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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Featured EtsyBlogger - Magdalene Jewels

OK…Better late than never! I'm a little late for November, but it is still barely November!

The featured EtsyBlogger for November is MagdaleneJewels. She has two Etsy shops and also a couple blogs – not sure how she keeps up with all that! But please take a look at all her lovely items for sale and her interesting blogs.

Here is one of my favorite items from her MagdaleneJewels
Etsy
shop. I love this beautiful bracelet! What a lovely addition to any outfit this would make for the holidays!
Christmas Bracelet of Ruby Siam Swarovski Crystals

Her other Etsy shop, MagdaleneKnits, sells crocheted and knitted items. Look at these cute crocheted baby Mary Janes! Perfect for the holidays


In her Magdalene Jewels blog, she showcases many of her fellow EtsyBloggers in treasuries she has created. A very pretty blog to look at. And interesting to read about other EtsyBloggers.

Her other blog, Magdalene Jewels’ Blogs, is more about
everyday life, including many pretty Wordless Wednesday photos.

I don’t know how she can keep up two blogs and two Etsy shops! She’s a busy lady!

Please take a look at all the lovely items in both her Etsy shops and at her blogs, too!

Congratulations to MagdaleneJewels, the November EtsyBlogger!

Monday, October 31, 2011

EtsyBloggers October Blog Carnival - Halloween

The blog carnival topic I chose to write about this month is

 What are your plans for Halloween? Have you made anything in your shop with Halloween colors/theme? Show it to us.

I must say that although I had ideas for Halloween items for my shop, I did not make anything for Halloween this year. But I did have plans for Halloween this year, as well as the previous two years.

I hosted my third annual Halloween party on Saturday. My life usually becomes consumed with Halloween for the months of September and October. I would love to get to the point where I was preparing for Halloween throughout the year instead of fitting it all into two months, but I am not quite there yet.

This year, we had a haunted wedding reception. I had costumes, decorations and food to make. It was a fun theme because I could start with a normal party idea (i.e. wedding reception) and make it kind of creepy.  Our guests really seemed to get into the theme and most came dressed for the occasion since I suggested that appropriate wedding attire (i.e. costumes) was recommended but not mandatory and that there would be a prize going to the best dressed and creepiest guests.  My colors for the party were black, silver or gray, and blood red. I started with normal wedding things and changed the colors to fit the theme. For example, I got some of those honeycomb white paper bells and spray painted some black on them to make them fit in. My costume (the bride) was silver and dark red, trimmed in black. My husband’s costume (the groom) was gray and dark red. Here is a picture of us in our costumes.
I made a new wreath for the party. It was white marabou accented with black flowers.
And I made my first tiered cake. Between Martha Stewart’s web site and CakeCentral.com, I found lots of great photos and recipes. My cake had a bottom layer of chocolate, middle of red velvet and the top layer was a delicious white velvet recipe.
My husband decided to build this endless mausoleum after seeing it in one of my How to Haunt your House books. It turned out great! It’s in our dining room and it’s too bad it can’t stay on display for a longer time of the year because it is really cool!
So those were my Halloween plans. I’ll try to do a post on my flying bats (one of my favorite new decorations) soon. What did YOU do for Halloween? I’d love to hear!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Catching Up - My Last Three and a Half Months

How to briefly summarize the three and a half months since my blogging took a break? I thought my summer would have been a little calmer since I was not travelling to baseball games this summer (they were all local), but life just got very busy. I did show you what I made in the classes I took at the Bead & Button show in June. Then in July, my mom and I had a long weekend in Dallas to go to the every-three-year family reunion. That’s always fun.

When I got back from that, it was time to figure out a family vacation (nothing like waiting till the last minute) in early August. We had to fit it in between the end of baseball season in late July and the start of school in late August. My husband was managing a project in Scotland and needed to take a couple trips over there. He was unsure of the exact timing of the trips, but then we realized we could plan a family vacation in conjunction with his second trip. So we spent 10 wonderful days in Scotland in early August. I LOVED it, in spite of the fact that I had to wear my waterproof jacket almost every day I was there. It never rained really hard. But you could hardly call it dry.

We stayed in Troon (across the road from the Royal Trool Golf Course), about 27 miles from Glasgow, as the first part of our trip. This was where my husband had to work for three days. So our son Joe and I went sightseeing in Glasgow those three days. To get to Glasgow, I drove those 27 miles there and back in our Ford diesel rental car on the left side of the road. That was kind of scary at first but kind of fun toward the end. We bought a ticket on a sightseeing bus that let us get on and off at stops all around town for two days. Those were the only two totally sunny days we had, so it was perfect for riding on the top of the open air double decker bus. We saw churches, museums, bagpipers, botanic gardens…all sorts of wonderful sights.

Then we had three days in Edinburgh. Lots of castles, ruins of abbeys and palaces, the Royal Yacht Britannia (the royal family’s retired yacht), Rosslyn Chapel where part of the DaVinci Code was filmed (I had to check it out from the library and watch it after we got home).

The last part of our stay was in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. We stayed across the street from an arm of water, very quaint and scenic. We took a boat ride on Loch Ness, learned some history of the Loch Ness monster at the Loch Ness Centre, had a tour of a Scotch distillery, saw how tartan plaid fabric is woven, saw more ruins and castles. It was all just wonderful!

Here are some photos of my two favorite things – the Rosslyn Chapel and the Melrose Abbey ruins. I loved all the ruins. It was fascinating to think these structures were built hundreds of years ago and such huge pieces are still standing. Rosslyn ChapelMelrose Abbey

I’ve been very inconsistent about doing scrap books or photo albums after vacations, but we came home with so many wonderful photos, I didn’t want to NOT do an album. I decided to make an online photo book from Winkflash. They had a special where I could get up to a 100-page album for the price of a 20-page album. I furiously worked to finish my 94-page 12X12 album before the coupon expired, sometime staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning. I placed my order right before the deadline, only to find the next day they extended the offer another week. But I was glad the book was done. I did find a few typos in it, which I wasn’t terribly pleased with, but considering how much work I did after midnight, I’m surprised there weren’t more! I received my book in just a few days and I still love looking at it!Scotland photo album


Less than week after we got home, it was time for Joe to head back to school. Helping him get ready to go and get packed kept us busy. He drove himself to school with a jam-packed car and we did not even go along with him this year. And there was no fall baseball game this year so I haven’t seen him since he left in late August!

Before we left for Scotland, we started making plans to get our deck rebuilt since it was about to fall apart. We enlarged the existing deck and added a lower level deck below it. That construction was going on while we were away. It was all finished by Labor Day, when we went shopping for new patio furniture (fortunately it was all on sale)!

And then, of course, it was time to start planning for Halloween. I have been busy with that for the last several weeks, making costumes, planning decorations, etc. I love Halloween- it’s so much fun!

But now I’m ready to get back into blogging. Not that I have any more spare time, I’ve just decided I’m ready to get back to it.

So there you have my last three and a half months. Whew! It went by quickly! But I’ll keep up with the next three and a half months better in my blog. It’s good to be back!

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Craft Room is in a Magazine Article!

I’ve been in blogger retirement for too long. Time to change that. And today is a great day to change it. I’m very excited…My craft room was part of a magazine article! Of course, it’s a German magazine and I can only come close to knowing what it says using Google translator. But that’s just a small detail. It’s still pretty exciting to see a photo of my room in print!

When my craft room was newly built, I posted some photos of it on Flickr. I don’t use Flickr too much anymore but this summer I added some photos. I discovered a message which fortunately was not very old. It was from someone working on an article for the German Hello Kitty magazine. They were going to show photos of craft rooms and she found mine on Flickr. I wasn’t positive that mine would be used, but she took my address and said she would send me a copy of the magazine in October.

Well, today my magazine arrived and there was my craft room! That really made my day. Probably my entire week!

Here’s a picture of the two-page spread.
Hello Kitty craft room article
And here’s a close-up of my craft room, the photo in the upper right corner. My craft room in Hello Kitty article
And tomorrow I will get back into blogging. I’ll give a brief update on what I’ve been doing for the last three and a half months. I can’t believe it’s been that long. But I’m back now. Talk to you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June Featured EtsyBlogger: Tammy

The EtsyBlogger featured for June is Tammy. Her Etsy shop is http://www.tamdoll.etsy.com/ - Tamdoll SILVER Mountain Originals. She sells wearable art and unique accessories. Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop.

Being into recycling/upcycling as I am, I love Tammy’s “Don’t Be Blue Trendy Plaid Handbag.” It’s an upcycled wool scarf! What a great idea!
Don't Be Blue Trendy Plaid Handbag
And look at this cute mermaid pattern! What fun it would be to make a bunch of these! I think they’re adorable.
Mermaid pattern
Tammy’s blog is tamdoll.blogspot.com. I love it! It’s full of all kinds of crafty info. Lots of tutorials and other instructions and just some great ideas. I had a hard time getting back to writing this blog post because I got all caught up in some of Tammy’s blog posts. Here are a couple that caught my attention.
Look at these great papier-mache’ hearts for Valentine’s Day! (It’s never too early to start planning.)
Papier-mache' hearts
And these cute ideas for decorated match boxes. I love them! They’re so clever!
Decorated match box
I’m sure you’ll find tons of other ideas that will grab your interest on her blog since Tammy enjoys sewing, knitting, crocheting and many other types of crafting.

And one other thing…you can follow Tammy on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/tamdoll

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Finished Baby Afghan

Before I went out of town, I finished my crocheted baby afghan and got it sent off to the the new parents. I had some yarn left over and this was a fun and easy pattern to crochet so I bought the additional yarn I needed and decided to make a second one in the same colors. I could work on it while on my trip and have a baby gift on hand for the next time I need one.

My earlier post showed some beginning photos of the afghan, along with a link to the free pattern online. Here are photos of my finished afghan.

When I first finished the crocheting, I liked the way it looked and wondered if I really wanted or needed to weave in the additional yarn and make the tassels. But what I had was pretty stretchy and didn't hold its shape at all.Finished afghan before weaving in yarn
And here's what it looked like up close. Closeup of afghan before weaving
So I decided to go ahead with the weaving and do it like the pattern. Besides, I had plenty of yarn left anyway so I figured I might as well use it. You weave three strands of yard in and out between the rows. The ends of the yarn become part of the tassels. The instructions were rather unclear but I finally figured out what they wanted me to do. Here's what it looked like after I began the weaving. I used a big eye needle and did my weaving using that. Start of weaving in yarn
I was glad I went ahead and did the weaving. I did like the way the finished afghan looked much better after the strands of yarn were woven in. Closeup of afchan after weaving in yarn
And here is the finished afghan. Finished baby afghan
I got quite a bit finished on afghan number 2 while away. I finished four of the solid color stripes (10 rows each) and just started on my fifth solid color wide stripe. And I haven't crocheted a stitch since I've been home. So much to do, so little time...But I will get it done eventually!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crystal Elements Class

Time to show you what I made in my other class I took at the Bead & Button Show. I took a class called Crystal Elements taught by Leslee Frumin. We learned how to make beaded beads, squares and trianges made of Swarovski crystals and seed beads using beaded netting. I loved this class! I could make these various elements forever! They are fun to make, relatively easy and beautiful when they are completed. Take a look at Leslee's web site here. If you go to the bead work gallery link, the class I took was the first Crystal Elements. She had samples from all three Crystal Elements classes, as well as the Crystal Lace class. I wish I could have taken all of the classes. The finished items were all beautiful!

Leslee was very well organized. It was fun to take her class. I got to pick the color of my kit in advance by email and I chose Ocean Wave, an assortment of beautiful blue shades with silver seed beads. Here is what I made in my 3-hour class.

First I made this beaded bead made of 6mm, 4mm and 3mm bicone crystals with size 11 and 15 seed beads. It's a little more elongated. We were also provided instructions for a similar bead that is a little more round. I have not made one of those yet.
Beaded bead

The other item I made during class was this open triangle which is composed of 4mm and 3mm bicone crystals along with size 15 seed beads. Crystal triangle

Our class materials included a very nice instruction book that included items other than what we actually completed in class. There were instructions for a square which was very similar to the triangle. We also got instructions for incuding an 18mm crystal rivoli in either the square or the triangle. I bought a couple of kits and rivolis and made this square with rivoli outside of class but before I came home from my trip. Here are photos of both the front and the back of the square. Front of the square
Back of the square
I made one more triangle since I got home which I haven't photographed yet. My friend Carolyn and I went to three different bead stores while we were out of town since we didn't actually attend the Bead & Button sale itelf. I was always looking for various size crystals and bought quite a few, so I will be making more of these crystal items soon!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Back from My Trip

I got home from my trip to Chicago and Milwaukee on Saturday. A little late - you know how they always find some airplane part that needs to be repaired. After two baseball games on Saturday and two on Sunday, I'm ready to get back to blogging.

My first report is of the Wire Forms and Resin class that I took on Tuesday evening. It was taught by Tracy Stanley. I had never worked with resin before and thought doing so in a class would be a good way to get started. Here are the two pendants that I made in class.
One of my class pendants
My other class pendant
I enjoyed the class and resin is definitely something I'd like to do again. I'll have to start looking for little elements to use in future projects. Tracy provided mostly these cute little shells, which I like. The lady sitting next to me brought her own watch parts and made a nice pendant with a steampunk look. I'll add resin projects to my list of all the things I want to do and hopefully someday I'll do more!

If you'd like to take a look at Tracy's web site, take a look here at www.WiredArts.net.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Update

Well, I have been quite remiss in my blog posts lately. I did finish my baby afghan. I will be posting finished pictures of that eventually. And I finally worked on the Shutterfly photo book for my mom of my son's senior year and graduation pictures (from a year ago) that I have been wanting to do forever. It's looking pretty good but needs a little fine tuning and rearranging and some additional captions added. I was hoping to have that done by tonight, but that didn't quite work out.

Tomorrow afternoon I am leaving town for a girls' week away. I am meeting a wonderful friend who lives in California in Chicago. First we will have a sorority reunion weekend in Evanston (Delta Zetas at Northwestern University). Then we will go to Milwaukee to take a couple classes at the Bead & Button Show, but unfortunately we will be leaving before the actual bead show begins. Then I will be returning to Chicago to spend a couple nights with another dear friend that I have known since first grade. (I won't say how many years that is!) The guys in my house will be on their own for a while. But I know they will do fine.

So that means no blog posts for the next week. At least I have a good excuse this time. But when I return, I should have some photos of what I made in my classes in Milwaukee.

I hope everyone reading this is well and has a great week while I am away! And I really will post another update when I get home a little over a week from now!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

May Featured EtsyBlogger - NanjoDogz

The featured EtsyBlogger for May is Nancy, whose shop, NanjoDogz, sells beautiful polymer clay beads that look like various dog breeds. I don’t know how many different breeds she sells, but there are a LOT. And they all really look like that breed! I have no idea how she does this…If I tried to make a bead that was supposed to look like a dog, every bead would look the same and would resemble no known breed. It would look like a kindergartner made it. But these beads are great!

My favorite was one I found in the sold items, a golden retriever. Since I used to have two golden retrievers and I happen to believe that they are the greatest breed on earth (just my personal opinion, however), this is the bead I must show you. But all the other beads are very nice and characteristic of the breed, too! If you’re a dog lover or need to buy for a dog lover, you must go take a look at her Etsy shop!

Nancy has a blog also – nanjodogz.blogspot.com. In it, she features her lovely work. I especially like looking at her custom beads she has made from dog photos. Here is an Australian Shepard she made.
Custom Australian Shepard bead
And here is a Jack Russell Terrier.
Custom Jack Russell Terrier Bead
I think these beads are just amazing! Keep up the great work, Nancy!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Lucite Necklace and Bracelet

After my Mother's Day pillow was finished, I was able to move on to my next project. I don't think I ever mentioned that I attended a bead show in the Kansas City area (about 5 minutes from my house!) that was held April 30th and May 1st. I didn't buy a lot, but I had some projects in mind that I had seen in magazines and always wanted to do. I bought what I needed for a new necklace and bracelet made from lucite flowers.

I spent a couple evenings this past week working on first my necklace then my bracelet. Here is my finished necklace. Lucite flower necklace
I got the idea for this last year when I saw an article in the August 2010 issue of my Bead & Button magazine. Here's a picture of the necklace in the magazine. Necklace articleI really liked the necklace, but I didn't like the colors. I don't think flowers should be brown (unless they are dead!). I loved the necklace but I knew I had to make it in spring colors.

And with the flowers I had left over, I made this bracelet.Lucite flower bracelet I got the idea from the article in the May 2011 issue of Bead Style magazine. Here is their bracelet. Lucite flower bracelet
I liked the way these turned out. I wore them with my pink floral skirt on Thursday and think they looked pretty good with it, if I do say so myself. I got a couple compliments on my jewelry that day, which is always kind of fun. I wouldn't mind making more lucite flower jewelry, but I think I need to research other sources for my flowers. These were a little more expensive than I would like to pay very often. So we'll see what else I find. There was only one vendor selling these at the bead show. Definitley worth looking around to see what kind of price I can find.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Pillow

The idea came to me on Thursday, I started it Friday evening, finished it Saturday night, wrapped it and gave it to my mom on Sunday. Yes, it's the last minute Mother's Day gift. Which did happen to be a big success with my mom.

Since the end of last year, I've already lost track of the number of pillows I've made. A few Christmas gifts with a giant Christmas ornament applique, a cat pillow, a tulip pillow, the crazy quilt gift and my crazy quilt pillow. I seem to have pillow on the brain. So when I just finished my own crazy quilt pillow and needed to think of a Mother's Day gift, what would come to mind besides a pillow?

After my aunt gave me the pillow with my mom's photo on it, I started thinking about doing a pillow with photos. So for Mother's Day, I decided to use some of my son's senior pictures from last year, a couple other pictures of him and one of him and my mom at graduation.

I had never printed photos on fabric before and it did not go as well as I had hoped. I bought a package of three 8.5 X 11 sheets of fabric with a backing that would enable it to go through a printer. The directions said to set my printer for normal paper. I had arranged four photos per sheet and printed a sample on regular paper but when the first sheet of fabric paper went through the printer, it started printing the bottom half of my 8.5 X 11 sheet of photos. The two photos that printed were very nice, but I wanted four photos, not two.

I had put together a second sheet of four photos, the fifth one for the pillow and three extra ones that I was going to use for myself. Well, that sheet did not print correctly either. It printed about the bottom 2/3 of my photo sheet. I did get my fifth photo, but the extras that I was going to use for myself were not usable. I still needed the top two photos from the first sheet so I reformatted a sheet of photos with those two on the bottom half. Sent that through the printer and it worked.

I don't know why I could not print an entire sheet of photos. I'm sure it has something to do with the thickness of the paper and my particular printer, but it was very frustrating. If I decide to try this again, I will need to do very careful research for my printer to determine how to make this work. But I did finally get five usable photos for my pillow.

I decided to make four 4-inch square quilt blocks in neutral colors to separate the photos. I didn't want bright colors to distract from the photos. I had all the scraps for my quilt blocks and bought a yard of fabric for the ruffle and pillow back. I liked the wider ruffle on my crazy quilt pillow but wanted wider lace to go with the wider ruffle, so I found this lace to use for the ruffle at JoAnn's. I bought a light colored braid to use for the "frames" around my photos, but it was a braided trim that would be hard to keep the edges from uravelling, so I scrapped that idea. I decided to use this gold trim that I have a ton of, sew it down and miter the corners.

And here is my finished pillow. I was very pleased with how it turned out. And my mom really liked it. Mother's Day photo pillow

And here is a closeup of the center photo with its gold "frame". Joe and my mom at graduation last year

One thing I learned while doing this pillow...Although I tried to allow for plenty of fullness at the corners when gathering the ruffle, because of this wider lace, which was pre-gathered, I should have allowed for a little extra lace at each corner. Doesn't look awful, but another lesson learned. A little more fullness would have been better.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Bracelet is in an Etsy Treasury

I learned a couple days ago that my "Something's Fishy" bracelet was included in this pretty treasury on Etsy. I love this combination of red bracelets...so pretty to look at. The treasury was created by the owner of Etsy shop AidforAbby. This shop sells artwork created by the owner's autistic daughter. Lots of bright colors are used in this cheery-looking artwork. Please take a look at it in AidforAbby!

Abby's Favorite Charm BraCELET fINDS

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Pillow in Progress

I did decide to make my mom a pillow for Mother's Day. It's coming along nicely, as of 2 AM Saturday morning, although I did run into some challenges I hadn't anticipated. I will elaborate in a future post, when it isn't 2 AM! But here's my pillow top in progress.

Mother's Day pillow in progress

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Finally! My Crazy Quilt Pillow is Finished!

I just don’t know where the time goes. It’s been way too long since my last post. But I finally have something I MUST blog about – I FINALLY finished my own crazy quilt pillow! I started one for myself after the one I made for the birthday gift in mid-March. I think I get things done faster when I have a deadline, like a birthday. Of course, I did put mine on hold while I made my lamp shade, my Easter Peeps wreaths, did my Easter baking, etc. But now it’s finally finished! Now I’ll let myself move on to all the other projects that are accumulating. But here is MY pillow…
My finished crazy quilt pillow
In case you don’t recognize it, the ruffle and border fabric (along with the back, which you can’t see) is the leftover fabric from my lamp shade. So even though I don’t like the lamp shade much, I do like this fabric in my pillow. I wish I hadn’t made the ruffle so wide. Or I wish I had bought wider lace. I would like the double ruffle better that way. But it is what it is...DONE!

I made four 6-inch square crazy quilt blocks and used a 1-inch border for my 14-inch pillow form. Here are close-up photos of each square.

Upper left…I didn’t use a fan in my gift pillow, but they were a pretty common type of block used in Victorian crazy quilts. I decided to embellish the bottom of my fan with silk ribbon embroidery. Upper left quilt block
The highlights of my lower left block are the ribbon bow, tacked down using French knots. And the center fabric is a ram. I have a piece of fabric that has various country-looking animals on it. I cut out parts of the fabric for various projects. I used the ram here because I am an Aries.
Lower left quilt block
My upper right block has a variety of beads and embroidery. I like the gathered lace circle (I’ve used some of these on greeting cards with a flatter button in the center) and my flower made of beads.
Upper right quilt block
And finally, the lower right block contains my woven ribbon piece. And my spider web and bead spider. Spider webs were very common on Victorian crazy quilts because they were believed to be symbols of good luck. (Glad I didn’t live back then. I personally don’t care for spiders and don’t see how they can represent good luck!)
Lower right quilt block
I guess I’ll see how well I perform to meet a deadline. Just this morning, I was still wondering what to give my mom for Mother’s Day. I’m seriously considering making her a pillow with photos of my son printed on it. I’ve never printed photos on fabric before, so why not try something totally new with a deadline three days away? We’ll see what I end up with!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lamp Shade Adventure - Part 2

I had gotten it into my head that I had to have lace on my new lamp shade, so that’s what I went shopping for. And I had been looking for lamp shade tutorials and blog posts to see how others had done it to get some ideas. I found some nice tutorials here and here and here. But those tutorials were to cover a plain shade with fabric or to cover a wire frame with lace, neither of which exactly fit what I was doing. Anyway, back to the fabric. Here’s what I ended up buying at JoAnn’s. Lamp shade fabric and trim
I cut out my blue fabric and my lace fabric using my paper pattern and leaving about an inch all around. Fabric cut out using pattern
I layered the fabric and lace and machine basted around all the edges to hold the two layers together. Sewing layers of fabric together
I turned under the edge of the back seam and pinned it all together on my two wire rings. I should have paid better attention to how it was all fitting together at this time, but I just assumed when I had it all sewn together that things would fit together better and blindly and optimistically went on my merry way. Fabric pinned onto rings
I sewed the bottom seam, as in the photo below, then later trimmed the edge. Sewing the fabric onto the bottom ring
At the top, because of the three wires joining the circle, I cut slits in my fabric, sewed around the ring where I could then sewed the rest down by hand. I sewed the back seam by machine and had to sew the very top and bottom by hand.
Here’s the lamp shade before I added the trim. Second place I should have evaluated and decided whether to keep going. But I really assumed that sheer will power of wanting it to look a certain way would make it so! Lamp shade before trim
And here’s what my back seam looked like. Not bad really! Lamp shade seam
I hot glued the trim around the top and bottom edges. Lamp shade with trim
Here’s the lamp in the bedroom. Finished lamp shade in bedroom
And here’s what I learned.
1. There’s a reason most lamp shades you see are white, off-white, light tan, etc. A blue lamp shade really cuts down on the amount of light the lamp puts out into the room. Do not make a colored lamp shade unless you purposely want to limit the amount of light for the right kind of mood or setting. Stick with the light colors.
2. Without a stiff frame like in the first tutorial link, you really need to use a stiff covering so your shade does not look saggy like mine. If you have a stiff, well defined shade form, I think you have a lot more flexibility in how you cover it.

I do consider this lamp shade more pleasant than the ugly broken shade it replaced, but I am not really happy with it. It will do as a temporary shade. My next attempt will have two important features: 1) Use some sort of stiffener or interfacing so the shade will not be floppy or saggy and 2) do not use blue fabric! I need to finish up some other projects, give myself a little time before I try again and then I will try attempt number two at a new bedroom lamp shade!

If you’ve covered any lamp shades, please leave a comment with a link to a photo. I’d love to see yours! Eventually I will be on a mission to prove that this lamp shade will NOT get the better of me!