Tuesday, January 6, 2009


When I made my very first lampshade, I made a lot of mistakes - so I kept it! Actually my daughter wanted it so she has it now. But what I want to say is that on that first lampshade, I put something special; a button that was from my grandmother's wedding dress. So when Nova, one of my friends, commissioned me to make her a lampshade I asked her if there was anything special she would like to add to her shade. The three little pins above were a gift to her from her grandmother! Nova had gotten a vintage floor lamp with a torn shade and asked me to make one of my "doily" lampshades for it. I think it turned out very pretty, and you can see where I put the pins - right in the front where they have a place of honor! So what do you think?

And remember in a previous post, the six cute little birdhouse drawer pulls that my friend Fran and I got from a yard sale - and a picture of what Fran did with her three (she hung some vintage pot holders from them?) Well the pictures above are of my mantle (post Christmas!) I made them into picture hangers with a little ribbon and lace!
Well, now that 2009 is here, I wish you all a good year. Have fun with what you are making, enjoy your families and friends. Get out and go somewhere or see something you haven't seen before. Enjoy the life you have, and thank the Good Lord for your (and our) many blessings!


Charmingdesigns said...

OOOOOah!! Just beautiful!!!! laurie

Kathleen Grace said...

Your lampshades amaze me. I clicked on the picture so I could look at the details and they are wonderful! I love how you put things together! Some day I hope I will be able to afford one of your designs:>)

Rue said...

Hi Marilyn :)

That is such a wonderful idea and it turned out beautiful. You are so talented :)

xoxo and Happy New Year!

Michelle Palmer said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! They will be treasured for generations~ you are amazing!

The movie I was sharing about Beatrix Potter is called MISS POTTER. It is a newer film...within the past few years. When a film is "just that good" I purchase my own copy...this one was worth ten times the price. Many have loved it~ tissues, friend!
:) Please let me know what you think...

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That lampshade is just adorable!!! Wow nice to add something special to it!!!

Kathy2eggs said...

I just love your lampshade. I have only made two, but you've inspired me to do more...Keep up the great work.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Marilyn,you did a fantastic job on your friends lampshade.Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...


I followed a link to you from Romantic Homes.

Your lampshades are so beautiful and unique. I have one question. How do you keep the crocheted doilies from unraveling when you cut them?


Meggie said...

Lovely shades! The three pins are such a nice touch.