Friday, November 6, 2009

Carrie's 500th Post - Woo Hoo!!!

Hello everyone -- it's Jen from tatertots & jello! I'm so excited and honored that Carrie asked me to help her celebrate her 500th post!!! Now I have to say -- I think Carrie is just the best. There are many reasons I think this, some are:
  • First of all she's so cute.
  • She's also very creative.
  • I love her kitchen!
  • She made the greatest dollhouse with little people to go in it.
  • She is an awesome mom - she is always talking about all the fun that she has with her family.
  • And she is a wonderful blogging friend!
I am so glad to have gotten to know her through the blogs!

She asked me if I would do a little tutorial in honor of her big 500th post. And I thought this little lamp makeover would be perfect because it looks like something that could be found in her cute kitchen - although maybe with a little more pink on it!

Turn your lamp from dull to darling in 30 minutes flat!

Here's my little Walmart lamp I bought to lighten up my desk area in my kitchen.
It's cute, if kind of boring. But I knew I could do something fun to brighten her up!
  • First, I got three pieces of paper and taped them together lengthwise.
  • Then I made an outline of the lampshade by tracing the outline with a pencil.
  • I rolled the lampshade across the paper while tracing the outline.
  • Then I cut out the outline to make a template -- I added about an inch to the top and the bottom of the outline.
  • Then I traced the outline on some fabric that matched my kitchen. I wrapped the fabric around the lampshade so it matched up with an extra inch on the top and an inch on the bottom.
  • Now, you can use spray adhesive, but I used a glue gun. I turned the seam down on the fabric that would show. Then I wrapped it tight around the lampshade and glued the two sides of the fabric together - pulling as tight as I could. I went down the seam pulling tightly as possible. There might still be a couple of ripples in the fabric, these will go away when you attach the fabrc to the top of the lampshade and the bottom of the lampshade. So do that now.
  • Run a line of glue around the top inside of the lampshade and attach the material. It might be helpful for you to cut a few vertical lines in the fabric so it will lay flat. Do the same thing to the bottom.
  • To cover up the glued edge on the top and bottom I covered it up with some cute ribbon. I turned the shade upside down and glued the ribbon down.
  • Then I made the embellishemnt. I cut out a large burlap circle. Then I glued the edges under. Then I cut out a circle of the coordinating fabric that is a litle smaller than the puffy circle. Then I also cut out another circle of burlap.
  • I glued it onto the lamp and added a vintage button to the middle.
  • The last thing I did was add some ribbon to the base of the lamp. To get it to lay flat I made small cuts half way through the ribbon after each circle. Then I glued down the bottom of the ribbon first and put a dot on each part of the ribbon than was cut.
  • And you are done! Now you have a one-of-a-kind lamp!

Thanks for stopping by -- and for wishing Carrie Happy 500! Woo Hoo!
Have A Wonderful Weekend!

Thanks Jen so much everyone remember to enter the giveaway



jenjen said...

Happy 500 Carrie! I would bake you a cupcake and bring it over if I lived closer!

Have a fabulous day!


Jules said...

Happy 500 Carrie!! Congrats

That lamp is adorable, and looks pretty easy to do. Yay!

Carrie said...

awe thanks Jen great post!

Jenny said...

500 posts! That's awesome!

That is a cute lamp, Jen!

Katie Lane said...

Happy 500 Carrie!!

Jen thanks for fixing the link :) I love this shade - never would have thought to put some ribbon on the inside. It looks great and so easy!!

Stacey said...

That is a very cute lamp! Congrats again on the 500th post!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

So nice to meet you Carrie! I'm stopping over from Jen's.

I ♥ Jen!

Jen, this lamp looks FABULOUS!! Super cute!

pk said...

Cute shade Jen! Carrie - congrats on 500 posts! I'm off to check some of them out. Have a good weekend...


Wendy said...

Congrats on 500 post! That is so exciting. I am visiting you from Jen's blog. Cute lamp!!

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Carrie; Wow 500th..huge congrats. and Jen I love your sweet lamp,, just too cute.. thanks for the how too..


jennykate77 said...

CA-UTE lamp!! I love the looks so simple and fabulous!! Jen always makes things look fabulous!

Hope you've had a great day, Carrie!!

Rambling Girl said...

Great this little lamp redo...Jen is another creative lady...I tell you what I am loving all the crafty ladies in blogland...

Ok have outdone yoruself...It has been a cool party today...wish you another 500 post.

Have a great weekend!

Vintagesquirrel said...

Holy Moley! 500 - Wow! I'm glad I found your blog (through Tatertots & Jello.) Best Wishes for 500 more!

Xazmin said...

Happy 500 Carrie! LOVE the lamp makeover Jen!

{ L } said...

What a fun blog find...thanks Jen. :) Good tutorial too! I'm looking forward to looking around!

shortmama said...

Great job Jen!

Marie said...

Happy 500th post! That is quite an accomplishment! And Jen what a fabulous makeover! Well done! Kudos to you both!

Laura said...

Happy 500th post Carrie....I just have to say I love the sweet little lamp..

Rhonda said...

Happy 500th! That is so cool! You are so cute and creative!

Cherie said...

Wow Carrie - You are like a celebrity!! Congratulations on your 500th post and how fun that Tatertots and Jello came and made a lamp on your blog - it is so cute!!

Small House said...

VERY CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. WOW on the 500th post!!! I always enjoy visiting.

Rue said...

Happy 500th post Carrie! I'm sorry I missed the giveaway, but I was out of town.

Very cute tutorial Jen!!


Meg said...

love that lamp and congrats again on the big 5-0-0!

Goat Creek Grandma said...

Happy 500th post! I wonder if I will ever get that high????

Take Care and I am looking forward to the next 500!


Gloria said...

Dear Carrie, congrats bt your 500! is awesome and nice!!!
Love the lamp! xxxgloria