8 May 2013

Fabric Rosette Lampshade

It's Pinterest Challenge time again! I feel like the last challenge was last week - where did the time go? I blame it on the fact that we had snow until a week ago, so the winter just started to all blend together.  Thankfully late last week the snow FINALLY melted and spring arrived.  Shorts, flip flops and sunscreen have made their way into our regular rotation now and I couldn't be happier. 

Last spring I re-did a lamp from the Salvation Army that I dubbed my Mad Men lamp (Don Draper has one very similar in his office). 

Thrift store lamp - before

I do really like the lamp, but I always felt like it could use a little somethin' somethin'.  It was a lot of jute, and it needed something to help it stand out a bit more from the brown wall behind it.   

I had pinned a picture way back of a lamp shade that had fabric flowers added to it and I loved the idea. You can check out the original pin here and the post from Creatively Living here

I thought of adding the flowers right after I wrapped the shade in jute, but decided to live with the plain jute for a while before I committed to any embellishments.  But then fate intervened.

Tangent......

I have met some truly lovely and genuine people through blogging.  One of those people is Jesse from Scout & Nimble.  If you haven't read her blog before I highly recommend checking it out.  She has awesome style and was even recently featured on Young House Love (which basically makes her a rock star...and is sort of funny too since YHL is hosting the Pinterest Challenge).  Anyhow, about a month ago I was reading one of her posts about day bed cushions that she made.  They were nice cushions, but what really got me was the throw cushions she had, which were made of the most beautiful dragon fabric.  I commented and told her how nice those dragons were.  And you know what she did?  She mailed me some pieces of it!  Actual mail.  Love it.  So nice of her.

fabric in the mail!

Before the fabric even arrived I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  That pretty multicoloured fabric was going to make its way onto my Mad Men lamp.

I used Jesse's fabric, along with  a small piece of lace and a bit of gold mesh (both of which I had laying around) to make 10 fabric rosettes. There are a million tutorials on the web on how to make rosettes, so I won't bore you with my process (you can Google it and learn how to make them in about 10 seconds).  After about an hour I had a nice stack of flowers.  

fabric rosettes

To give the flowers a bit more dimension I hot glued some old buttons onto a few of them.  Super simple, but I like how it adds a bit of contrast.  (sorry, apparently I forgot to take any pictures of the button process....just imagine hundreds of buttons laying on the floor while I tried to find the perfect ones, and then burning my fingers while hot gluing them onto the rosettes.)

I didn't want the rosettes to be permanent on the lamp shade, so I attached each rosette with a little piece of Command Strip.  I just took 2 Command Strips, cut them into small pieces and then stuck one side on the flower and the other side to the jute.  Worked perfectly, and I can take them off whenever I want without wrecking the shade.

attach command strips to the back of fabric rosettes

fabric rosette lampshade

It took me a bit of fanangaling to figure out the placement of each flower that I liked so that they had some flow and didn't just look like flower blobs stuck on the shade, but I think I finally got it.

fabric rosette lampshade off kilter

It's cute, right?  

But....are you wondering why it looks all cock-eyed?  (ya, I bet you are...).  The shade has always been slightly off-kilter, but adding the flowers made it really heavy on one side and the whole shade tipped forward. 

As we say around our house, I pulled a total Farmer's Fix.  I rummaged through my button box and found 2 ceramic knob-y things.  I seriously have no idea what they are.  (maybe a sewer out there can enlighten me??)  They were inside my vintage sewing box when I bought it. I strung a bit of string through them and taped them inside the back of the lampshade to counterbalance the weight of the flowers.


I realize that it's sort of a tacky fix, but you can't see them at all and it totally does the trick.

Better...

fabric rosette lampshade.  Jute twine shade. Thrift store makeover

I guess it's a bit quirky, but I just love how it turned out.

fabric rosette lampshade.  Jute twine shade. Thrift store makeover

You can't tell that Jesse's fabric had dragons on it, but it does have such a great mix of colours that go  perfectly with our living room. And I know that there are dragons hidden in there, which makes me smile every time I look at the lamp.


I couldn't stop taking pictures!

fabric rosette lampshade.  Jute twine shade. Thrift store makeover

fabric rosette lampshade.  Jute twine shade. Thrift store makeover

I realize that it might be strange to enjoy fabric rosettes this much!

fabric rosette lampshade.  Jute twine shade. Thrift store makeover

By the way...my succulent in that pot has totally taken on a life of it's own.  It's tiny spawn are all so scraggly and unruly....but I sort of like it that way!

fabric rosette lampshade.  Jute twine shade. Thrift store makeover

So tell me, have your received anything fun in the mail lately?  I'll admit that I sometimes order things online, when I could easily go to the store, just so I can get mail :)

Linking up to:  Bower Power, Young House Love, Red Bird Blue, The Shabby Nest

21 comments:

  1. Totally agree, Jesse is so nice! And I love what you did with the shade. The lamp looks so pretty.
    Nothing fun in the mail over here :(

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  2. I love getting mail! The rosettes were a great touch :) And I am so hoping my succulents start looking like that, I like the unruly look!

    www.chiclivingdesign.com

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  3. LOVE how this turned out! the colors are so fun- and perfect with the lamp!

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  4. It's adorable!!! I love how it turned out! What is the colour on your wall? I'm loving that!!!
    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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    1. Thanks Laurie. The brown is Benjamin Moore Classic Brown. As far as browns go, it's one of my favourites.

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    2. Thanks Kelly! Copy and pasted into my future colours...

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  5. Such a pretty shade. It reminds me of something you'd pay big bucks for at Anthropoligie!

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  6. "Farmer fix" I love that saying! Much nicer than expression my husband usually uses! I think I may start saying that one. Nice job on the lamp!

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  7. This came out really great! Fabric and/or felt flowers are so pretty! I love them. I am getting a few things in the mail (hopefully today) but they aren't for me - they're Mother's Day gifts. I totally agree that it's fun to get stuff in the mail though!

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    1. Thank you. I say that mail is still mail - even if it isn't for you :)

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  8. Yay!!! I'm so happy that you loved your fabric and I love what you did with it! That lamp is so fun and the colors peeking through on the fabric is perfect! I got your picture and it totally brought a smile to my face. ;) So so happy to have "met" you, too! Wish we lived closer...we would totally have some great coffee convos! ;) Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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    1. Awe, thanks Jesse. I am glad you like them! And I agree about the coffee convos!

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  9. It's totally not strange, I love them! I am scared of design-commitment so I think the command strips on the back idea is brilliant!

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    1. Command Strips are my best friends. I use them for everything that I possibly can - it's way better than always patching holes in the drywall. Thanks for the comment!

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  10. Lovely lampshade!!! I'm pinning this! The rosettes are cute!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/05/submarine-sunday-30.html

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  11. This turned out really well! I'm behind on posting my Pinterest Challenge but hopefully can get it up tomorrow. kudos to you for getting it done on time! Lol

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    1. Thanks Justynn! I am sort of anal about getting things done on time...it can be a good thing but can also be a fault :)

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  12. Oh my gosh, my mom had an old lamp just like this that I wanted to revamp, but I couldn't think of a cute way to do it, so I told her to D.I. it. This is so dang cute.

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  13. So cute! They really make the lamp pop.

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  14. Hi Kelly, What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of lampshade crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/lampshade-upcycle/

    Have a great day!

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