|A wonderful sewing basket... A lucky find for I've never seen another ...|
There was a time when almost nothing could have stopped my going! The calendar would have long since been marked. There would have been no forgetting the War Eagle Mill and Craft Fair scheduled for the third weekend in October when thousands of eager shoppers would be heading to the beautiful hills of Northwest Arkansas for the annual event.
I had been afflicted with a fever...basket fever! I remember well the first year we attended the fair, and still have the first basket I bought. Each year afterward, I would save my dimes and dollars in anticipation of the next year's new basket.
With each year's fair, the fever that possessed me grew even worse, and went completely out of sight the year Millicent Phillips first brought her wares to War Eagle Fair. Millie's baskets created from natural materials found in the Ozarks ~ snake bones, Cattails, Turkey Berry Vine, Cacamus, Philodendron, Crossvine, Rattan Vine, Willow Bark, Grape Vine, twisted grass dyed with walnuts, Virginia Creeper~ were truly unique and beautiful. I loved them all! Choosing just one to take home was the hardest thing...
|My first Millicent Phillips vine basket...|
|More of Millicent's work...|
|Snake bones and clay beads Millicent fired in her wood-burning stove... (She told me that!)|
|My favorite Vine Basket...|
|We haven't missed in 103 days...|