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Monday, December 28, 2009

Buttons & Lace are all you Need to Look Like a Little Lady!

UPDATE 12/29: Little Lady Lampshade just got a new home. She'll be off to Brenda at Cozy Little House in the morning. Thanks Brenda!

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Did the title fool ya? Did you think you were going to come here and see me all decked out in something reminiscent of a corseted Victorian dress adorned with buttons and lace? Well, sorry, but that taint me!
I do have something even better though! I've dressed my lampshade up to look like a little lady.
Ain't she pretty?

I was going through my workroom last week and came across this dented little muslin shade. Can you believe I almost threw it away? What was I thinking? I set it on my work table while I continued to clean, and when I went back to the table, I realized that all of the things sitting out on the table with it would look great on the shade.
Sooo, I pulled everything together and started adding things one layer at a time.

(I keep trying to use those keys on every project I start, but it just doesn't seem to happen).

Anyhoo, I got out that new favorite glue of mine. (The Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive - love that stuff!), and started adding the trims. I had no idea where I'd end up, but I rarely ever do when I start something new.

See how much glue I put on there? Can't be too safe. It dries clear, which is good, because then I know when it's completely dry.

Layer, layer, layer.
I had to prop the shade up on a small wastebasket so that the fringe could hang loose at the bottom.
I used clips to hold the trims down where they meet until they dried.

Moving on up.........

When I got to this point, I thought I'd be finished, but then I realized it didn't have enough color for me. So off to the button jars I went.

I found some great shell buttons in greens and golds, so I thought I'd try them out to see how they look.

I think I like them. Let's keep going. See how that glue in the burlap is starting to dry clear?
I used E6000 to put the buttons on. It's thicker and sets up just as fast.

As I started to add a few more buttons down the back seam, I thought it was starting to look like a victorian dress, so I decided to make the back the front!

Original Front:

The Cuter Front:

I just love my little lady! And if YOU love her too, you can find her in my etsy shop.


  1. I love that how creative.Its pretttier than some of the ones you see in stores Polly.Thanks for sharing you just inspired me to maybe create my own.

  2. Very pretty, Polly! I have a shade for a lamp I'll be redoing that I will probably have to put new fabric on. I keep looking at it, because I'm not sure how I want to go with it.

    BTW, I'll be using my new work apron for the first time today. I'm heading out to a client shortly and I'm sure it will save me many trips up and down the ladder!

  3. Awesome!!! This is most certainly a blog first! I love how you think. And I can't believe you found the time to make something already. Wow.

    This little number just landed in my Today's Hot Find. :)


  4. Polly the shade turned out great!

  5. Adorable! I have some plain shades that need a little somethin, somethin too:>) Great ideas!

  6. ADORABLE!!!

    Love how the trims went together!

    idea for your keys:
    Instead of buttons next time you could do a bow on the front with several laces, twine, ribbons, whatever you want, with the key hanging down.
    If you wanted more color than that, add a color in your ribbons.

    love your ideas here!


    barbara jean

  7. Oh my gosh - so cute! You did a fantastic job! I love it!


  8. Thank you ladies. I've responded to all of you in email.

  9. Really cute! I love the mix of trims.


  10. I saw your post Funk Junk. First, let me say that after checking out your blog, I may be brave enough to attempt a lampshade again. I tried one a few months did not go well. The fabric buckled and rippled and I had gaps everywhere. I stashed it in the back of the basement in embarassment. Maybe I will drag it out and start over. Second...I am very new to the blogging world (this is my first ever comment!). How do you set it up so that the comments go directly to email? Loved your other blog tips. I need all the help I can get right now.

  11. A very creative way to dress up an old shade or "old lady". I love adding lace and buttons to things. I've got a shade I have wanted to do with embroidered linens and I think after seeing yours I will add buttons too. Can't believe you found time to do that while trying to pack to move. But, I know sometimes inspiration hits and you have to follow up.

  12. This is gorgeous! I featured it at Grab my "featured" button. This should drive more traffic your way!

  13. I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!
    Me thinks I need to do this to one I have!

  14. Just stumbled upon your blog from 'Someday Crafts' and I'm loving it all so much!! your lamp came up adorably..gonna make myself a colorful version of this if you don't mind..thanks for sharing!! I'll keep coming here,as I just added you!

  15. Thank you for all the nice comments ladies.I've responded to most of you in email, but a few you don't have an email link, so I can't write you personally, so I'll thank you here.

    Just an FYI, If you don't list an email in your profile, your comment comes up in email as a 'no reply' address. Putting your email address in your profile will allow other bloggers to send you emails.

  16. Totally adorable......buttons always add that little "sumthin, sumthin" don't they?

    Warm blessings,

  17. I just found your blog and I love it! I just adore this lampshade and have plans to do something similar now that you've inspired me! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  18. Adorable, Polly! I love it! Now if only I'd thought of something this cute and had some pretty crocheted lace last week when I was doing lampshades. Well, I'll have to get some!

  19. I just saw it and I just had to have it. Ordered it, Polly!

  20. Love it! It turned out just gorgeous! And I have a lot of the supplies just lying around waiting to be used--what a great way to use them!

  21. Hi, just stumbled upon your blog, and love it. The lamp shade is just gorgeous. I'll be back, can;t wait to see what other creations you make, you're very talented.

  22. That came out adorable. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Looking forward to getting to know you better in 2010


  23. Oh, Polly!
    This is so wonderful~ I may have to try my hand at making something like this! Thank you for the sweet inspiration!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  24. love the lamp!!! so cute! I wish I had somewhere to put something like that!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.... let me know if you ever publish about the dollar store storage!!! Would love to see it! Happy New year!!

  25. What a gorgeous lampshade! I wanted to pop in and say thank you for all the advice on a new sewing machine. Happy New Year!

  26. Oh this is JUST adorable!! I might have to try this... I just love your blog, thanks for finding me! :)

  27. I -LOVE- this! Thank you for all of the great ideas!!



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