Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets

The Christmas holiday is almost here, and I am excited to say that I will be driving back to SC for the week!  My friend has been sending me weather screenshots, and it was looking awesome.
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Then the forecast for when I start my holiday vacation…not so great.  Hopefully, it will warm up a bit.  Either way, I will still be heading to the beach.

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As for celebrating Christmas, mom will be coming down to the beach and we are having Christmas there for a change.  I started a mixbook memory book from our Washington, DC trip, but I don’t think I will be finished in time to give it as presents to mom and my aunt.

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During Thanksgiving, I went to the Sweetgrass basket ladies to buy gifts for a few family members.  None of my family read (or even know I have) this blog, so I am not worried of them running across this.

Gullah Sweetgrass baskets are beautifully made baskets by women in the lowcountry of SC.   This cultural tradition came from the 17th century by West African slaves who were brought to America.  This website states a bit about the history of the baskets, and how to not get fooled by a fake sweetgrass basket.

The artists sell their baskets along the road going into Charleston, SC and in the city of Charleston (such as in the Open Market downtown).  Heads up, the baskets are more expensive in Charleston versus the ones on the highway.

Taken from the above website, “Mount Pleasant basket stands can be found alongside US 17. The Hamlin community – a community of families who are descendents of slaves from area plantations – have stands along the “Seven-Mile” stretch known as the “Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway”.”

These are the baskets I purchased from the Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway.  I also picked me up a pair of Sweetgrass earrings.

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This week has been so slow, for obvious reasons. I am ready to head south!

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Birthdays and Western Literary Reviews

Rustic "21st" Birthday

Rustic “21st” Birthday

Every nursing home has a calendar displayed prominently in the facility.  It will show all sorts of activities planned for the residents, and the calendar is usually full of cool stuff and field trips.  On our calendar, the residents who are celebrating birthdays during the month are listed.

I love to make cards for people.  Above is a card I made for one gentleman who recently celebrated his 80-plus birthday.  He loves to read books, mostly about westerns.  When he was younger, he owned many horses and won many rodeo competitions.  His birthday card was very simple to make, and I could tell it made him happy that I remembered.  I wanted it look western/rustic and show some humor.  He loved the card, and laughed at the 21 years old reference!

On another day, I had given him a Johnny Cash book to read (which he finished in one day).  When I saw him again, he started telling me about meeting Cash in the 1940′s!  He decided to give me a book out of his personal western library.   This is the book he gave me to read.

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I asked if he like it or if it was a good book.  He said, “Not really”.  We both started laughing while he tries to describe the book.  Apparently, it had too much plot that dealt with non-western topics, even though it falls in the western genre.  The non-western topic he was referring to was that one character had tuberculosis.  He said that he likes westerns only- no extra stuff.

My apologies to Mr. Grove.