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Monday, April 26, 2010

Handmade Blue Heart Victorian Accent Lamp

Handmade Blue Heart Victorian Accent Lamp
This week I'm focusing on a lamp I made using a heart shaped glass vase. It was originally intended for flowers; however, as I'm always looking for unusual bases for my lampshades, I thought this would be perfect filled with powder blue glass beads. I found the glass beads on a trip to Albany, NY to visit my best friend from high school.

My husband added the electric candle lamp with a six foot gray cord with an on/off switch that comes out the top of the vase in back. It uses a 7-watt candleabra light bulb.

The shade is handsewn with a layer of blue lace handsewn over the lining. I added white trim and blue crytal looking beads and there it is...ready for a bathroom or bedroom as a night light.

Wouldn't this make a unique wedding or home warming gift? Or something to help freshen up one of your own rooms. You can purchase it at my website: http://www.shades-etc.com/victorian.htm.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Beautiful Rose Bead Watch

My craft friend, Deb, made this watch for me from clay beads that she makes.  She spent a lot of time getting it just right for my wrist.001

I really love wearing it.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gratitude

I received a card in the mail from a satisfied customer today and it blessed me so much that I had to share it here.laketathanks   I have received thanks before by phone calls or emails but never by a card with an extra tip included!  It made me cry.  I have been feeling such a heaviness in my spirit lately and this lifted me way up. 

“What’s the big deal?  It’s just a card.”  You might say that.  But it IS a big deal today because 99% of the people I know never say thank you for anything.  If people aren’t able to express thanks to humans, how can they express it to a loving heavenly Father?  Is it really that hard to appreciate what other people do for us?  Or do we just expect it as due to us?  Two little words that are so hard for people to say…“thank you”.

This card immediately caused me to want to do something else for this customer.  I wonder if that’s how God feels?  When we are grateful and express it to Him, does it make Him feel like doing more for us?  I think so. 

I’m saying here on my blogs “thank you” for being my friends, for reading my thoughts and not criticizing me, to customers – again thank you for allowing me to help you redecorate your home or for purchasing a gift from me.  I do pray for each of you that God’s light will shine through the items you’ve purchase and you’ll know His love today.

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Polka Dot Baby Night Light

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This is my revised baby shoe lamp. I didn’t like the previous shade I made in blue and white gingham; so I changed it to polka dots. This would be so cute in a baby boy’s room. It would add just enough light to keep away the dark as it only uses a 7-watt light bulb. It has a six-foot cord with the on/off switch on it. It only measures 10-1/2” high so it would fit anywhere, even on a bookshelf.

You can purchase it at my website: http://www.shades-etc.com/babyGifts.htm.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another Stiffel Lampshade

I just mailed another remake of a Stiffel lamps shade.  These are wonderful old lamps but the shades are not replaceable at the moment.  That’s good for me as I remake the lampshades using the original frames.  This picture is a little blurry but the shade turned out beautiful.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Handmade Blue Wine Bottle Lamp

This week I’m posting a lamp we just finished. bluewineecrater

This Blue Wine Bottle lamp was a fun project.  We found the bottle at a Wine Festival that I was selling at. 

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My husband drilled a hole through the glass at the back for the six foot white cord to go through.  Then he stuffed tiny white lights on a string into the neck and wired it so that they would turn on when the light bulb was on.  They do not turn on alone without the light bulb.  We haven’t figured out that yet!bluewineinsideecrater

 

He added a turn-key socket for a 40 watt bulb and a harp and then said “your turn!”.

 

 

 

 

 

bluewineshadeecrater I made the lampshade from a hexagon bell scalloped frame.  I applied gold silk crepe to the hardback plastic and trimmed it with ivory colored french gimp braid and ivory 4” fringe. 

 

 

 

 

 

bluewinetopinsideecraterAfter adding a small gold finial to the top to hold the shade in place, it was complete and ready to light up someone’s home.  

The lamp is 21” tall.  The shade is 4” across the top, 10-1/2” across the bottom, and 8-1/2” high.

It weighs 2.25 pounds and would be easy to ship anywhere in the USA.