Thursday, April 23, 2015

Better Than Flowers








Many husbands bring home flowers for their wives, mine brings home rope. Yes, you read that right, rope. I am sure many of you have seen the wonderful rope vessels being made by Maya and Amanda, well, Sunday night I shared them with Justin, and Monday afternoon he came home with rope. Rope!

We woke to rain on Tuesday, and after our morning nature walk, Reece busied himself with a little project, and I found my hands sitting idle, itching to do something creative. I had cast off a knitting project on Sunday, and as of yet had not cast anything else on, so I considered grabbing some yarn and needles and getting started on my next project, but then I saw the rope sitting by my sewing machine. That was all needed to get started.

These are addictive my friends, and so much fun! As the sewing machine hummed along, my little man popped out to see what I was working on, and stood amazed at what was happening. He declared the first one his, and I surprised him by adding a little red, his favourite colour, to the top. He loved it! The second one was all mine, and while I was hoping to make it a little bigger, I fortunately looked up just as my thread was running out. I quickly finished it, and was so very pleased.

So many ideas are floating around in my head, dreams of bowls, baskets, and bags, oh my! Dying rope, painting rope, using different ropes, goodness there are so many ideas. There are plans for the weekend to buy more thread and rope, and then the vessel making will begin again.

And yes, rope is much better than flowers.

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  1. Oh my goodness I want to try this so badly! They are wonderful

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    1. Do it, you will love it! Thank you :)

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  2. Love them!! I love the stitch red thread, too! So many possibilities. ;)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, so many possibilities, and so much fun!

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  3. Brilliant, what a thoughtful husband you have! I've seen the ones on Soulemama and have been loving them, particularly the larger bag type baskets. No, scrap that, all of them! Yours look so elegant too, I'm not surprised Reece claimed the first! Are they fairly quick and easy? And sturdy enough to become a shopping bag?

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    1. He is pretty awesome!

      Ha,ha, yes all of them are just lovely. Very quick and easy to make. I think it would depend how much you wanted to put in them, but I think they could work for light duty shopping :)

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  4. I know what your family is getting for the holidays :) lovely and somehow I knew you would be doing these baskets. So lovely and interesting!!

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    1. Shhhh, don't tell them :) You know me so well Karen.

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  5. Ahh, you were bitten by the rope basket bug. :-) I saw them and fell in love with them as well. Would love to try my hand at making some one day, but right now things are just to busy. Love the first baskets you made!

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    1. Bitten big time :) Thanks, hopefully when things slow down you will make some of your own :)

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  6. love it, looks like fun... gotta get me some rope !!!

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    1. Thanks Erica, they are so much fun. And yes, get some rope!

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  7. Fantastic! These are so lovely and useful! Nice work Kim - have fun creating:)

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    1. Thanks Camilla. That is one of the things I love about them, they are useful. I will!

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  8. Oh my God! I want to make 30!!!!! What a wonderful, simple, beautiful bowl.
    I'm sold!

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    1. Haha, yes, me too! They are so fun Yanic, you will love making them. Enjoy!

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  9. I think rope is much better than flowers too. Great bowls Kim.

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  10. Those do look so incredibly fun. And addictive. I even saw one post where she had added in scraps of fabric for color. I might have to try some, you make it look so easy. :)

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    1. They are both Carlin. It is easy, go for it. You can never have enough baskets :)

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  11. Sweet! At least he know what you like! :) I don't care much for flowers either. They just die. But I do care about the fact that Craig shows me that he loves me by frequent hugs and kisses and taking care of the kids. :)

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    1. Yes, he knows exactly what I like :) Those are the kinds of things that mean the most to me too, those and rope :)

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  12. Oh, I love them! I saw Amanda's the other day and really enjoyed them. I'm so glad to see others trying them too. My husband is just like yours; flowers are very rare as a gift from him but useful things and supplies for making and creating are always forthcoming and very much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I think he knows how much I truly appreciate the useful creative gifts, and so that is what he often surprises me with :)

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  13. I am trying so hard to resist trying this out because I am convinced that I'd get hooked and suddenly end up with a million baskets all over the house! Not that that would be a bad thing!!

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    1. Don't resist, just go with it. I have quite a few now, and will be looking for more rope tomorrow :)

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  14. I want to do this so badly!! I have to get to the hardware store asap. Love how they came out!

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  15. You too now, huh!? I've been watching these pop up everywhere and promising John that I will not start making them anytime soon while there is much to do out in the garden. Maybe when all is well underway out there. It looks so very satisfying!

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    1. Yup, me too! It helps that it has been raining, hailing or snowing all week...we have been inside more than outside this week.

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  16. I never get, nor would I want, flowers but rope? That comes home often.......might have to go on a hunt now........

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    1. Good luck on your hunt, and have fun with the basket making :)

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  17. I just love your baskets! I've seen them over on Amanda's blog (and in her Instagram feed, too) and loved them from the start! Seeing the ones that you've made just made me love them a little more! Your baskets are gorgeous but there really is something about the one that's yours that has captured my heart! Should you find yourself swimming in baskets and in the need to rehome some I'd gladly take one (or two)! ;) Happy creating! xo

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    1. Awe, thanks Shel. They are so much fun to make, there are quite a few around our home now :) I will keep that in mind as I continue on with the basket making. xo

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  18. Oh I'd love to try this! yours are beautiful! It is like you, few flowers here but encouragement to be creative!

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    1. You will love it Sandra, I know it! Thank you. xo

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  19. I can see why that is so addictive! I have been thinking of knitting and felting a little bowl for some rocks a sweet friend sent me ;) but now I may have other plans...

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    1. You see, now you have me thinking of knitting and felting bowls again. I had a little addiction with that a few years ago, but haven't done too many lately. Might have to get on that.

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  20. these are gorgeous!! you make me want to try this too, but i really don't need another hobby :)
    just had to do a little catching up with reading your posts... great to see you're doing well! have a wonderful weekend, kim!

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    1. Thanks Simona! I don't consider it another hobby, it is sewing and I already do that, this is just an extensions, and a fun, quick one at that.

      We are doing well, thanks, and hope you are too. Happy weekend!

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  21. I was just admiring SouleMama's baskets! Do you have a regular machine? I wasn't sure if mine would be strong enough--it's just a Brother machine, nothing fancy. Love these!

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    1. Yes, Mia, a regular machine, nothing fancy. I am sewing with the heavy duty needle and it is no problem at all. Have fun!

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  22. I have been seeing these on the other blogs, and now yours! They look like so much fun, and I absolutely love the smaller one with the red trim. I might have to learn this trade. I love that your husband brought home rope! Fantastic!

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    1. Thank you. They are lots of fun to make and so practical. He's a pretty special guy :)

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  23. I love your little rope bowls. I saw them over at Soulemama's as well and would love to learn how to make that tote bag she made!
    You did a lovely job. Enjoy your week-end.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Yes, I love the tote bag. I am hoping to get more rope this weekend, and give some bigger baskets and maybe a bag a try.

      Thank you, you too!

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  24. Oh wow! I haven't seen these! I wanna try!

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    1. They are so much fun Alyssa, you have to try :)

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  25. They look amazing! That is a project to add to my summer list!!

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  26. those are beautiful and so creative. I love them!! Your husband brings home rope, mine brings home fencing panels! I've been complaining and complaining about my horses fencing and today he went and brought home a whole bunch of new panels and he is setting up to now. Isn't it great when our husbands get us?!

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    1. Thanks Jen! Yes, so great that they get and understand us. So happy you are getting those fences fixed :)

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  27. As soon as I saw the rope in the first photo I knew you were making a bowl! I've seen them around and they look so fun. Love the touch of red you added to yours.
    I keep saying I need to learn how to sew...

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    1. Ha! They are so much fun to make, and I would say the perfect reason to learn how to sew :) Thank you.

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  28. I have seen these about lately. They look so fun. Nice job, Kim!

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    1. They are a ton of fun Kristen. Thanks!

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  29. Wow i've never seen this before!! looks like fun, so many possibilities...now if only my sewing machine will co-operate!!!

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    1. Yes, so many possibilities, that is half of the fun! Fingers crossed, although I am sure it will. Have fun!

      PS Got your letter this week, so glad to hear you had a lovely time away. Looking forward to writing you back soon. xo

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  30. Téharrah is loving the one you made for her.:)

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    1. That is so nice to hear, makes me smile :)

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