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Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings to all my visitors,

Nancy

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Crafty Tuesday--Peanut Basket turned into a Prayer Basket


Dear Friends,

This week I wanted to participate in The Southern Housewife's "Crafty Tuesdays". I wove this basket several years ago. It is a peanut basket. You put your peanuts on one side and as you eat them, the shells go on the other. We don't often eat peanuts so I had this basket in my pantry holding some plastic silverware.

Now...I had been thinking about this for quite some time. I am always willing to lift up someone in prayer when needed, but sadly, often times my prayers are short and I go about my day and don't think about other's prayer requests or needs again.

So....Several weeks ago, I saw on Monica's blog that she had done this wonderful idea, similar to my Peanut Basket, but had done it with 2 jars. I thought at the time that was neat and I should do it.

Then...On Sunday, our Priest spoke lovingly about the wonderful healing power of prayer. He spoke about how our prayers help heal physically, mentally and spiritually and that it is our duty as Christians to thoughtfully and whole heartedly pray for others.

I knew when I came home from church on Sunday that I wanted to convert my peanut basket into a prayer basket. I put 3 x 5 cards on one side to write prayer requests on and as I pray for each one, I will move it to the "prayed" side of the basket. The next day, I can move all the cards back to the "pray" side and be reminded to continue and pray for that person's needs again.

I also feel....This will be a wonderful addition to our home for our family and a great example for our children. Anyone in the family can write down any prayer requests. When the family passes by the basket, they will be reminded to pray for those in need, or they may stop for a moment and take a card out of the basket and spend some special time in prayer for that one person. I'm going to keep it on the dining room table so it is highly visible and just another reminder to put God first.

As far as Crafty Tuesday....I did weave this basket several years ago. What I did to it now was tear some strips of fabric about 1/2" wide and about 18" long. One is a black gingham and the other a burgandy toile. I had some tags in my scrapbook stash and I wrote "Pray" on one and "Prayed" on the other and did a little pen stitching. I tied the tags to the basket handle with the fabric strips. The weaving of the basket is an intermediate level, but the craft portion of this is super simple.

I am always willing and happy to pray for anyone. If you have a special need, I will write it on a card and keep it in my prayer basket. My family and I will pray for you. Just leave a comment or send me an e-mail with your prayer request.

Love and Blessings,

Nancy

3 comments:

Kristin said...

I think this is a fanastic idea! What an adorable way to be reminded to pray continuously throughout the day. Very nice!

The Southern Housewife said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is such an awesome idea! I may have to blog about it as I love it so much. Where do you sell your baskets?

Amme Parham said...

Oh my gosh, Nancy! What a beautiful and meaningful message you have posted. I teared up a little, because I am approaching the anniversary of my beloved father's death (03/04/07). I would very much appreciate a mention in your prayer basket for him, as well as prayers for the healthy delivery of Miss Deanna's new daughter in early May.

Might I also suggest this project be a great two-part class? I don't know how complicated the weaving is, but the concept and love behind the effort far outweighs the technicalities. Just a thought.

Big hugs, much love, and many blessings!

~~~Anne


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