Monday, August 8, 2011

Horsin' around...

I Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I found myself hanging out with a crazy Hubs, a little man, two dogs & a horse....

Do you remember me saying that I wasn't a huge fan of the shade on this dazzlin' stallion?
..Well I couldn't deal with it's blahness anymore. So I whipped out some left over cotton fabric (looks like linen), a thick black sharpie & for no cost recovered the shade with words....More specifically, I wrote a free flowing love letter to Olly from his Mommy & Daddy...and I must say I love the edge it gives his room. And how many little boys do you know who have lamp shades for their reading nook covered in words? Not too many that I know of ;.) For those who think I have lost my marbles & decor sense feel free to skip the rest of the post so I can preserve my credibility haha...the rest of you thanks for supporting me & my crazy idea haha. It may not be the look for everyone, but it's good for us because it fits the whimsical feel of his room...The idea of him having a serious room went out the window the minute I hung up a family portrait involving mustaches haha.  





I hope it's something that sparks the idea in him as he is growing up to create and think outside the box....well, let's hope that's what he takes away from it and not to go around the house writing on mommy's lamps shades ;./ haha. Have a great day!

72 comments:

  1. Great improvement! I never would have had the guts to permanently display a love letter AND execute it without a mistake!

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  2. I think it looks great! Awesome idea..can't beat an update that's free :)

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  3. I love it! It's so sweet and creative and I'm jealous of your pretty handwriting!

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  4. How did you do it??

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  5. I love this. I found the photo on Pinterest and followed you here. How hard was it to put the fabric on the shade? That seems intimidating to me. I think it's beautiful and so sweet.

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  6. It was super easy just took a sharpie and a little freestyle writing ;.)

    My sparrow's nest...Welcome to the blog ;.) I just cut the fabric to size of a shade I already had and used some spray adhesive and worked my way around the shade. If it seems crazy overwhelming it's not, you can totally handle it or you can always buy a shade that has fabric you like to write on without changing it. Welcome again! ;.)

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  7. I absolutely love this idea! Very original. I also found this on Pinterest and I'm glad I did. Where did you get the fabric? Thanks!

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  8. This is such an amazing idea! I am totally doing this!

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  9. So clever, but most important of all, so personal. Love it! Shay

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  10. I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on my son's nursery, and I think this idea will definitely come into play. I shared this with my readers in my Saturday Seven lineup this weekend! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/10/saturday-seven-no-27.html

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  11. Oh my goodness. As a writer, I love things w/ words, newsprint, handwriting, etc. How cute would something like this be in a master bedroom with wedding vows written on the shade? Love the idea. TY for sharing.

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  12. Not only is this insanely gorgeous, but the sweetest thing ever! LOVE it.

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  13. I saw this on Pinterest and loved the unique idea. Last night, I got brave and wrote the lyrics to "our song" directly on the linen-color lampshade. It turned out great - thanks!!!

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  14. awww that's so exciting & awesome! I love the "your song" idea! thanks so much again!

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  15. This is so stinkin' cute!! What a create, inexpensive idea to add instant personalization to the room. You've inspired me!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I have loved this project since I saw it, but I haven't done it yet myself. Can't wait to! In the meantime, I am feauturing you on my blog craftingharmony.com Thank you! ~Lori

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  17. Thanks so much Lori you are too sweet ;.)

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  18. Thanks so much for posting this! It inspired me to make my own version! I did mine in burlap instead of linen which didn't turn out quite as well, but I liked the over all effect.

    http://graceadkins.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-upholstered-lamp-shade.html

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  19. Love, love, love this idea!!! So creative! I have too many blah lamp shades to re-invent. Don't know what I am going to write, but I am going to use this idea on one of my shades. Thanks for the great idea!

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  20. I love this idea. I also followed my way over from Pinterest! I also must know where you got the white deer head. I have been looking for one exactly like it but can not find just the right one.

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  21. Got to know where you got the lamp! Beautiful base!

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  22. I got the base at Homegoods.... Thanks so much! We just love it's:.)

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  23. Love this idea! Reminds me of our tall floor lamp - my teens write messages back & forth on its inverted plastic shade with dry erase markers! Guests think we've lost our minds, but I love it :)

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  24. I love this idea, I have featured it on Craft Gossip :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/love-letter-lamp-shade/

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  25. Love this idea. Love the lamp. But I also want to read the whole letter to your son. :) Great job.

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  26. I just did a post yesterday on how I needed to fancy up my plain white lampshade and someone sent me over to your blog. Love your shade. Love the blue flowered pillow one also. Great ideas.

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  27. Awesome lamp. OK, Where did you find the WHITE Deer mount at? I love that, want it for a nursery! thanks!

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  28. I got the deer head at Zgallerie I love it! ;.)

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  29. OMG! I love this idea! Super simple to create!

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  30. I love this idea. But I especially love the bike art. Did you make it?

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  31. Thanks so much, I actually bought it at Homegoods.

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  32. Love, love this! I am so going to add this to my nursery board and then add it to the decor soon! Such a fabulous project and priceless treasure. Great job!

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  33. this is really nice, great idea!


    http://sanja-tosamja.blogspot.com/

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  34. What size is the deer head you got at ZGallerie? The small or large one? Thanks!

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  35. Love this idea as well as a couple of others that I have noticed while here. I would love to be able to read the whole letter to your son. Could you post please? Thanks

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  36. Fantastic, I love it.
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  37. I love this idea for my home office, where I write stories! I could put one of my existing stories or write something new! Hmm... ideas.

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  38. Hrm...I wonder how easy it would be to do this on a conical shape rather than the flat barrel. Mine are just slightly inverted at the top so it might take some work to get the fabric to wrap well and fit.

    Lovely idea!

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  39. Pinning this right now! Thank you!

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  40. did you write it and THEN glue the fabric onto the shade. or glue the fabric on and THEN write the letter? Looks great!

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  41. Also on my to do list. Stunning idea.

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  42. Instead of adhering fabric to my shade, and then writing... I just wrote directly on my lampshade!! It blurred a little, but I like the effect. I wrote out the lyrics to "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait, because my husband surprised me on our wedding day by singing it to me during our ceremony (I completely didn't know that he had changed the order of the ceremony to add it in!!) A special way to display meaningful words in our family!! :) Thanks for the idea!

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  43. Love this! I think you could adapt it really well to all different situations or rooms. I'm linking to this on my blog booksandbowsdiy.wordpress.com! Thanks!

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  44. I love this!!! I found the pic in pinterest! I was looking for something like that!
    Thanks for share it
    Bea

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  45. New reader here and I absolutely love this idea!!! I am not so good of a DIY-er without instructions though... do you have any more specific on how you did this? I can google probably. BUT I LOVE IT. How did you come up with the love story you wanted to write?

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  46. I love this lampshade! I saw it in the picture of the dresser redo as an inspiration pic for a different dresser redo and followed the breadcrumbs back to see the original lamp post. Beautiful idea!

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  47. Wonderful idea and turned out great! I want to do this for my living room with my two lamps on my desk! Wonderful inspiration! Thank you for sharing!!

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  48. Love the decor. Where did you get the white horse head ? Since its been a while from your post, where can I find something similar?

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  49. This is such an awesome idea! I bought an a yellow lamp base from target and couldnt think of what kind of lamp shade to put, but i think this is it! Im thinking of maybe putting mine and my fiancés favorite song quotes on it! Thanks for the great idea! Also this room looks great, any little one to have such a neat room is lucky! :)

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  50. Just found this on pinterest. Loved it!! Because it's so personal and sweet. I actually did something similar few weeks ago with sharpie, favourite quotes and 2 lampshades.
    http://www.mossyjojo.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/diy-sharpie-lamp-shade.html?m=1

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  51. This is so pretty! What a simple, creative idea. Great job, thanks!

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  52. LOVE this idea! and the stallion lamp bas! Pinning this!

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  53. What a great idea...and why didn't i think of that when there are lampshades with writing on them in catalogs???? I will be doing this! Thanks!!!!

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  54. Thanks for such a cute idea. I tried a version of this. Printed out a seahorse in sea grass from my computer, taped it to the underside of the shade, then traced over the image with a Sharpie. Looks fantastic in my beach inspired room.

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  55. not only is it just extremely clever and too, too cute....but, you are a precious mom leave a message like this that will sink in for a long time...God bless you !!

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  56. I've been looking for a way to display the lyrics to my favorite song in my master bedroom which has a whimsical country-chic look. This idea would be perfect!

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  57. When the light is on, it through the words or it make a shadow in shape of the words?

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    1. No they don't show when the light it is ;.)

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  58. I'm having a blast giving a spare bedroom (a kid grew up and moved out), a makeover as a game room for my youngest son. He's a fan of video games, Walking Dead, and Bob Marley. Bob has lots of quirky but meaningful quotes. ( : Perfect!

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  59. I think its stunning you are a very clever lady and I am going to try and make one to..Thank you for a great idea.







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    1. how did you recover the shade with your linen? i'd like to do something similar. thank you for this

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