Let’s start off this week by getting our fingers busy making these DIY macramé shelves! You might have noticed during the Lemonade Shop that we’ve fallen in love with macramé, thanks to Phildar, who sells this pretty chalk colored cord. We’ve watched so many DIY videos to get the technique down pat! Macramé is really easy, you’ll see. The possibilities are endless once you learn some basic knots! We had some macramé workshops in October but we wanted to go a little bit farther today by making this macramé shelf! I promise that with some patience, you can make an amazing project!
First, drill holes on the four corners and paint them whatever color you like! Then cut 8 long strands 10m long. Separate them into groups of four strands and fold them in half (get some help from a friend if you get a little tangled up). Place the binder clip at the fold and attach the loop to the wall or to a radiator knob!
Start with a large joint knot (please see the chart below). Now separate your 8 strands into groups of 4. We’re now going to start with “flat” knots (see chart below), a loop to the left, a loop to the right! Then if you want to change the kind of knot, you can leave some space. Use the binder clip to help keep the strands in place and get going! Now for the easy-peasy “twisted” knots!
Do the same with the second group. We’re now going to attach the first shelf. Using scotch tape, bind the ends of your strands together to make it easier to put them through the holes in the board! Then slide the board on the macramé, use binder clips underneath to hold it in place. Make a joint knot under each hole in the board to block it in place. Take off the clips and slide your joint knots under the board! And voilà, it now is tied in place!
Keep making knots, whatever kind you want, and slide the second shelf on the same way! To finish it off, you can make knots for about 10 cm, then tie them together using a joint knot and cut off the extra thread! And ta-da!
It’s easy to make a “joint” knot. Using a small piece of cord, make a loop that you’ll put around the strands. Pass the right end of the loop behind the strands and bring it back on top. Do this as many times as you want. To finish it off, put the end through the first loop, take the second end of the loop, and pull!
To make the flat knot: separate the left and right strands. Pass the right strand up around the two central strands and then behind and under, through the loop and tighten. Do this again, using the left strand. There you have it, a flat knot. Just alternate left and right!
The “twisted” knot is the easiest one: Pass the right (or left, whichever you want) strand up and over the three others, then behind, through the loop and tighten. Keep doing this with the same strand and same knot. It’ll go around and around on it’s own, like magic!
I hope you have a wonderful week, see you soon with other new projects! Thank you, Phildar, for helping us with our macramé adventures!
It may be gloomy outside, but at least it’s warm! Apparently this week is supposed to set the example for the upcoming year. Maï told me this, wishing me a Happy New Year of the rooster. Since I think it’s a good sign and since I haven’t told you about it yet this week, I wanted to share this with you. I think it’s neat and I’ll try to avoid procrastinating this week so that it doesn’t rub off on the rest of the year!
I’m back with a really easy, cool DIY today: granite earrings! My lovely friend, Alexandra Bruel started her wallpaper company, Paper Mint, a few months ago and one of the bestsellers is the Granite pattern! We wanted to use bright colors of course, but this was inspired by my wonderful friend!
I think this project is like going back in time. When I was a teenager, I made a whole tribe of little women out of Fimo clay. This DIY is a more artsy way to work with Fimo clay.
A bit of advice: I suggest baking your work on sulphurised paper, for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 110°C (this is based on experience).
We’ve got lots of different things going on at the studio. We’re working on our next collection that’ll be released February 14th and we’re also working on our customer service: new boxes for the collection afterwards. Anyways, we’re planning ahead which is great, lots of changes to come! I was wondering what you think of DIY’s as videos; we really want to make more, what do you think?
Everyone here at the studio is super happy to collaborate again with Etsy Resolution! Last year, we made the ‘abc’s of the motivated entrepreneur’, remember? This time, I wanted to illustrate my 10 commandments of the self-employed person. We’ve done our best to illustrate them!
Ah! This article comes at an important time in our lives here at the Lemonade Studio. Right now, we’re learning to deal with stubborn suppliers… Anyways, we’ve made illustrations to show the 10 commandments of the self-employed person in 2017 while really trying to keep number 8 in mind: be flexible and adapt!
First of all, I’d like to share a great exercise (and my two cents)! Not too long ago, I tried writing down the history of my business and it’s manifesto. I tried to figure out what exactly is Wear Lemonade’s ‘identity’, kind of like a brand guide, but focusing on the business aspect. This should be read, re-read, and shared with everyone so that your history is known and understood. You should always go back to it if you’re having a hard time making a decision!
Plus, it’s a great communication tool for your website or can be slipped into a powerpoint presentation about your brand.
It’s really been a great exercise since I recently learned ideas might be clear in my head, but it’s another thing to communicate them to others… to help clarify, I write them down or draw them… I’ll share this with you soon for Wear Lemonade, I promise!
Here are 10 pieces of advice from the Lemonade Studio to survive being your own boss!
It’s important to never stop learning. It’s one of the keys to success. Never give up! Always keep learning so you can reinvent yourself!
2# Take risks
Be careful not to take foolish risks. However, there are times in your life as a self-employed person when you have to make choices. In order to grow, you must make bold choices if you want to move on to the next step!
3# Be Unique
Don’t try to copy another successful business; make your own way! It can be paralysing to compare yourself to others all the time. Free yourself from this competition, you won’t question yourself as much and you’ll move ahead more quickly!
4# Surround yourself with good people
You’ll realise very quickly that it’s a huge asset to the success of your business. Together is better! Whether you partner up or delegate tasks, it will help you focus on your job!
Every day won’t be perfect, I’m not going to lie to you! When you’re self-employed, perseverance and patience will be your best friends. Keep your head up and try again tomorrow!
6# Perfect your visuals
Whether you’re offering a service or selling something on the internet, in time of need, don’t forget that the process is often as important as the substance. Be precise and a perfectionist!
Whether it’s to get the word out or gather opinions, have a social media presence. It’s a great means of communication, but after a certain hour, be sure to sign off!
Whether you’re part of a multi-personality team or working with suppliers who have their head in the clouds, you have to be flexible and always ready to work calmly.
9# Take care of yourself
It’s important to know when to take a break from time to time! Slow down and allow yourself to take real breaks in order to free your mind. Most important of all, don’t feel guilty!
Celebrate every little triumph! You’ll be busy taking care of problems every day, so it’s easy to forget the happy little things and great news. Calls for some champagne!