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Lamp shade makeover

16 Nov

I have recently been doing crafts for myself and doing projects that I have long wanted to do. Making things for other people is lovely, but it’s nice once in a while to be able to make something pretty and be able to keep it for a change!  I brought these two fat quarters from The Eternal Maker earlier in the year and knew that I wanted to use them for something for myself , and when the latest issue of Mollie Makes landed on my doormat it gave me the perfect idea!

The article ‘Queens Of Granny Chic’ attracted me instantly and I hope to buy the book it is based on very soon! (Granny Chic-by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel ) One project in the book is how to cover and make a patchwork lamp shade. I wasn’t quite brave enough to make a patchwork shade, so decided to simply use the two fabrics for a panelled effect.

The lamp stand itself is straight from my parents 70’s living room and I love it, the shade though was slightly less inspiring so I couldn’t wait to bring it back to life.

I ripped off the old dusty and tired fabric and used the frame to turn it from this:

Into This!:

I used the old cover as a template and sewed the pieces together with the machine. It is an almost perfect fit ( not bad for a first attempt!) I then hand stitched the top and bottom seams to the frame itself which holds it in place nicely and helps to define the shape.  I’m thinking about maybe adding a tassel or pompom trim to the bottom. Would love to know what you think? x

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Happy Holidays

6 Jul

So I’m sat here with leggings, a cosy jumper and bed socks drinking tea and watching yet more rain pour down outside, and you know what? I don’t care because tomorrow I’m off to sunny Malta for 10 lovely long days! Bring it on! It’s been a tough few months with job changes and trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing with my life (I still don’t know by the way!) so this feels like a well earned break. Cannot wait to spend some quality time with my lovely husband. I’m gonna miss my giant puppy and June-bug bunny something rotten though!

Alas I have my suncream packed, my copy of  Mollie Makes to read on the beach(which shows you how to make friendship bracelets! I’d completely forgotton how do do this so am very excited to have a go!)

 

I have also packed some DK wool with mohair and crochet hooks to keep me occupied when I’m not too busy drinking these:

 

Lets see how much i get done?!

Anywho, I best carry on packing and trying to make it look much less than it actually is! Happy holidays people, hope you have a good couple of weeks xxx

 

 

 

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