Monday, January 17, 2011

If at first you don't succeed....

Do you ever get on one of those kicks where you just can't stop "doing"? I get on them every once in a while and for however long it lasts (a few days or a week) I'm like the energizer bunny. I just keep going and going and going.

I'm on one right now and for whatever reason most of my energy has been geared towards my girls' bedroom. It started with me rearranging their room then cleaning it out. Then I decided it needed some work in the aesthetics department. I've been working (crafting) like crazy and I'm still not done. When it's finished I'm sure I'll do a post with the big reveal. For now here is what I've been up to.

I thought it'd be fun to dress up (no pun intended) Ava's boring plain white dress up box and I got this idea into my head that I could turn the top into a sort of seat. I went to the fabric store and picked out the fabric I wanted, got some batting, and came home excited about covering the top and doing some vinyl on the front. To make a long story short I had the vinyl printed slightly too long and it wouldn't fit on the front. So I ended up putting it on top which meant I wasn't going to be making a seat. I'm sad about that but I still like how it turned out.

(Don't ask why the "me" is in brackets...I just thought it looked cute)

Saturday night while trying to decide what kind of craft I could do to occupy my time (and avoid watching a football game) I was thinking about my extra fabric (from my no-longer seat cover) and what I could do with it. THIS post came to my mind. It doesn't specifically mention fabric but the basic concept of dressing up your lampshade was enough to make a light bulb go off. (haha...again, no pun intended.)
Here's how it turned out. I love how happily it's situated on their nightstand.

I wish I had taken pictures while I was doing it but it was so spur of the moment it never crossed my mind. But just in case someone out there wants to try it (I think it'd be great in a living room as well) I'll give some simple directions.

1. Measure the height of your lamp and the distance around it.
2. Cut your fabric so that you have the height exact (or slightly smaller) and the length about an inch extra.
3. Glue your fabric on around the bottom and top edges and down the seam.
4. Trim the bottom and top if necessary. (If you measured right you should be able to skip this step.)
4. Glue any trim you like (gimp braid is what I used) around the top and bottom and down the seam to hide the raw edges of your fabric.
5. Sit back and enjoy because you are done.

So the moral of the story is if at first you don't succeed, try something different.
p.s. If you looked at the link there is a picture of a lamp shade I made for the girls' room....It has since been broken. Hence the need for a new lamp shade.

p.p.s. I linked up over HERE.


Dee dee said...

Very Cute! What clever girls I have! Also, kudos to you both on the housecleaning. I've very impressed! I knew you'd do better than I did.

Sally said...

The bench turned out really cute! I wish I was on a doing kick. Right now I'm on a sleeping kick. Oh and the lamp is cute too, but I already told you that.

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