Macrame Plant Hangers & Sprout Jars

For me, it was only a natural progression to move from working with knots and beads for jewelry to doing the same thing on a larger scale and dive into the world of macrame!

After having already made a ton of beaded bracelets and anklets,  I’m growing bored with creating the same pieces over and over.  Time to look for inspiration on Pinterest.  I did add some wonderful key ring  photos I found, but it wasn’t sparking my creativity like I wanted.

You know I’ve always believed that the best crafts to make are the ones born out of necessity and I don’t really need key rings right now……so, looking around I thought about what I could do with materials on hand to improve the look of the space and feed my need to be creative.

Well, there is a beautiful spider plant hanging above my work desk from the plastic hanger it came with when I bought it last summer at the store…it is pretty awful…love the plant….hate the hanger…

I want to make a plant hanger like the ones my Mom had in the house when I was younger, but I’m going to need some help deciphering the photos I pinned since most of them don’t come with instructions.

I settled on a YouTube video tutorial about plant hangers using recycled t-shirts knowing that there is a bag in the closet overflowing with old clothing and I also have one metal clasping ring just perfect for holding the weight of a plant.

That means I can make one for free with recycled household materials and I love that!

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I made my first hanger with cotton clothesline and it isn’t quite right.  It works, but I didn’t tie the knots in the correct groups and it’s making the hanger a big unstable.  I also don’t love the way the clothesline frays at the cut.

My second plant hanger is my articles feature photo and it’s my favorite so far!!  I love that I made it for free with an old t-shirt and a lovely container I had sitting in storage.

The sprout jars I made were an opportunity for me to work with other materials and it gave me the chance to scale my work to a smaller size.  I was also able to put some lovely driftwood pieces to use and some beads that were too small to thread onto the larger cording.

 

 

I even went so small I used cotton twine and made some smaller sprout jars that won’t hold the wide mouth jars….only jelly jars.

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I love these little pops of green around the house in places that might be too small or too impractical for a larger house plant.  I’m also able to save more of the spider plants sprouts instead of tossing them when I prune.  These would make really nice housewarming gifts or a last-minute gift when visiting with friends.  You could use the jar for a small candle or fresh cut flowers.

Do you want a project that will have a small impact on your wallet and a big impact in your house? Then grab some t-shirts you don’t like any more, unhook an extra key ring from your house keys, search YouTube for video help or Pinterest for inspiration.  You will have a mastered this skill in no time at all.

I’ll be sharing some of the other macrame pieces I’ve made in upcoming posts.  If you don’t want to miss a moment of my crafting obessions, then hit subscribe and join me on my journey.

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There’s a Blizzard Comin!

Today and tonight I’ve been busy getting us ready to hunker down for a big storm blowin in tonight.

I’ll be posting tomorrow about an amazingly simple and gorgeous rug I made for my bedroom over the last few days.

For now I’m going to enjoy the quiet before the storm and start working on a rug for my kitchen!! Check back tomorrow and I’ll share my progress…

Until then, stay warm and Happy Hooking!!

It Starts with a Binder

I don’t know about you, but the first of every year has me scurrying around the house organizing everything that I deem looks chaotic.  Hubby never sees the chaos like I do, but he helps me when I ask and only complains when it involves hanging things on the wall…that is for another post.

Do you remember last week I mentioned that I had pushed aside the household stuff to get my patterns and postings in order before I do something awful…like repeat a posting!?!  If you know me then you already know that this a real possibility even after I have put every pattern in it’s place (which I haven’t by the way); but it’s January and that means I can’t put the household off any longer.

I should also mention that I can’t be creative about anything else as long as there is that pull to “get it together!”

That is why the majority of yesterday and today have been spent with my face planted in my phone while I researched everything Pinterest could offer me in the way of family organization, bullet journals, binders specializing in various subjects and project goals.

I may have gone a little crazy with printing forms and planners and dividers and covers…..I had to restock the printer…..twice.  What do I have to show for all that printer time?

Well.

I have more tools than I could ever want to use for my blog, but the family organizational binder I am working on is still a work in progress.  I would like to take some time to work with the things that are hot off the printer today and separate the useful from the not so useful forms.

When I have the binder completed and have an index that explains how everything works and where it’s located I will post again and share all the great links to free stuff I was able to use.

If you are feeling the need to get it together since it’s January again and you can’t wait for me to get myself together, then head over to my Pinterest boards and you can see some of the printables and ideas I am already working with there.  All the printables on the boards should be free, but if they aren’t just use keywords from the post in the search bar and you will find a ton of options.  Happy Hunting!

Did you create a binder or start a bullet journal recently?  I would love to hear about your work and how organizing this aspect of your life has been helpful.  Drop me a note and share some useful tips with me.  Lord knows I could use ’em.

 

 

It is finally snowing!!

My most favorite way to spend a winter Saturday is watching the snow fall and crafting!!

I’ve got some holiday drama playing in the background, but my focus is on a new sewing pattern for a Christmas gift….or a few. I bought a yard of fabric but it appears after tracing the pattern and cutting it out I maybe used 1/3 of the minky fabric. I’m already making plans for the extra.

For now I am really excited to see if this pattern comes together easily and quickly. I’ve never worked with the minky material so I’m going to do a little research on my machine settings before I get underway.

This gift is a surprise so I will have to wait just a few weeks to share the results.

For now, I am off to warm the coffee in my cup and make sure the little one bundles up before she heads out to play.

The Elsa Frozen Hat

It’s been two weeks since I last updated, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some great items in the works or that I don’t have a wonderful pattern to share today….cause I do!  The projects I’ve been working on are gifts, so I’m not going to be able to post photos or patterns for a few weeks while I put the finishing touches on them and they are sent and received but I’m dying to!!!

I can share with you that one of my designs involves granny squares and an upcoming wedding, while two of the other items will be gifts for my beautifully pregnant DIL who is expecting her first child in the fall!!!  As you can imagine I am obsessed with all things baby right now and I can’t wait for these weeks to pass so I can meet my new grand-daughter!!

Since I can’t share the final products with you yet or give you any more hints than that, lets move on to the last project I wanted to share and aFrozen Hat wonderful pattern for a hat that anyone who loves the movie Frozen will also love….love….love.

Of course, following the release of Frozen all the retail stores were stocked with tons of items themed for Elsa and Anna.  Gracie, along with all the kids in her class,  were asking for all of it…..you know they were 🙂   Gracie was adamant about wanting an Elsa hat she saw for winter and although I said no to the $20 hat at the store, I set out to find a pattern and make one for her.

This is the end result and she loves it!!!

The pattern is here.  It’s so easy to follow and the results are spectacular.  This was the project that had me falling in love with Simply Soft yarn.  It’s an easy beginner pattern and finishes in a weekend or less, so…go visit Mango Tree Crafts to follow this pattern or check out her other works.   I hope you create one of these beautiful hats for someone you love….or for yourself.  If you do, I would love to see the end results.

 

Happy Hooking!

 

*Ava didn’t want the long braid on the hat, so I worked the pattern and finished it off before the instructions to work the braid.