Saturday, January 18, 2014

Etsy Love

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I'm sure you have seen the "shop" link on the side. This is a link to my Etsy shop. I love having my shop and I love supporting the Etsy community. Here are some of my current obsessions:

I have an addiction to kitchen gadgets and an extreme love for woodland creatures. Therefore, these Forest Animal Measuring Spoons are perfect in every way.

This skull planter is fabulous. Every home should have one. 

This buffalo picture will be on my wall shortly. Again with the animals. Love them.

Finally, these honeycomb wall decals are a bright pop of color for this cold, rainy winter. 

This is just a few things that I'm loving right now. Etsy is always full of fun, fresh ideas so I'm sure I'll be sharing more soon. 


Monday, January 13, 2014

DIY String Lampshade

Today I am going to share my very first DIY post! I found this super cute lamp at a thrift store over the summer, and I've had this shade on it as a "temporary" fix, but I've never liked the way it looks on this adorable lamp. It was just an awkward size, just slightly too big, but I've had no luck finding one that fits better.

The day after Christmas, I finally decided I was tired of it and wanted to take matters into my own hands. I didn't really know how I was going to fix the lamp shade once it was ripped into pieces, so after almost a month of brainstorming and trial and error, I've finally come up with a solution.

Materials Needed:
  • Embroidery Thread or Yarn. (I used about 5 skeins of embroidery thread for my lampshade, but it could be more or less depending on your lampshade)
  • 16 Gauge Crafting Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Lampshade
  • Water (optional)

The very first thing I did, without really thinking much about it, was I ripped off all of the plastic/fabric from the metal base. Since there were no metal supports holding the top to the bottom, I ended up with 2 seperate pieces. From there, I took embroidery thread and wrapped it around the metal part.
This is what the top part looked like after I wrapped it in embroidery thread. You could skip this step, but since my original shade was a cream color, and my new shade would be a bright white, I didn't want the old shade to show through.
After I finised wrapping the top part, I used the crafting wire to connect the top and bottom pieces back together again. This part was a little tricky, because the wire bends very easily so it was hard to keep the top and bottom level. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight because you can use the string in the next step to even it out. However, you do want it pretty close because this is the easiest step to get it straight. I used 4 pieces of wire in this step. Here is what mine looked like after I connected the two pieces with wire.
A little tip: Make your shade a little longer than what you want the end product to be. It will more than likely shrink up a bit in the next step from the tension of the string. In the above picture, I hadn't wrapped the bottom portion yet, but I did do that before the next step. Also, if your lamp shade already has supporting wires, you can skip this step.
This last step is probably the hardest, so be prepared to stretch your patience just a bit. You'll need to take your string and wrap it around the shade with even tension to make sure you don't make the top and bottom pieces uneven. Since my embroidery thread had lots of creases in it, I put it in water first to make it easier to work with and to get the kinks out. The only downside to this step is that the string tangles much easier. I went in a zig zag pattern because it was easier to keep the pieces level. Here is what my shade looked like after my first layer of thread.
I kept adding the string in this manner until I was happy with the final look. I trimmed the loose strings, and then I was finished! I think I will add some kind of protective coating, but I haven't decided what to use yet. Here is the final product!
I think the shape is much more fitting for the lamp and I love the new look. It doesn't really add much shade from the bulb, but I generally use a lower wattage bulb in this lamp, so I don't think it will really matter. I hope  you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you decide to make one of these cute shades, I would love to see the results!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year, New Blog

Hello All!

This year one of my goals for 2014 is to do more of what I love and to worry less. In honor of this goal, I’ve decided to start this blog. I really enjoy doing crafts and projects, but sometimes I just need to talk about what is on my mind at the current time. I am hoping that this will be the perfect place to achieve both parts of my goal this year. It will give me an outlet to share my crafts and DIY projects (which is the “what I love” part of my goal), which will hopefully inspire me to do more of these projects, but at the same time it will give me a place to speak my mind which I am hoping will alleviate some of my worrying that I tend to do.

Picture: The Husband and I before our NYE party taken with my Polaroid 600

Since I’m already talking about goals, here are a few of my goals that I have set for myself this year:

1)      I know I’ve already told you what this goal is, but since it is an important one, I don’t mind repeating it: Do more of what makes me happy and less time worrying.

2)      Spend more time with those I love, and less time with those who don’t love me back.

3)      Do more travelling for fun.

4)      Take more pictures to remember all of it.
I know these are all very vague goals, but I’ve never been one to stick to concrete rules and resolutions for the new year. I could sit here and say that I’m going to lose 40 pounds, drink only water, and become a neat and organized person, but in all reality, I know that I wouldn’t keep a single one of those resolutions and I would slip right back into the same routine that I currently have. Instead, I’d rather set abstract goals that are fun, yet attainable. I am very excited for this year and I hope you will keep reading to follow me on my adventures to come.

Cheers to 2014, and let’s make it a great year!

xo - Nancy