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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