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macramézing: how to make a macramé yarn garland

In my last post, I referenced an Elton John song (Tiny Dancer) that has a special place in my heart mainly due to its appearance in one of my favorite movies, Almost Famous. I try and watch it once or twice a year to make sure my head is screwed on right. There are so many lessons to be learned in viewing it, from Penny Lane’s fashion choices to William’s sheepish bravery to Elaine’s great advice:

There’s another great lesson/quote from that movie that I’ve slightly edited to apply to this post.

I always tell the girls, never take it seriously. If ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the arts and crafts store and visit your friends.

I kid. Kind of. There is something so incredibly therapeutic about heading to JoAnn’s, picking out some yarn, and spending an afternoon working it into something moderately cool. No shame in my game. And that is what this post is about! Is there some type of award for lengthy post introductions, and if so, may I humbly nominate myself?

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

This here is our bed. The area above the bed is the sad, empty space that I wanted to fill. The room has recently taken a light, floaty, dare I say…beachy? turn and so I wanted something with movement and texture that would be big enough to not look dinky over a king bed. Also, I wanted it to be cheap. Enter Pinterest. I searched for yarn wall hangings and found a tutorial for a macrame yarn garland, which wasn’t what I initially had in mind but I was hooked from the second I saw it. Here’s the how to:

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

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How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

What You’ll Need:

  • Yarn (no shit!)
  • Picture nails
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors
  • A movie to watch as you mindlessly tie knots (I chose My Big Fat Greek wedding, which is still delightful)
  • An hour of your life

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

Step 1: Cut your main piece of yarn to your desired width. I cut mine to 75 inches, keeping in mind that 1) I’d use about 5 inches on each end for hanging, and 2) draping it would take away some of its width once I had the garland hung.

Step 2: Cut your individual pieces of yarn. I divided my main piece of yarn by 1.5 to get how many total cuts of yarn I would need, because I wanted each piece about 1.5″ apart. I kept in mind which colors I wanted to be accents and which colors I wanted featured more, and divided the cuts accordingly. I cut each individual piece to about 36″ long to leave plenty of room for error which was great since I definitely made mistakes.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

Step 3: Use painters tape to tape up your main piece of yarn. Attach your yarn cuttings in your desired order by tying a single knot around the main piece of yarn. Real talk: if you’re like “Wait this already looks awesome and I don’t feel like tying a bunch of knots for the next hour,” I won’t judge you. I think this looks pretty cool.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

Step 4: I had nothing better to do, so I forged ahead. Skip the first piece of yarn on the far left. Tie a double knot between the second and third piece of yarn. I spaced my knots about 1 inch down, but if you want a more open look, you could space them farther apart. Keep going until you reach the right side.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

Step 5: Once you complete the first row, come back to the left side and start again. This time, start with the first piece of yarn on the far left. Again, tie double knots across this row until you reach the end.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

Step 6: One more row! This time, skip that first piece of yarn again. Begin by tying a double knot with the second and third pieces of yarn and move all the way to the right. By this time, Toula should be waking up with a zit on her wedding day. (Don’t worry, the Windex took care of it.)

Step 7: Trim your ends to be even, but don’t be like me. I trimmed them while the yarn was still draped, and ended up with uneven ends which I didn’t realize until I rehung it in the bedroom. I’d suggest hanging it straight across so you can have a better idea of how even the ends are- that’s what I ended up doing.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

Step 8: Hang that ish on the wall! I used one small nail on each end and simply tied the yarn around the nails.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

::clapping hand emojis:: I love how it turned out! I also love how versatile this project is- you could really use any colors you want and totally change the look. I think a striped one would look cool- 4 black/4 ivory or something like that. Bonus is that I have leftover yarn which means 1) everyone’s getting scarves again this Christmas and 2) I forgot to write a post about knitting last year. I’ll add that to my list of things to write after it’s not 100 degrees every day.

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

The little pieces of yarn kind of move and float around a bit when we have our fan on which ALMOST lets my brain believe that we live next to the beach and always keep our windows open and it’s the sea breeze that’s making them move. Almost. Which is basically exactly what I was going for, so I’m happy!

What other cool stuff can I do with this leftover yarn? Any idears?

How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland

UPDATE: We’ve totally re-done our bedroom since this post, including recovering our headboard, getting new bedding, and adding some super inexpensive coffee sack art. You can see the full tour of the bedroom here. See below for where our macrame yarn garland ended up!

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How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland
How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland
How to Make a Macramé Yarn Garland
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hold me closer tiny ‘denza

As I mentioned in last week’s post about vintage furniture shopping, I’ve been on a hunt for a credenza for the living room. When we moved in, my pair of Ikea Expedits acted as our entertainment center, as per uzh. Howevuh. They looked a bit small in the space and would be better suited to the study, so I began my search for a larger tv stand/entertainment center/media console/we really need to figure out a unified name for this piece of furniture.

Buying a Mid-Century Modern Credenza in Austin, Texas

I searched all the regular places: Craigslist, West Elm, Ikea, etc. The Craigslist options either made my eyes bleed (there are some ugly tv stands out there) OR they were crazy overpriced because everyone’s figured out that mid-century modern furniture is in demand and sellers are taking advantage of it. West Elm was simply more than I wanted to spend. I found an option at Ikea, but knew I could get a better quality piece of furniture for around the same price from a vintage store. So, the Instagram stalking began.

One Sunday after countless (COUNTLESS I TELL YOU) days of keeping an eye on my favorite vintage stores’ Instagram accounts, I decided to leave the house and visit the stores in question. I once again popped into Uptown Modern, knowing that I would not be purchasing anything, but rather to bother an extremely helpful salesperson there who I knew might be able to point me in the right direction. And she did. She literally pointed me in the right direction.

She told me about three new (to me) places that I should check out. On my way to one of them, I passed Rave On Vintage and saw cute mid-century modern stuff out front. I stopped the car in the middle of the road, reversed, and drove into the parking lot. The very friendly owner asked me what I was looking for and took me straight to this beauty:

Buying a Mid-Century Modern Credenza in Austin, Texas

I gasped, as one does. The size: perfect. The legs: I die. The unique knobs: j’adore. The price: not sure if the owner was just tired of looking at this on the floor or if he saw the total adoration beaming out of every one of my pores, but he knocked $50 off the top to bring the cost right into my price range. ($425, for inquiring minds.)

I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making an impulse purchase due to heat-related dehydration/exhaustion (it was another 100°+ day in Austin), so I put it on a two-hour hold, and left to browse a couple other stores. I sent pics to 1) my mom and sister, to get their opinion and 2) Matt, to make sure he didn’t hate it and to measure out how it would fit on the wall. (He sent me the first pic in this post with the measuring tape on the ground so I could get an idea of the scale of the piece.) Spoiler alert: I got two big thumbs up from everyone, and I didn’t find anything else I liked nearly as much as old ‘denza.

Buying a Mid-Century Modern Credenza in Austin, Texas

I brought it home that day- it miraculously fit perfectly in my car. I really, really love how unique it is and how it fits the space. As much as I also really, really loved the open display of books on the old Ikea Expedits, I am appreciating the more clean and modern look when you are able to tuck everything away.

Buying a Mid-Century Modern Credenza in Austin, Texas

Some relevant details as to why the price was lower than other credenzas I’ve seen: the drawer pulls, legs, and knobs are all teak, but the rest is laminate. This would bother me more if 1) the price weren’t so great and 2) the laminate was a different color. I actually really like the laminate that they used. There are also a few imperfections- one door is not completely in line and there is a boo-boo on one of the bottom hinges of the door to the far right, along with a bit of wear that is barely noticeable in person on the same door.

Buying a Mid-Century Modern Credenza in Austin, Texas

It fits all our stuff and then some, and has sooo much tchotchke display space on the top. Muy importante. 🙂

Buying a Mid-Century Modern Credenza in Austin, Texas

All of my words are gone- by the time I got to the end of this post, I just wanted to ogle the photos and not write anymore. So, I don’t think I will. 🙂

Have you guys found anything that made you audibly/dramatically gasp lately?

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moving: still the worst!

The cool thing about having a blog is being able to go back and read little snippets from your past experiences. For funsies, I went back and read last year’s moving post and realized that 1) moving is still the worst, 2) apparently waking up at 4:30 a.m. on moving day is a regular thing for me (it feels like a very stressful Christmas), 3) I turn into a cyborg on move days and don’t stop until all the boxes are unpacked, and 4) Matt is incredibly helpful.

Moving in Austin, Texas
Matt being helpful!

This moving weekend was different than last year’s in some ways, however. Mainly in the amount of stuff we moved and the amount of days on which we moved things. Last year: one day. Movers for everything. Done and done. This year it went like this:

Friday:

  • Moved art ourselves.
  • Moved everything from storage ourselves.
  • Picked up a new couch from Craigslist and carried it down three flights of stairs ourselves.

Saturday:

  • (Woke up at 4:30 too excited to sleep.)
  • Movers moved everything from our old apartment.
  • Cyborg mode: Unpacked all the things!!
  • Celebrated how awesome we are with a big bowl of carbs and an episode of Daredevil.

Sunday:

  • Woke up early to go pick up a washer and dryer from Craigslist 30 minutes away.
  • Ignored our comically sore muscles and very tired brains.
  • Picked up breakfast from P.Terry’s and didn’t get coffee despite the very tired brain.
  • Watched as Matt used all his remaining dude-strength to carry the washer and dryer down a flight of stairs with the very nice Craigslist person who sold us the washer and dryer.
  • Drove 30 minutes home and tried to figure out how the hell I was going to help Matt get a 300 pound washer off the truck.
  • Got home, tried to help, couldn’t do it, and cried out of stress like the grown-up that I am.
  • Friends came to the rescue and helped us get the washer and dryer inside.
  • Installed washer dryer.
  • Took a long soak in a dark room.
  • Vowed never to move again.
Moving in Austin, Texas
Happiest point of the day.

I should add that none of the hauling around that we did on our own would have been possible without the Chevy Silverado that we were generously loaned by General Motors. (Matt is driving it in the pic above.) Having a truck is kind of a necessity for large Craigslist purchases like a couch and washer/dryer, and I hate to be the friend that has to ask to borrow a friend’s truck, so this vehicle loan could not have come at a better time. A lot of things fell into place to make this move go smoothly- I think one sobfest is pretty good per move. Matt (!) finding us the perfect couch on Craigslist, our miracle friends helping us get the washer and dryer into the apartment, our amazing and lightning fast movers, Finn adjusting so quickly, and the perfectly timed vehicle loan all made for a pretty good move, if there is such a thing.

Now that the move is behind us, we are *loving* the new place. It’s only 835 square feet, but it feels HUGE to us. It’s a newer construction than the tiny apartment, the ceilings are higher, there are more windows, there’s more storage, and more than one person can stand in the kitchen, so we are pretty excited. It is big enough that Finn can run around and play, and we finally have a couch big enough for the three of us, so Finn is a happy camper, too.

Here’s some pics of the empty place to help you get acquainted!

Moving in Austin, Texas

^ The study

Moving in Austin, Texas

^ A new rug purchase in the living room 🙂

Moving in Austin, Texas

Moving in Austin, Texas

Moving in Austin, Texas

How do you guys move? Slow and stressed or fast and hyper-stressed? Do your friends liken you to a cyborg when it comes to unpacking, or are you particularly skilled at putting all the boxes in a room and unpacking one per month?

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