaker's goal is to finish up all the basket parts for the new handbag and the Cottage Jewel basket over the weekend so they can be mailed to students sometime next week. This will give them plenty of time to properly finish the wooden parts before the convention classes begin.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Five Questions Friday

Yah! My favorite day of the week... Friday! Mostly because I get to irritate Eric with questions. I don't know why he still has not gotten used to this every week. He's a slow adapter.

What is your favorite movie?
Eric: To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember being home sick one day when I was twelve or thirteen and was flipping through the channels and came across the opening scene where she's looking into the cigar box. That memory, and the movie, just stuck with me ever since.

Do you scream on roller coasters?
Eric: No, I’m a dude.
(editor’s note: I have never been on a roller coaster with Eric, but there has been many times I came around the corner in our home and he let out a little scream. So I think he’s lying, and he would be flailing like a 15-year-old girl.)

In the song Yankee Doodle, is he calling the pony or the feather “macaroni”?
Eric: The feather.

Do you shampoo your hair first in the shower or wash with soap?
Eric: Shampoo first.

Do you dance crazy when no one is looking?
Eric: That’s a dumb question. 
(editor’s note: He dances crazy in public so it does not matter).