Ever So Clever, Ever So Pretty Friday, #10…A Metal Lampshade Makeover

I love Pam’s blog, Simple Details.

Pam always has the greatest projects and decorating ideas and this week I saw her makeover of a metal lampshade.

I have a lamp that I purchased many years ago from Bombay (I miss that store!)…

…..but I no longer am crazy about the color of the shade. It was a “dark greenish blue”..

So I decided to do what Pam did and give it a makeover.

And here it is:

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I love the shiny lacquered look.

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This is was my inspiration from Pam…

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Pam’s shade looked similar to these….she had forgotten to take before pics…I can so relate to that!!

She took these shades similar to hers from an eBay pic.

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Pam compared the shiny lacquered look to a flat black look, and I agreed that the lacquered look was the best.

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This is the lamp before….

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It was hard to capture the true original color of the shade before I painted it…but is truly was a “dark greenish blue”

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I gathered my supplies which with the exception of the paint, are items that were in my SWAG bag from Haven last year!!

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I used Pam’s paint of choice…and it was a great choice!

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So a lamp that I have had in the attic for a long time, has found its way back home!

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I changed the foyer table vignette around since the lamp found its home here…

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I removed the large demijohn and placed the lamp in that space and added the bird house…

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I am so pleased on how this turned out.

I have other metallic paints (Martha Stewart) and now have the inspiration to try it on more lamp shades…

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I so glad that I went with this finish..and my hubby also gave it the thumbs up!

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And now that brass is making a comeback…I may be dragging more things out of the attic!

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So here’s another look of the lamp I rescued from the attic and updated the shade thanks to Pam!!

Take the time to visit Pam’s blog, Simple Details…you won’t be disappointed…she is a very talented lady!!

I am off to my Watercolor Painting Class…yes, I am going to try my hand at this!!!…so excited!

Have a wonderful weekend…and Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Foyer Vignette Where “Dreams That You Dare To Dream”…..

I cannot resist the beautiful chalkboard prints of Dear Lillie

When she did a chalkboard print of one of my favorite songs….I just had to have it…

A song where you can go to a place where “troubles melt like lemon drops”

…..and “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”

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A place where you can “wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind you”…

Yes, I do love that song and movie…I can watch it over and over…following that “yellow brick road”

…..and I have followed that yellow brick road around my house…the road covered with pollen!

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The demijohn went back to the table to hold Spring branches and moss and twig butterflies.

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I purchased a pair of these candlesticks on clearance after Christmas…

…..I loved the “bowl effect” so that it was easy to place a topiary ball on top.

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I purchased these milk glass candlesticks at Luckett’s last year…

…..I turned one upside down, as it gave me another level of height.

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…..and speaking of Luckett’s….

I am so happy that I will be able to attend the fair this year…My hubby has a tournament nearby….

AND…I will be able to participate in the Hometalk Meetup…so looking forward to it!

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So today, I hope the “dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true”

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Fall Foyer Table and Plush Velvet Pumpkins

I started some Fall decorating yesterday afternoon….

…..It’s a start…and hope to get more accomplished by the weekend.

So, let’s start with the foyer table.

…..As Kim from Savvy Southern Style would say..

……….this is what it looks like now, there may be many tweaks in the future!

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I bought a beautiful set of fall plates from Pottery Barn…with my coupon!!

…..the $25 off of $50 purchase one!…:)

I placed my wooden pumpkins on top of the candlesticks and surrounded the base with reindeer moss.

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I added fall foliage and a pretty moss ball…

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A pretty pumpkin candle sits in an iron leaf plate…bought those years ago..

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Candlesticks from Pottery Barn too….

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I previously mentioned my Plush Velvet Pumpkins that I received as a gift from my sister…

…..I placed them on a mini cake stand…a place of honor.

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I placed a Fall inspired large ribbon tassel at the base…

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I so love the beautiful stems….

……my favorite is the one that looks like someone holding a branch…

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However, my granddaughter loves the one…

…..that looks like a dragon!

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And I so love the new leopard print!!

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But all in all…they are beautiful and I will treasure them forever…

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Now on to shop for my Craft Party tomorrow….stay tuned!!

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A SUMMER MANTEL…HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE….!!!!

To commemorate this wonderful day of the year for our Country….

……….I thought I would add a touch of Americana to kick off a summer mantel.

I began by placing a beautiful watercolor painted by my friend Martha Odins….

…..You can see her magnificent watercolors at Marthaodinswatercolors.com

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I added the patriotic tins I used for my dinner party tablescape….

…..and my folk art “Uncle Sam Bunny”…along with the saluting “Uncle Sam” made from clay…

These cuties were purchased from my many craft show days in the past….

…..waking up at the crack of dawn….

……….to be the first ones there….with my BFF’s Linda and Ruthie…

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Isn’t he a cutie???..He’s saluting Martha too…for her magnificent watercolor of sunflowers….

PicMonkey Collage

I downsized many of my collections prior to our move….

…..however, I could not part with these guys!

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I wish you all a very safe and Happy Independence Day….!

I cannot tell you how very much I love this beautiful country of ours…

…..I am forever grateful to our Founding Fathers for making this day possible….

……….to CELEBRATE THE JOYS OF FREEDOM…

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My son and daughter-in-law know how much I love all things patriotic…..

…..they presented me with this wonderful book as a birthday gift.

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And I leave you to celebrate this Day of Independence with a couple of pictures from my BFF Linda….

…..I am hoping that she will be participating in Jane and Leo’s Link Party….

………..at: Cottage At the Crossroads….

…………….They are starting a new Link Party featuring “non-blogger” readers.

What a wonderful idea Jane and Leo!!

Here are a couple of pics from her 4th of July Tablescapes…Great job Linda!

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Oh Christmas Tree…

I love having multiple trees in my home for Christmas. It is fun and rewarding decorating them and finding ways to make them different from year to year. Other than changing out ribbon and other decorative floral adornments, my large tree pretty much is the same as it is my sentimental family tree full of ornaments gathered over many years. I collected many Hallmark ornaments in the past and I have displayed many of them in the tree in the media room. Many I have stored away…

So the following are many (not all) of the trees I have throughout the house. I always say from year to year that I am not going to do as much..but I cannot seem to live up to that promise.

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The Great Room Tree…It is 12 foot and we had to place the lower branches into the ballaters so that it would fit in the area..the lower branches hang over the stair well and you can see the ornaments dangle.

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I placed my carolers around the tree as if they are singing around a tree in a town square.

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Among my more sentimental ornaments, I love to use Christopher Radko ornaments.

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I add a garland of ribbon, usually two (a metallic over a flocked) that will connect to a large bow and various ornamental picks.

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My upside down tree in the sun room. It is flocked and I used red ornaments with glass crystal icicle ornaments. The red shows up so nicely against the white flocking. Owls are perfect for that woodland look. I place berry floral picks and garland at the front top edge.

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The base of the tree with pine cones, holly sprigs and a “visitor” the infamous furry squirrel.

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The kitchen tree with Santa take out chefs. This has been there for the past few years, so I will change that around a bit next year.

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The small vintage cookie cutter tree that sits in an old A&P grocery shopping cart.

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The media room tree decorated with Hallmark ornaments and a few handmade ones by my son many years ago..

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The topper…with silk ferns and hydrangeas. I used a metallic glittered garland band that twists nicely amid the tree.

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The corner wall mounted upside down tree…I used brown and copper ornaments to coordinate with the mantle. Floral and leaf inspired picks are inserted on the top portion of the tree.

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A close up of the top portion of the tree

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When decorating the top portion of the 12 foot tree, I place (actually my hubby does) it in a bench with a vice so that I can decorate it completely from the workbench. The hubby climbs up the ladder and places the top portion in the tree fully decorated. Saves me from being up on the very top of the ladder!

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A Hallmark miniature tree purchased many years ago and a train goes around the base of the tree…a favorite of my granddaughters.

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My granddaughter’s tree. It is a themed tree every year of her choice. This year it is Legos..

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The toy shop village made of legos..The tree and village sits in an antique wagon

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An old Dept 56 faux “feather tree” with white and gold acorns. A symbol of Raleigh, the City of Oaks. Sits on the dresser of the guest room.

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The tree in the Master Bedroom. I wrapped a lighted white flocked garland around it and placed silver ornaments and decorations on it.

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A close up..I also used up all the silver ornament hangers I had. I thought they were cute by themselves.

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The guest room tree..A metal tree with a brass finish. I added the green berried twig garland through the middle to add a bit more texture. Used white, blue, and green ornaments to coordinate the colors with the room. Added a few owls for more texture…

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Placed white glutted ferns and antique Japanese fishing net balls that are green and blue under the tree

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A small nutcracker tree in my hubby’s office. Only able to take picture from one side as the window creates such glare…

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A magnolia and pearl tree in the other guest room.

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A closer look..I used magnolia floral stems and garlands with pearl picks. My friend Pam took those pearl picks, stuck them in a styrofoam wreath and turned out gorgeous..next project…

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The dining room tree. Decorated with various fruits, fruit garland, and pineapples. It is raised off the floor and I placed an evergreen garland at the base.

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Another close up view of the dining room tree.

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And finally, one of the greatest trees of all..the tree on Main Street at Disney World. You can see some of the “snow” that they spray through the air in the evening. It was a beautiful enchanting night.

You may also view my Christmas foyer here…

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