I moved into a new place and decided that I really wanted to resist the immediate gratification of purchasing all of the furniture and decor just to have my place all set. I wanted my new place to be all about me and the things I love (not just like). I wanted most of what I had to be recycled, upcycled and created by me. There are certain things that I'm either too impatient for or that I simply don't have the tools and skills to create, and those things, well, I purchase. However, if it is in within my creative reach, I will create it. That being said... my parents gave me two old lamps they had collecting dust in the basement, so I decided to avoid Pinterest and just create something from my own imagination...and... here it is!
Grab your old magazines and books (I got mine for 99 cents each at a thrift store) and cut out a whole bunch of circles! Try to stick with some sort of color scheme.
Take off the lamp shade and get your hot glue gun hot. Start gluing the first layer of circles to the bottom of the lamp shade. You will want to have a bit of overlap so that you can fold the bottom under as you go. Also, try not to allow any of the original shade to show through underneath. Do your best to make sure your circles overlap enough to avoid this. Once you've done your first row, you can continue to add rows starting wherever you'd like!
Continue this until you reach the top. You may want to periodically check to see if you have things spaced out correctly so that you're left with a good amount of space at the top for your final row. (This is where the pencil comes in handy.) When you're done, fold over and glue the top just as you did at the bottom. Gently pull off any hot glue "strings" and you're ready to put it back on your lamp!
1. Love this super feminine, adorable Jennifer Lilly Dress. 2. Love the colors and overall look of this iPhone case! 3. How awesome is this STICKER TAPE? I think I would want to put it on e v e r y t h i n g !
4. Not your average bday card, ay? 5. I've been wanting some slippers for around the house and now I want these. 6. I really like the floral and caramel palette on this watch.
I have been making time for creative things, and it is AWESOME! I've been doing lots with my art journal and have also been spending some quality time with my sewing machine. So many projects. So much happy!
My first project of today was inspired by this tutorial here, but I ran into some issues along the way. First, I failed miserably at remembering which sides I wanted where, hence the fun fabric is on the inside and the felt is on the outside! Secondly, the zipper I had on hand was freakishly small and not good for this project, but I used it anyway! So, it came out as one would expect, SUPER SMALL. Finally, it's just off...but kind of endearing in strange way. Regardless, I wanted to share it with you. Not everything we do is perfect, and that is okay. I will try again later when I have more appropriate materials!
My second project was a complete success. I roughly followed this tutorial, but the dimensions were completely different since I did not have enough fabric (seems to be the theme). I love the end result so much and will definitely be making more of these in the future.
Happy Sunday, everyone!
I shared a post a few weeks back about art journaling and my desire to start one myself. Well, I did and I love it! I started by exploring some different journal options here, but ended up choosing to go with an old hardcover book.
Here's a sneak peek:
Reasons to love Art Journaling:
If you're at all interested, go for it. What do you have to lose?!
If you need some inspiration, I've been collecting a lot of great posts on my Pinterest board and am constantly adding to it. It's amazing to see the creativity of others.
(Oh, and how adorable is this photo? Love them.)