Friday, June 22, 2012

Macrame Memories

Apparently this week should have been titled "Fun with Rope", cause I have been using it on everything.   I found these planters at a garage sale and of course I loved them, but had no idea how or where I would use them.  I brought them home, scrubbed them and then took some fine steel wool and WD-40 to them.  They had little spots of rust here and there that I wanted to get rid of. After that I primed then painted them with a flat black spray paint.

Well, any good person would have stopped there, because they were looking quite good.  I don't exactly fit that bill.  Just so happens, that my lovely mother had given me a large spool of jute rope.  When I asked her  about it's origins, she told  me it was as old as I was .  She used it when she was in her MACRAME phase-- and this just makes me giggle. I can remember having plants hanging in macrame holders in our childhood home.  I even remember a big hoop macrame swing that she had made to hang from our deck.  It was so big I could almost lay down in it.  I would love to have that swing now.  Just reminds me that there is nothing my mom can't do.  If one day I do half of  what she does, I will be elated!

I had to put this rope to use, and since I don't know how to macrame, I decided to weave it around my planters in a basket like form.  Here is the final product.

I have two topiary that I purchased at a garage sale last year that needed a substantial planter and I think these will work just fine. 

The topiary on the left is in its original basket and it looks a little dinky, especially side by side. 

Now I just need to finish the second one. 

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  1. You took those to a whole new level. Love them! ~ Maureen

  2. Your basket turned out really cool! I like how it looks with the topiary.

    Jennifer @ decorated chaos

  3. WOW! How sweet!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. nothing a little (or a lot) jute can't do!

  5. Jute is great for so many things and one is this planter. What a ckever idea and it looks so cute. Saw you on Coastal Charm.


  6. Your planters are amazing! They look like something from Smith & Hawken! They are the prefect scale for your topiaries :)

  7. Such a great idea! I LOVE what you did with the jute. thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

  8. Just wanted to stop by and thank you again for linking this up. You're one of the top twelve clicked features for the entire year of 2012 for Mop It Up Mondays! You're being featured in The Best of Mop It Up Mondays today!

    Here's to many more fabulous projects in 2013!