Friday, May 14, 2010

My new ad(venture)

After following one of the artisans at Lemon Poppy Seed shops for awhile now I decided to submit photos of my baskets in consideration for membership into their artisan community.  I am excited to say that I've been accepted into their family and now have my own Lemon Poppy Seed shop. (If you'd like to check it out, click here.)
 Thought I'd share a new basket that I've only listed on that site,  this is one has never been on my selling blog,  1803 Ohio Farm Baskets.   
After a week of rain and cancelled baseball games, we are going to finally play baseball all weekend!  Both our boys have a minimum of 3 games with their travel teams.  Thank goodness that both teams play in the same tournament (just different age brackets) so we aren't traveling between towns. Have a great weekend.  ~Ann 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Is red the new black?

First, let me wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day.  I hope you all have a relaxing day filled with love and fun.  

On to my post.   The last 7 basket orders that I have had were all for red baskets.  Is there something going on out there that I don't know about?
I have NO problem making custom baskets,  I just am surprised that everyone is asking for the same exact color!  The basket above holds your plastic grocery bags.  The bottom is wood and has a hole that you can pull the bags out of to use.  The gal that ordered this one saw the one below and wanted more rows of red.  Like I said earlier NO problem!

This next basket was a repeat order from a gal who is addicted to red.  Her blog, Red Geranium Cottage tells it all.  (Sharon is opening an online quilt shop in case you like fabric!)

Now, the funny thing is,  I haven't published this photo before and it only just arrived at it's destination yesterday, but I had an order for another one last Thursday, guess what color?  You got it red!

  I really like to stay on top of trends for The Basket shop that I manage for Sauder Village.  If red is the new black  I need to make sure that I'm at the head of the curve.  Today is a day for me to work at Sauder Village (I always work Mother's Day, I just can't make anyone else work today!) I think I'll take a poll about red while I'm working. 
Have a great week ~Ann

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Please....Say Yes!

Wow, have I been MIA this last month!  I haven't actually been missing any action though!  Our DD is running track, DS#1 is on a town baseball team, a travel baseball team and an AAU travel basketball team AND DS#2 is on a town baseball team and a travel baseball team.  WHEW  I've had plenty of action - now I just need to get a laptop with internet access for baseball fields, track stadiums and basketball gyms. 

I've also had to prepare The Basket Shop at Historic Sauder Village for opening day this past Tuesday.  Managing The Basket Shop is my summer job - I know it's not summer but we've opened for our 35th season already this spring. 

On to my post.  I'm really thinking that I need another collection!  Of course I'm asking all of you to cast your vote if you think I need one too.  Shh...don't tell DH!  I've found these 2 cute little chairs in my travels,  the blue one at a garage sale and the rocking chair at GW.  Since I've spent a whopping $1.50 on them together I'm thinking that they need some "friends"
Our master bedroom has 2 long windows along the west wall.  DH says they are really basement casement windows and really doesn't like them!  He made me a shelf that runs the length of the windows that I've placed baskets on. 

I think the chairs look neat placed inbetween the baskets.  The colors all work well together: the stained baskets and wood rocking chair and the blue baskets and those with blue accents and the blue chair.

You will notice that I need to paint the shelf and make some sort of curtain for these windows!  Maybe a summer project. 

So what do you think, don't these little chairs need those "friends"?
Have a great week.  ~Ann

P.S.  I do want to thank everyone that has ordered baskets from me lately - thank you very much - I'm now caught up on orders.