Macrame Pendant Lamp Cord DIY

I’m sharing a super simple way to beef up plain or ugly pendant electrical cords today! I have and love this old wicker IKEA lamp, but the plain white cord was an eyesore and I finally, years later, had enough and decided to just something about it. The best solution seemed to be a 100 ft of string plus a bunch of hippie knots in the form of this chunky macrame rope. I am so happy with the little bit of warmth and texture it adds to our den!I used this string and watched this video, using the lamp cord in place of the middle two strands.I roughly halved my string and looped it around the light cage inside the shade.The knot is so easy to make. Use the left string to make a 4 shape over the cord, then take the right string and go over the left strand, under the intersection of the left and middle, and then up through the triangle of the 4.  The whole project took about 2 hours and 100 ft of string yielded approximately 10 ft of macrame. The only troubleshooting I had to do was take care that my string wasn’t twisting and warping my knots, and also that my knot tightness was consistent through the whole project for a uniform look. I did a snug, but not too tight knot.I want to macrame all the lights now!

On a personal note, our family was devastated to say goodbye to our beloved dog Jackson last week. It was unexpected and sudden and not at all what we had hoped this year would bring. His absence has been hugely felt in our home, like I could never imagine. I want to thank you all so much for the love on IG. You are such an uplifting and decent community and you truly add value to my life so THANK YOU. If you have a doggie, do their favorite things with them as much as you can because you never know when that last walk, wrestle, or eating out of the trash may be…

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Christmassy Den

I never would have thought that my blue room would be one of the most Christmassy, but every year it is! This room always gets the most basic of decorations (2016 and 2015) and nevertheless, it is always ready to party. All I did this year was add a tinsel wreath to the fireplace screen and hang a vintage mini aluminum tree and BOOM it’s Christmas. The colors in here just lend themselves to lots of shiny silver and bright colors, I guess. Whatever the reason, thank you den for your enthusiastic participation! Most everything in here is vintage except for the rug and mirror. Family room Christmas right here!

Praying for California today. All the firefighters, residents and animals. None of the big fires are in our county, but could so easily be. The neighborhoods burning in Ventura look just like ours. I clearly have a soft spot for shelter and “home”, and the safety and comfort they represent. I can’t imagine the pain and workload facing the many who have lost so much. And the horses. The horses! It’s so heartbreaking. God bless firefighters. Here’s how to help. xoxo

Christmas Den

mid century christmas aluminum treeChristmas happened all around the house but I’m only sharing the den today because of this real life fact: I’m incapable of having two rooms clean at the same time. Today the den is clean. The rest of the house looks like the Wet Bandits blew through town. My kids are in an incredibly prolific mess phase right now and I’m sure homeschooling is only intensifying mess production. Consequently, I’ve resisted decorating a bit this year. December is crazy enough without clutter so I’ve been trying to keep things simple. I even put away some of the knickknacks I took out…so Grinchy, but necessary for sanity.

Completely in opposition to all that, we have 2 trees up this year. (Hold on while I stuff all that ridiculous complaining about excess back up inside of me.) We popped for the rare real tree. Flocked! It’s super cute and smells so good. Even so, I couldn’t resist putting up our aluminum tree, which you saw a peek of on that last advent calendar post. It’s OK because my tired eyes can totally handle this semi-monochromatic room of joy.mid century christmas aluminum treemid century christmas aluminum treemid century christmas aluminum treeI’m gonna use every ounce of energy to get the family room cleaned up for long enough to snap some pics (done!). Wish me so much luck. Seriously. Merry Christmas everybody!!! Tis the season to be messy!