February 5, 2016

Weathering the Storm

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey.

We had a blizzard this week!  We got over 11" of snow that blew into drifts over 4' tall at my house.  It made getting to work (or anywhere else, for that matter) impossible and resulted in a... wait for it... SNOW DAY!  I was perfectly content to stay in and watch movies while working on micro macrame bracelets.  I caught up on the 2016 remake of War and Peace and watched Dr. Zhivago and got three bracelets mostly finished and another one started!

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

The bracelets I made all have the same beads (matte metallic khaki iris) and khaki cord.  The first one was solid khaki cord, then I tried adding in a couple shades of green.

Micro macrame bracelet in khaki and greens from Knot Just Macrame.

 Which led to trading out the deeper green for a coppery pink cord.

Micro macrame bracelet in khaki, green and pink from Knot Just Macrame.

And then that led to switching out the green for a deeper pink.

Micro macrame bracelet in khaki and pink from Knot Just Macrame.

That led to switching out the lighter pink for the deep green.

Micro macrame bracelet in khaki, green and pink by Sherri Stokey.

And before I knew it, I had all of these (had to finish up over the next couple of evenings):

Beaded macrame bracelets.

All in all, I consider it a most excellent snow day.  So tell me, what would you consider the perfect snow day?

Handmade macrame jewelry.




January 28, 2016

The Great Bump Debacle aka "What Happened to Your Head?"

 

This is me hiding behind my phone.  I was actually trying to take a photo of my hair so my daughter could okay it before I went out in public.  I know, a grown woman shouldn't need permission to be seen in public, but this sort of stuff just seems to happen to me...

My husband and I were going on our once-a-year social event outing this past weekend.  For some background, I will admit to being only a step or two away from being a hermit.  I go to work and grocery shopping and all that, but aside from those things, I'm perfectly happy to stay at home (well, unless you're talking travel and/or beaches, then I'm all about not staying home).  Usually I have everything I need to entertain myself - my macrame supplies, my television and the Internet.  What more could a girl want (other than the aforementioned beaches)?

I pitched that argument to my husband, but he still thought I needed to put in an appearance at the holiday party his office holds annually.  They even do it in January, so I can't use the excuse that I'm too busy with holiday preparations and all that.  *sigh*  Don't you hate it when people are so darned reasonable?  

I tried telling him he could go without me, but he said people around the office are starting to talk.  Like maybe he killed me and hid the body or something, since nobody from his office has seen me for a year and a half.  I swear for the first couple of years he was stationed here people whispered that he wasn't even really married, that he made me up.  That led to me having to put in appearances at several consecutive events.  I've since learned my lesson and now I try to time them out - go to just enough to squelch the rumors...

Anyway, once it became clear that I would have to go, I decided a haircut would help matters.  Good looking hair can be a real self confidence booster (or so I've heard).  When I called for an appointment (the day before the event because I didn't want to face the fact that I was going to have to go to the event...) my regular stylist wasn't available.  I'm not that fussy about my hair, so I booked with the stylist who had an opening.  All good, right?

On Saturday (the day of) I made one last-ditch effort to get out of going.  I have had a cold for almost two weeks now and haven't been feeling great.  Maybe I'm not feeling well enough to go to the party (said in most hopeful voice)?   No dice.

So I showed up at the salon and the new young gal asked what I wanted done with my hair.  Of course I had no plan (I need a make-over.  I need someone to basically take over my appearance for me and just decide what the heck to do with my hair and do it.  And then come over every morning and do it for me.  M'kay?)  I told her I just needed it trimmed up and then styled since I had a party to go to, and off we went.  Then this happened:


What the heck?  My daughter's reaction to this photo was, (and I quote) "What happened to your head?"  Followed immediately by "Oh no!" and "You can't wear that bump!"   Now, I don't mean to trash talk the stylist.  She was (is) a very nice young lady and I'm sure she did a fabulous job on this hairstyle and I'm sure it looks great on many ladies.  It's not for me, though.  I feel like this:


Okay, so not green and mottled, but scaly skin (it's dry in Nebraska in the winter) and the head protrusion.  Well, crud.  Add tiny, deep-set eyes and wrinkly neck to the list of similarities, too.  *sigh*

Here I am 30 minutes before the party looking like an extra from a B-52s video or a 1960's throwback.  (Although some women looked pretty swell in a beehive - my mom (on the right) rocked it)!


But, we're not in the 70's anymore, Toto.  The hair bulge had to go.  Oh, and my husband was no help (seriously, his laughing wasn't helpful). 

I can feel you all rolling your eyes.  I know, I know... the obvious solution would be to simply smash down the bump.  Right?  Let me tell you, that's easier said than done.  She used over a dozen products in my hair, one or more of which must have contained actual cement.  No amount of smashing worked.  That bump had some serious staying power!  I tried brushing through it with limited success.  I did finally manage to flatten it slightly, vacillating between tears and hysterical laughter. 

At this point, I tried the I-can't-go-to-a-party-looking-like this tactic (it seemed like it might work).  My husband, kind and considerate soul that he is, said we could be fashionably late if I need more time to redo my hair.  I considered showering and starting all over, but ain't nobody got time for that (one of my favorite quotes)!  A little more brushing and some fluffing on the sides and I got to this:


 Which is good enough in my book, and daughter-approved. And that, my friends, is the story of the Great Bump Debacle of 2016.


January 21, 2016

Khaki Kick

Micro macrame with beads by Knot Just Macrame.

I've been on one of my khaki kicks lately, combing khaki cord with matte metallic khaki iris beads.  First I just used the beads in different shapes and sizes:

Micro macrame bracelet with beads by Knot Just Macrame.

A little pair of earrings to match:

Micro macrame earrings by Knot Just Macrame.

Then I decided to play up the greens and pinks from the beads, which brought about this piece with a sort of old world vibe.

Micro macrame bracelet with beads by Sherri Stokey.

Which needed some matching earrings, just because.

Micro macrame earrings by Sherri Stokey.

I haven't quite worked the khaki out of my system yet, so I'm working on this piece:

Micro macrame bracelet under construction.

And that, my friends, is what I've been up to lately (even if it doesn't make for a very exciting blog post).  If you love these colors as much as I do and still haven't got your fill, check out this post

January 10, 2016

Rebirth of the Sun Blog Hop & Challenge Reveal

Micro macrame chain necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame with pendant by Wild Raven Studio

The lovely Lesley Watt and crew over at Art Jewelry Elements issued a challenge back in November that I couldn't resist.  The theme?  The SUN!  It seemed a little strange at first when you consider it's winter here, but once you think of the winter solstice and the rebirth of the sun this time of year, it starts to fall into place.

I am all about the sun and focusing on it rather than the cold temperatures we're "enjoying" here in Nebraska lately has been a welcome distraction.  I found an awesome earthenware clay pendant from Wild Raven Studio with a cool (or hot haha) tribal sun motif and wanted to add a knotted "chain".  It started off great.

Micro macrame circle.

And then it went downhill.

Macrame goofs.

In my defense, it didn't go that far south accidentally.  Once I decided I wasn't happy with the connection between the "links", I started playing around with it just to see what would happen.  I had a vision of a sloppy "nest" encircling the pendant like what Heather did with wire in this post, but that, too, ended badly.

Macrame goofs.

With all of the failures out of the way, I finally managed to pull together a piece, with at least some of the elements I'd first envisioned.  The knotted chain links are fun, and different than anything I've done before.

Knotted chain in micro macrame.

And the piece I found to use as a bail turned out better than what I originally had in mind - I really like the way the "u" shape of it echoes the knotted links.

Micro macrame chain necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame with tribal sun pendant

I can't wait to see what everyone else did with this theme, and I hope you'll join me.  Here's the list of participants:

Guest Designers
Sherri Stokey  <--- You are here
Kathy Lindemer

AJE Team

January 7, 2016

My Bohemian Behemoth

Macrame neckace by Sherri Stokey with elephant pendant from Staci Louise Originals.

At the risk of being redundant, I'm sharing a post here from the Love My Art Jewelry blog 
in case some of you didn't see it (I hope many of you are following that blog, too - it's full of inspiration for jewelry makers).  I started with a polymer clay pendant from Staci Louise Originals and pulled my color palette from the elephant.  It turned out to be a very colorful, eclectic palette!

Color palette in beads and cord.

I got stuck just a bit when the colors in my knot work seemed to be a bit too blue for the pendant.

Polymer pendant and macrame knotting.

Once I got the idea of putting some ceramic beads in between the macrame strap and the elephant pendant, though, things started to get back on track.

Polymer pendant and macrame knotting with the addition of beads.

And all's well that ends well.

Micro macrame neckace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame with elephant pendant from Staci Louise Originals.

The necklace has a sort of exotic, bohemian vibe with mix of patterns and colors, don't you think.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!!

December 29, 2015

Macrame Diamonds

Scarab in micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

With our holiday celebrations in the rear view mirror now, I've had a bit of time to sit down and play with my beads.  I don't feel like I've finished experimenting with my newest design - I call it Woven Diamonds (you can find the online class here, if you are interested).

I had some little scarab beads and it turns out they nestle just as snug as a bug in a rug... (okay, I'm a little sorry for that one).  The scarab does fit rather well in the center of this bracelet, though.  I kept the background neutral and then used a great mix of beads with some greener turquoise, off white and bronze.  

Scarab in micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

While I was digging through my stash for oval shaped beads, I ran across a sodalite one I couldn't pass up.  I paired it with navy blue cord and made a seed bead mix to match.  

Sodalite micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

I'm pretty happy with the way both of these turned out.  They're listed in my Etsy shop, if you just can't resist.  I also have a couple kits listed if you don't want to have to find the materials yourself.  One is in the sodalite and blues and the other is turquoise like this:

Micro macrame cord and beads - materials kit for woven diamonds bracelet.

Happy knotting!!

December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Anyone familiar with Buffalo Bill Cody?  He was quite a famous figure back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Among his other exploits (some good and some not-so-good) he was a Pony Express rider and a scout (aka spy) for the US Army.  He later became a showman, founding a Wild West show that he took throughout the US, Great Britain and Europe. 


Col. Cody and his wife, Louisa built a large Victorian near North Platte which has since been restored and made into a state historical park.  At Christmas, community groups and businesses come together to decorate the mansion, inside and out.  It's only open for a few magical evenings, but it's worth the trip to see.  Each (and every!) room is decorated in a different theme.  They serve hot cider and roasted chestnuts and offer rides around the grounds in a wagon drawn by a team of horses complete with tour guides Buffalo Bill and Louisa (okay, they might be actors, but work with me here).  

Here are a few highlights from the mansion this year:

 
 

 



Isn't it beautiful?  It really was a fun evening with my daughter and friends and I'm so glad we carved out a little bit of time to go.  And I'd never had a roasted chestnut before, so I can cross that off my bucket list now :)

I hope you find a few minutes to do something that makes you happy this holiday season!!  Merry Christmas!