How Many Knots?

Have you ever been to  It is a pretty cool site. I’m not a knot expert or anything, but this site has a ton of video tutorials on how to tie just about every knot you can think of. Well, at least more than the knots that cross my mind.

This site was created by J.D. Lenzen.  J.D. is the creator of the well known YouTube channel “Tying It All Together”.   He’s been formally recognized by the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) for his contributions to knotting.

Pretty neat stuff.  See some examples below. BUT seriously, there are so many! Don’t just stop with these. Each image is linked for you 🙂 Enjoy!

Ashley’s Flower Knot

Back-to-Back Zipper Sinnet

Basket Weave Knot

Blaze Bar

Bumble Bee Knot

Celtic Bar

Corkscrew Crown Sinnet

Dragon’s Egg Paracord Pouch

Wide Solomon Bar

The Book Surgeon

A combination of Art & Books… Two of my favorite things. <3

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Want some more?

Visit his website
Brian’s Flickr
Interview with Brian

Hoop Dancing?

Have you ever heard of hoop dancing? If not, I am more than happy to introduce you to it.

I was introduced to this particular type of dance through a friend. I had been part of a gymnastics team when I was young and danced the whole way through high school so this “hoop dancing” seemed pretty appealing to me. I remember hula hooping as a kid and loved it then. I am sure I would love it now, even if the hoop weighs more.  This dance is also used for relaxation and weight loss. Don’t believe me? Google it!

This video is of an 18 year old girl (at the time) named Rachel Frantz. She has been my inspiration for getting into it. The first 30 seconds or so is just her dancing but the hooping does come in shortly after. I hope you like it! I plan on getting, or making one a hoop of my own. Maybe it will be a craft in Make Something Mondays!


If you watch Ellen much you may have seen Rachel on her show as well.


For more of Rae’s videos visit PARISFRANTZ!