Archives for April 2014

The Life of a Lamp Shade

The Life of a Lamp Shade

If  you remember when we repurposed our kitchen eating area, I purchased a new lamp for the desk and asked for your help in deciding the type of shade to use.

Little did I know that a simple white lamp shade would go thru so many transformations!!!

The original lampshade…..

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Many of you suggested covering it in burlap, painting, stenciling, adding various fringes or adornments.

At first, I just wrapped a burlap ribbon around the center…..

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……..that didn’t do it for me!

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Next, I decided to paint.  I thought I wanted the shade darker so I mixed some paint samples I had lying around the house…..

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The color was a yummy chocolate ice-cream color…….

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This is after one coat.  I read that after painting, it is a good idea to place the shade on your lamp and turn it on.  Such great advice!!  You can see where it needed more paint.  I painted my second coat while the shade was on the lamp.

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There were still a couple of spots that I just touched up with a small brush.

It still wasn’t right.

….sigh….

I tried adding a magnetic flower…..

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and although I loved how my new orchid played off the darker color….

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…….it was just too dark even with the bulb on.  Even though I don’t need it for task lighting, as I have a ceiling light above, it just fell flat in my book.

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What to do now??!!

I decided to just buy a new shade!  By this time, I was tired of thinking about it anymore and I wanted something with a burlap feel but also a spring/summer “vibe” to coordinate with my new orchid!  This is what I came up with.

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$12.99 at a local craft store!

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Although I wanted to create some grand project out of a standard shade, sometimes it’s just best to let it go and buy one already done!

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 Call me lazy but I’m happy with it…….til Fall!!!

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Happy Spring Everyone!!!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter!!!!

 

We celebrated with a lovely brunch………..

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This is how everyone felt after our bellies were full!

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Easter touches in the Kitchen!

Easter touches in the Kitchen!

I’ve added just a couple of touches to the kitchen for Easter……

I love to decorate my three-tier stand for the seasons………

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Easter’s on its Way!!

Easter’s on its Way!!

Happy Spring Everyone!!!

We are finally ready for the Easter Bunny!!!

Feels like I’ve been tweaking my home daily to get ready for Spring!!!

You can read and see about my first spring touches HERE!

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny greet everyone in the living room…..

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Spring Mantel–take 2!!

Spring Mantel–take 2!!

So, if you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve been struggling with my Spring mantel.

You can see my post on my first Spring mantel HERE, but in a nut shell, this is what I came up with….

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After days of struggling with what would be perfect, I decided that was crazy and I came up with something that made me happy.

Perfect?  Maybe not.

But sometimes I believe I spend too much time and energy creating the perfect mantel,  vignette or whatever”, and I promised myself I would keep things simple this year.  So, here’s my final draft……Continue reading

Spring Around the Manor

Spring Around the Manor

Spring has sprung around the Manor……….

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I placed my glass bird cloche on top of a pedestal holding a battery operated candle (remember my “trash to treasure” post), some spanish moss and trimmed with some green beaded garland.  It adds a nice warm glow in the evening.  Three little porcelain birds keep watch.

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Aren’t these three little bottle brush geese adorable?!!!

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I picked them up from Pottery Barn…..

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….I just love em!

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They hold watch over my bee keeper…..

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…..and work nicely with my super simple spring chalkboard! I love the little nest holding my chalk!!

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Another spring chalk art!!

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If you look closely, you’ll see a couple of “bunny” friends in the scale clock!

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Just adding a couple of white ceramic  birds along with a burlap flower to a vignette takes it into spring!

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And, Spring just wouldn’t be complete without a few lambs…..

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…..and an orchid!  Fingers crossed I can keep it alive!

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I’m finishing up the kitchen and the front porch and bringing out more bunnies and eggs today!

I’ll share soon!

Until then…….

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Spring Mantel

Spring Mantel

This is going to be a very short post……..

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…….of my Spring Mantel.

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