Monday, November 14, 2011

My Baskets & Presidential Awards :-)

One of my favorite bloggers, Lucy at Attic24, showed her knitting basket and so the discussion has started on Ravelry in the "We Love Lucy" group and on Facebook in the "We Love Lucy II" group about where you find baskets and baskets in general.

I adore baskets!  I have quite a collection of them.  I even have an egg basket that I found in my grandparents chicken house in Oklahoma!  I've made several myself, which was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it.  This one below I wove using rattan, un-dyed.  
I wove the one below with brown dyed rattan.
The one below was made in the Nantucket basketry style.

Tonight hubby and I attended the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Multnomah Falls.  When we arrived I got a few photos - we've had a lot of rain today and the water was just rushing over the falls... it was gorge-ous! :-)

This was my first annual meeting where I presided as President, and was elected for my 2nd term tonight.  :-)  We honored our Board of Directors, volunteer schedulers and all our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly in the Visitors Center.  A big surprise happened that knocked my socks off!!  The USFS women called me to the front and proceeded to read a letter of recognition of our volunteer service from... President Barack Obama!!!
This is the certificate below.
And a pin!
And the letter from our President!!
Isn't that the coolest thing?  Our group earned the Gold Level, the top award, for our volunteerism to the country.  

All in all.. quite a nice evening we had.  The lodge also presented us with a lovely banquet of lasagna, garlic bread, salad and peach and berry crisp with whipped cream for dessert.

And so.. I wanted to share this with you.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. More sublime scenery and lovely baskets, too. I have a weakness for baskets and have quite a few, particularly those from the '40s and '50s with colour woven through them.
    Hen xxx

  2. Congratulations to your group on that awesome award and also to yourself for being elected for your second term as President. As always, your photos are absolutely stunning. I was also interested in your beautiful baskets. I used to make baskets years ago but only have one left. Its a bucket type and is made with plastic coated cane (yuk) which was all the go at the time. I do prefer the more natural look like yours.

  3. Forgot to say, your President will be visiting my city (Canberra, Australia) tomorrow for a couple of days. Canberra is the capital city of Australia and the seat of our Federal Parliament and home to our Governor General (Queens representative) and our Prime Minister. The security is incredible - like we've never seen before.

  4. Your baskets look stunning, and congratulations to the Friends of Multnomah Falls with the Gold Level presidential award!! :-) x

  5. Congratulations to your group on the award must all have been thrilled. As Dorothy above has said, here in Australia we are having a flying visit tomorrow by Barack Obama - he is here for 26 hours! A long way to come for such a short time, but I guess he is a very busy man.

  6. The baskets you made are so gorgeous, how clever to make them so beautifully. And congratulations on your wonderful award, Teresa, I'm sure it is well deserved. Have a happy week.
    Helen x

  7. Teresa, you are so talented - those baskets are gorgeous :)

    Congratulations on being elected for a 2nd term (they obviously know when they're on to a good thing!) and what an amazingly fantastic achievement to receive the award.

  8. Congratulations Teresa!!!! What an evening, such a lovely honor and acknowledgement from the President. You truly deserve it!
    Your baskets are beautiful. Love the ones you made. Thanks for sharing your evening with us. So glad your Hb is getting out and was able to celebrate with you. He must be proud and happy for you.
    Have a great week. xoRobin❤

  9. Love the baskets and what a stunning waterfall! Congratulations on the award. Lots to celebrate in this post!

    S x

  10. Your baskets are beautiful! I especially like the second, darker basket. So pretty and yet functional :) The best kinds of hobbies in my opinion!

  11. Very cool baskets! Who knew you had these mad basket-weaving skilz? You are so talented in many ways. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening and received a well-deserved award. Congrats.

  12. Congratulations on your group's award. I've been following your blog and you take absolutely gorgeous photographs. I have to admit I'm envious of the beautiful autumn foliage you have. Due to a wet summer and two very destructive storms, Connecticut did not have even a decent foliage this year. First time in my life that this has happened and I miss it a lot. Looking forward to seeing more pics from Oregon.

  13. That is so awesome, and very well deserved. How exciting! Well done.

  14. You are such a talented lady Teresa, your baskets are just fab!! Congratulations both on being re elected as president and also on receiving the volunteer medal from the other president ;0)
    Well deserved, you work very hard for the cause.
    It's still mild and sunny here...warmest first 2 weeks in November for 350 years apparently!!
    Keep cosy,
    Jane x

  15. Congratulations on your well deserved recognition :) x

  16. Seriously, Teresa, just what do you NOT do. Those baskets are fabulous. I have never seen any better. They are even more elegant that the A24s thing. You go girl.

    I can't believe you still have such amazing fall colors. And boy, what an honor to get such a reward, from the Prez no less. We are holding out own here in the high 30s. But I know that will soon be changing.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful posting today.

  17. So very impressive! The baskets and the award.

  18. And I say there nothing you cannot do???? Your baskets are LOVELY! I am looking for a nice basket to use when I bring in the fruits of my gardening. Have yet to find "the one"! Congrats on the prestigious reward!!! How excited you all must be!!!!!!!!

  19. Your baskets are beautiful Teresa. I had a great uncle who made baskets and I can remember as a child visiting him when I was staying with my grandma and making a small basket of my own, I was very proud of my attempt. Congratulations on your award, that's really something! ((hugs)) Joanna xx

  20. Absolutely gorgeous baskets!! I LOVE baskets too, although I have never made one before! I LOVE your first photo of the Falls--what a great photo with the beautiful colors of the foliage!
    Congrats on your reelection to a second term and for your Presidential award!

  21. Hi Teresa have just been catching up with your posts. Love your baskets they are fabulous. Well done to you all for the award from The President. We too remembered those who fought for their country.
    Dayle looks vey handsome in his uniform.
    Alsolove your paintings. Anne x

  22. Wow, Wow, and another Wow! What an amazing experience and a letter from the President, so fantastic. I am so excited for you and you deserve it.

  23. WOWW!!! How amazing to get a letter from Obama, that's such an honour! Make sure you get it framed and up on the wall :-D Congrats!

  24. Love the baskets and congratulations on the award...well done to you all
    Hugs xx

  25. Teresa, I see you "around" the blogs that I frequent and decided to come over and have a look. So glad I did! Congratulations! How exciting...and well deserved! My parents were both born in Portland and I remember my Mom mentioning Multnomah Falls all the time. Your photos are lovely! And those baskets! YOU wove them? OMG, they are perfect in every way and just gorgeous! Hugs, Annette

  26. Very nice baskets.

    Wow, what an honor. I'm sure your all very proud.

  27. Teresa your baskets are soooooooo beautiful, I am in awe of them, how clever you are to have actually MADE them!!!
    Beautiful visiting with you, your local scenery is breathtaking, no wonder you love it so much


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