September 14, 2016

And Summer is Gone Again...


Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey with leaf focal.

As much as I love fall, it's always tinged with a little sadness at the passing of summer.  I've tried to console myself this year playing with some beautiful hand painted maple leaf buttons from Susan Clarke Originals.  The leaf in the macrame bracelet above had lots of rusty orange in it and I paired it with a neutral cord and shiny cut seed beads.  I had another leaf with much softer color in it that I paired with my trusted matte metallic khaki iris beads.  I think after much debate the bottom one came out ahead in the "which one do you like more" voting, but it was close.

Micro macrame bracelets from Knot Just Macrame with leaf focals.

After getting a little bored with the neutrals, I went in search of some color.  The colors people typically picture when they think of autumn are mostly warm colors and I have trouble with those, so these are my colors of fall this year:

The colors of fall according to Sherri Stokey - featured in micro macrame bracelets.

The coppery colors give a nod to autumn (and the leaves themselves) but I gotta be me, so of course I had to include some shades of turquoise.

Turquoise leaf micro macrame bracelet.

Turquoise leaf in copper micro macrame bracelet.

Turquoise leaf micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Turquoise leaf in copper micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

The colder weather also has me thinking about firing up the oven for some homemade bread or putting on a big pot of chili.  How about you?  Is the weather changing where you are?

August 31, 2016

Caribbean Color Palette - Challenge Update

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of KnotJustMacrame.

If you missed the Caribbean Color Palette challenge post over at Love My Art Jewelry, don't panic.  There's still time to play along.  Here's the palette:

Caribbean colors palette in beads and cord.

Yep, that's me - hanging on to summer with every ounce of my being!  I know, I know... it's that time of year we should be playing with the autumnal colors, but just look at those blues and how fun it is when you throw in some chartreuse!  I've been playing around with my cord and beads and have come up some really pretty bracelets so far.

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of KnotJustMacrame.

I liked this one so much I made up kits for it and used them in my ZigZag Micro Macrame bracelet class in Denver.

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

Micro macrame bracelet from Knot Just Macrame.

I thought this one was going to be boring when I started - like maybe it needed more color.  But once I got underway, I really liked the way this one came out with more white than color.

Micro macrame bracelet in Caribbean colors from Knot Just Macrame.

Micro macrame bracelet in Caribbean colors by Sherri Stokey.

Anyway, if you're interested in playing along, the rules are simple:  make something inspired by the Caribbean Color Palette photo.  It can be anything - a painting, jewelry (of course), a scarf, a quilt, a pair of hand painted shoes (hinting here - I'd really love some!) - as long as it's made by you.  Share a photo of your piece with me by September 14, 2016 (see, you still have time!) and I'll put together a blog post revealing them on the Love My Art Jewelry blog on September 16th.   If you'd like to do a blog post, send me the link along with your photo and I'll include it.  Please send photos to me through my business Facebook page or via email.  

Caribbean colors palette in beads and cord.

Who's in?


August 26, 2016

Classes, Cakes & ShrinkyDinks

Micro macrame classes.

Oh my gosh that was fun!!  I just got back (okay, a few days ago - at my age it takes me a minute to regroup) from teaching classes in Denver and it was such a great experience!!  The ladies from the Rocky Mountain Bead Society were enthusiastic about learning micro macrame and we had a full 20 people in the Beginner's class!  Many of them came back for additional classes over the four days and one lady (you rock, Irene) took all four classes!  Just look at that concentration!

Micro macrame classes.

That's not to say there wasn't any banter (there was banter aplenty) but the students were fearless when it came to the small cords and tiny seed beads.  Oh, and then there was this:

Lone turquoise chair.

It seemed somehow symbolic to find one lone turquoise colored chair in a sea of regular old beige ones, that being "my" color and all :) 

I've mostly been getting things put away this week (you know how trying to put something back into the closet you removed it from sometimes leads to having to clean out the whole closet to get it to fit?) and relaxing a bit.  The last couple of months were a whirlwind of activity trying to get ready for the class, working on the new house and wrapping up the budget for the fiscal year at my "real" job.  I took the afternoon off yesterday and did just for me stuff.  I baked a pretty cake:

Layer cake with strawberries.

And I played with ShrinkyDinks (thanks to Kate, a student in one of my classes)!  You know what?  It was every bit as much fun as it was when I was a kid!

ShrinkyDink supplies.

I traced and colored (check out my new 48 pack of colored pencils!) and then baked and went from this:

ShrinkyDink skull before baking.

To this:

ShrinkyDink skull after baking.

TOO much fun!  I did have one "issue" with my pumpkin.

ShrinkyDink pumpkin before baking.

It turned out almost black after the baking/shrinking process:

ShrinkyDink pumpkin after baking.

I'm still kind of pouty from the whole pumpkin thing, but I'll certainly know better next time.  Meanwhile, the others are cool!

Pendants!

And that's what I've been up to lately.  You?

August 16, 2016

Housework


Boy oh boy have I been busy!  In the midst of trying to get ready for the upcoming classes in Denver, we bought a little house and have been busy working on it.  It's about three hours away from us, so it's not like we can just pop over and work for a few hours.  We worked a full five days with as many as seven of us working on the place at times.  We're really happy with how it all came out, though and my daughter, who will be living there while she goes to school, is ecstatic.

Here's a before picture:


We had the roof, gutters and downspouts replaced before we closed on the place so we didn't have to deal with that.  The front step was rotted, though, and that was a big project for my husband.  Other than those things, the rest of the work we did was more cleaning and cosmetic.  The little old place just needed some love and attention.


See what I mean?  That's the same tub and same fixtures before and after.  Just a lot of elbow grease.  We did do a couple of makeover projects for some furniture pieces, too.  We took an old round coffee table we found in a used furniture store and made it into an ottoman:


My daughter had a very specific idea of what she wanted in an ottoman.  It had to be large and round and it had to be white/gray.  And cheap.  We couldn't find anything that fit all of her requirements so we came up with this idea.   We're pretty chuffed about the results!  We did the whole thing ourselves never having done anything like that before.  Right down to covering the buttons.  Go team!

We bought this extremely tired, worn and used dresser for $5.


You can't tell too much from the photo, but it's missing a bar between the top and middle drawers on the left side and has a lot of damage to the top (raised spots) as well as one side looking like it was dragged down a street behind a pickup or something.  It got a makeover and became her TV stand with lots of bonus storage.


Isn't that fun!  The finished room includes a loaned couch and chair that her friend's mother recovered - I just have to show you the couch before:


Are you ready for the reveal? 

 

We painted every inch of the upstairs and all but one room downstairs.  We scrubbed and weeded and cleaned floors on our hands and knees.  I'm tired, but I'd do it again next week!  It was a really fun project.

I had to switch gears in a hurry, though - my Denver classes are coming up this week!  Eek!  I'm still putting together kits for one class and refining my presentation for the Rocky Mountain Bead Society meeting (gulp).  And I still need to add prices to all my finished jewelry since I usually only sell online and don't have anything marked.  So much left to do!  Wish me luck!  

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with another picture of the made over living room.  It makes me happy!


August 4, 2016

More New Micro Macrame Kits


The kit making frenzy continues!  I've added some new ones to my Etsy shop that contain the cord, beads and findings you will need to make the Woven Diamonds micro macrame bracelet (the online class for it can be found here on CraftArtEdu).  I even mixed all the seed beads myself!


I've included a focal in each of the kits, but you can choose not to use it if you prefer the plain version of the bracelet.  The class contains instructions for making either version.


I've also added more kits for several other patterns.  I've never been so sick of making kits in all my life, but I have quite a selection on hand now.  Happy knotting!


July 28, 2016

New Micro Macrame Kits!


So... you know how I've been talking about my upcoming classes in Denver next month?  It finally dawned on me that the date is quickly approaching and I have something going on every weekend between now and then.  I've entered panic mode.  Once I convinced myself that the probability of the world ending before then and/or magical fairies showing up to help me are roughly about the same, I started putting together kits.  

Don't get me wrong, there are things I like about making up kits.  I like the shopping for beads part.  I even like the thinking about what beads will go with what cord part.  It's the actual work of dragging out all my stuff and digging through it to find those beads I bought especially for this that gets me.  Well, that and looking for the scissors I just had in my hand fifty times an hour.  


I don't have a dedicated work space  - I've just taken over the family room (more on that here).  There's no desk or table (unless you count the coffee table, but it has holes in the top so it doesn't work very well) so I have to spread everything out on the floor and root around.  It isn't a pretty thing to see.  


This carnage was from yesterday's session when I was putting together kits to go along with my Micro Macrame Wrap Bracelet class.  (It's available as an online class here if you can't join me in Denver.)  I really do have fun shopping for these kits and playing around with various themes.  Want to see a few?  Here's one with a Green Girl fish, lampwork beads and a mermaid toggle:


This one has a jungle theme with a lampwork monkey bead, two Golem Studio beads, a giraffe spotted tube and a TierraCast toggle in copper:


A few of the kits have Kazuri beads (I love Kazuri beads!):



Oh, and of course I had to do an ocean themed one with a lampwork bead with a starfish on it and a seahorse toggle:


I also put together kits to go with my Micro Macrame Owl pendant tutorial in seven different colors including sage, green, khaki, rose, blue, copper and cream.  


These kits are all available in my Etsy shop, as well as kits for some of my other micro macrame tutorials.  If you're thinking about making jewelry for holiday gifts, this would be a great time to purchase any kits while there are lots to choose from.  Now could somebody hand me the tv remote?


July 22, 2016

My Purple Phase


I was on a purple kick last week.  C-lon has a couple shades of purple cord that make my mouth water just to look at them.   Combining one of them with a great focal and a few supporting beads, you can't go wrong.  


See?  Add a great Czech glass button and *wow*!!


This button isn't even glass.  I think it's just plastic, but I absolutely love the color and the design so I guess I don't care.  If I could fine more of these, I'd buy a couple dozen!  I like to pair it with copper or red bronze beads and the purple really makes them pop.



For this one I used a pewter button and matte black iris beads.  Yes, I know they're not really black, but apparently they start out black and the coating gives them the lovely blue, purple and green colors?  I don't have to understand the process to love the product, thank goodness.


Those beads look great paired with black cord, too.  

Some of these micro macrame bracelets have already sold, but those that are left (and all new pieces I make) can be found in my Etsy shop:  KnotJustMacrame.etsy.com  If you're looking for a special piece of handmade jewelry (for yourself or as a gift for someone else) that isn't quite like everything else, I hope you'll take a minute and look around the shop.  Many thanks in advance!

If you'd rather make your own micro macrame jewelry, don't forget that registration is open for the Denver micro macrame classes next month.  You can find all the details on that in this post.

Happy knotting!


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