I’m Megan Bell, the Bell behind Bell + Cotton. I live in Eastern Virginia with my son, Miles and my husband, Sam.
Bell + Cotton started as a macrame project and has since expanded to encompass all of my passions and interests. I am a homemaker and stay at home mom. I love a good DIY and you can usually find me planning my next house hack. In my free time I love to macrame, cook, or read. And since I am a first time mother, I am pretty darn busy navigating all of the facets of motherhood.
My aim here is to inspire other women to live a life they love. I truly believe you can have most of the things you want out of life if you cultivate it. I love sharing my ideas, projects, and any tips I have that could benefit women who are mothers or homemakers as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you buy items for your home? Anywhere I can find a good deal on an item I truly love! And that’s key for me - truly loving an item. I tend to frequent Home Goods, World Market, IKEA, Target, West Elm, and Restoration Hardware. I also like to thrift and hunt on Facebook marketplace for second hand items. I try not to buy items that are on trend, but that rather speak to me or fit into a certain mood I am trying to create within my home.
How did you learn to macrame? A few years ago my husband and I visited his grandmother in Colorado. She’s an amazing woman with an eclectic collection of artifacts in her home and many hobbies to boot. I piled her with questions about gardening, pottery, cooking, and anything else I could pick her brain about. She had so many handmade items in her house, it inspired me to run home and start making my own things! One of them was macrame. She had plant hangers galore! So when I got back that’s what I did. The internet was helpful in teaching me basic knots and I came across some vintage macrame books that belonged to my Stepdad’s mother which also helped. But mostly what taught me was simply practicing and making mistakes.
Where do you buy your macrame cord? I get asked this so often and mostly through DMs on Instagram, so I thought the question earned its place here. I buy my cord from both Ganxxet and the Knot and Rope Supply Company. I use different size cording for different projects, but the cord I grab most often is 3mm.