Tuesday, 20 May 2014

WOYWW 259 - Ever Closer!

I'm seriously thinking of removing the Christmas Countdown at the top of my blog. What with that, and WOYWW Week 260 racing towards us, I feel my life is just running away!

Lots of 'busy' on the crafty front

Reuben is happy with his new waistcoat, although his Mum couldn't get him to do it up! I worried it was a bit too small, but she assures me it's fine and will send a pic with it buttoned, and him in his bow tie, too - can't wait!


I've now started a short sleeved cardi for his big sister, Maisie (4). It's not very clear, but there are pink/blue mice on the fronts, so I hope she'll like it.


I'm very pleased with the results of the £1.50 lamp makeover at the weekend. 

This is how it looked before.


And this is it afterwards.


  

It was dead easy 

1. Sprayed it all white with Rustoleum paint for all surfaces - brill stuff, so easy to apply

2. A coat of pink paint from a tester pot

3. Cut motifs from paper napkin. Remove backing layer(s). Brush PVA onto lamp (do not glue motifs - tissue tears too easily). Position motifs and allow to dry.

4. Paint whole lamp with PVA (dries clear with slight sheen) to seal paint and motifs.

5. Turn on lamp and enjoy!

I use this technique for most of my upcycling now - quick, easy and effective - what more could you ask for?!

I didn't intend making another new shade, but the cream one clashed horribly with the pink, so I made a tube of fabric and threaded elastic at the top and bottom, for easy removal and washing.

Now, I need to get back to ATC making - see you over at Julia's for a virtual cuppa. Wondering what I'm talking about? Just click on the WOYWW button on my side bar.

Have a great week, all xx





49 comments:

  1. Cute waistcoat for Reuben, and that lamp turned out really well didn't it? I used to feel life was galloping away from me, but when I was having sinus troubles, I started using relaxation cd's and now relax and use the cd's every day.It is lovely and makes me feel gloriously calm, and as refreshed as if I had been sleeping.I do my relax'n late afternoon,I spend between 1/2- 3/4 hr per day. My own special time.

    Judy xx

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  2. Wow.. a lovely up cycled lamp! I would never have thought of doing that, clever you it looks great. Reuben looks pretty smart too!
    Have a happy week
    Lynda B 20

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  3. Sweet boy and so handsome in his waistcoat. Wow the lamp turned out great! Say are we swapping ATCs? I have you down but no address as yet for you. Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #10

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  4. Great waistcoat!! The lamp looks tons better after! Helen 8

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  5. The lamp make over is great & what a transformation . Lovely it .
    Happy woyww Jill #5

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  6. Oh wow. I didn't realize you were going to change the lampshade, too. Now it is truly coordinated.

    Looks like the handsome young man will be ready for the big day, too. Happy WOYWW from #2.

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  7. I do like the finished lamp base. Well done. #25

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  8. Gorgeous waistcoat and great makeover on the lamp.
    Sandra @12

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  9. Oh bless Reuben, we made him shy! Clever lampshade makeover - the elastic top and bottom is a fab idea!

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  10. Well, that lampshade makeover is genius! Clever you :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 21 xx

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  11. Love your lamp make over, you are so clever. Reuben is one dapper little chap and look at that snow white hair, my son was like that a very long time ago. Hope you have a wonderful week.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Sleepy head Yoda 26

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  12. Reuben is darling and looks great in his waistcoat. Big sisters is sure to love the little cardi. The lamp turn out terrific too! Be well Carole #52

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  13. What a great make over of the lamp , looks great
    Jackie 13

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  14. Beautiful children, and that lamp is just all kinds of adorable now! Thanks for stopping by. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #22

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  15. That pink is such a pretty shade for your lamp makeover. ~Stacy #85

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  16. That lamp is amazing and Reuben is truly adorable. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#44)

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  17. The lamp has turned out beautifully, what a great makeover!

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  18. That lamp worked out SO well. Adorable Reuben - I am singing "I look handsome, I look smart, I am a walking work of art...." in my head as I look at him. And I'll bet the cardi will suit Maisie - look forward to seeing that. Now what will I be singing then? hummm.....

    :)

    Happy near 5 year WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

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  19. Great lamp & sure Maisie will like her new top ! Thanks for calling by Ali #6

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  20. A lot going on in your world, too, Chris! Love the knitting, and I think the little lad is quite right - the waistcoat undone is way cooler than done up lol! As for your lamp, it is stunning. What a transformation. I use gel medium for laying down stuff in the same way you used the PVA, and adding the sealing layer on top really helps make the decoupage become part of the object. It's really beautiful.

    Thanks for your lovely comment, and I'm glad you like what's going on in my creative world at the moment. Thanks for your good wishes for my hubby's retirement. I don't think my life will change at all - I will still have to do all the things I've always done (no retirement for wives lol!) - the only difference is that if he's around at all, he'll be under my feet. Hopefully he'll now have time to take me out so I can trawl round markets etc. and pick up some bargains for my mixed media art!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #37

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  21. Gorgeous lamp and so is Reuben.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 41

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  22. I'm only just doing my rounds to catch up with all my blogging friends....it's been a busy day with lots of extra cuddles needed by my little poorly munchkins.
    Love your little model in his waistcoat :-) Look forward to seeing the next knitting project completed too.
    I'm really looking forward to swapping ATCs next week.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #27

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  23. Oh my goodness! You are so talented! I can't do any of those things. Although, when I was younger I did make a three piece suit for my son, (like 40 years ago!). I can hardly operate a sewing machine now All your projects are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. #86

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  24. Awww! Such a sweetie in his vest!!! Your next sweater project is super cute!!! Love the lamp!!! Happy WOYWW! #66

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  25. The waistcoat just looks fab on Reuben! And the cardigan looks just too cute! Your lamp turned out wonderful. I was having trouble imagining it when you showed it last week. Thanks for popping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #60

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  26. Hi Chrysalis Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting my desk. WOW you have been busy and Reuben looks very smart in his vest. But I really do love your lamp makeover...mmm got me thinking about mine and the fabric and elastic tube for the shade is brilliant. Cheers and have a great week knitting mice RobynO#19

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  27. Oh WOW Chris, the lamp looks awesome. Bless Reuben, he seems quite happy in his waistcoat. The cardy for his sister is going to be a fun make, can't wait to see it. Cx #76

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  28. Rueben looks quite dapper with his new waistcoat, and that lamp update came out wonderful. Blessings!

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  29. How very pretty your lamp turned out. Love the romantic twist to it.
    Yes, Master Rueben looks spiffy in his new waistcoat.....such a cutie!
    Thanks for the visit this week
    Krisha #69

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  30. Reuben looks good in the waistcoat. I'm sure Maisie will love the mice cardi.

    The lamp is really fab.

    Hope you can get caught up with your crafty stuff.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW. Sue 48





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  31. Love the waistcoat and Reuben is a cutie. Can't wait to see the rest... :)

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  32. Chris I love that lamp, very pretty. I never seem to be able to buy the right kind of stuff to upcycle like that. The grandson looks good in his waistcoat too.
    Thanks for your visit and lovely comments.
    Chris #39

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  33. Cute waistcoat and I love your lamp! Thanks for visiting my blog for WOYWW! Have a great week! ~ Sandy #84

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  34. Adore the napkin motifs on the lamp, they look super. Thanks for the visit BJ#77

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  35. Lovely lamp renovation, I use napkins all the time.....best not tell you how many I have! Thank you for your visit. Karen #31

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  36. Oooooo LOVE that lamp, nice job! Looking forward to swapping!
    Thanks for the visit and the kind comment.
    donna#73

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  37. Well done, Chris - the waistcoat is great. Of course, the smashing looking young man modelling it just adds to the glam!! That lamp is lovely - well done again!
    Thanks for visiting - yes, frazzled is a good word. One step forward and two back is a long haul!!!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #42

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  38. I know what you mean about time this year. I swear it has tripled the speed! Your post was a delight, Chris! I so enjoyed the adorable photo of Reuben, the WIP sweater for Maisie, and the awesome job you did on the lamp!! Thank you for coming to visit me! Happy WOYWW and enjoy your week! Hugs, Darnell #29

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  39. So you decided to pain the lamp after all! It came out so cute! And thanks for posting a pic of Reuben in his waistcoat! How completely adorable. The sweater for his sister is so cute too!! You're so talented!

    Happy WOYWW (a day late!)
    Amy E. #15
    Scrapthissavethat.com

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  40. Great job with the lamp -- thanks for telling us how you did it! You are very creative. Happiest of WOYWWs and thanks for your visit. :-) ~ Laura #64

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  41. thanks for your visit earlier - so excited as this will be my first crop!!!
    That lamp has the WOW! factor, soooo beautiful. Well done you!
    Bishopsmate #75

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  42. The lamp looks wonderful and my fave embossing is the Black Russian it looks fantastic on black script :) hugs Nikki 3 late visiting

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  43. You've been busy! Interesting how you completely changed the look of that old fashioned lamp! patsy

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  44. Goodness, you are so clever, love how you've transformed that light, it looks so pretty now and really expensive.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier and sorry for the late visit.
    hugs Lisax #47

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  45. Wow, Chris, you are just all over creative! I love the lamp. Thanks for stopping my blog. Creative Blessings! Kelly #70

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  46. Wow wow wow truly gorgeous stunning lamp, it looks amazing. I love the waistcoat you made and the cardigan your knitting will be beautiful. I started crochet a year ago and it's so relaxing to do. I can knit but wanted to crochet to make motifs for my art. Happy Woyww :-) Kezzy xxx

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  47. Love the lamp makeover! I love and hate countdowns lol. It's good for me to remember, but then I get freaked out. Thanks for visiting me earlier in the week. #63

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  48. Fab, love the lamp. Thanks for the tip!!! x

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