Saturday, February 20, 2010

Made in the USA

Many years ago I had the wonderful oppotunity
to travel to Dresden Ohio, home of Longaberger.
If you've never been and love baskets
and handmade products it's a trip I
highly recommend!
Upon driving into town and seeing this
amazing building you know you're in for a treat.
While visiting the 'Homestead' I encourage you
to take the time to tour the factory
and watch the weavers at work.
Watching each basket be woven by skillful hands
gave me an appreciation for 'Made in the USA'
that had eluded me before. After each basket is made it
is marked with the Longaberger logo and dated
 and initialed by the weaver.
While in Dresden I visited this site...
I have my own scaled down version at home!
Over the years I came to own
many of these handmade baskets,
some were gifts others I purchased myself.
 Here are just a few others I own.
While I admire the craftmanship, these baskets
are made to be used and stand the test
of time. I have had my baskets for
over 10 years and use them
around the house for everything from
storage to serving food to guests.
If you like to read non-fiction and autobiographies
then this book is one I highly recommend.
It not only tells of the humble beginnings
of this now large American company
but also gives you some insight into
great business practices and 
how this country can and should support
'Made in the USA.'

(photo courtesy of


  1. I am simply amazed at that building built like a basket, how neat is that?!!! I would love to visit a place like that and watch how they make baskets. You have a wonderful collection of them, love them all! I have a couple but nothing as lovely as yours, I just use mine to serve bread rolls in:-) xoxo

  2. Thank you for this great post! I don't have any Longaberger baskets, but I know I would love them. Those basket buildings are amazing!


  3. I love these baskets, I had no clue that there was a building too! Too cool!

    God bless and enjoy your Saturday!!!

  4. Those are some REALLY big baskets!! :) Glad you enjoyed yourself.

  5. What a great post. SO interesting!!! And how fun that you actually went there. I can't get over that building shaped like a basket. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  6. What unique and beautifully creative buildings! You have some beautiful baskets as well! I would love one of those. Perhaps one day! A gal can dream!! xxoo

  7. They're lovely, Diva! But really, where and how do you store or display all your beautiful things? I'm guessing some are at the cabin.

    And is it you who does the dusting? I know, I know...but when I see pretty things the first thing I think of is, do I want to dust them.......

  8. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I have never seen the Longaberger building except in photos but what a great building it is!
    Sharon :-)

  9. God has greatly gifted you
    I enjoyed visiting your blog
    God Bless;