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March 2011 - Posts

  • Basketmaking

    Lately I've had an itch for basketmaking. I don't know why, but I have. So, I started looking around for some natural resources that I could use to weave baskets. Some of the natural resources available to us in our neighborhood are: ~ honeysuckle vines ~ grape vines ~ corn husks ~ blackberry shoots ~ cattail stalks and leaves ~ grasses ~ iris and daffodil leaves, and ~ splints from maple, dogwood or other hardwoods. I decided the most readily available thing would be cattails, so I Suzi and I gathered some on Monday as we were walking the neighborhood. We soaked the brown leaves for 20 minutes, and then started making baskets. I wanted to try a square basket, so I made that, and Suzi started on a semi-circular one, but then opted for square as being easier. Maryanne made a cute little semi-circular basket, and then later I wove another basket made of wire and spun wool. It was a fun little project, and now we all know a little more about the difficulties and joys of basketmaking!
  • The Wonders of God's Creation

      We started some plants from seeds, and they're starting to sprout.  It's so fascinating to watch the growth and wonder of God's creation.


    "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;"  Psalm 104:14

    "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted." Ecclesiasties 3:1-2