grant and i have loved these sailor knots for a while. used for a doorstop or paperweight or just whatever you want. he goes to the hardware store every night to get something else for our table and grabbed the rope we needed a few weeks ago. the tutorial we followed said that tying the knot would take 2-3 hours but it took about 5 minutes for my boy scout husband. so i suggest letting a man do the job if you're interested in this. it is a fun, cheap and easy tutorial... and that is my kind of project! i love how natural it is, it turned out perfectly!
oh and we are not messy painters by the way. i can see the old nasty peachy color that our living room used to be. it's splattered all over the base board in that top picture. our landlord did a very silly job. we'd paint the base boards if it were our house. it still makes me laugh that he called the walls "brown".