Macrame Plant Hanger ~ DIY for Beginners

If you remember the 70s, you probably remember the wildly popular ‘Macrame’ phase. Everybody was knotting rope, and the plant-hangers, wall-hangings, and owls (!!!) were everywhere.


If you miss the knotted beauties (yes, I do think they’re quite pretty…well, most of them – I did see some doozies ๐Ÿ˜  ) ….good news! It’s making a comeback.
While some crafters got a bit carried away ~ I’m still on the fence about this one ๐Ÿ˜Š What do you think? ~

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I think we’ll start with ‘simple’.

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This little plant-hanger is easy to make, and with the lengths of the rope/hemp you can adjust it to any size pot.
I want to show off one of my favorite coffee cups, so I made a small version. If you have a bigger pot, just make the rope/hemp strands longer.

Alright….let’s begin

You’ll need

~ 4 strands rope/hemp , 65″ long   ~ I like to use hemp. It’s easy to come by, comes in        pretty colors, and is not stretchy!
~ 8 wood beads (optional)
~ 1 metal ring

~ 1. Double all 4 strands, and thread the loop through the ring.

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~2. Take all 8 ends, thread them through the loop, and pull tight

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~3. Separate the strands into pairs, thread a wood bead on each pair (optional – if you don’t like beads just skip this step), and knot the strands – with an overhand knot – about 12″ from the ring. Push down the beads.

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~4. Lay everything flat on the table, and pair the strands, using one each from neighboring duos. Add more beads.

 

~5. Knot the new pairs about 4″ from the other knot.
Knot all 8 strands together, 4″ down, forming an overhand knot.

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Pick your favorite cup, add a plant, and hang your Macrame beauty in the window.

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Before I leave you to get crafty – 2 tips
-Since the cup doesn’t have a drainage hole, you wanna set a potted plant in there. Otherwise it might not make it. ๐Ÿ˜ข
-The easiest way to set your cup/pot into the hanger – trial and error experience  ๐Ÿ˜‹  – set your pot upside down, place the large knot on the pot, and arrange the strands around it. No tilts, no tangles, no shards! ๐Ÿ˜

I do wanna learn more about this ‘revived’ craft ~ as I do I will share my newfound knowledge with you!

I hope you have fun, and will share your piece with me.

I hope to see you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

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Recipe Friday ~ ‘Country Style Ribs’n Beer

Hello my lovely friends ~ it’s Friday…that means (at least in this house) cook once, eat 2, 3 times!
*Before you start, just one word of advice….

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Bahahahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚….nah, didn’t happen!

Everything went well, so tonight we’re having ‘Country Style Ribs ‘n Beer’
(The beer comes in before the cooking – so it is safe for the kiddos!)

Here’s what you need

~2 pounds Country Style Ribs
~seasoning (I use Steak seasoning)
~1 bunch green onions (cut in 1/2″ pieces)
~ 12 oz. Beer
~Coconut Oil (or whichever one you normally use)

1. Start by rinsing and seasoning the ribs (I found that in a lot of seasoning mixes the sodium content is real high, so I only season one side of the meat!)

2. Heat the oil in a large pan, and add the meat (beware of grease spatters) ๐Ÿ˜ณ

3. Brown the meat on both sides…

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…and add half of the green onion.

4. Add the beer, cover, and turn down the heat to low.

5. Simmer for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, turning the meat once half way through.
or spoon everything into a crock-pot, and cook on low 3 – 4 hrs.

While the meat is cooking, and filling your house with the most delicious smells, you can take a little break  ๐Ÿ˜Ž and then prepare the side dishes.

Recently I discovered frozen, diced Butternut Squash….eeeek! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป Needless to say, we’re now having a lot more squash for dinner than in the past!

Defrost the squash in the fridge overnight (can be done in the cooking dish),
season it with pepper, add butter, and cook it at 350ยฐ for 40 minutes. Done! Easy-Peasy!

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Boil some potatoes or pasta ~ and you’re ready for the hungry crowd.
So easy – yet delicious….and enough for tonight and tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜

Garnish with the rest of the green onion, and it’s time to eat…

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I hope you enjoy your dinner ~ let me know how you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜˜


 

 

Literary Coffeeย 

I love everything COFFEE ๐Ÿ’• and this is so clever, I had to share it with you all ๐Ÿค—

‘Jane Austen’ is gorgeous, and ‘Hemingway’ made me chuckle ๐Ÿ˜‚


Which one is your favorite? ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadly the artist was not mentioned…I’d love to give her/him credit! So if you know anything about that, please let me know! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Just a few things that happened this week…

Hello all ๐Ÿ˜ŽFirst I wanna brag a bit (even though I had nothing to do with it ๐Ÿ˜‹) The weather is amazing! Now keep in mind ~ I’m in Kansas, and it’s sometime in February…the 21st…it’s February 21,  yet currently 76 (!!!) degrees outside! 

๐Ÿ’ซSo, this morning I met up with a friend for our daily dog walk, and it was so truly gorgeous out there, that we decided to be ambitious and take this walking business one step further. But first we took the dogs home- they’re legs are short, and 2.5 miles is about all they can do. ๐Ÿ˜€ But Carole and I really did it. We walked another 4 miles! I admit, I’m a bit sore, but feel great! We walked a trail we had only heard of and talked about, and it was beautiful. Halfway through we came upon a patch of trees…


Look at these thorns ๐Ÿ˜ณ They’re about 4″ long! We had no idea what kind of tree this is, so I researched it when I got home. It’s a ‘Honey Locust’ tree. They like to grow on moist riverbanks. Makes sense…..there is a little creek flowing nearby. Apparently in the summer and fall they look quite pretty. I’ll try to remember to take more photos then! ๐Ÿ˜

That was today….the rest of this past week was just a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. 

๐Ÿ’ซLast Monday I made my husband’s favorite…delicious ‘country style ribs’, cooked in beer…EEEK ๐Ÿ˜‹ No wonder they’re his favorite, right?! 

*I’ll share the recipe this Friday 


๐Ÿ’ซThere’s news on the succulent front ๐Ÿ˜ I’m propagating my ‘Echeveria minima’. Look at these roots and ‘babies’ appearing slowly 


If you’d like to try this…here’s help ๐Ÿ˜Š

On Saturday was ‘National Wine Drinking’ Day ~ I don’t have footage of that ๐Ÿ˜ but I found this poem…


Hehehe ….๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿ’ซHere is a  ‘work-in-progress’ currently on the table…

‘Cala Lilies’ – from sketch/drawing to oil painting…



Right now I’m filling in the background. Once it’s dry enough to hang, you’ll get to see the finished piece. ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ’ซSpeaking of finished piece- here’s a wreath I made over the last week. A lot of tulle and denim, knotted, surrounding a ‘Live, Laugh, L๐Ÿ’œve’ Weaving. What do you think? It’s quite unusual, huh? ๐Ÿ™ƒ


๐Ÿ’ซThis lady moved to the store last weekend. I really enjoyed turning a boring (and a bit creepy ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) white styrofoam head into sassy ‘Ms. Katherine’


๐Ÿ’ซA few days ago, on our way to the casino, I caught the last glimpse of the setting sun 


It reminds me of one of the last scenes in one of my favorite movies/books- ‘Rebecca’, written by Daphne duMaurier, when the DeWinters leave London to go back to Manderley, and they see the fiery glow on the horizon. Thankfully here it really just is the setting sun. ๐ŸŒ…

๐Ÿ’ซ I came across this wonderful poem that really spoke to me. I hope you love it as much as I do, and make it your mantra ๐Ÿ’œ

๐Ÿ’ซAnd now ….because you’re so sweet to read all the way up to here ๐Ÿ’•a little sneak peek at my next post  ’10 easy Home Decor ideas’


So, these are a few things from my past week. I’d love it if you would share a story or picture from your life with me ๐Ÿ˜

~ Tina xoxo ๐Ÿ’•

Friday Chuckleย 

There’s a chance that I laughed way too hard at this ๐Ÿ˜‚


Have a wonderful, joyful day! ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Thursday Chuckleย 

Problem solved ๐Ÿ˜Ž