A New Year Resolution

A New Year Resolution

I have a cousin who always uses the above phrase and

I really try to live by that. I do not want to make a long list of must do self improvements,

I just want to

SPARKLE ON!

And the Gates Opened for Her

My heart ripped apart earlier this year when someone very special to me passed on from life to death. Suzi is an enormous part of my journey that I have been on with the creation and branding of Erica Maree designs. One of the first seamstress to join the team she is deeply missed.

She has been visiting my thoughts a lot the past month. Here in Mexico the traditional holiday Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead was recently celebrated. Here they believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. The streets are full of color, homes are decorated with traditional flowers and flags. I really do love this time of year. So naturally and with no question, we built an altar to honor the life of Suzy.

“te extrano tanto Suzi”

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Taking in the Cultures of Puerto Vallarta

Each year in celebration of Mexico’s Charro tradition, Puerto Vallarta honors Charro Day with a parade and performance. It also marks the kick off celebrations to Mexico Independence Day here in our city. Today the Erica Maree team stepped out of the studio to take front row seats of the parade that begins in Old Town then follows our boardwalk melacon and ends at the Sheraton hotel. 

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Book Bliss

I came home to a package the other day, this never happens. I ship packages almost daily from Mexico for my Erica Maree products but its a rarity that I actually receive a lovely via snail mail. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened it to find a book. An ENGLISH book (not many of those here in Mexico) all about Macrame titled Hot Knots where your one and only was featured for my use of macramae as a strap on two of our signature bohemian styled handbags the Bonita Lolita and the Jodi

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So what is Macrame
Macrame is a fabric craft that uses a variety of knots to create functional and decorative items. It can be worked in many different kinds of thread, string and rope and is often used to make jewelry. Macrame is easy to learn, which makes it a satisfying craft for beginners, but advanced projects can be challenging for even the most experienced knotters.

History
The earliest examples of macrame date to the 13th century, when Arabian rug makers tied off their finished rugs with knotted fringe. The word macrame comes from this practice. It means fringe in Arabic. By the early 14th and 15th centuries, macrame had migrated to Italy and France. It was a popular way for sailors to pass the time while at sea for long periods, and supplemented their skills with mending nets, which use many of the same knots. Macrame work was popular in 19th century Britain, but fell into obscurity for decades. A revival of all crafts brought macrame back into popularity during the 1960s and early 1970s. It enjoyed another resurgence and rediscovery in the late 1990s, and continues to be a popular craft thanks to new materials and ideas.

Function
Like many crafts, macrame began with a functional purpose. The earliest macrame was used to tie off the ends of threads in hand-woven rugs so that they wouldn’t fray. Macrame was also used to make and mend fishing nets, and the knots used in securing nets, sails and anchors were adapted by sailors to make jewelry and decorative items. Over the years, macrame has been used to make a variety of functional and decorative items including wall hangings, jewelry, curtains and lampshades. The same knots are also used in a popular children’s craft using vinyl “gimp” to make lanyards and bracelets.

Types
Macrame uses several different types of knots to create patterns in the knotted fabric. Most macrame pieces are built up of just four basic knots.
The Lark’s head knot is often used to “mount” macrame threads for a project. It is one of the simplest and most used knots in macrame. To make it, you simply fold a strand of thread or yarn in half to form a loop, then bring the ends up and around another thread or post and pull them through the loop, pulling them to tighten the knot.
A square knot is formed with four strands of thread. The two outer threads cross under and over the inner threads, and create a “ladder” effect.
The half hitch knot is a standard sailor’s knot that ties two strands of thread together. In macrame, half hitches are used to create horizontal, diagonal and curved lines across a pattern. The lines are formed by tying half-hitch knots onto a single carrier strand that is carried back and forth across the worked piece.
The Basket Stitch also uses four strands of yarn or thread to create a flat row of knots. It’s formed by making half-hitches over two central strands, alternating the two outside working threads.

Guadalajara or Bust

I spent the weekend on a quick run to Guadalajara in search of new vendors and artisans for my fall line of Mexican embroidered handbags, totes and wallets. And whats a business trip without girlfriend meet-ups and get togethers? I have some business minded chicas opening a store in Merida Yucatan featuring treasures from all parts of beautiful Mexico. Their store is El Estudio and opening tomorrow. Along side many amazing finds in El Estudio, you can also find the 2012 Erica Maree handbag collection.
El Estudio
Calle 41 y Calle 60- Centro, 9700 Merida, Yucatan
Hours: Mon – Fri:10:00 am-5:00 pmSat:10:00 am-3:00 pm
Phone: 01 999 239 0401