|My felted baby sweaters, so sweet. Also sold more felted pillows and hand woven scarfs.|
Had a great day today at a local art show held at a wonderful coffee house in Ottawa, Il. My felted "baby dumplin" sweaters were a hit. So many compliments and kind words...ooohh's and aahhhhh's...aren't they sweet...and of course some sales! After the show I had one hour before picking up my pizza to take home with me and decided to do some fast and furious shopping at two of my favorite stores. One, a beautiful gift and home store where I purchased some spring silk greens to wrap around my birdcage that I have on my dining room table. It is my dining room table centerpiece and it sits on a concrete pedestil. Inside are three real bird's nests that I found in my backyard. On days like that when I find such treasures I feel like I've won the lottery. Crazy, I know. I'm easily pleased.
Two of the birds nests are so tiny and fit in the palm of my hand. A finch's nest perhaps. I'm almost afraid to handle them for fear they will fall apart. Delicate...whispy...a place where a fairy could lay her tiny head. One of the nests has several beautiful, blue eggs still in it. It is the larger of the three nests that I have placed in the birdcage. I've placed the nests on some green moss and I've put a wreath of tiny pink flowers to crown the bird cage. Sweet and lovely.
The other store I had to stop at is a second hand store. And you know how I like these kinds of places. So many past good finds. Scrabble pieces...old christmas ornaments... a glass rooster. I only had fifteen minutes before the store closed so I was on a mission. The store smells damp and musty but that doesn't matter. Gives the place character.
|Beautiful old chandelier crystals sparkle underneath the crinoline ruffles|
|Louie the cat checking out those "pretty dangly things" on the lamp.|
Back to the lampshade. I raced upstairs to my bedroom and promptly unscrewed the shade of a pretty little lamp that I got on sale at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. It is a tall lamp but not quite tall enough for the side table I put it on so it sits on a stack of old books giving it the height that it needed. Grabbed some old chandelier crystals and hung them from the ends of the four turned up corners of the lamp. Now, the icing on the cake. Tucked in one of my closets is a muted pink crinoline skirt. Circa 1950. Ready to fluff any poodle skirt. But not this time. I had another use for it.
|Need some height for your lamp to give it more of a presence? Stack some old books or wooden boxes to give it a boost. An old red Webster's Dictionary accents the red from the wall paper .|
|The finished shade...I've fallen in love with it! I did find a piece of old lace in my stash that I eventually tied around the middle of the shade. So cool. It was the icing on the cake and I will post pictures of the final lampshade soon.|
|So what do you think of my $8 lampshade?|