My Horrible Lamps

If you’ve ever been to my place then you already know about my horrible lamps. It’s a bit of a lamp problem.

My Horrible Lamps

My horrible lamps are terrible but I just can’t get rid of them

Despite being the world’s ugliest lamps they’ve kind of grown on me. There’s something about their uniqueness or…I don’t know, their hugeness or something. And there’s always the ridiculous factor.

Oh, and also because I fear no one would love them like I love them. They’ll fall into neglect or…worse. It’s quite the burden I carry.

So for the past couple years I’ve brainstormed what to do about them to make them more palatable.

What I’ve considered to make my horrible lamps a bit better

  1. Getting new lamps (For a wedding gift I received money towards new lamps, these lamps specifically, so I must say I have considered this option)
  2. Paining the lamps
  3. Purchasing new lamp shades
  4. Re-covering the lamps. With tile

The last one (re-covering with tile) is my favourite idea. And over the course of some time my husband has collected tile remnants for me as well as spray paint, grout, and all the tools I could possibly need.

So I suppose he’s on board.

But for some reason I haven’t got started. And I can’t figure out why I’m so nervous to begin. I mean…could I possibly make the lamps worse?

I really don’t think I could. And if it’s horrible—like beyond awful—I suppose I could bear to part with them. I mean, I do still have Option #1.

Update: the tile option was dumb and the lamp had way too many curves to make it possible. I ended up finding some amazing stone texture spray paint and transformed my horrible lamps from weird shiny purple/pink things into amazing white art deco.

I have a "lamp problem." In the form of the world's ugliest lamps. They're terrible, my horrible lamps, but I just can't get rid of them. I'm attached.

Other DIY projects

DIY T-Shirt Jewelry

I’m so pleased to practice my braiding skills on DIY T-shirt jewelry. For a while I’ve wanted (desperately at times) to upcycle my old dingy clothes into something more useful. Something like jewelry.

DIY T-Shirt Jewelry

DIY T-Shirt Jewelry

Actually first I wanted to make a rug but I’m still too intimidated by the whole “rug thing” to get very far.

Anyway, so back to the jewelry. I did it. And it worked out really well!

Here is my tutorial for DIY T-shirt jewelry.

Although I will point out I did simplify the DIY T-shirt jewelry instructions quite a bit so I wouldn’t, you know, confuse people. I found the directions from various online sources quite confusing.

Finger Knitted Fabric Bracelet

Anyway, I made a fabric bracelet, which is inspired by my niece who brought finger knitting home from school and taught me something new. She spent most of her “finger knitting” time making long, senseless chains. When projects lack purpose I just don’t know what to do…I need a finished product! So I started finger knitting the long chains. And the bracelet turned out pretty good!

Fabric Necklace

My second DIY T-shirt jewelry project was a fabric chain necklace. I had a stretchy turtleneck thing that I hated wearing. (Hated!) And I saw an idea somewhere (definitely on Pinterest but I don’t know if it was there first or not) for creating a necklace out of an old T-shirt by cutting it into loops and affixing them at the back.

I like how the necklace turned out but I haven’t figured out how to wear it in public yet. It was super simple and since my T-shirt was striped it wasn’t even difficult to cut in straight lines. (Bonus.) So all in all it was a nice little project.

Anyway, so if you have a bunch of old T-shirts or need a little fabric project to do with those who are able to finger knit, there you go. DIY T-shirt jewelry, have at ‘er.

My DIY T-shirt jewelry is inspired by my niece, who brought finger knitting home from school and taught me something new. I love my fabric jewelry!

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DIY Lampshade for Under $10

I figured out how to rig up a DIY lampshade and while it’s a feat of craftiness I also thought I’d admit my not-so-secret weakness. Free stuff. Also dumpster diving.

Lampshades

I’m going to let you in on something my husband is only just realizing. When you put something by the dumpsters and write “Free! Works Great!!” on it…well that’s one temptation I cannot walk away from.

You can’t write FREE on perfectly good stuff and expect me NOT to take it!

Oh…it’s a problem.

The story of the lampshade

So I found this lamp by the dumpster a few months ago.

It was in perfectly good condition. And actually did work great!

Unfortunately it needed some er…physical upgrades. AKA a new lampshade.

Honestly, I looked everywhere I could think of for a new one. But apparently you can’t purchase these things, you just have to purchase a new lamp. Well, I couldn’t do that. Not after scoring a free one.

So I went on the Internet and figured out what exactly I needed to make a new lampshade on my own. Paper! That’s it. Large paper! And then I started frequenting scrapbook shops. Yikes!

Those are a place where I definitely don’t fit in.

And yet, I had a goal. So I kept going to scrapbook shops. And eventually I found one with what I needed…40 or so minutes from home.

At the scrapbooking store I found a huge selection of papers. In the end, I chose transparent white. Because it was $3 a sheet. This fancy pants stuff was $7 per sheet. And I thought, my free lamp is definitely not worth $7 per sheet.

How the DIY Lampshade Project Went

So the other night I deemed myself “ready” to attempt the lampshade replacement and it went…OK. I used spray glue to affix the paper to the frame and while it held up really well at first, by the next morning it was starting to peel. Which was good since I didn’t have everything affixed perfectly straight so I could re-do it. But now what?

That’s the next step. For now, it’s staying in place.

And it looks pretty.

In total my new lamp only took six months to upgrade and cost $6 plus gas.

So the other night I deemed myself "ready" to attempt the lampshade replacement and it went…OK. I used spray glue to affix the paper to the frame and while it held up really well at first, by the next morning it was starting to peel. Which was good since I didn't have everything affixed perfectly straight so I could re-do it. But now what?

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Craft FAIL

I don’t know why I think I craft CAN because I always craft FAIL. It was only a few days ago I was feeling all proud of myself and, you know, industrious and creative. I even blogged about it.

CRAFT FAIL

Well, all my positive crafty feelings are gone now. Just a distant, silly memory.

My inspiration and purpose in craftiness was to create a funky Valentine’s Day craft, which I accomplished sort of. I mean it was still a craft fail but I did learn something. And then posted it.

The Epic Results of my Craft Fail

Unfortunately, through all the crafting I plugged up my sink. Except it didn’t quite connect that said sink was plugged. And then I ran the dishwasher. Deep down I knew something was wrong. And I considered turning off the dishwasher. But then I deemed myself paranoid and stepped out for a couple hours.

Well, we all know where this is going

While I was away my dishwasher backed up and flooded my little galley kitchen a bit. Like, a big puddle. Except this little “mistake” also impacted the person living below me. And now I have to pay.

Thankfully I have insurance, and even though I didn’t know for sure if it would cover utter stupidity, apparently it does. My mistake falls into the “water escape” category, which is good to know just in case there’s a next time.

But it won’t because I will give into my paranoia from now on

When I called my insurance guy to, you know, take responsibility for what happened and learn what I had to do and what will happen next (this is my first time ever using my insurance), he couldn’t stop laughing. In a nice way. I think he was trying to calm me down and also let me know this is a regular situation and this is what insurance is for.

Anyway, so we chatted for a while and once I’m finished reeling from shame and embarrassment I’ve decided I would like to hear the recording of that conversation. Because it must have been really funny, you know, for everyone else but me. I remember uncontrollably sobbing and telling the insurance guy how my strata manager told me I was going to have to pay “big bucks” and I didn’t know what that meant and why do I ever try to do crafts anyway because I’m so bad at them…and unfortunately so much more.

But in the meantime, I’ve also decided I would like to turn this extreme negative into a positive.

  1. First of all, I have insurance. And so I will only be responsible for my deductible. It could have been so much worse.
  2. Secondly, I have savings, and well, this is what savings is for.

Except, what if I get even more creative (in a NON-crafty way) and try to raise the $500 by doing random tasks or extra work or by doing certain things I’m afraid of like contacting local businesses to sell my toques or entering writing contests?

Thinking in this way doesn’t make me feel better or anything, but it is a distraction. And perhaps something really amazing can come out of this situation.

Any suggestions?

I don't know why I think I craft CAN because I always craft FAIL. It was only a few days ago I was feeling all proud of myself and creative. Sigh.

DIY Chocolate Bubble Bath

Today I’m presenting a DIY chocolate bubble bath recipe. It’s a bit of a redirect because I had a really cool vintage bubble bath recipe, made with sugar cubes, but I can’t find it anywhere. I don’t know where it went…sigh. Sorry, folks. But YAY for chocolate bubble bath!

DIY Chocolate Bubble Bath

There are a LOT of other bubble bath recipes out there. Approximately 1,000,000 other bubble bath recipes. And several variations of chocolate bubble bath recipes, of course. Chocolate bath salts, chocolate milk bath…whatever your heart desires. I mean, there’s one that says it’s a cure for varicose veins for Pete’s sake. If there’s a bubble bath that can do that then why do people get surgery?

Anyway, I already shared one bubble bath recipe and even though I’ve never tested it (and one of my readers says it doesn’t work) I thought I’d share another for kicks. And before you ask, no I’m not sure if it works and no I haven’t tested it. I just don’t know if I’m ready to soak in chocolate. And…what makes it bubble?

DIY Chocolate Bubble Bath

I found this specific chocolate bubble bath recipe on a website called Safe Cosmetics, which doesn’t seem to exist anymore. But it doesn’t really matter because there are many similar recipes all over the Internet. I thought this recipe seemed straightforward and kind of fun-sounding. But a little messy maybe.

Ingredients

  • One cup of unscented bubble bath
  • One-third cup of unsweetened soy milk
  • Three ounces grated or powdered dark chocolate

And that’s it!

After gathering the ingredients all you have to do is heat the milk, add the chocolate, stir until melted/blended. However, don’t boil it. Once it’s melted/blended let it cool and add to your bubble bath! And then to your bath bath!

Let me know how it goes. Not sure I’m brave enough yet.

Today I'm presenting a DIY chocolate bubble bath recipe. I had a really cool vintage bubble bath recipe, made with sugar cubes, but I can't find it. Sigh.