Lamp Re-Do

We have a serious shortage of lighting in our house, and where we do have lighting it seems I’m always replacing lightbulbs! My wonderful mother-in-law was kind enough to give up two lamps. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I wanted to do – and it only took me 6 months to finally get around to it! haha!

Here’s the before shot:


gorgeous isn’t it? okay maybe it’s not your cup of tea, and it wasn’t exactly mine either – but the bones were there.

I used a can of metallic krylon spray paint (I really wanted the looking glass paint, but it’s not available in canada), and I bought two rolls of twine from the dollar store. I’ve never spray painted before, and this was easy peasy!! I put some tape to cover the bulb area and the cord and sprayed the base.

For the lamp shade – I pulled off the pink fabric and just had the cream coloured base of the shade (it came off pretty easy). I grabbed my hot glue gun, glued a little portion of the twine, wrapped it a little bit and glued some more. I found it helpful to glue 4-5 times in little lines for each time you wrapped the twine. It made the string much more sturdy and held it really good in place. Here’s the after shot:


doesn’t it look SO much better?!? All in all – this project cost me less than $10!!!

I have another pink and gold lamp that I’m going to re-do for the man cave in the basement, and a mirror project for the guest room as well. We have company coming in march so I have a deadline for these projects!


the “very” series

You may or may not have heard of Eric Carle’s classic childrens book, the very hungry caterpillar. It just happens to be my sons favourite book of all time, at three years old he had it memorized and could read the whole story to us. So when the fat quarter shop had a sale and Eric Carle’s fabric was included, I bit the biscuit and bought the Very series panel. It includes all the different characters from the stories in two different images – a great impact and I didn’t have to buy a whole bunch of different fabric! It’s taken me about a year to decide what to do with it, but I finally decided to make throw pillows for my sons new bed.

Theres one more that I haven’t sewn yet, and it has the actual hungry caterpillar on it. He’s now asking for a hungry caterpillar blanket – sigh.

Have you made anything with the eric carle fabric? I’d love to see it – leave a link!

You can find the eric carle fabric {here}, and his books {here}