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…
Things are moving along in the front yard slow and steady. Our most recent project is an exterior decorative wood screen inspired by the pages of a 1961 Sunset book, Entryways and Front Gardens, a photo that has haunted me for years! Obviously adding non structural architectural details can completely change the feel of a facade, but the ease and impact surpassed all my expectations. The front of our house has a long, boring expanse that needed to be visually broken up. Plants are usually an easy answer, but a narrow plant bed sits below, preventing any substantial plant from successfully or safely growing here. While discussing ways to hide our poorly located breaker box, I suddenly remembered the Sunset book project – the perfect match to our issues.We followed the basics of the original frame design, but used 2×6 instead of 2×4 for the inside square blocks to expand the size and open it up a bit. I liked the original mix of squares and bars, but wanted more overall pattern consistency, so the whole family played around with the design for a while until we got something we liked. We used redwood for outdoor durability, but since we will be painting it, pine probably would have been fine and cheaper (we spent around $150 for everything). I’m tempted to paint it a crazy accent color, orange or turquoise being the obvious contenders, but I think a slightly darker shade of the house color will do the trick for now.The completed screen is really top-heavy so we made sure to dig deep. Digging was by far the worst part of the project, but this set-up really helped break up our clay: a 1.5″ drill bit with a 12″ extender. Our 9′ posts were sunk about 2′ deep. Forty minutes of leveling, three braces, and two bags of Quikrete later, our screen stands tall, straight and strong.The original plan was to use the screen to hide a poorly located breaker box. However, once we put it together it became clear that everything looked so much more balanced and better if we placed it one space over. This project doesn’t exactly lend itself to experimentation (once it’s in the ground), so I was a little nervous to switch up our plans on the fly, but I’m so glad I went with it. I’m (mostly) confident that everything will pull together once I paint the screen and get the landscaping done up here. I’m left looking for other solutions to hide that box, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something. My best idea so far has been build a second screen – duh. Husband is not really feeling that one, so time will tell where this story goes. Here’s the two locations we considered: Lessons learned: Never underestimate the power of a (comparatively) tiny screen, or it’s bonus shadows! Next time I go down this road, I’m taking this idea and going HUGE, like cover my whole house huge because it is that good and that transformative:(A fun bonus to this project is that we are planning to build a wood divider in-between our family room and dining room so I took the opportunity to get a spacial feel of size and dimension with this screen inside before we fully assembled it. IN LOVE. All my fears about a divider being too busy, blocking too much light, making the dining room feel too cramped were shot down completely. Can’t even wait for this!)We took a break from the front yard this weekend to clean up our garage, repair a busted backyard fence, and to also address the MOUSE THAT I FOUND IN OUR HOUSE!!! Talk about feeling violated and consumed and conflicted because you love animals but also hate the plague, etc. Let’s just say we drove in our car with a trapped mouse in my lap to an open field and let it go because I’m that person. Until next time friends unless I’ve contracted a rodent borne disease or stress shingles from worrying about rodent borne diseases! xoxo
Hey! We made it back from Palm Springs and came home with so much inspiration and motivation. We’ll see how long it lasts, but this weekend was packed with organizing/selling/donating/hardwood flooring. I have so many photos to share from PS that I’ll be back soon with (lots are on IG), but in the meantime I wanted to pop in, say hello, and share this completely non-Palm Springs related crazy little weaving that I recently made.I love weaving because not a lot of skill is involved and you get to go to town creatively. There isn’t right or wrong, in process or materials, and nothing is irreparable. As long as you somehow get your yarn (or whatever) to stay woven, you are a great success. I purchased this loom for my kiddos for a couple of bucks at a thrift store. I see them all the time and think every home should have at least one! We were out of warp so I went with twine and used the negative space to show of its texture. I wove in pieces of leftover yarn and pompoms in mostly random patterns. Everything goes…my kind of project! My husband is not sold on the weaving’s great big balls, especially in conjunction with the great big balls on that lamp (double double!), but I’m feeling them all.Not surprisingly, fiber artists are some of my favorite to follow on Instagram. Their work is as inspiring as their ability to hustle that fiber into a business. This sounds just like a reiteration of that recent ramble about metal sculptors, but it’s so lovely to see fiber art having a moment. It is good. Check these talented artists out:
Meghan Shimek – cool, large fiber installations
Jeannie Helzer – chunky weavings
Lauren Williams – swinging dyed tapestries
Erin Barrett – colorful chunky weavings (and a pretty rad house too)
All Roads Studio – textiles WITH ceramics
Jen Hewett – printmaker on fabric
Morgan Satterfield – best house blogger ever (the-brick-house.com) turned weaving machine
Judit Just – weavings in fluorescents
I just might have majored in Fiber Art had I stumbled into a class earlier. The tactile nature of working with textiles is so much fun and incredibly satisfying. Oddly, sewing is one of the most frustrating things in the world to me and is only kept from last place in craft enjoyment by the existence of scrapbooking, the dead-last worst! But weaving = addicting. Textile printing = dream job. Embroidery = pass that needle. Felting = let’s get stabbing!
Have you guys dipped your toes into the fiber pool? Aside from sewing/quilting, I think it often flies under the radar even for crafty types. But it’s not one to be missed! I, for one, have never tried macrame (I KNOW!?), so that is next on my fiber list. xo