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Sunday, April 1, 2012

A - Z Challenge: "B" is for Basket

During the month of April, I am participating in the Blogging From A-Z April 2012 Challenge, where we post everyday except for Sundays. I have decided to make flashcards for the letter of the day out of my photos, and then use the picture as a writing prompt for the beginning of a story or perhaps even a book.

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Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

"The Basketweavers"
by Kathy Matthews

Bill and Becca (of Bend, Oregon) previously had the last name of Brown.  After their lives became basically immersed in baskets, they legally changed their name to Basketweaver.  It is a good marketing tool, and they are the only folks with that particular last name in Oregon, and perhaps in the world.

The Basketweavers hand-make each and every basket that they sell.  They sell them empty and they sell them full.  Gift Baskets by Baseketweavers is a thriving business, even in the depressed Central Oregon economy.

Bill and Becca also teach classes on basket weaving.  They have spent time in Mexico, Central and South America to learn special weaving techniques  Baskets made by the Basketweavers are true collectors items.

Trouble begins for the busy couple when somebody sets fire to their shop and burns all of their inventory.  They are both sick over the incident, because they have worked so hard to create each and every basket.  Insurance money will only buy raw materials, not create finished products.

Who in the world could hate them so much to blatantly destroy their work and their art?  The mystery unfolds in this story of betrayal and triumph.  A must read!

A - Z Challenge Participants

Following the theme of the of the alphabet, I am also featuring this out-of-print book created by a couple of Oregon ladies in 1983.  Please come back tomorrow to see the next page in the series: 

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

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Matthew MacNish said...

Those are some lovely baskets! Thanks for taking part in A to Z.

Arkansas Patti said...

I love alleration. Nice work. Now I want to find out how the basketmaking Browns beat the odds.

Linda said...

Interesting Post. I love the baskets I see in Oregon. Will have to check on these. Lovely Oregon books, a feast for the eyes.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I confess I'm not much of a basket lover, ever since my experience at a Longaberger party. *sigh* Long story, and one the kids love to hear over and over mom spent $100 on a bread basket. LOL Good story, Kathy!

Ciara said...

Beautiful baskets. I sat and watched a lady make one in China. It was cool.

Wendy said...

After seeing this challenge, I signed up and will be using Family History as my theme.

No Copying!


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