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Meet Sarah Rabideau of LA Macramade in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Rabideau.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Macrame is something I’ve always loved as home decor. I first noticed it in its most common form, plant hangers, while working from cute little cafes around the world. It started making a huge comeback in the last few years, and I started to find it popping up everywhere.

I had just moved back to the States after three years of traveling the world and couldn’t afford to furnish an apartment from scratch (and make it cute). When I started to shop for macrame art, I was shocked (and disappointed) at how expensive it could be.

No one should have to choose between necessities like throw pillows and macrame! so I decided to get crafty and try to make some things on my own. I’ve always loved rehabbing old furniture and DIY projects, so I ordered myself a book and made my first piece of macrame: a placemat.

I shared it in an Instagram story and got tons of positive feedback so I decided to keep going! After making a table runner and a shelf, I had so many requests from friends to make things for them that I decided to launch an Etsy store.

It’s been a lot of fun to learn and has been a great way to force myself to take a break from my computer screen and career. I’ve started to get some really fun custom requests like a huge 3ft swing and pantry covers. I’ve also found the artists community on social media to be extremely positive and supportive which is such a nice environment to be a part of.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenges for me involve balance. I work a very busy full-time job and sometimes I’ll get multiple orders to fill in a week. This means lots of late nights, skipping the gym, and eating more snacks than healthy meals.

I also struggle with finding a balance in doing what I love and making a profit. One of the main reasons I learned macrame was to have something I loved at a better price point. A lot of orders are coming from friends and family still so I end up giving out a lot of “mates rates” for their support.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LA Macra made – what should we know?
LA Macramade is a small crafting company! I make plant hangers, wall decor, dream catchers, nursery decor, and pretty much anything you can decorate your home with! My most popular items are usually seasonal, in the summer white bags with bamboo handles are the most popular.

Around the holidays I make wine holders and ornaments (perfect for gifting a nice bottle of wine) and the rest of the year is mostly wall hangings! It’s hard to say what sets me apart from others, there are so many talented creators in the macrame space. I’m just happy to be a part of a great community that supports, teaches, and challenges each other to grow and get better.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Macrame isn’t my primary source of income, so I truly do it because I love it. I think that’s why I continue to do well and grow my skills!

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