back I promised you a picture of the birthday gift from my mom, the talented and generous Becky Hatch Glezen. Here is the basket, woven from pine needles and incorporating shells from her beloved Sanibel Island, Florida. She took a pine needle basket class down there this winter and wove this while sitting on the beach. Ahhhhh.
Nantucket Lightship Basket woven over a glass liner so it can hold water. I get sad when I see the knock-offs of these baskets for sale at Christmas Tree Shops, because I know the hours and hours that go into making the "real deal" in the traditional style. The sailors aboard the lightships off Nantucket used to weave these baskets over wooden molds while they were at sea back in the 1800's. Yup, it'll kill a hundred hours of idle time, I'd say. You can see another, more traditional example of her lightship baskets in Monday's post.
I could list dozens of items she has crafted, or salvaged, or repurposed, but I will refrain, and simply tell her I love her.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! Now will somebody please fill that glass of hers?