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How to Macrame | a beginners guide

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Have you ever wondered how to macrame a plant holder, keychain, or other home item? I used to macrame all the time when I was a child. It was a common project in art classes, and summer camps, when I was growing up in Marin. When rewardStyle announced they were going to host a How to Macrame workshop in San Francisco, I immediately RSVP-ed yes!

Macrame brings back fond childhood memories for me; and about year ago, those macrame projects from my childhood fell back into my hands. My Mom moved a couple of years ago, and she had boxed up some of my childhood memories which I forgot to box up and take with me into my adult life. I cleaned out my room at the home I grew up in before she moved, but there were art projects, and other odds and ends that had ended up with my Mom’s things, and in kitchen cabinets; who knew! So, she boxed them up and they moved with her to her new home.

One year ago, my Mom sorted out these odds and ends she had found when unpacking in her new home. She gave me a box filled with them. Inside the box were a few of my old macrame projects I had made for our house. My middle child thought these macrame projects were “pretty” and she snapped them up, immediately asking if she could keep them. I said yes of course, and they now decorate her room.

She is extremely artistic, and asked me how to macrame so she could make more macrame items to decorate her room with. I was stumped! How could I have forgotten how to macrame when it was such an integral part of my childhood?! So, when this class popped up, I was beyond thrilled to take a refresher course in how to macrame; now I can teach my daughter how to make her own macrame decorations!

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The How to Macrame class was held at One Kearny Club on Geary Street in San Francisco. It was so much fun to attend and see all the local bloggers I mostly interact with online. rewardStyle planned a fabulous and fun event. The event space was decorated with macrame and so many pretty flowers. There were passed appetizers, which were absolutely delicious, as well as an open bar.

After we socialized for a bit, our macrame class began! We all grabbed a chair, and then stood up in front of a wooden ring with sixteen ropes; ready to be turned into a macrame design. Out teacher, Jenny Lemons, gave us step-by-step instructions on how to macrame, and she walked around the room helping us with our knots, and our overall design. Our mission was to macrame a plant hanger. Later on, Dawn from Fashion Should Be Fun and I decided our plant hangers could double as iPhone carriers. More about that later on in this post.

Here are the steps for our macrame project:

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Here is a little photo journal of the steps for making a macrame knot so you can see the steps in action. They are in order, steps one, two, then three.

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When you get to this point, step three, pull the knot tight and wiggle it with your fingers to make sure it is symmetrical. I ended up making single knots on the top half of my plant holder, and then I went to alternating doubles knots on the bottom half of my plant holder. I think I defaulted to the single knot at first because it is the one I did most often when I was growing up. The single knot turns while the alternating double knot stays flat.

Below you can see my finished plant holder, and Dawn’s; which we found also makes a great iPhone case! Who knew?

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It was a fun event, and it was great to take a refresher course on how to macrame. Now, I can show my daughter how to macrame, and she can create her own home decor! I also plan to show her how to integrate beads into macrame. Love that!

Shop macrame supplies:

Do you know how to macrame? If so, what types of items do you like to make?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*photo credits: some photos taken with my iPhone, some were taken by Andrea Posadas (hers are the good ones!!)

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Kendra Scott fall 2017 collection kick-off party

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The Kendra Scott fall 2017 collection has arrived! As you know, Kendra Scott is one of my favorite jewelry designers. I love her colorful collection which includes pieces designed by inspiration from her travels. When the Kendra Scott store at Santana Row announced they were having a fall 2017 collection kick-off party, I knew I had to attend!

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Kendra Scott knows how to throw a party! There was a live DJ playing popular tunes, an Italian Soda Bar, and delicious appetizers. So yummy! I met up with my friend Laura from Have-Need-Want, and we checked out the Kendra Scott fall 2017 collection while enjoying the party. So fun! Somehow we failed to get a picture of us together at the party. Um, #BloggerFail

After the party, we enjoyed a yummy dinner at Left Bank. I tried the Vegetarian Risotto and it was delicious! Highly recommend!!

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How beautiful are these bracelets! They are extremely similar to a bracelet from Kendra Scott’s fall 2013 collection which I own in gold. I was thrilled to see them as part of Kendra Scott’s fall 2017 collection since I get a ton of compliments and questions about my gold one. I am tempted to get the updated version in the rose gold and the antique silver. So pretty!!

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How divine is this purple-red stone named “Bordeaux Tiger’s Eye!” These statement earrings are hotter then hot for fall. Statement earrings are a big fall 2017 trend, and these earrings fit the bill. I would love a pair for the fall season, and also to wear for upcoming holiday parties!

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These earrings are at the top of my Kendra Scott fall 2017 wish list. I want them in silver, and as soon as I get my next paycheck; they will be mine! I already have the silver ring featured in this photo, so when worn together, they will be fabulous!

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There is that pretty Bordeaux Tiger’s Eye again! Isn’t is fabulous! I can’t wait to pick a piece out and add it to my collection. The purple-red hue is divine; and a must-have for any jewelry collection. I am in love!

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These necklaces are soooooo pretty! I want the one in Ivory Illusion with yellow gold. It is really pretty and easy to wear with any color palette. It can also be worn in any season; it’s another must-have! This necklace also comes in that beautiful Bordeaux Tiger’s Eye. Love!

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Kendra Scott has such pretty nail polish! I love all of these metallic colors. One of the nail polish trends for fall 2017 is metallic nails. These colors fit perfectly into the trend! Which color is your favorite?

All in all, the Kendra Scott fall 2017 collection is beautiful; and easy to integrate into the fall trends from the runways, which have made it to the streets. If you are local to the Bay Area, check out the collection in person at Santana Row, if not, you can see it in all it’s beautiful glory online at KendraScott.com.

Shop my favorites from the Kendra Scott fall 2017 collection:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Hotel Valencia Santana Row Summer Kick Off Poptail Party

wearing: rose gold dangle earrings / Chanel summer lipstick / floral jumpsuit (last seen here) / black shoulder bag / summer nail polish / rose gold cuff / black leather watch / rose gold bracelet (worn with watch) / pale pink espadrilles

On Wednesday night, Hotel Valencia at Santana Row in San Jose, threw their summer kick-off soiree featuring their famous Poptails. The event was intimate, and included a live DJ, photo booth, passed appetizers, and of course, Poptails!

Hotel Valencia featured three of their famous Poptails at the event. There was Strawberry, Mango, and an Island mixture. I enjoyed Mango and Strawberry, while my husband tried the Strawberry and Island. They were all delicious! Who doesn’t want a Popsicle inside their drink? The strawberry Poptail also included generous chunks of fruit, which was so yummy!

My hubby met me at the event after work, and when I arrived, he had already found my group of friends, and checked me in. Love him! It was so nice to hang out with my friends and enjoy a nice summer evening; even though there was a foggy breeze in the air.

If you are local to the Bay Area, and are looking for a fun spot for happy hour, definitely head over to Hotel Valencia for a Poptail this summer. It is so perfect on hot days! They will make a non-alcoholic one upon request too. Love that!

Now if you happen to be out of town, and are looking for the perfect place to stay while visiting Silicon Valley this summer, check out Hotel Valencia! They offer fabulous summer and weekend packages which include Poptails! You can learn more at their website HotelValencia-SantanaRow.com. This hotel is right in the middle of the best shopping and dining in the south bay. Perfect place to stay!!!

You might notice, I am wearing my floral jumpsuit again. It is SO COMFORTABLE! If you are looking for a fun go-to piece this summer, this jumpsuit is it! My outfit details are below.

Thank you for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*Hotel Valencia provided comped tickets to my husband and I for this event. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.