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

Summer!


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:


And:


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!

May 17, 2017

Where, Oh Where, Has Sherri Been? aka: An Apology Sale


Okay, I'll admit I've been a bit absent lately.  It's been a busy couple of months and I swear I haven't just been sitting around watching tv and stuffing my face.  (Notice I didn't say I hadn't been doing that, I just said I haven't only been doing that.)  It's been crazy with family things that needed my attention and graduations and weddings on top of teaching micro macrame classes in three different states.  Things have calmed down a little for now, though (insert big sigh of relief here).  

Today I finally started unpacking my bag that I took along to classes and putting things away.  That involved checking to make sure what I have listed in my Etsy shop is actually on hand and what I have on hand is actually listed in my Etsy shop.  OMG I have a problem!  Too much stuff!  So many bracelets (we all know I have a weakness for bracelets, right?).  I have 71 different micro macrame bracelets listed right now and I found another five or so that I haven't even photographed!  Yikes!

In an effort to clear some of this stuff to make room for new pieces and as an apology for being awful scarce lately, I've activated some coupon codes:  

If you spend $20 or more, use code MayCrazy to get 10% off your total order.

If you spend $75 or more, you can use code MayCrazier to get 15% off your total... and

If you spend $100 or more, coupon code MayCraziest will get you 20% off.

Those codes will work on everything in my shop right now, which includes all of my micro macrame tutorials and materials kits in addition to all finished jewelry (did I mention there are 71 different bracelets?).  You'll find everything at KnotJustMacrame.etsy.com.  

So, go.  Go shop.  Go shop now (please?).

April 18, 2017

Housework


Hi!  I know, I know, now that I'm retired you would think I'd have all the time in the world to update this blog and here I am posting less often!  I'm not sitting around being idle, I swear!  My son bought his first house last month and we've been busy updating there.  If you're here for the micro macrame jewelry, you'll want to fast forward through this post, but here's what I've been up to.


The house he bought was built in 1955 and is in beautiful condition overall, just dated and a little dreary.  When you walked in the front door, the first thing right in front was this divider wall.  Part of me hated to take it out just because it was in such good shape, but it really was right in your face first thing and just felt wrong.  The first project was to get rid of it.


Poor Mark (my husband) really had to work to get rid of it.  The top header was actually tied into the rafters!  Note the built-in next to it, though.  It (and several others throughout the house) is in perfect condition.


See what I mean about dated and just kind of dreary?  This is the rest of the living room before.  The carpet was really nice in its day, but that was a couple days ago.  


This is the view from the front door after.  No wall in your face!  New carpet and new paint everywhere and it feels so nice now.


He's making do with the furniture he had for the most part, but I think it works.  


The hallway before.  We were going to take out the telephone nook just because it has no real use now, but in the end we kept it.


The hallway after new carpet and paint.  The built-in is great storage and is in great shape.


The bathroom is small but functional.  It has a TON of built-in storage.  We just did a little facelift on the space, removing the wallpaper and updating the window coverings.


My son loves color, so we added a bright shower curtain for him.  


One of my son's favorite upgrades was raising the shower head a few inches so he can get under it to shower!  I'm not sure why it was so low in the first place, but at least it was an easy fix.


The master bedroom before had carpet and a wallpaper border.  The ceiling fan was dated, too (who knew ceiling fans could be dated).  It had stenciled gold and painted flowers on the blades and scalloped glass pieces.  The blinds were saggy and sad.  All easy fixes, though.


We were so lucky when we pulled up the carpet in all three bedrooms.  The original hardwood floors were in great shape.  I pulled staples for two days and touched up the stain, but other than that, some restorer did the trick without having to sand the floors and completely refinish.


Carter even got in on the work, helping Grandpa Stokey put in the quarter round around the wood floors.


Can you believe how pretty that wood is?  And to think it's been hidden under that carpet for years!


You might be wondering what that first photo in this post was?  I did a couple canvas pieces for the master bedroom.  Nick picked a beautiful teal for that room which looks beautiful with the gray and white we've used throughout the house.  I stenciled a couple canvases in those colors that sort of bring the room together.


We haven't finished Carter's room yet because he wants bunk beds that will need to be purchased.  He's pretty happy already, though, with the big vinyl dirt bike on his wall!

We still have a few projects we want to do. I'm stripping out the sealer between the floor tiles in the kitchen and mudroom because it's discolored over the years and makes the floors look dirty even when they're clean.  And you know what's weird?  I'm enjoying it!  I love seeing this house come back to life.  So if you're looking for me, I'm probably over there scooting around the floor. 🙂

March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal - Bead Hoarders Edition


It's finally here!  I've been dying to show you this piece for some time now and had to keep it a big secret until today!  The lovely Lori McDaniel Anderson is once again hosting a Bead Soup blog party and this time it's the Hoarders Edition (which is pretty appropriate for me).  I was paired up with Amy Severino who sent me a beautiful fused glass pendant (by Jody Peterson) she'd been hoarding along with a pretty selection of beads:


Amy said she'd had this pendant in her stash for almost seven years and had looked at it hundreds of times with grand intentions but the piece just never made it to her beading table.  She said she was a little sad to part with it, but she's a big fan of Lori's swaps and hops so in the spirit of the party she sent it.  I'm sure hoping she likes what I did with her treasure.  


I'm really not sure why the pendant read "spring flower" to me - maybe it was the sparks of pink and green in the glass.  You know macrame is my thing, but to be a little daring I tried a sort of 3-D flower, then attached it to a ring to hold the pendant.  It seemed to be missing something, so I added some macrame leaves (with the sparkly little beads down the centers) and presto!


This necklace is definitely out of my comfort zone, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  Many thanks to Amy for the pendant and inspiration and to Lori for hosting these inspirational hops that bring so many artists together.  Here's a peek at what I sent to Amy:


Amy's blog is at Amybeads - I can't wait to see what she did with the cute little Marla James owl I sent to her.  I've loved this little guy for ages but just haven't ever found the right project for him.

I hope you'll join me to see what everyone else has made.  Lori will have the list of participants up here.  Happy hopping!!


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