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Macrame DIY

One of my first interior design posts was about the gaining popularity of Crochet Wall Hangings. These things are actually pretty traditional, people have been making them for a very long time, but all of a sudden they have become trendy again. In that original post I linked to several Etsy stores that you could find them in, along with to a few patterns to make your own, but now that they are popping up even more in wedding decor, I decided to post a tutorial right here. If you want to see some examples of these things in real home, click here.

People like to get really tricky and fancy with their Macrame, and if you are a skilled at knitting, crocheting, and arts and crafts in general, then I applaud you. This tutorial is for the rest of us though. The steps are pretty easy to see up above. The reason I chose this one is because you don’t even have to mess with different colors of yarn, you just use paint! The only real thing that needs explaining is the knots. So I’m going to try my best to do that for you all. Feel free to send me questions about it later.

Larks Knot (To attach the yarn)

Divide one piece of yarn in half. Put the loop under the dowel. Wrap the ends over the dowel and through the loop. Pull taught.

Square Knot (Using two loops and four strands)

The left cord goes over the center two cords and under the right cord. The right cord then goes under the center two cords and through the hole you created. 

The cord that is now on the left (blue in the example above) goes under the center cords again and over the cord on the right.

The cord on the right goes over the center two cords and passes through the hole. Like so:

And thats it! You move down your line of Lark’s knots that you made on the dowel. Then do Square knots with the yarn where it naturally aligns. It will take awhile to get used to the spacing, so I suggest using cheaper yarn at first. Tip: It is much easier to make this look nice if you have the yarn hanging from the dowel, instead of laying flat on a table. 

Herbal Bath Bombs

Ingredients


1 cup Baking Soda 
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Epsom Salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons witch hazel (or slightly more) 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Optional: Essential oils or powdered dried herbs 

Instructions

  1. Combine baking soda, salt and citric acid and mix well until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, witch hazel and vanilla extract and stir well. Add essential oils if using.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and very quickly mix well with hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin). Add powdered dried herbs if using.
  4. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more witch hazel if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
  5. Quickly push mixture into silicon molds, greased muffin tins or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. You can push it down into the mold several times while it is drying to keep it from expanding to much.
  6. When dry, remove and store in air tight container. Use within 2 weeks
How to Make a Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookie

1. Using your cookie dough of choice make 4 dough balls (I used Pillsbury cookie dough)

2. Place dough balls in each corner of your waffle maker

3. cook for about 90 seconds

4. Fail miserably when taking cookie out of waffle iron

5. Accept your mistakes and enjoy Chocolate Chip Cookie Lumps!