August 5, 2017


Change is inevitable, I guess, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.  CraftArtEdu is closing.  As of this posting, they've already stopped selling classes.  Not to worry, though, the folks there aren't leaving you hanging if you have already purchased classes.  Your classes will still be available to you (all the details are here).  I have really enjoyed working with Donna and Vernon and the gang and I'm going to miss them all.  

Several of my favorite designs have been available only as online classes through CraftArtEdu.  I will be working on converting them to tutorials and listing them in my Etsy shop, but it's going to be a process.  The CraftArtEdu platform allowed me to use voice-over narration as well as video in my classes which I really liked.  With Etsy I will have to rely on only the still photos and written instructions.  Good thing I take lots and lots of photos!

The first class I tackled as the Micro Macrame Wrap Bracelet.  I love this one!  I designed it as a fun way to learn five different macrame knots and the bonus is that you end up with a bracelet!  The instructions are written for someone who hasn't ever done macrame before with over 70 pictures and 19 pages in the tutorial.  I also have videos on the blog (here) in case you need a little more help on any of the knots.  The new downloadable tutorial is available in my Etsy shop ( here:  Micro Macrame Wrap Bracelet.

To make it easier for beginners who don't want to have to shop around for the right materials or for people who just like to have coordinating beads and cord all picked out for them, I do offer materials kits to go along with the Micro Macrame Wrap Bracelet Tutorial.  There is a whole section of them here.  I have twenty different kits listed right now with a nice variety of colors.  There are even a couple of the peacock kits to make this bracelet:

I have a thing for handmade ceramic Kazuri beads, so you'll also find a lot of the kits that feature them:

And the only thing better than that (in my humble opinion) is a kit with Kazuri beads AND elephants:

Did you see that elephant clasp?  How cute is that!?  And just to prove to you that I can work with some warmer colors:

Working with CraftArtEdu was a very positive experience for me and I learned a lot working with the professionals there.  I will miss it greatly but if there's one thing I've figured out it's that you never know what life has in store for you around the next corner.  Whatever it is, I'll see you there!

July 25, 2017

Another Garage Sale Rooster

I honestly thought when I found Frooster the Fruit Rooster at a garage sale it was a once in a lifetime kind of thing.  It was such a standout experience, I even wrote a post about it:  Frooster the Fruit Rooster.  Frooster's one sexy chicken and he's not afraid to flaunt it:

There's a new sheriff in town now, though.  Meet Banty Beau:

If there are any chicken experts out there reading my posts, I'll apologize now if my use of "banty" is technically incorrect, but this little guy seems full of attitude.  He's sporting some pretty sweet boots:

And an awesome feather tail:

I saw him and had to have him.  You just don't find treasures like this all the time, you know.  You have to go to a lot of garage sales to find stuff this good.

I tried to get him to sit down and jaw a bit (old western roosters don't visit, they jaw if you can get them talking), but he wasn't in the mood.  I'm going to have to introduce him to Frooster.  Maybe that would loosen him up a bit.

Besides the fact that I bought another chicken at a garage sale (one that's wearing glittery cowboy boots), you know what's really funny?  When I wrote the Frooster post, I added a label for "garage sale chickens".  Seriously, in-the-past me?  We were anticipating a string of garage sale chicken purchases?  Sometimes I even worry myself.  

Carry on.

July 17, 2017

A New Micro Macrame Tutorial: Marrakesh

This is a pretty bracelet, if I do say so myself!  I know, I know, the colors are so NOT me, but I'm feeling it.  I love everything about this piece from the multiple strands to the shiny crystal beads I used (another oddity for me!).  It's fun to wear and it's fun to make, so I thought I'd offer a tutorial for it in case any of you want to make one for yourself.

If you haven't tried one of my tutorials before (or one of my online classes), I hope you'll give it a try.  I spend a lot of time photographing every step and then I spend even more time editing all those photos to try to give you the best tutorial I can.  I add lots of detail and break everything down so that you can see what I'm doing and follow along.  

And just in case the photos and written instructions aren't enough, I have videos here on my blog that show you how to make each of the knots.  That being said, I realized I didn't have a video here for a vertical double half hitch, so I made one:

You can find the tutorial for the Marrakesh bracelet available in my Knot Just Macrame Etsy shop along with several other tutorials for different micro macrame projects.  This new tutorial is suitable for all levels, even beginners.  As a little extra incentive, I'm offering a special introductory price for the next week AND having a sale on all my other tutorials!

Happy knotting!

July 10, 2017

A Pretty Summer Coloway

Isn't this a gorgeous colorway?  It feels so summery somehow and the copper in it seems to really set off the aqua blue and chartreuse green.  The copper beads actually new Czech micro spacers and are copper plated glass with faceting which adds a lot of interest to them.

I love this version of the tree of life button, too.  Did you notice the little bird in the tree?

This multiple strand bracelet just screams summer to me.  It's lots of fun to wear. After making these two bracelets, I was feeling pretty cocky.  I decided to try something with some two hole dagger beads Leslie from the Beadsmith had sent.  

Let's just be kind and say it didn't exactly go as planned.  I started at the top using a 2/0 bead in the center and a dagger on either side.  The daggers didn't want to stay straight.  As if that wasn't bad enough, I couldn't get the cord color pattern to work out right.  After a few pattern repeats it was clear this design was not a keeper, so I abandoned it and just started experimenting to see what might work.  I added a second dagger bead to each side which did help to stabilize them.  Although it was completely unintended, the two daggers give an impression of dragonfly wings.  I decided to expand on that and came up with this:

It's kind of fun and different, anyway!  So there you have it:  three very different micro macrame bracelets in the aqua and chartreuse colorway with some fun new beads thrown in for good measure. 

July 3, 2017

July 4th Already!?

It's hard to believe it's the 4th of July already.  Seems like summer just got here and now I have to start the countdown to the end of it.  At the beginning of every summer I swear I'm going to slow down and enjoy it more and now that I'm retired, I'm able to do just that.

Mark and I spend some time out relaxing by the pool most afternoons.  Carter (our grandson) was here this past weekend - doesn't he look like he has the relaxing thing perfected?  

Independence Day always seems like a good excuse to break out the red, white and blue.  This year I made a multiple strand macrame bracelet with a tube bar clasp.  I did a little knotting on either side of the clasp which I think adds a little something extra, then I randomly added beads to the strands.  I had some 3-cut Matubo beads in blue picasso and some fun little Czech glass stars.  Silver micro spacers add some extra sparkle and fun.

Have a fun and safe 4th!

June 26, 2017

A Micro Macrame Rainbow!

Micro Macrame bracelets in a rainbow of colors from Sherri Stokey of KnotJustMacrame.

Howdy and Happy Summer!  We hit 107°F here last week (that's 41.7°C for the rest of the world) and I loved it.  It's summer, baby!  It's supposed to be hot!  I've spent a ridiculous amount of time in the pool, but I've also managed to squeeze in a little macrame.  I also finally managed to get my blog domain straightened out again, in case any of you noticed it missing lately.  It wasn't really missing, but it was darned hard to get to without knowing all kinds of complicated stuff I don't even want to know about.  My hat's off to GoDaddy's customer support team and I'm back in business!

Micro Macrame bracelets and s-lon cord in a rainbow of colors.

Notice that extra logo on my photos?  I'm absolutely thrilled to have been asked to be on the BeadSmith Inspiration Squad!  I'm both humbled and honored to be included in this amazingly talented group of people - they are seriously some of the most creative people I've seen in jewelry design.  And the best part?  Guess what they want me to do?  Guess.  Just guess.  Didja guess? 

Okay, I'll tell you:  they want me to play with beads and cord and stuff.  O.M.G.  Have I died and gone to heaven?  They want me to create with their beautiful products.  I can DO that! 

Micro Macrame bracelets in a rainbow of colors from Sherri Stokey.

The nylon bead cord I use for knotting micro macrame bracelets comes in some gorgeous colors.  Since I've been on a quest to fill my world with color lately, I guess it was reasonable to want to make a bracelet in each of the colors?  (Note: "reasonable" in my world may differ from "reasonable" in the minds of others.) I did run out of steam after about a dozen, but it's a pretty good start, don't you think?  I also used some of the newest beads from the BeadSmith - micro spacers.  They're tiny (2x3mm) and are faceted so they catch the light nicely and add a little extra something to my macrame bracelets.  I'm already a fan!

Micro Macrame bracelets in a rainbow of colors from KnotJustMacrame.

Let's see... did I cover everything?  BeadSmith Inspiration Squad, rainbow of micro macrame bracelets, summer?  Check, check and check.  Guess I can head back out to the pool!

June 11, 2017


It's no secret I'm a big fan of summertime and one of my favorite "activities" in the summer is hanging out by the pool.  Notice I don't say swimming (because I can't swim).  Mostly I do a lot of lounging, either on a pool float or on the deck.  This year I was on a mission to add some color and pattern to our very plain deck.  I started with a wooden bird cage I'd found at a garage sale.  It was painted solid gray (sorry, I forgot to take a before photo), and I went all out with color.  I love how it turned out!

The deck is built of a composite material so I didn't want to try painting it.  There are some corner posts, though, that are bare wood.  I conned hubby into cutting me some pieces to fit on them and then went crazy with color again.  

Here's an "in-progress" shot.  I have the first one that says "sunshine" finished, but am still adding detail to the letters on the "family" one.  I was a little rusty with paintbrushes (I've really only been painting walls lately) so the first one isn't the greatest.  By the second one I was feeling a bit more confident.  I love the paisley patterns.  

By the time I got to "friends" I was really having fun.  I chose all kinds of silly sea creatures to decorate this one.  Some of my favorite parts:


We coated them really well with sealer but I have no idea how they will hold up to the sun and weather.  No matter, though.  I'm going to enjoy them as long as they last!  Here's how they look in place:

Did you notice the wind chime in the tree above the post?  It's made of glass and sounds so pretty in the (constant) Nebraska breeze.

I also found a boring clock, took it apart and painted the numbers in fun colors.  It's the perfect finishing touch:

I swear I'll get back to macrame.  I don't know what's up with this dry spell, but at least I've found these other projects to keep me busy and happy in the meantime.  I hope you're enjoying your summer!

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