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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Basket+Skirt=Pendant Lamp on: July 30, 2011 08:45:44 AM
I made a lamp this week!.  I am very proud of myself.  I've been looking for just the right lamp for my room, but was having no luck at the thrift stores, so I decided I would make one with the goal of not spending any money.  I almost made it.  Here is the finished product

I started with things from my stash:  A swag kit I've had for at least 5 years, and a basket I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3 a long time ago.

But the basket doesn't really match my room, so I started looking for things to cover it, and found the bottom section of a vintage velvet dress I bought a few months ago for less than $1.00.  I had already cut it up to make a purse for a swap package, but the bottom hem and the gathered portion were intact.  I cut it just above the seam line, then hot glued it to the basket.  To cover the messy cut at the top, I dug some vintage crochet trim from my stash and used silk pins to pin it to the basket.  This way I can reuse the trim at a later date and not have to worry about it unraveling.  It overlaps a little, but I keep that part turned to the back.

I wasn't entirely happy with the way it looked hanging down, so I took some more pins and pinned it up inside the basket(see first picture).  It gave it kind of a ruched texture that was a little more formal.

Here is a further back view(sorry for the slight blur)

Other info-
My swag kit did not come with the light socket, so I bought a replacement socket at Wal-Mart for about $3.00 and wired it myself!  Then, for safety reasons, I also purchased a led light bulb because they do not emit heat like incandescents and cfl's.  That ran me about $15.00--but I figured it was worth not burning down my house.  So it did end up costing me about $18.00, but I think it was worth it.  I am really happy to finally have my vanity table not cluttered with a lamp(just cluttered with crafting supplies  Wink). 

Thanks for looking!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Craft "Foyer" (pic obese)...and long-winded LOL on: July 27, 2011 04:01:35 PM
This is awesome!  I actually really love the mannequin slipcover.  I'm totally jealous because I had to drastically reduce my crafting for a while after my twins were born. There was nowhere we would all be safe from my pins!  Thankfully they are about to turn 5 so I have brought all my stuff back out. 
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap (signups 7/23/11-7/30/11 ; Mail by 9/02/11) on: July 26, 2011 01:10:03 PM
I'm going to go work on my questionnaire! 

waeseses---I wondered if anyone else had heard of Johnny Flynn.  I love him.  even more than M & S(though they are a very close second). 

Just went searching for Johnny Flynn songs, and wow-- awesome! Smiley

Yay!  A convert! I've never been a fangirl type until Johnny and Mumford. They make me swoon  Cheesy
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Master Bedroom almost done!--Very Pic hvy on: July 26, 2011 09:00:47 AM
I've been working on my master bedroom for about 4 years. I am finally almost done!  I spent last week doing quite a bit of work, so I figured I would go ahead and post.  I'll update as I complete things.   I can;t find a before picture, but the walls were painted very dark green.

Firstly, here is what you see when you walk in the door

Bed by Fiorinda, on Flickr

All but two of my hoops are from swaps here on Craftster, and the art on the left wall is also from a swap.  That wall is still in progress. Two of the decorative pillows on the bed are also from a swap.  I love my swap stuff!

Secondly-here are the two pieces I painted last week.  I've been waiting years to paint this furniture, but never felt like dealing with the hassle.  Then I discovered Annie Sloan's Chalk paint and am totally happy.  No sanding or priming.  I need to do some touch-up here and there, but that can wait for another day when I am bored.

NIghtstand-before by Fiorinda, on Flickr

night stand-After by Fiorinda, on Flickr

Dresser-before by Fiorinda, on Flickr
I took the closet doors off a few months ago because the doors were alway open and in the way. The panels are from Ikea. 

Dresser-After by Fiorinda, on Flickr

The Hope picture is one I made last week.  I got a sample of Louis Blue with my chalk paint order and painted a gold frame I've had around forever, then used scrapbook paper to do the word.  Here's a close-up.

Hope by Fiorinda, on Flickr

This part is still a work in progress

Work in progress by Fiorinda, on Flickr

I can;t decide if I want to paint the jewelry box, and I need to reframe and re-mat my "Happier than a bird with a french fry" print.  I was using the mannequin to take pics of stuff for etsy, but I am kind of liking it there. Now if only I can convince my dh to get new doors!  Maybe I will have to paint them. I will probably not paint my desk since its an actual antique. It currently houses ou r t.v and PS3.  Very unsightly, but I have 4 kids, and some of them think flat screen t.v.'s are a great writing surface.

I guess that is all for now.  I'll update when I finish up all the decor on the walls.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hoopla Round 6 Ideas! on: July 26, 2011 08:49:17 AM
Back to basics sounds awesome!  I'll be looking for sign-ups!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap (signups 7/23/11-7/30/11 ; Mail by 9/02/11) on: July 26, 2011 05:33:49 AM
I'm going to go work on my questionnaire! 

waeseses---I wondered if anyone else had heard of Johnny Flynn.  I love him.  even more than M & S(though they are a very close second). 
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pillow Cover Swap Gallery on: July 23, 2011 08:06:28 AM
I love the Alice inspired pillow.  The tweedle-dee and dum are cute, too.  Everyone has done such interesting and cool pillows. This was a really fun swap.
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pillow Cover Swap Gallery on: July 21, 2011 06:27:03 AM
hgddm-I'm so glad you liked everything!  I am super happy with how the smocked one turned out.  I had no idea what it would look like when I was done.  I kind of made up the buttoned up back on that one, my machine was not in a button-hole making mood. If you want to learn how to do a buttoned back, the tutorial I used for the ruffled pillow is a really good one(and you could skip the ruffle to do a plain pillow).


I used this tutorial http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2011/04/v-and-co-how-to-shag-pillow.html at V and Co to do the shag one. It thought it was a fun little pillow.

Thanks for being a great partner!
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pillow Cover Swap Gallery on: July 20, 2011 10:38:15 AM
those are really cute!  I love the fabric for both.
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Anyone up for a Mumford and Sons swap? on: July 17, 2011 05:30:38 PM
sounds perfect to me!
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