I just love Black eyed susans and cone flowers. My coneflowers are starting to fade - they sure don't last as long as the black eyed susans. I need a little help with this side of the house, I planted hostas and black eyed susans here several years ago. The flowers have taken over and the poor hostas need a transplant - the help I need is DH to volunteer to dig them up and move them for me. I signed up for the Harvest Swap that Char is hosting. As I sat down to work on my items, I noticed that it's getting harder and harder for me to see little things. I went to the store yesterday and bought myself a pair of reading glasses - WOW I can't believe how much they helped me last night. I already wear contacts but I'm afraid bifocals aren't that far off anymore. I'll make do with these over the counter glasses as long as I can.
The above basket is one of my best sellers. It's a chairside basket with feet. Historically feet were used on wool drying baskets to keep the basket off the floor. Once you sheared your sheep, you needed to wash the wool prior to carding and spinning. The bottoms of the baskets would be an "open" bottom - one with holes in it so the water could drain and the air could circulate. This updated version has a closed bottom so that knitting needles, crochet hooks, rug hooks, etc won't fall through the bottom. It's on my 1803 Ohio Farm Baskets Blog if you are interested. ~Ann