Sunday, January 29, 2012


Saturday, January 28 - FINALLY…Marsha has found some time to do a blog on all her baskets that she gave for Christmas gifts. She worked days on each of her baskets and made each one different. She used some of her dyed pine needles, sinew, special thread, beads and each one had one of her special gold pine needles from the moon tree. (If you don't know about the moon tree, you can read about it here.)She said every one that received a basket was thrilled to have one.

Chris, our sister-in-law, told Marsha…"If you ever think of making me a basket, I would like coasters. Can you do that?" Marsha said, "Is that a challenge?" Here is a little secret about Marsha…she loves challenges. She made Chris four and put cork on the back of each. We tested them with ice in a glass, and they kept the water off the table just fine.



This is her first cracker basket with handles. Marsha used walnut slices in each handle. She gave this to her brother, Mark's, girlfriend, Christina.



For a special friend, Red - that we taught with for years, she did her first three-level wrap design. She gave it to Red before Christmas, but he saved it to open Christmas morning. He called Marsha and told her how much he loved it. Glad you are enjoying it, Red! Miss you!



When our daughter, Kelly, saw Marsha's first baskets, she said she would like a smaller one. Marsha kept this in mind when she made Kelly's. She also wanted to do something special. This is her first basket using beads and an agate (stone) for the bottom. She was very happy with the finished product. Kelly was thrilled to receive this gift. (If you look closely, you can see the special gold pine needle in the top left area.)


She also puts her name on the bottom of each basket and dates it.Kelly

Carrie received Marsha's first attempt in making her biggest basket. This is her first attempt making these types of handles and a new stitch called the split stitch. Marsha thought it turned out just like she envisioned it. Carrie can't wait to have her next party and show it off.



Two happy girls.

Now she is biting at the bit to get started on her next basket using the tiles we had painted in Mexico. Before she can begin, we are in the process of deciding what best to use as the mounting material. When the first one is completed, you can be sure she will take some photos. We can share it because she is actually doing one for US to keep. This is a FIRST!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!



  1. What a great hobby and no electricity needed. You can do this while boondocking!! Great job.

  2. What beautiful baskets! Marsha is a talented artist and you can tell that you are very proud of her! Does she sell these anywhere on the internet? If she doesn't, she should!

  3. You are doing a great job on the baskets Marsha. Where's Did you mount the agate to something or did you drill the agate? When are you heading out thia way?

  4. Those baskets are absolutely gorgeous. They are all so unique. Such talent. A lot of hard work and time is invested in each basket.

  5. Absolutely beautiful. . .and endless possibilities! You are a talented lady. . .

  6. One basket is more beautiful than the next! Looking forward to seeing how you incorporate the tiles!

  7. What intricate and beautiful work. I always appreciate the work - and the love- that goes into making something by hand. Good job.

  8. Wow,,,nice !! I Like the different designes....I bet it takes more patience that I have....
    Good Job!!

  9. wow wonderful baskets...very talented them all...

  10. Great looking baskets - nice job!

  11. love your work... I bought a pine needle basket with a lid when I was at the copper canyon in Mexico from a Tarahumaran Indian... it made the cut list and we still have it...


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