DIY Sweetgrass Basket Craft Inspired by Gullah Tradition by Josie Riviera

Welcome back to Daufuskie Island, where every corner tells a story. This island is off the coast of South Carolina and is a 1 hour ferry ride from Hilton Head Island.

Today I’m sharing how to make a sweetgrass basket:

Gullah Tradition


  • Coiled rope or raffia
  • Colored yarn or embroidery thread
  • Large-eye needle
  • Scissors


  1. Start by coiling the rope or raffia into a tight circle, securing the end with a small stitch.
  2. Using the needle, weave the colored yarn or embroidery thread in and out of the coils, creating intricate patterns.
  3. Continue coiling and weaving, shaping the basket as you go.
  4. Experiment with different colors and patterns to add a personal touch.
  5. Once you reach the desired size, secure the end with a final stitch and trim any excess.

This simple sweetgrass basket craft allows you to bring a piece of Gullah tradition into your own creative space. Enjoy the relaxing process of crafting while connecting to the island’s cultural heritage!

I’m thrilled that my sweet beach romance, is available on Amazon. Immersed in Gullah culture, this book has a mystery that may or may not be solved by the end of the story! Grab your copy today.


Pink Coral Island

If you prefer episodic reading, Pink Coral Island will also be available on Kindle Vella.

Kindle Vella

Daufuskie Delights: A Culinary Journey Through Gullah Flavors by Josie Riviera

Welcome to Daufuskie Island, where time slows down and the rhythms of Gullah culture come to life. This inviting getaway off the South Carolina coast is more than an island; it’s a testament to the resilience and creativity of the Gullah people, descendants of West African slaves. These people were brought to work on the plantations of the American South and founded communities in the Sea Islands, particularly Daufuskie.

I live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, which is about four hours away from Hilton Head Island.

When my family and I visit the island…

We board a ferry from Hilton Head Island to Daufuskie, which takes about an hour. The ferry runs four times a day. Once we arrive, wandering the sandy path beneath moss-draped oaks is one of my favorite ways to explore the island. Or, you can rent a golf cart.

Today, I have a simple recipe for you to recreate a taste of Daufuskie at home:


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onions for garnish
  1. Cook grits according to package instructions, using a mixture of chicken broth and heavy cream for added flavor.
  2. In a skillet, cook chopped bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside.
  3. Sauté onions in the bacon fat until softened, then add minced garlic.
  4. Add shrimp to the skillet, cooking until pink and opaque.
  5. Stir in cooked grits, shredded cheese, and half of the crispy bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve the shrimp and grits, topped with the remaining bacon, and garnish with chopped green onions.

Stay tuned for the next blog post, where I’ll share another delicious Daufuskie Island recipe.

Kindle Vella

I’m thrilled that my sweet beach romance novel, Pink Coral Island, is available on Kindle Vella. I was thrilled to explore this episodic format, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.

I spent many months researching this book and the Gullah culture, which takes place on a fictional island off the South Carolina coast. The culture is an important part of the book, and becomes almost like another character.

Kindle Vella is available here, and the first three episodes are free! Start reading today.


Goodbye and the very best of luck!

Hi There,

It’s always bittersweet when a chapter comes to an end. The Authors’ Billboard has left behind a legacy of captivating stories, and their best sellers have undoubtedly made an indelible mark on readers’ hearts.

These last ten years of interacting with you has been a thrill and an honor. I will miss our contact more than you know. Unfortunately, many of our ladies are heading in different directions, and we felt this would be the perfect time to say good-bye.

Take care, stay safe, and please be well.

Love and Hugs,

Mimi Barbour (Founder of the Authors’ Billboard).

***For those who wish to continue following their favorite authors, I know they’d be thrilled to have you stop by. Here’s a list of their personal websites:

Natalie Ann (USAT)

Rachelle Ayala (USAT)

Leanne Banks (USAT)    

Mimi Barbour (NYT & USAT)

Callie Bardot (NYT & USAT)

Jacquie Biggar (USAT)

J. L. Campbell (Bestselling author)

Cynthia Cooke (USAT)

Denise Devine (USAT)

Stacy S Eaton (USAT)

Donna Fasano (USAT)

Tamara Ferguson (USAT)

Rebecca York/Ruth Glick (NYT & USAT)

Dani Haviland (USAT)

Taylor Lee (USAT)    

Susanne Matthews (Bestselling Author)

Nancy Radke (USAT)

Susan Ricci (USAT)

Mona Risk (NYT & USAT)     

Josie Riviera (USAT)

Patricia Rosemoor (NYT & USAT)

Jennifer St. Giles (USAT)     

Alicia Street (USAT)    

Ari Thatcher (Aileen Fish) (USA)

Hi and So Long, With Hugs…

Looking Forward: I’m thrilled to share my story will be done very soon and included in the Fake Fiancés collection, published by the award-winning, Bestselling, all over the place fabulous author Tamara Ferguson, and we’re looking forward to its release on May 7th.

A fake fiancé…
What started as a ploy transformed into something much much more.
But can a relationship based on deception survive?
Discover how these counterfeit couples finally find their happily-ever-after in these EIGHT BRAND NEW STORIES by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors.

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IN THE REARVIEW: About seven years ago, an outstanding and talented author named Mimi Barbour, the leader of Mimi’s Gang and famous worldwide with more awards and titles than I can count, adopted me into her writing family. Along with the joy I felt professionally, I was fortunate to gain about thirty sisters. It was a privilege not many authors obtain while they pen along during sometimes lonely careers.  

They taught me the skills necessary to succeed on some level in this very difficult industry. Some of them shared their joys and tragedies with me, and I was honored by their trust. Through this group, I was also able to connect with readers, make treasured friends in other parts of the industry, join organizations, and learn things I might not have figured out on my own. I’m very grateful.

I also don’t know how I would’ve gotten beyond the tundra after Joe died without the support of these outstanding, talented, and empathetic women. Sisters in theory who propped me up when it was difficult to stand, who gave me work to do (writing in sets). They gave me a purpose and I hope in some small way I’ve been able to return the many favors.

Some of you I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person, and some I hope to still meet. Please take a peek at my latest banner: Spring 2024. Probably two-thirds of these stories have been written with your help, your guidance, and your support, during my treasured time as one of The Gang.

Thank You for Everything, Ladies! You can always find me here:

See you soon!