Monday, October 31, 2011

Simple Ruffle Lampshade Tutorial

I had this lavender lamp  that was very cute, BUT it didn't match any room in my house and because  I needed a lamp in the computer/craft/dressing room.   I decided to give it a facelift.

I had some burlapish fabric
 ( leftover from another project)  that I cut into strips.
I didn't bother making straight lines or finishing the raw edges, 
I wanted it to look a little... shabby chic.
My lampshade is small so I didn't need that much, but if you're doing
a regular size shade  cut lots!  You use more than you think.
just do the last 2 steps all the way around the lampshade until
it's completely covered.
and that's it!    Easy peasy

 I painted the base blue to match the room better
and glued the fabric flowers to the shade

Now I need to get some cleaning done!
After all..... it is Monday :)
Hope you're having a great day!!

Linking to  We Did It! Wednesday , Inspired By You Wednesday
and Fall Into Fall - It's a Party

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Road to Happiness

I get a daily email from 
Sometimes they are really good 
and the one I got the other day shared the introduction from the book
The Road to Happiness
It made me think about how true it was and I wanted to share it with my readers

                                                    An excerpt from
                                         The Road To Happiness
                                  by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

When I travel on business, I like to talk to the taxi drivers who take me from the airport to my hotel, or to a convention center, or to a restaurant. Taxi drivers are often immigrants with interesting personal histories and unusual cultural backgrounds. I ask them how long they've been in America, how they chose which city to live in, and what they like best about where they live. Of course, I also ask them for advice on good local restaurants and any special attractions they'd recommend to a visitor. I've had some great experiences on my travels, thanks to the advice of taxi drivers!

On one trip about ten years ago, I was making conversation with the taxi driver, asking him my usual questions about how he came to live where he lived. Then I asked him a hypothetical question: "If you could live anywhere in the world-and if money was no object-where would you live?"

Without hesitating even for a second, he replied, "I live in my heart. So it really doesn't matter where my body lives. If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise, no matter where my residence is."

I felt humbled and a little foolish for my question. Of course he was right-happiness is an inside job. He had reminded me of something I already knew, but had forgotten. If you can't find happiness inside yourself, you'll never find it in the outside world, no matter where you move. Wherever you go, there you are. You take yourself with you.

I am grateful for the wisdom of that taxi driver. And I'm grateful for all the wisdom others have shared with me about how to be happy.

Have a great Lord's Day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

fascinating what some people can make with "trash"

I think I'm going to start saving toilet paper rolls....  so friends if you find me with your empty roll stuffed in my pocket when I leave... I'm not crazy only a little bit crazy. 
But seriously have you seen what some totally
creative people are making with this... ummm   trash??
Here are just a few things that I think are totally cool:
this totally does not look like a toilet paper roll


this looks like a piece of a wrought iron railing .   totally cool.


So have you made anything cool with 
"trash" recently?
I just might give this a try someday:)

My husband is truly going to think I'm nutsy when
I tell him I want to start saving toilet paper rolls.!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I've been featured!

I am honored and a little bit... okay never mind  a lot excited that
has been featured
on one of my favorite blogs:
Thank you Ashley!
Check out her blog  HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

wrap bracelet from a thin belt

so I'm totally lovin' the  " wrap watches"..... yes that is what I call them and if they have a name other than that,  I don't know what it is.
So anyway I found this picture on Pinterest, (I hate to admit how much I'm on there) that I absolutely loved, but wasn't feeling the price tag:   anywhere from $75 - $115.  What?? I don't think my husband would appreciate that unnecessary purchase. But it sure is pretty....

la Mer Collections

I really didn't care about the watch part of it, I mostly loved the wrapped layers as a bracelet.
 light bulb moment... I could easily make my own!  With that thin leopard belt that I keep trying to wear and just seems to accentuate my
not- so -skinny parts.
All I did was wrap the belt around my wrist in a criss cross pattern  
and buckled it
like the pictures below.

hmmm   Cute,  but it needed something.
So I wrapped a chain around the same way.  I think
I like how it looks both ways.  Guess it would depend on the style of the outfit.
But either way... very simple to do.

It took all of about 3 minutes to get it looking just like I wanted :)
and it was worth those 3 minutes...  I'm totally loving it!
Maybe I will remember to take a picture of my outfit when I wear it out...
What do you think?   
Have you finished any cute do it yourself projects recently??

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My newest jewelry

So I wanted to share my newest jewelry. 
It's been fun getting back into it.  I pretty much put everything on hold for a while
and I have to admit... I missed it.

and here they are:

Each necklace has a matching pair of earrings.
(Sorry, don't have the pictures of the earrings uploaded yet)
So what do you think??

Monday, October 17, 2011

Avery's Rainbow

These are some pictures of our last trip to the shore this summer.  It had been sunny and  beautiful all day.  Perfect for beach pictures.

  It's a tradition now, to take pictures here every year.   It was a little sad for me because our lil Avery should have been in these pictures with us.  She would have been 10 months old

and then I looked up and saw this little rainbow....

and I knew that she WAS there with us.   

Linking to  Heart Therapy at Eisy Morgan