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« 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)

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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!

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Don't worry, it's just a plastic boob.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011 08:59:09 AM »

Cool!  It looks vintage!
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