Our booth at the Willow's Nest is located in the front corner of the oh-so-cute cottage. As such, it doesn't have the best lighting and gets a little dark in the afternoons. We wanted to add some lighting that blended with the style of our merchandise. I had this lamp in my guest room and it was never used. The sculpted design was gold, so I gave the whole thing a quick cover of flat black paint. For the shade, I wanted to try an idea that had been floating around in my head for awhile. I've seen a similar project using ribbon. I turned to one of my favorite fabrics, the good old cotton canvas drop cloth. I tore strips about an inch or so wide and wrapped the shade top to bottom. I stitched the ends in place with a needle and thread, and made up a quick little flower which I attached to the shade with a button in the middle, using a couple of stitches. This was very quick and only took me about 30 minutes. Next time I make one, I will stitch the strips of fabric together using my sewing machine, end on top of end for a flat seam. This will make for only one starting and one stopping point. The one I made today is only for lighting purposes and will not be for sale, so I was going for the fast method. But, I really like the results. So much so that I hate to take it to the store. I guess I will have to be on the lookout for more lamps, so this one can come back home soon.
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