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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Assorted Fabric Pumpkins

Last week Deborah over at Green Willow Pond showed us her drop cloth pumpkins she had made.
A link to her blog is HERE and her tutorial is great.

I thought it was one of the cutest cloth pumpkins I've seen!
And seeing as I've had this thing for using drop cloths lately for anything imaginable I just had to try this.
Last night I finally got around to making one (and I want to make more of them).
I added a rhinestone pin to mine, I thought it needed a little bling with the coarseness of the canvas and stick

Here are a few I made several years ago, wool and velvet

And now we go way back to the late 70's or maybe I made these in 1980, not sure. Back then I was working in a fabric store and in those days you used what you were expected to use, cotton fabric. 
No one would even consider using a canvas drop cloth! 
I think I like the canvas best of all.

I couldn't resist adding a picture of my cat, I was trying to cover her with leaves but the look on her face is...Try is just once more and you'll pay!

And the pretty orange hibiscus flower that opened this morning.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Decorating

Not quite what you expected from my title!

This year my fall decorating is walking in our woods. 
It seems each year just gets more and more hectic and there's never enough time to decorate the inside. We've had beautiful warm sunny days so I am outside as much as possible enjoying the leaves as they turn into beautiful shades of yellow, gold, orange and red and then fall to the ground.

My favorite Sugar Maple tree

Looking to the sky through the leaves

Then the Sugar Maple right next to the red one, it only turns yellow each year

This is what I see as I look out to the driveway from our front porch, our road looks like a foot trail but it really is our road! 

The oaks are a vivid orange this year, a few are red.
There is a beautiful orangy glow inside the house when the sun is out.

The Amur Maple leaves fell today and scattered on the ground in all shades of Autumn

And one little sprig of soft pink roses to remind me of summer

I hope you have time to go for a walk in the woods and enjoy the Autumn colors.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vintage Button Lamp Shade DIY

I seem to collect old mother of pearl buttons, whenever I see them I have to add them to my stash.
I've sewn since I can remember so it's fitting for me to have a button lamp shade in my sewing room.

I found an older lampshade at the thrift store for $4.
Rip off the existing fabric from the lamp shade. I forgot to take a picture of that step but it's super easy to tear off.

Using unbleached muslin, rip strips approximately 1" to 1 1/2" (no need to be precise here, just eyeball it)
Trim off the selvage ends. Using tacky glue, secure an end to the wire shade and begin wrapping the muslin strip. I only used a small amount to glue at the beginning and the end of each strip, the tacky glue adheres well.

I'm not fussy at all while wrapping other than making sure the frayed edges are exposed most of the time.

The shade all wrapped and ready for buttons and wire.

Using a fine gauge wire (of course that's back in MN, when I get back there I'll add the gauge here), cut off a piece of wire approximately 3" longer on each end to accommodate wrapping it around the lamp shade.

I used 2 hole vintage mother of pearl buttons. Slide the wire through one hole of the button and then the next, be careful not to crimp the wire, it will weaken it and it will break. Do this step carefully and take your time. 

Once I have enough buttons on a piece of wire I attach it to the top hoop of the shade. I placed 2 button wires in between each lamp shade wire. Evenly space the button wires and wrap the wire around the lamp shade a few times, finish by twisting a small amount of wire around itself.

At the bottom of the shade wrap the wire once, just to secure it.

Using a needle nose pliers give the wire a slight and gentle tug to tighten, then continue to wrap in the same manner as the top hoop. Trim off ends of wire.

As luck would have it, I went back to the same thrift store and found this glass lamp. I wasn't sure at first if I liked it or hated it but it was cheap so I brought it home.
The shade fit it perfectly and I love how the whole vignette turned out!
The Edison bulb was the finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping!

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