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i love lamp. (+ a couple project ideas)

first off – a little movie trivia… “i love lamp!” – go… (scroll to the bottom if you are stumped.)

my favorite lamp we have is a brass one that sits on the table next to my side of the bed. i purchased it last year at a flea market for $10. it was one of my best flea market scores to date. it’s probably 40 years old and brass with a pretty looking natural colored woven shade.

i’ve made a couple (+ super simple) DIY lamps for our house by taking an old mason jar and sticking a string of white christmas lights down in them (or fairy lights as they call them here in Australia). it makes for a pretty glow with a rustic feel.

when i was a kid my dad would make his own lamps out of mason jars. he’d buy a lamp kit and drill it into the jar’s lid. he’d then stick a shade on top and fill the jar with something like marbles, dried flowers, spools of thread, etc… i really want to make one of those lamps. i just need to find the right kind of kit here in Australia since the US kind would require a converter.

my husband is not a fan of my lamps. actually, i take that back – instead i should say that he’s not a fan of my dark lamp shades (which we have a few of). he’s practical and doesn’t understand why i’d intentionally try to block the light from escaping. to be honest, i don’t really have a good answer – other than, i like the look (especially our tall bedroom lamp with the brown velvet shade). plus, when we have overhead lights… lamps are more about mood than practicality, right?

a few of our lamps

song lyric lamp

song lyrics lamp

today i found this super cute (or TCFW – which is my latest acronym i’ve been using repeatedly – meaning “too cute for words”) DIY lamp tutorial. all you need is a solid wood lamp with some paint on it (or even paint it yourself), a sharpie, tape, and a creative saying. you can then fill the base of the lamp with lyrics from your favorite song, words from an inspirational quote or whatever other creative scribble you might like. check out the full project over at prettyhandygirl.com.

found @ pretty handy girl
what: 10 minute song lyrics lamp makeover
where: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2013/03/10-minute-song-lyrics-lamp-makeover.html

oh… and if you couldn’t name the movie above. here you can watch the masterpiece scene i was referencing. i. love. lamp.

chalkboard label jars










in my recent post ‘good finds – a top 10 list’, i talked about chalkboard labels and the lot that was being sent via etsy. a couple weeks & 2 hemispheres later, i now have those labels. soooooo, i thought i’d share with you my new little creation + just how easy it is for you to whip up something similar. whether it’s an organization project or something fun for your kids (or you), slapping one of these little stickers on to a jar, glass, container, book, etc… can add a new spin to something old, cheap or bland.

i ordered these chalkboard labels in all shapes and sizes from bradens grace on etsy. while i’ve got a lot of plans for these guys, i wanted to take one for a test drive. enter project #1: a jar of tea leaves. there’s really no explanation needed, as it’s as simple as 1-2-3.

-get a jar (old/new, cheap/expensive — whatever you fancy)
-affix the label
-write on it w/ chalk (which also came with the labels)
*and well… that’s it.  not much more to this story other than a quick & easy makeover project.

to make your own custom chalkboard project, check out bradens grace on etsy (there are other sellers around – but I recommend them.. fast delivery, inexpensive & great products.


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