Tuesday, June 29, 2010

You Light Up My {Not So Thrifty} Life

I wish I could tell you that I got an awesome deal on the lampshade, or the lamp for that matter, but I didn’t. The lamp was purchased by my husband when he was staying at a friend’s house part-time for work. The lampshade ended up getting smashed and broken so I threw it away, but I kept the lamp thinking that one day I would use it somehow.
For Mother’s Day this year, my son bought me a laptop so I set up another table in my studio as my desk, until I find exactly what I need for that area. That particular corner is dark even though I have window right there so I got out this lamp; but it needed a shade. I decided to go searching at thrift stores but alas, could not find anything that suited me. I broke down and went to Target and found this shade for $6 – not bad considering the lampshades I was looking at in the thrift stores were selling for about the same price.
I brought the shade home; assembled the lamp; and there it sat on my desk until Gina at the Shabby Chic Cottage posted her 10 Tasks in 10 Days challenge. It was time to do something about this plain, white lamp.
Prickley Pear is a rubber stamp company that produces beautiful images in a wide variety of styles. I love the deep etched rubber that each image has and how it provides me with a clear, crisp image. Prickley Pear is also a Preferred Partner with P K Glitz and the Geisha stamp that I used in my project is just one of several that was provided me through the partnership.
I decided to make some fabric flowers for my lamp (my video tutorial) but I wanted to add a little something extra. Of course, working with P K Glitz, I knew I wanted to add a touch of bling and with my new stamps from Prickley Pear sitting on my desk, the idea began to come together.
Our fitted sheet got a hole in it (hubby’s side – not mine! LOL) and I started to throw it away, but I am so glad I had second thoughts. I love the muted shade of green that the sheet has and it was the perfect color for my flowers. I made my flowers like I did in my video tutorial, only instead of the glue gun, I used my Premium Craft Glue from Helmar (also a preferred partner with P K Glitz), I did not use a cardboard circle for the base of my flower. I needed it to be very flexible to form to my lampshade.
I then spritzed each of the flowers with Emerald Ritzy Ditzy Glitz to add some variation in color plus shimmer to the fabric. Lastly, I added my Premium Craft Glue from Helmar to the center of the flower and sprinkled Orange Sherbet Glitter Glitz over the adhesive.
Bottom-FlowerOnce my flowers were complete I used Colorbox Chalk ink to stamp the Geisha image onto my lamp. I did this very carefully by holding my hand on the back side of the lampshade to give the stamp a semi firm foundation and provide me with the cleanest impression possible. Once I had my images stamped onto my lamp, I used my Quickie Glue Pen to add dots all over the flower image and sprinkled it with more of the Orange Sherbet Glitter Glitz. It was amazing how adding just a little bit of the glitter really made this image “pop” on the lampshade.
I used my glue gun to attach the flowers to the shade before reassembling the lamp. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results I achieved. It is way prettier than I had first envisioned it to be!
 LampThis also completes Task #8 from my 10 Tasks in 10 Days challenge

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