Lampshade Change Up

Oh my goodness it’s been a while. The last couple of weeks went by quickly. I have been busy with a couple of projects and buying a few things for more projects to work on. This one particular project that I will talk about covers both upcycling an item (which I try to do as much as possible) and macrame (a new love). This is an upcycle project that I’ve been wanting to do, but didn’t know exactly the direction I wanted to take it. Then I finally figured something out and it includes my new hobby.

So below is a picture of what I started with.

This was a lampshade from a lamp that I purchased last year at a garage sale. I liked the lamp based but didn’t really care for the shade.

I didn’t really like the shade. I know it would be easier to just purchase a new shade but I wanted to include my new hobby, macrame. So I gutted out the shade. It was double sided on outside and inside of the shade frame. Gutting it out was somewhat challenging but I got it all off.

On Pinterest and Instagram, I saw many examples and posts of macrame lampshades. There are so many great ideas. Such variety of styles and looks to make. I found I believe a 9mm 3-ply rope at my local dollar store. Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe they are starting to carry this particular item. I was so excited and grabbed a few. So I cut a piece of that chunky rope and hot glued it to the top rim of the shade. I then used my 3mm 3-ply cord and strung it around the top portion of the shade. Below are some pictures of what I did.

My next step was to cut out several pieces of my 3mm 3-ply cord that was about 3-4 times the length of the lamp shade. (The length will depend on the kind of detail you want on the macrame. If it is a design with lots of detail, then you should add more cord length before cutting pieces.) I did a Lark’s Head knot on each cord piece and tied enough to go all the way around. Below is picture of what I did.

Once I did that, created a design that was simple enough to make and multiplied it around the shade. I used Diagonal Clove Hitch knots, Square knots, and Overhand knots. I then tied the cords to the bottom of the shade. Below are some pictures of what I did.

To finish things off, I added more cord using Lark’s Head knots all around the bottom rim of the shade. I cut off the cord unevenly and frayed the ends off to give it a flowing and finished look. Below is a picture of this step.

I think it turned out great. I love how it turned out. Now the lamp has a whole new look. I also changed the light bulb to a LED bulb so it wouldn’t get too hot and burn the cord. Also this lamp is not a lamp I use all the time. It’s more for when I want some dim lighting when I am watching T.V.

I had a lot of fun working on this project. It took a little bit of time but I think it was because this was my first try at it. Now I’m looking around my house seeing if I can transform other lamp shades or transform other items with macrame.

I truly hope you enjoyed this. I have done other macrame projects. If you like to check them out, you can go to my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations.

Thanks again,

Janette

Flower Vase Upgrade

So with trying to limit our outings to only when necessary, I’ve thought of another upcycling project that of course I had at home. Didn’t have to go out to buy anything that I used in this project. It’s actually quite simple, but maybe some bit of time was needed to create the project. Of course it was my very first time doing this so usually the first tries take long and are sloppy. I’m sure the next time I do this project again, it won’t take as long. I decorated a simple flower vase, that you probably get from a floral arrangement, with macrame. A project that involves two things that I like to do; reusing and recycling.

Well I started out with a floral vase that I had sitting around in my house literally for a couple of years. Don’t know why I still had it, but something told me to keep it around. I guess this is why.

I began by measuring the neck of the vase which was about 10 inches around. I grabbed my 3 strand 3mm cord and cut about 20 inches. I wrapped the cord a bit loose so that it can be a base for the other cords for the macrame pattern. I finished off this base cord with a simple overhand knot. I left a little extra cord to give a tie look

I then added 12 cords of 26 inches in length and tied a Lark’s head knot all around.

Once I got all the cords set, I worked in a simple pattern of staggering square knots all around. I did about a couple of rows of square knots. On the last row, I again I made overhand knots staggering to give it a finished look.

I think this turned out pretty cute. A very simple project using a simple item that you may have at home already. If you don’t have macrame cord, you can probably use yarn or twine. That would be neat to see how that would look. I feel this addition just gives the vase some warmth and texture to its rather cold and slick original state.

I will try this again to any more floral vases I receive. It will definitely add a little something more to those plain vases. Give it a try and see what you come up with.

Janette

Thrift Store Find

I have been getting a little more of the creativity vibe while staying at home. I’m currently into doing macrame projects. It is so fun and very hands on. I am really enjoying it and hope to create many beautiful pieces. I have been seeing lots of wonderful ideas on Instagram, Pinterest and on YouTube. Not only is it great as plant hangers and wall decor but it also looks amazing combined with baskets.

A while back I was at my local thrift store and found this cool looking faux bamboo food tray. It was really neat, inexpensive, and in great shape. So I picked it up because I knew at the time I wanted to do something with it. Didn’t knew exact what, but I had to get it. Below is what I found.

Isn’t if so cool?! I mean you can leave it just as is and use it to it’s original purpose or as a base for a center piece for a coffee table. As I said earlier, I was loving how some people were adding macrame to baskets and thought why not do the same with this piece.

I thought about stenciling an image on the tray. I figure it’s a descent size area to put something on it. First I needed to paint it so that the image can stand out. I decided to paint the base with a white chalk paint that I had. It painted on well to the tray and since I put a good 1st coat, I didn’t need to paint another coat. Loving chalk paint!

Now time to pick out an image. So I wanted something simple and quick. I looked around my stash of stencils and picked out 2 things. I went with the letter J and two little star bursts on each side of the letter. Since I will hang this in my craft room, I thought it would be perfect.

So how to incorporate a macrame design to this tray piece. Well soon to be a wall piece in my craft room. I figured I would keep it simple. So I decided to create a simple square knot design that was not so crowded but airy. I just did square knots with spaces in between each one. To add a little more interest to the design, I had the square knots taper down to create an upside down triangle shape and added regular knots on the cords that were loose.

I love how it turned out. Something so simple and yet it added an extra look to a very simple tray. Below is how it turned out all completed and on my wall.

I do plan to create little projects like this with macrame. I also plan to make more macrame projects for my craft fair. Stay tune and see what else I will create with macrame, thrift store finds or recycled items at home.

Thanks for stopping by.

Janette

Bullet Journal

What is a bullet journal? For me it’s like a planner with a monthly and daily calendar in it. You can also have trackers for what ever you want to keep in track. For example, keeping track of your daily water intake, keeping track of your daily mood, or keeping track of your daily steps, etc. Whatever you want to keep track you can add that to your bullet journal. You can have lists. Lists like a daily check list or to do list. Whatever list you want. That’s the beauty of the bullet journal. It is so flexible to whatever you want and whatever works for you. You can even have pages of just doodling if that’s what you want. Totally up to you. You can get more ideas and suggestions on Pinterest as to what you can have in your bullet journal.

Oh my goodness there are soooo many ideas on Pinterest it is ridiculous. Also there are tons of YouTube videos on this subject. It is quite overwhelming honestly. The other overwhelming part is different types of notebooks or journals to use (plan paper, grid paper, or dot grid paper). Also the different types of pens and markers you can use. Plus the different styles of how to create you bullet journal. I’m not going to go into that since it can be easily found, as I said before, on Pinterest and YouTube. You can look into it and see what I mean. For now I’m just going to go into what I have done with my bullet journal.

Around the new year, I decided to try out this bullet journal thing. I’ve used many different types of planners through the years and they never seem to have exactly what I wanted. I felt like I also had to settle with what was out there. Well since I learned about how flexible a bullet journal can be, I decided to give it a try.

Now I found my journal on Amazon for a descent price. There are plenty out there on Amazon and I am sure there are plenty at craft stores or other brick and mortar stores. Do your research and see what you like if you’re interested. I chose a nice journal with dot grid pages. I’ve learned that’s it helps draw out boxes and grids for what ever calendar you create or charts you want.


Now as I said earlier, you can find lots of ideas on Pinterest. So many cool ideas that I created a board just for bullet journals. So for the month of April (which I really hope it is a much better month), I created this pretty intro page with doing some doodling and drawing out some simple flowers. No I am not an artist by any means. That is why I chose to draw these very, very simple flowers. I also used letter stickers that I had in my scrapbooking stash. Thankfully I had all the letters I needed to spell out the word April. Quite honestly I like how they turned out.

I also included a page of the whole month listed out so I can see the upcoming events of the month in a glance.

I then worked on adding a 2 page weekly calendar layout so I can write down daily events or appointments. I’ve also included in the 2 page layout a weekly “things to do” section and a “notes” section just to jot down items I need to do or events to add to the following week or weeks.

So this is what I have so far. I will probably add an exercise tracker page for the month and possibly a page for a daily mood tracker. I will see how this will work for me. I may add something more for next month and see how that will go. I may take away a tracker page. Who knows. That’s the beauty about bullet journals. It’s so flexible and fluid. Every month maybe different depending on what works for me at the time.

You should give it a try and see. It’s actually quite fun and there is a bit of creativity to it as well.

Enjoy!

Janette

Macrame Wall Hangings

Oh my goodness is been a while. So many things going on that the time went by. Just been busy with the kiddos home now. Getting a schedule going for them so there is some purpose for each day. Been spending lots of good quality fun times with the them playing board games and card games. I have been really enjoying that. Making almost every single meal since we are trying not to go out and eat our meals. (I have to say I have grown tired of cooking. It really isn’t a thing that I like to do on a regular day anyway.) Also I have been working a lot on some of my macrame projects.

I have really gotten into macrame. It’s been so much fun for me. It’s been a great creative outlet and allowing me to be creative with my hands. Paper crafting does it for me too, but it’s been macrame lately. I am loving what I see and find on Pinterest and Instagram in regards to macrame. So many different designs and colors. Uughh so cool!

I’ve been using my time at home making several macrame projects. I have made several wall hangings that I think turned out cool. I have gotten some compliments from family and friends.

I’ve made a very pretty wall plant hanger which I really want to make more of them. I really think it turned out so great.

I have incorporated some weaving with some of my wall hangings. It gives the hangings a punch of color. I will definitely be trying some more weaving with different types of yarn. The possibilities seem endless.

I’ve also tried out making a leaf/feather. I know I still need to work on it some more. I think it turned out neat. It’s a bit tedious and slightly time consuming for me since I am still learning it, but worth my time. I will continue to make more so I can improve on it.

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been working on lately. I will continue to work on some more. You can see more at my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations. Go and check it out to see other items I have done.

Thanks for stopping by,

Janette

A Few Things Going On

Oh my goodness where has the time gone. I got some good news recently that prompted me to get busy cleaning out and organizing my craft room. I’ve been off my right foot from a foot surgery for 2 1/2 months so my craft room became a mess. It is more like I really neglected my craft room. Since being off my foot, I was only able to do small little projects that I could do sitting down. I did some knitting and I work on some macrame key chains that I shared in a previous post.

Well since I got the go ahead to start walking in a boot, I was able to maneuver around my craft room more freely. Ahhhh… finally back in my craft room. So I was able to start on some projects . I recently got accepted to be a part of a local craft fair that will be in May. It’s a place called East 96 Marketplace. I am super excited. So as you can see I will be busy with getting ready for the craft fair.

So with that in mind, I decided to clean out items in my craft room and organize it better. That way I have a better working area to get some work done to create some gift items and lots of macrame and wall decor. Below you’ll see my process.

Just a little glimpse into one side of my craft room. Was too embarrassed to show the rest, but trust me it was a mess.

In the process of cleaning out, I sorted out my stash and put them different piles. I had piles of 2-D stickers, 3-D stickers and other embellishment items. I used the plastic 12×12 containers that you see to put all these items in. Also I labeled them. I rearranged some boxes and containers within the room. It feels a lot better seeing more floor space and having everything a bit more organized.

Well I hope I can maintain the organization for a while, but I am sure it will get messy as I work on my projects for the craft fair. Be sure to check in later to see what I am working on currently.

Janette

Who Loves Macrame?! I do!

Macrame seems to be back. At least in my mind they are. I know so retro but yet cool! As a child born in the 70’s (yikes I just dated myself), I vaguely remember seeing some macrame plant hangers that my aunt had at her house. I believe she made them herself. She had a few randomly hanging in various rooms in her house, but you know that’s all that I can remember about macrame. I always thought they were just for hanging plants. Just one function to them.

Well let’s push forward to the present, well more like sometime last year. I was doing some crafting by upcycling some glass jars. I would paint them and wrap them up with some jute twine. Then I saw someone’s vlog (honestly I don’t remember who) on YouTube and that person was making macrame plant hanger. I figure I would give it a try. I made a very simple jute macrame plant hanger. I thought it turned out great.

Months later I started seeing more macrame plant hangers and macrame wall decor on Pinterest. I was loving it. It opened up a whole new crafting venture for me. I started making some macrame wall hangings. What fun! Here are some examples of what I have done.

Recently I had foot surgery done and wanted to do some crafting that I can do while I sit. In my crafting stash I found some key rings that I had for a while and had no idea what to do with them until just recently. Why not make macrame keychains. I know not too terribly exciting but it was to me. Plus I had some wood beads on had and added them to the mix of my macrame keychain creations. I was such on a role that I made several keychains. So much fun! Here are some examples that I created.

I really love making macrame items. It’s been so fun. I plan to continue creating more creations and plan to share what I make. I recently purchased two macrame books in hopes of learning more knots and implement them into new macrame projects. So stay tuned and we’ll see what creations I will make next.