This is the headline news here in central Oklahoma tonight. My heart goes out to those who have suffered today from the tornado. My school was north of the activity so all the students are safe but one teacher had left work early to pick up her children and she was in the school in Moore when the tornado hit. The roof collapsed but she and her daughter got out okay. Her car was taken by the tornado so she was in a panic trying to get to her two year old daughter. Luckily her husband was able to find the child and she was walking out of the area so they could get a ride to a hotel for the night. Please keep these families in your prayers.
My sister and I drove to Wellston, OK on Saturday to the basket shop, ‘Oklahoma Basket Supply’ and the owner helped us pick out supplies for making more baskets. I probably went overboard on my purchases but once I got into the shop and saw all of the cool baskets I wanted to make them all! The first basket picture shows the basket from my class. Basket 2 shows the basket I made Saturday night. It begins with a slotted wooden base. It’s crooked and it’s driving me crazy so I probably should make a liner (my sister’s suggestion) or fill it with a fake flower arrangement. The third basket I made today. It’s not quite finished but I’ll finish it up tomorrow. It’s a business card holder for my desk. This is fun and I have enough reed to make probably 20 or more baskets and many patterns and handles to make a hearth basket and wine carrier. Yep…it’s official…I have a new hobby and I still don’t have enough time for the hobbies I had previously…but one thing I can always say, “I”m NEVER bored!”
My sister and I signed up for a basket making class at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame yesterday. I love baskets and admire the handcrafted unique baskets but never thought I’d enjoy making them myself. At the quilt show in January the basket weaving guild in Oklahoma had a booth and offered a free class so I signed my sister and I up for the class. It was yesterday and we made a 7″ x 7″ x 4″ napkin basket. The class was fun and we both enjoyed learning to weave baskets but now we want to make more! There is a shop here in Oklahoma in Welston, OK, about an hour from my home so my goal next week is to go to the shop and buy supplies to make more baskets! I’m excited but also I keep looking at my basket and it seems a little plain to me so I want to decorate the basket so I can tell that I’m already thinking about dying reeds! I plan to change mine, I’d like some red on the basket with a rusty star or something hanging on the front with twine. Maybe I could sprintz it with coffee to stain it.
Bulling Riding in Oklahoma City….great evening!
New Chiminea for Christmas! I love this. We used it Christmas Day even though it was so cold it was hard to stand outside for very long. It put out good warmth but the Oklahoma wind was so strong and cold that even with the fire burning strong it was too cold to stay outside very long! This will be perfect for warmer winter evenings!
My knitting friends are great….most of the time….but also a bad influence on others. I say this because I keep watching them knit with their Signature knitting needles and each time I see a set I become more and more envious and even begin to justify why I should buy these ‘Cadillac’ needles for myself. It’s easy to justify…I didn’t take a vacation this year….I don’t spend money on other luxuries….I work hard….knitting is my passion, etc. You get the idea? So I have decided I should stay home and stay off my computer because this has been an expensive few days. This morning I read an email from Signature needles about their contest AND free shipping! What’s a girl to do? So, I decided to browse their site and ended up buying not one, but four sets of needles. I’m trying to justify it as a ‘to me, from me” Christmas gift. Now….I wonder how long it will take for the needles to get here? Of course, I ordered too soon because as soon as I placed the order I went back to look around the site more and found the tubes to hold the double point needles…hmmm…I really, really want some of those tubes but I don’t NEED them…please help me stay away from that site!
Yesterday I had lunch with my sister at the Olive Garden and then we did some shopping, something I vowed to never again experience on Black Friday. I was doing very well and after four stores I had spent exactly $0.00. But, then we went to Sam’s Club where I promptly spent $200.00 on a new Keurig coffee pot with a metal drawer underneath to hold the coffee/tea pods and a huge box of Foldgers coffee pods. I had a perfectly good coffee pot so what possessed me to spend money on a new one? Well, I’ll tell you, it was my sister. That’s it! She’s a bad influence on me just like my knitting friends. I refuse to take responsibility of my own actions just yet….let me get these items paid off and then I won’t feel so guilty. In the mean time, as soon as my needles come, I will spend my evenings sipping expensive, quality tea and coffee while knitting away with my luxury needles….probably watching a recorded show of NCIS. I can’t imagine a better evening spent than knitting on luxury needles, with expensive tea and Mark Harmon! Now….where is that mailman?