Saturday, January 3, 2015

Before & After: Old Lampshade, New Look

For a long time I've wanted to share my new lampshades I made with you, but for one reason or another, I just haven't done it.

About three years ago, I did a lampshade makeover, Before & After: Lamp & Lamp Shade, and it was really very easy to do. I loved the brown fabric I used before on them, but since changing the paint color, the curtains and the furniture in the living room, the color of the shades just seemed a little off. They were just too dark for lighter, brighter room. So I decided to redo them again.

Small Moments: Old Lampshade New Look
Selecting a new fabric
Here you can see where I was trying out the new fabric to see if I liked it. You can't see it in the picture, but there are four little yellow dots where each diamond connects. On the back side of the fabric there are yellow strings that go across the center of the diamonds to add those four yellow dots. Since I didn't want stripes showing when the light was on, I cut off all of these strings. That was probably the hardest part of the whole project!

Anyway...  Here's what they look like now!

Small Moments:  Old Lampshade New Look
Ta-da! Brand new look!

I thought it might be fun to show you the progression of how much these lamps have changed.

Small Moments:  Old Lampshade New Look
Oh how they've changed!
Looking at the progression, I still love the brown shades, but they just didn't work in the room after I repainted.

I hated these lamps when I first moved into Jim's house. They were chunky and ugly, and at the time, they had mismatched shades on them. When I found matching blue drum shades at Goodwill for $3 each, which would go with Jim's ugly blue recliner, I snatched them up, because lampshades are soooo expensive!

There are instructions all over the internet for covering lampshades, so I'm not going to go into the process. I just wanted to share the new look with you.

Small Moments:  Old Lampshade New Look
Another view.
Considering how expensive lampshades are, I could have spent hundreds of dollars getting new. But I still haven't spent even $100, even though I've changed the look twice! Well worth the effort!

Have you ever done anything like this?  I'd love to see the results!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

My Word for 2015

Once again, my word for 2015 was so clear that I didn't have to struggle at all to find it.  It revealed itself in November when I was redecorating our bedroom.

Last year, my word was FOCUS, which was completely appropriate. I had several things in my life that I needed to focus on. But now, I need to embrace whatever 2015 has to offer.

That's why my word for the year is EMBRACE.

Small Moments: Word of the Year
There are going to be a lot of changes in my life this year, and I know I'm going to have to learn how to embrace both the things that are changing and the things that will remain the same. When it comes to change, we can embrace it or we can fight it. I'm choosing to embrace it this year.

But change is not the only thing I'm going to embrace.  I'm also going to embrace the relationships in my life, especially my marriage. We just celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary, and we both realize that together we need to embrace the things that are important to us in our marriage.

What about you?  Have you found your "word of the year" yet?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

It's Christmas Eve, and I'm almost ready for Jim's brother and sister to arrive.  This is the first year they've come to our house for Christmas, so I feel a little pressure to get everything right. I want to make it special and beautiful.

Small Moments:  Christmas 2014
Counting down to Christmas... It's Christmas Eve!
I got this Christmas Advent calendar several years ago, and I still love it. The bubble is magnetic, and magnifies the date. Goes perfectly with my rustic, vintage Christmas decor.

Small Moments: Christmas 2014
There's always one gift that won't fit under the tree...
All the presents are wrapped... Well, almost all of them... Jim still hasn't wrapped his gift for me.

Small Moments: Christmas 2014
Christmas cookies...
You just can't have Christmas without some Christmas Cookies!  I didn't make any this year, but hopefully these Belgium cookies will suffice.

Small Moments:  Christmas 2014
The table is set...
Okay, I'l admit it.  These are not the plates we'll be having our dinner on.  But they can be used for the cookies and snacks.  I guess I'm as ready as I'm going to be...  Hope you're ready!

Small Moments:  Christmas 2014
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I hope your holidays are filled with love, 
friendship and many blessings!

May you have a blessed Christmas.
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