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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.

o.p.p. – quarter dye t-shirt

if you are in the northern hemisphere… spring is here! and with spring comes cleaning… most of the time which involves closets and getting rid of old + purchasing some new. shopping!!!

quarter dye t-shirt

quarter dye t-shirt

each spring i’m in need of a few good staple tees. this past year i had an obsession for stripes and the year before that it was solid oversized tees. this year i want to spice it up by adding a bit of my own creativity to the wardrobe. (note: i’ve been in a slump for the past couple years when it comes to my fashion. working from home can do that to you. i call pajama pants, t-shirts, hoodies, and ugg boots – “my work clothes”. it’s sad, esp considering i used to consider myself a bit of a trendsetter among my peers.)

i love these DIY tees found over at the sweet paul blog. it’s kind of a take on tie dye without being too hippie. the partial dye job is actually pretty stylish.

places i recommend good cotton tees for dyeing: target, gap, levi’s, h&m (as used for the shirt in the original post), american eagle, and even forever 21.

found @ sweet paul
what: quarter dye t-shirt
where: http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/07/c.html

o.p.p. – braided bead bracelet

i’m in the need of a little fashion revive. with my obsession of pinterest at an all-time high and a u.s. trip planned for next week (clothing & accessories are much less than in oz), i’ve been on a rampage pinning & online shopping.

re: fashion – i used to be a bit accessories obsessed.  I still have 2 large treasure chests filled w/ necklaces, bracelets, rings & earrings – some nice, some cheap (aka – forever 21) and some handmade by me and other etsy artisans. these days i tend to wear a necklace & my swatch watch nearly every day… however, i’ve been recently thinking that i need to get a couple new pieces of bling for my wrists (i’ve retired my famous brass snake bracelet… for now.) with that comes today’s project…

these beaded + braided bracelets are ‘too cute’, easy & just my style (they also come from a great website for diy).
found @ honestlywtf
what: braided bread bracelet
where: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-beaded-bracelet/

 

 

o.p.p. – nye party hats

it’s 3:00pm in south australia on dec 31.

rather than making the trek back home for the holidays (we will do a belated version of that in a few weeks), this year we decided to stay put in oz and soak up the summer sun (it’s been between 85-95F everyday this week). our residence for the week has been a bay front property in the coastal town of port lincoln (7 hours from adelaide). our house (shared w/ friends) has a private dock, kayaks and some inviting water just 20 ft. from the front door — i feel pretty lucky (though I must admit, I have missed the snow just a bit).

since many of you still have a good 24 hours before the clock strikes midnight and the year turns to ’12, i thought this might be the opp0rtune time to post a cool little project.

these hats are a perfect compliment to countdown time… see the pic + check out the details.

found @ merriment design
what: nye party hats
where: http://www.merrimentdesign.com/make-new-years-eve-party-hats-free-printable-2012-template.php

3.2.1. – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

pipe cleaner name tags

*i love having a sister that is crafty.
*we can talk about or do crafts together for hours on end.
*and when our men get annoyed with our crafting – they can watch sports, drink beer, or play video games together (or apart when we gab on the phone).

when i was home in the u.s. over the holidays, my sister showed me a cute project that she’d been doing to spice up packages while adding a bit of a personal touch.

the project: pipe cleaner name tags
materials: pipe cleaners… 2 or 3 depending on how long the name is (+ a present to put it on)

1) hand write out the name or saying you want to do, it will help you as a guide to your final result.
2) form the letters to look like what you wrote – twist the pipe cleaners after and during the formation of a letter to keep it in place. when you get close to using the whole pipe cleaner, twist another one onto the end to make it longer.
3) leave a little room on the end to be able to twist it onto the ribbon to secure it to the present.

fin. (aka – the end).

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