Monday, 20 August 2012

a lamp and some lace



Once again, blogland has inspired me. Someone who thinks out of my box, put lace on a lampshade, and I have lots of my Grandmother's lace and a ghastly coloured lampshade that desperately needs an update.

The lamp used to be in the dining-room.


Love the mirrored base, hate the colour of the shade when the light is on.

I made a new lamp for the dining-room (see below) and this one went to the mini guest room.


After some considerable time (months and months), I finally ripped the fabric off the shade.


I fixed it.


Taped up the nice shiny central section, and sprayed the rest white.

I looked through my lace, tried a few things, and settled on this.


I don't think my Grandmother made it, but I'm not sure, there's no-one left to ask now. Anyway, it's been sat in a box of mine for over 25 years, so I think it's about time I used it, as it's too lovely to sit in a box any longer.
Luckily there was 6 1/2 metres, so I didn't have to cut it, I just kept wrapping it round, using a little hot glue, so that it didn't slip.


I added detail, with a tiny bit of ribbon and a couple of buttons.


I made sure that everything looked straight at the front, and that the scallops looked good at the bottom.


I think it works perfectly, in my little corner of the mini guest room. You can just see a bit of the pelmet, that I made here.


It sits under my little shelf unit (full of treasured items), that I made here, and a cross-stitch  of a pear. 




A photo of my parents wedding and my Grandfather, Mother and Uncle in the sea somewhere. I re-gilded and aged these frames years ago as they were bright shiny gold.



I love my little corner with the lace lamp. I hope my Grandmother would like it too, and wouldn't mind the way I used her lace.



linking up with - 

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Knick of Time Tuesdays @ Knick of Time
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Primp Your Stuff Wednesdays @ {Primp}
All Star Block Party @ Full Circle Creations
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Air Your Laundry (Friday Textile Party) @ Freckled Laundry
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday's Best @ My 1929 Charmer
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under The Table and Dreaming




26 comments:

  1. Now that is seriously cute and so meaningful. Why do we put away precious things like that in a box hidden away? You've inspired me to dig into my things to see what I need to use for a project. And I really like the lamp glow too

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  2. The lampshade looks awesome!! What a beautiful lace! and with all those memories it couldn't be better! I love your parents pics!

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  3. it's just so pretty, fiona! and how precious to use your g-mom's lace! i just did a lamp with old lace from an antique store:) have a great week--nice to see you back:)

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  4. LOVE IT!! It looks like something I would buy. Great redo! Gotta go find me a lampshade and some beautiful lace :-)

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  5. I love it. Great job! It looks great in your corner of the guest room. I have a lamp like that but it has a roundish shade on it that I don't like. Might have to try something like this.

    Holly

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    1. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

      Holly

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  6. Oh my word that looks absolutely amazing Fiona!! I'm sure your gran would have absolutely loved your using her lace on such a gorgeous project. I love it !!!!!!

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  7. hello Fiona ... I really LOVE that lamp shade. So pretty when lit too and interesting reflections. You did a fabulous job on it. Thanks for visiting http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/ (Timeless Treasures)
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

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  8. It looks so pretty now and casts a soft glow over your collections! Well done!

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  9. Wow! what a great transformation - and I love the button detail, finishes it off beatifully. Lace now on my shopping list! CJ

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  10. Fi - I have featured your amazing lamp on my FB page - I just love it so much xxx Nat
    http://www.facebook.com/NorthShoreDays

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  11. Fiona, I love the lamp. The shape and the lace give it a modern twist to go with the mirrored base. Very pretty. What a gorgeous photo of your parents at their wedding too! x

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  12. Fiona this is so cute! I love the way the shadow it creates on the wall and the mixing of traditional and modern. I think your grandmother would definitely be happy!

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  13. Wow! Who would have thought to do something like that! Definitely doesn't look like the same lamp. Great job!

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  14. Fiona, the lamp's adorable! What a difference now with the light it gives off! I think Grandmother would be proud!

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  15. Tried to comment the other day about this from my possessed ipad. So I'm back to tell you that you turned this little lamp into a keepsake using gramma's lace. Smart cookie you are.

    ~Bliss~

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  16. Oh I love this...there is something so incredibly romantic about lace on a lampshade! and I just love how the light plays on the details.....so pretty!


    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

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  17. Oh, yes! I adore the lace lampshade! Nicely done!

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  18. Crazy cute! I love it! My wheels are turning from inspiration. :)

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  19. I always see fun things people do with lampshades, but have never been brave enough to try one. I might have to try changing one of mine after seeing your project.

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  20. I don't think your Grandmother would mind at all. I really love it, and have been playing around with a lamp I have, but the top of the shade is smaller than bottom (quite a bit). I think it looks so very pretty, elegant and adds vintageness to the lamp. Blog land is about getting inspiration from other! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  21. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What a cool idea. And I love how the lace filters the light. Excellent job!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  22. That is beautiful, Fiona! Thank you for sharing at my place!

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  23. Oh, I love how this turned out!! Very clever :)
    Susan

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  24. Fiona,

    This is definitely the prettiest lace lampshade I have ever seen! Love it's daintiness and feminine feel and it looks absolutely perfect in that spot, along with all your other beautiful projects. Now you have inspired us!

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Poppy

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