Member of Silver Creek Basketry Guild
Dodge County, WI 4-H Leader
I wove my first basket 23 years ago, using directions from the book Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty. I bartered it for farm fresh eggs to feed my growing family.
It wasn't until years later at a 4-H Family Learning Day that my interest in basketry was revived by a class that was being offered. After that class, I was determined. I joined a guild and attended other basket weaving classes.
In August of 2008, I opened my Etsy store and it was nearly a year before I sold my first basket, "Little Patriot" shown at the left. My entrepreneurial plans, however, were put on hold for a time as I taught math and worked at a private Christian school. A few years later I came home again to be a stay at home mom for my teenage boys.
In September of 2013 I demonstrated at my first living history event and have grown by adding new events each year. Online and sales at events help me to continue spreading the word about handcrafting in history. I hope you'll support our efforts through attending our classes, Etsy purchases, special orders and stopping by our booth at events. Thank you so much for your continued support!
The driving force behind Attic Treasures Basketry is my very supportive husband Tim and our wonderful kids which I sometimes refer to as the "Gr8 Eight". Most of our kids are grown now and some have families of their own, but they've been with me every step of the way. They all know I'm crazy about basketry, but seeing my commitment will share their own ideas and venue possibilities. Some have sat in on my classes.
My husband helps me with loading and unloading for events. He also was a huge help with the design and building of my first Adirondack pack basket which travels to all events. Our oldest son bought a vintage sewing machine which I've used and plan to use in the future for some additions to my projects. I should also mention my parents who have given me a great deal of encouragement along the way and have purchased a number of my baskets.