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« on: May 27, 2012 10:26:03 AM »

hi, craftster! a moth or so ago, i got fed up with my target lamp being shadeless because the shade was ugly. i remembered that someone gave me a fantasy book called gardens of the moon recently with the instructions to destroy it (i tried to read it, just to be sure it was bad. it was so awful. don't read it.), and i got to work! this is just a $20 lamp from target with the cloth cover ripped off the plastic shade, decoupaged with steven erikson's subpar work. (sorry if you're a fan of his novels. this might not be the post for you...)

first, here it is turned on. it gives off this really pretty glow, and i love the sort of vintagey look it has. (please excuse GRODY crafting table. need to clean that up.)

here it is turned off. it looks sort of pasty in these pictures, but it's just the pages of a book. i'm sure you can imagine that color.

thanks for looking! comments and criticisms HEARTILY ENCOURAGED!


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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012 10:33:17 AM »

Brilliant!  I love how you used those book pages.  Very nice lamp shade!
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012 11:14:28 AM »

thanks so much!

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012 01:21:06 PM »

What a great idea for old books! I have an old anatomy drawing book that might work for this. And I really like the heart, too.  Smiley
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012 09:17:49 PM »

Adorable!  I've been looking around for ways to craft with old textbooks that I can't sell because newer editions have come out.  Definitely liking this idea!

« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2012 11:10:29 PM »

old textbooks would be great for this, i never even considered using one! i have a set of old elementary schoolbooks that i just might use to embellish this...

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2012 06:05:13 AM »

Aieee, brilliant!  I have an old broken lamp, and a couple of old, fallen apart paperbacks, both of which I've kept because "I'm sure I can do something with these".  And now, for the first time ever, I find something to do with these broken bits of crap BEFORE I finally give in and chuck them out (you know how you keep junk for years, then eventually bin it, and then two weeks later find the instructions for a great project you could have made with them? Me, every time).  Thank you so much for this genius and simple idea.
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2012 01:07:21 PM »

(you know how you keep junk for years, then eventually bin it, and then two weeks later find the instructions for a great project you could have made with them? Me, every time)

I DO THAT TOO! after six years of having this one ball of weird yarn or something, i throw it away, and immediately find the perfect pattern. i was glad i kept this. (i also thought about antiqueing it a little- adding some dye to the mod podge or something.) if you end up doing this, please post in the thread!

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012 05:22:48 PM »

As a devoted reader and book-owner, often my first reaction to something like this is "Nooo! That poor book!" However, that looks so amazing. Now I want to go get a really blah book from the thrift store and turn it into something like that. And I don't even have a lamp it would work on.
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2012 03:18:39 PM »

it's only painful if it's a good book. it's almost comical how bad this one was... i'm so glad i've inspired you guys!

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