This last weekend, I was invited, along with many other Ohio bloggers, to Longaberger Basket Homestead for a special event called "Baskets for Bloggers". It was a special event to show us around the Homestead, tour the facilities, and make our very OWN baskets. Making my own basket kind of scared me a little bit, because if you know me, you know I am artistically challenged! And I knew there would be a lot of photos taken since many of the #Bigdealmoms would be there! No pressure!
Anyway, once we got there we were immediately thrown in to making our own basket. Just deciding on my colors stressed me out! No seriously, when it comes to artistic endeavors I become very indecisive. But my very own basket-maker teacher, Heidi, quickly eased my fears and we began laughing and chit-chatting almost immediately. Heidi has over 16 years experience making baskets for Longaberger. Poor Heidi, she had to tell me more than once (okay maybe 15 times) that I skipped a step. But she continued to be patient with me and by the end, my basket looked like a real basket!! I am super pumped. Did you know that every Longaberger basket is hand-made, just like the way I made mine, with only Maple wood and metal tacks! It is crazy to see the basket take shape and form into a beautiful master piece. Here I am creating mine.
Here I am with Heidi. She was such a great teacher!!
And my beautiful basket:
(Photo courtesy of Jenny)
After we made our baskets, we had a guided tour through the facilities. I was super impressed by how friendly everyone was. It really did seem like one big family and for that day, we were welcomed in with open arms. During the tour, I found out some pretty impressive stats. Did you know that every single material that goes into making an original Longaberger basket comes straight from the great state of Ohio? See, Ohio can't be that bad, since it can produce such beautiful baskets (hey, and remember I am from this state, born and raised so I can say things like that!). Also, another very impressive point is how every employee can get involved and help make decisions. When decisions need to be made, such as redesigning work areas (for comfort and productivity) or how to cut wastage of materials and water, they have an "Employee Innovation Team" that works together with management to come up with the best way to meet everyone's needs.
(That's me trying to Tweet an important point that was made, but since we were in the middle of a large warehouse, I couldn't get any bars. So I probably missed several more important points while fighting with my phone.)
The good folks at Longaberger also provided lunch for us at the Homestead Restaurant. They truly know how to reach this mom's heart. A wonderful homestyle meal with great company and NO kids to take care of. Needless to say, I gorged and it was well worth every calorie I ate. YUMMY!
While you are there, you of course need to get a picture with the "Largest Basket of Apples."
Of course, #BigdealMoms can't get together without taking lots of pics of ourselves, here are a few:
(me and Marcy looking HAWT in our protective eye wear)
(me and Jenny)
If you are on Facebook, become a fan of Lonaberger and you will get updates on all the special events going on across the country! And an added bonus, you get to see more pics of these crazy ladies from above!
If you are looking for a unique day trip or a little getaway, I would highly recommend heading to Longaberger Basket Homestead. Hey, you can even make your own basket - probably not a cool as mine - but still!