Thursday, October 2, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make Lemonade! Or lampshades:>) Am I going to let a little set back keep me from doing fun things? Well, of course not! Using a shade and fabric and trim I already had I redid this lampshade for the bedroom. Cost..$0. I felt like I needed a touch of black in this room to spark up the pinkish roses. Doesn't every room need a little black?
Being the toile fiend that I am, finding some toile in my stash was no problem, I had the black seam binding too. It isn't perfect but it is beautiful. I can see why people love to do this now. I was a little nervous because I had never done it before, but it was easy peasy. I love it!
Finding pink in my house isn't easy, I am a lover of all things red. Not burgundy, not! So when BJ at Sweet Nothings challenged us to post something pink every day in October for breast cancer awareness, it was with a little trepidation that I said I would join her. My sweetheart found a set of these little pressed glass heart shaped dishes at a yard sale this past summer and brought them home for me. I use them by the bedside and one at each sink for my rings. This time, I found some vintage beaded earrings to toss into the dish. Just for BJ and breast cancer awareness. Don't forget your mamogram! A friend of mine at work was just diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. How did they find it? At her yearly mammogram. Fortunately they found it early and it is very treatable. That is the key isn't it? Finding it early? Sigh, I know, I hate them too, but I am going. How about you?


  1. Love your lemonade oops!! I mean lampshade :-). It is adorable! I love the black trim on it. Great touch.

  2. Looks Great Kathy !! :) You did a nice job. :)

  3. Oh yes, my appointment is on the 7th.

    Good job on the lampshade, I love it! I've been wanting to try doing one myself too.


  4. Kathy, your lampshade and your philosophy of life are both brilliant!

    As a 3 year breast cancer survivor let me tell you -- mammograms do make the difference. My cancer could not be felt by a bse -- it was detected by a mammogram. But remember...a mammogram doesn't always catch it which is why a bse is so important every month -- no matter what!! First day after your period stops if you are still having periods and 1st day of every month if you are menopausal.

    And early detection makes all the difference in the world!

    Bless you Kathy for "going pink for October"

  5. Great job, Kathy! Your new lampshade looks wonderful in there. Did I miss your room reveal, or did you share it with us yet? I may have had a senior moment or two or three! ~Adrienne~

  6. You did such a great job with this lampshade. I wish I could do it to my shades for my chandelier in the dining room. You are so clever. That pink glass heart dish is such a nice touch. When you see me creating up a storm, you will know that I am smack in the middle of adversity. My way of coping in life is to create my way out of it. You know, I think it's a bit like lamaze breathing, just keep creating while God gives birth to something new! Karen

  7. THat lampshade looks fabulous! Not only are you super creative, but you are resourceful as well! Crafting is such a great stress reliever when times are tough! Good for you for doing something positive with your time! What a special person you must be!!!

  8. You are so talented. And, yes, I'll call today to make my appointment. Thanks for the memory jog.

  9. Hi Kathy,

    I love the lampshade. (I am a toile lover too.) You are so right about the mammogram being so important...I never miss mine.


  10. What a lovely job you did on the lampshade!! Adding black, always makes a wonderful difference!!!


  11. I thought of Manuela when I saw this post! Of course she's already been here :)
    I did skip my mammogram doing all that MS stuff...
    I forgot to thank you for the sweet things you tossed in with my GORGEOUS earrings! I cannot wait to wear them. I'm going to pretend like I'm Princess Diana :)

  12. That lampshade is terrific! I just wandered over from Shabby's place.

    Looking back a few posts I see those blue/rhinestones earrings but I don't see them in your Etsy. Some savy shopper probably snapped them up but I thought I'd ask just in case.


  13. Oh how pretty! Love the beaded earrings too!

  14. Love the lampshade and the pink earrings. In fact, I'd probably put the pink earrings on the toile lampshade!

    I get my mammogram every year. It's a simple few minutes out of your life every year..... we all just need to do it!

  15. wow mom! I love it! it is so cute!!!! I miss you! xoxoxo

  16. I am in LOVE with your toile lamp!!! I love toile! Very beautiful. :)


  17. Love the lampshade! It looks incredible!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

  18. I'm a little short on pink in my house now....a year ago I could have posted every day for a year...LOL!!

    Love the lampshade.


  19. Your lampshade is precious! You did a great job! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  20. Wow Kathy, the lampshade looks gorgeous ! I wish you would do a tutorial for us .

  21. Hi Kathy,
    Just got caught up on your life and so sorry to hear that your husband lost his job...I believe there are 3 of you gals in that smae situation that I've read about...I'll say a little prayer for you and your husband.
    The lampshade is very pretty and you are so good with using what you have. Take care.

  22. Love the lamp shade. I too am a very big fan of red. I have a red and black kitchen. I mainly wear red and black. Red is just so vibrant and cheery.

    I should be joining you in doing a pink post every day as my sister is in the midst of fighting breast cancer. She is going through her first round of chemo right now. She still has a second round of chemo to go and then the radiation. She has a long road ahead of her but she has a wonderful attitude.

  23. I've been so busy these last few days gathering up clothing to take on this FABULOUS CRUISE (check my countdown!) that I've not been on the computer very much.
    This lampshade is just fabulous..just like everything else you do ! I have one I need to work on and maybe I'll do it when I get back home.
    Thanks for posting PINK...ROSIE is the one I took the challange best friend fought breast cancer for several years and is now cancer free. It was found thru a mammogram, too.
    love ya, bj

  24. Hi Kathy,

    Love the lampshade. So sorry to hear about Earl's job and saying prayers for your family.

    Love, Kathryn

  25. Lamp shade looks great! My hubby laughs at me every time I bring a lomp home from the thrift stores. I like to rewire and refurbish lamps, use them for a while and then change them out. Some shades I recover, some not. I think I like to buy lamps is because years ago, I could hardly afford a decorative lamp. Who knew I could get them at the thrift store for just a few dollars?
    Debbie in Florida

  26. Love the lampshade! What a great job. You are so creative!

  27. Your lampshade is so pretty. How did you do it? Can you do a tutorial or is there someplace I can learn too? It beautiful!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  28. Love the lampshade, so pretty :)

    Kim from Kim's Treasures and I were talking about bloggers from MI and she told me about you:)

    Nice to know other bloggers from my state!

    Bella :)


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