Light It Up With Paper

I cannot believe how crazy expensive some of the more unique and statement light shades are. So I have been scouring the internet for  tutorials for alternative ideas. The thing most shocking of all is that most of them are made from paper! Here are just a selection of what I have found.

You can find the very simple but effective tutorial for this light shade on Scrap Hacker .

Be the envy of everyone you know with this cute lamp. You can find the tutorial for it on Make: Craft.

I cannot believe how simple this light shade is to create, especially because all you need to create it is some chicken wire and paper. You too can create this beauty by looking at Craftster.

Another great light shade idea from The Craft Dept on the Martha Stewart site.

Over on Cut Out And Keep they have made this stunning light shade using paper cups!

Although this one does not use paper I just had to include it because I LOVE IT! It uses doilies and the pattern they create on the wall is lovely. You can find this light shade on Emmmy Lizzzy.

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Home Sweet Home

I have finally managed to finish my Home Sweet Home tapestry and am really pleased with the results.

My Tapestry

Unfortunately now I have a bit of a dilema! Do I turn it into a cushion (as has been done of the packaging)…

Packaging photo

…or do I get it framed and hang it on the wall?

I just don’t know what to do. What do you think would be the best option?

All In A Days Work

This is my chair!

My chair

It sits in my conservatory and the bright stripes really brighten up the room. On first glance it just looks like an ordinary chair. But to me this is no ordinary chair. This is my best upholstery project from last year! For the past year I have spent 3 hours a week, on a Thursday morning, at college learning upholstery and with the support of the tutor I managed to completely strip down, build up and upholster this chair.

This is what the chair looked like before.

Before

Sorry about the blurry photos. They were taken on my phone and are unfortunately the only ones I have. Here are some close ups.

Before – Close-up

Before – Close-up

It was yet another eBay bargain. I was able to get this little beauty for £5! I then has to spend money on materials and fabric which cost a pretty penny but even with that it was still a bargain and way cheaper than it would have cost me to buy one brand new. It looks a million times better with its new upholstery.

Yesterday I found myself with itchy fingers and decided that my sofa (which sits in the conservatory with my chair) also needed something. So remembering how I still has some left over fabric from the chair decided to make some matching cushion covers.

Matching cushions on the sofa

Matching Cushion Close-up

I made them into envelope covers as this meant I could take them on and off to wash but I didn’t then need to buy any zips. I already had the cushion pads that needed covers so in my head that means they were…FREE! I do love that word!

Craft Club

I have decided to start a craft club from my home and having had the first very successful meeting last week  (although we did do more chatting that crafting) I have started organising the next one for next Monday. I think I have found the perfect craft activity and I cannot wait to attempt to make one ready for craft club. This is what we will be attempting to make.

Isn’t it so cute? I cannot wait to have a go at making one! I think these could look lovely in any part of the house.

Stop, Look and Listen: Projects Using Old Jeans!

Having lost over a stone I am now in possession of numerous pairs of jeans that no longer fit me. I cannot bring myself to throw them away as I have spent precious pounds on them and so instead I have decided to use them for a house related project. Unfortunately I am just not sure what this denim house related project will be at the moment.

I could:

Make a rather fetching carrier bag holder. At the moment I don’t really have ‘a carrier bag place’. They tend to get shoved into the drawer along with the tea towels and then eventually you end up hunting and digging around for tea towel whilst getting more and more frustrated.

Or I could combine them with other fabric to make a lovely quilt for the bed. It would be a good excuse to go fabric shopping…

A notice board would be extremely helpful for my office, especially one with pockets!

Or a draft excluder to make sure all those drafts are effectively excluded!

 

A pocket organiser would be another handy item for the office. I am also wondering what the denim would look like dyed…

 

The footstool is a good idea, but unfortunately I’m not sure where I would put it. Hmmmmm, decisions decisions!

Statement Staircases

The best thing about owning your own house is that you have full say on how it is decorated. It can be as sensible or as crazy as you want it to be. This has changed the way I have begun to find inspiration when thinking about how I could decorate a room. For example, on Saturday when out shopping I came across this staircase…

Tiled staircase

The photo isn’t great as it was taken on my phone. I just couldn’t lose the opportunity to take a photo to keep as a reminder for when I come to decorate the hallway. I suppose to some people it might have been obvious to use bright or vintage tiles to make the staircase more interesting, but for me I had always assumed the stairs would be carpeted. I had never really thought about doing anything else. In fact I can’t believe I have never thought about it before! I love that each tile is different but that they all tie in due to the colour scheme.

Tiles are not the only way to make a statement staircase. Look at these…

design-ties.blogspot.co.uk

How about using brightly coloured glass?

Or words?

enpundit.com/dream-staircase/

Ever dreamed about sliding down stairs to breakfast? I know I have.

daddytypes.com/2010/01/13/spiral_staircase_slide.php

Wood shavings inside the steps anyone?

How about brightly coloured painted stripes?

 

design-ties.blogspot.co.uk

Or a mosaic? I think this looks absolutely stunning although it’s a little bit too much for our 1930’s house.

blog.the-dot.co.uk/tag/mosaic-staircase/

Now it is just a case of answering this question: how brave am I?

 

 

 

 

Photo Frame Table Numbers

I have finally gotten around to trying out my table number idea for my wedding in January and I have to say that it has been a huge success. I love them as have the lucky few that have seen them in the flesh!

Table Number One

Side View – Table Number One

I am going to do the same thing for each table but with different papers in different patterns. I cannot wait to have a complete set…one down and 9 more to make.

 

Patchwork Lap Quilt

As it has been so rainy recently I have been unable to get out into the garden in order to finish off my table and chairs…grrrrr. It is even more annoying knowing that I am super busy for the next couple of days and so I am probably going to be unable to really get stick into it and get it finished. As they say that is how the cookie crumbles.

Whilst it has been rainy I have been able to get on with a project for someone else. Said person has seen a lap quilt I made (see below) about two years ago now and wanted one making for them.

My Lap Quilt

Here is the one I have recently made. The best thing about it is that it has only used fabric and wadding that I already owned so in my mind it was free. I love the way it has turned out and am so happy with it that I have decided to show it off here.

My Latest Lap Quilt

My Latest Lap Quilt Close-Up

 

What do you think?

Who knew you could do so much with a jam jar?

Make do and mend is taking over and more people are wanting to re-use and up-date things they already own. As I go through the house and start to try and turn it into a home I am beginning to see even the most mundane and ordinary items as opportunities. This weeks house hold item is…jam jars! There are so  many possibilities.

Makedo-and-mend.blogspot.com

I love the effect of a group of them on a table and think this would be great for an evening bbq or even to create a lovely atmosphere at a wedding. Simply stunning (although I would want to take off the sticky marks).

Mollie Makes

If a plain jar is not quite to your liking how about using fabric (and battery powered candles) like Mollie Makes to make your jam jar votives more interesting.

Laurenelisecrafted.com

Laurenelisecrafted.com has a lovely idea of using silhouettes to create beautiful jars that could be made into votives.

Jam Jar Light

A search on Etsy and I came across this imaginative use of jam jars to create a unique light. This is guaranteed to be a real talking point with any visitors and with a bit of electrical know-how I couldn’t see why this couldn’t be done at home.

House to Home

House to Home use them in a very creative way to store those annoying little items that never seem to have a proper place and just get in the way. This is definitely an idea I may have to borrow…

Shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com

Olivia’s Romantic Home has a tutorial for how to combine photos and jars to make a unique storage solution or a cute display.

If after doing all of this you still have spare jam jars you could even use them to store your homemade jam!

Bargain Photo Frame Renovation

Renovated photo frames

This is just a quick post to show off my renovated photo frames (sorry about the terrible photo). I primed them, painted them and then sanded them down to create that ‘shabby chic’ look. I look forward to seeing how they look combined with my table numbers. What do you think?