Monday, October 22, 2012

Burlap Covered Lamp Shades With Scrap Flowers

I have been picking up some basic lampshades and in the garage they have sat....

I had a bit of motivation and some burlap!

I love covering lamp shades, because you can get so creative and pretty much anything goes.

The first time I ever attempted covering a shade I used a pattern, just an fyi that it not the easiest first attempt, lol!

A fun solid pattern like the above are a piece of cake.

Just lay the fabric on the floor and wrap it around the shade to ensure you have enough.

Then grab some spray adhesive (make sure you do a light even coat) and slowly smooth your fabric over the shade.

I use a sharp hobby (razor) knife to trim the edges and lightly hot glue them under the inside rim.

Then decorate to your hearts desire!

I love making scrap flowers, usually I make these when I am watching the kiddos during bath time!  It's all about multi-tasking when your a Mom, right?

Easy, fun project!  Try it out!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Striped Old Suitcase Table

Yay, finished a little makeover tonight!  Awhile back I made a cute little suitcase table...well I guess no one else thought it was has been sitting in the booth for a bit.  Last week I brought it home.
I thought it would be fun to glam it up a bit with some STRIPES!  I just measured the overall length and then figures out a pattern and marked it.  Then I drew some pencil lines with a scrap piece of cardboard.
Next I filled in the lines in a glossy white.
It isn't perfect, but it did add that bit of character!
Wouldn't it be a fun bed side table?
Luckily the bottom was already black with the shabby white edges, so it paired up nicely.

Have you ever made an Old Suitcase Table?  They are super easy, wanna see how I do it?

Just get some big fender washers and screws.  These I just screw straight into the stand.
If the suitcase isn't perfectly square, just shim the front a bit.

That's it!  See it's pretty easy!  Remember when I made my first one in all white?  You can view that here.

Oh guess what else?  I finally started a Facebook page!  Hopefully you can come follow along!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This Old Schoolhouse, My Dream Home

Yep, I am still alive!


I have been on a whirlwind lately, barely keeping my head above water.

I have been developing a new program for work, and we are just to the launching stage.

Not sure if that means I will finally slow down, or I am about to get much busier!  Yikes!

I had to take a bit and tell you this funny little story.

Our Central Office for work is in a really small town in Oregon.

A couple of year ago, my boss showed me how to drive going the back roads.

This then takes you through some even smaller towns...

Well if you are like me and you drool over cool old houses, you would love this drive.

I have always had my favorite on this drive.

For the past couple of years the grass has been growing tall, and the windows are all boarded up.

Well, I had a couple of minutes on my drive so I stopped to take some pics. (You know I had to show you)

I wasn't about to get out of the car, so they aren't great!

Yes here is my dream!

It is an amazing old schoolhouse!

I then went to snap a picture of the is pretty amazing as well.

Everything was going great until I went to take one more picture...I was lining up my phone to snap away;

a truck pulls right in front of me, and a old man says "Can I help you?"

Yikes!  Well um I really love old buildings...and I really love that old schoolhouse?

His diesel truck was a rumbling...and he said something back to me.

Sorry I didn't catch that?  He said "What about me?"

LOL, I kind of breathed a sigh of relief...he wasn't super angry at me!

Anyhow, to make a long story short

He said that he just purchased the property and is just started the remodel process on the house!

Want to know what is even better....?

Anytime I want to stop by, he will give me a full tour!

I so cannot wait

Oh yeah, and I assured him I was happily married :)

I have been telling my husband...maybe he doesn't want the schoolhouse....maybe we can buy some property and have it moved here?

He thinks I am nuts!

Have a blessed day!