Thursday, December 03, 2009

Ruffled Lampshade

A long time ago I thrifted some really fun milk-glass lamps. I instantly fell in love with them, but they were shadeless. For months I had searched high and low to find the perfectly-shaped shade and, I was convinced, it was not to be found. So I settled on regular-shaped shades instead.

I found some fabric from my stash that would accent my bedroom (and "new" table) and decided upon white pompom trim for the bottom. Well, that's been the hold-up for a year and a half. I could not find white pompom trim. Every. Single. Time I would go into the fabric store, they would have pompom trim in every color under the sun. Except white. I had a teensy bit left from Spenser's Easter capelet, but it was only enough for one lampshade.

Well, maybe the white, pompom-fringed lampshade was never meant to be because a few weeks ago I had the brilliant idea to make ruffles for the lampshade. And as soon as I received said inspiration, I could not rest until they were finished. And really, it only took part of a rainy Saturday afternoon.

I am so very pleased with them. I guess good things do come to those who wait. And my poor little milk-glass lamps were very patient for a year and a half.

  • On Tuesday afternoon I was outside spray-painting a picture frame. I was returning to spray on another coat, shook the can and, as soon as I bent over, heard the sound of someone running up behind me at full speed. I seriously thought I was about to be attacked right in front of my house. I spun around to see a deer (!!) running down my sidewalk, just 5-6 feet away. It scared the living daylights out of me. Of course I jumped 50 feet in the air and screamed. With a witness down the street. I can't seem to do anything without being seen these days.
  • A quick knee update: Still bruised. It has been almost six weeks. SIX! I also have a pocket of water on my left kneecap. It hurts both knees to wear jeans. Especially if I have to bend them to go up or down stairs. The bruise from my chicken coop fall is still on my shin. That has been just over six weeks. My shin is still tender, too. Even knee-high socks hurt my shin. (I did start running again, but the knee has me sidelined again.)
  • I stink at Advent. The first night I put red pens in the stocking for the children's scriptures. I made Sawyer cry. When I asked him what was wrong, he answered (through his sobs), "I don't have any scriptures." Broke my heart. I guess he will be getting his very own for Christmas. At the tender age of three. Gotta love him.
  • Last night, I forgot about Advent. Until five of the six kids were in bed.

I guess that's all for now.


nikko said...

Cute lampshade! I am so lampshade-impaired. I bought a nice looking lamp for DH's side of the bed, but I can't get the lampshade to stay on it. It's all wobbly. Grrr...

I stink at Advent, too. Every year I think "ah! This is the year I'm going to do it!" and I don't... Oh well.

hooli said...

It it makes you feel any better... I spent weeks coming up with 24 small service type things my children could do for each day of advent. I typed them out and drew pictures (because they can't read). Then put each one a colorful envelope and slid one envelope in each advent slot of our festive advent calendar.
I woke up this morning to find that they had torn through every single envelope and the papers were scattered all throughout the house. Advent? Over.

Anonymous said...

why didn't you tackle that deer.....could have had fresh meat for dinner. lol

lisa said...

I either have those same lamps or some that are awfully similar. Did you rewire yours? Mine are in my to-do pile to be rewired. I haven’t even thought about shades. I have to remember these!

Lisa said...

Beautiful lampshades, much better than pom poms.

My advent calendar is still in the garage.

Becky said...

You might want to consider having some blood work done to evaluate why those bruises are still there. A bruise should have healed in 6 weeks.

amandajean said...

the lamp shades are very cute! a year and a half timeline seems to be about it for some of my projects, too. (candy cane quilt...)