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,
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I love you honey and I appreciate all you do for the family!
Now you are all probably wondering why I'm not holding the ladder for him! I snapped a quick picture and got right back to bracing the ladder.
How do you decorate for the holidays? Do you put up lots of lights? Do you hang them from the top of a two story house?
Monday, November 28, 2011
I'm so good about getting big ideas and being excited about them, then I lose my enthusiasm and it never gets to completion.
This leads to clutter, unnecessary spending, guilt over having spent time and money to get things started, which in turn leads to feelings of low self-esteem because I feel poorly about myself. I also feel overwhelmed.
I see so many unfinished projects I don't know where to start. I feel like people in the TV shows "Clean House" and "Hoarders" who have so much stuff they can't even start cleaning their homes. They are too overwhelmed to even know where to begin. I feel like that because I'm being pulled in so many different directions to this project or that project. Then a great idea hits and I want to start yet another project. "Oh this new project will be different," I tell myself. When I finish this latest project it will bring me happiness and fulfillment. This project needs to be started and it will make me better in some way. (I'm going to say right now that in no way does my home look like a home of a hoarder, but I have the same feelings of overwhelm that they feel.) You know, right now I'm looking at my Christmas tree. It is beautifully decorated except it is missing one thing, the star at the top. We decorated the tree before we left for Thanksgiving. I wanted the house to be done when we returned. I just ran out of time and the star was in another box and I just haven't made the time to dig it out and put it on. It's just lots of little stuff like that. Sometimes though it is big things like huge craft projects. It's just too many things that just aren't done. Ugh!
Why do I stop working on the project? Good question. Sometimes I get bored. Sometimes the project seems too big and daunting. Sometimes other commitments pull me away from it and then I lose interest. Sometimes the prep work is overwhelming like the area is cluttered. It is easier to walk away. Sometimes I lose something necessary to complete the project.
You know, many projects could probably be finished in a day or less if I put my mind to it.
You know what else? God loves me anyway, just who I am. It is me who doesn't love myself so much when I think about these failed attempts.
So I focus on NOW, not even waiting for 2012 to concentrate on my motto of finish what I start. I will look at each project I come across. If I need to finish it, I will take steps necessary to do so. If its not necessary and I have no desire, I will get rid of it. My goal is to finish two projects for every one I start. To say I won't start any new projects until I finish what I already have would be unrealistic.
I'm also going to try and record my accomplishments. I'll try to finish my daily tasks before doing other things like the computer.
Thank you God for helping me do this.
Dear God, through your divine grace and mercy, help me be highly successful in my projects and that throughout doing them and upon their completion you are glorified. ~Amen~
Sunday, November 27, 2011
What a blessing it is to have family. My parents are in their mid 80's now. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and my dad has finished chemo for prostate cancer. His hair is so thin and gray now and since the chemo it has come back in with some curl. Funny how things related to health change our hair. With every pregnancy of mine, my hair got curlier!
I love my family soooo much! We enjoyed your traditional turkey dinner with all the fixins. On Friday I took mom shopping after lunch. After the crazy black Friday crowds had died down and helped her get her Christmas shopping done. Then yesterday we had an uneventful car ride home. Katie drove the entire 10 hours home! She wanted to!! I pulled out my laptop and organized my photos on it as well as an enormous accumulation of documents I'd created over the years.
Today is quiet. We'll be going to church in about an hour and I am going to make a menu plan and grocery list for the next couple of weeks.
I hope you all had a truly blessed Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm thankful for each of YOU!
Baskets of blessings,