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DIY Ruffled Lamp Shade and my rambling thoughts

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Let's talk ruffled lampshades! Don't you love them?  They are so easy to make too! Yee Haw! Ellie's lamp shade is a basic white shade. Nothing wrong with it but it was getting me annoyed with it's plain Jane-ness. You probably think I made a fabric flower for it, right? Or you think I continued my obsession with ruffles and glued one on, right? Well HA! I did both!

The flower is a pin so I can
take it off if I want. The ruffle is hot glued.

Let me take you through it.

The plain shade

Measure the distance of your shade circumference. Cut a length
of ribbon double that length. Run a long, tight stitch down
the middle to create a ruffle.

Pull the bobbin thread to achieve the look you want.

Hot glue the ruffle onto the bottom of the shade.

Finish the end by hot gluing the end under.
I tried to make it look like part of the ruffle

Pin on a pretty flower if you desire. And add
as  many rows of ruffles as you like. I used 2.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!  Oh and I have been checking out this week's link party. It's awesome!  Thanks to everyone who linked up!
My Shabby Apple giveaway ends this week too!

I've been a little MIA lately. I have been super tired and spending a lot of time laying around and getting the basic chores of life done. Therefore, I'm halfway through the bag of Dove dark chocolate Jim gave me for Vday and I'm all caught up on my DVRed episodes of Dear Genevieve. Whew. It's been a tough week. But we had a great weekend and Jim is off tomorrow for President's Day and life is hopping once again!

One of the nicest things about our new neighborhood is our neighbors. We have met the nicest, warmest, most friendly people on this street. People wave to each other, kids come over and play on our lawn, and we have dinner with another family every other week or so. Molly will know so many kids when she starts kindergarten in September and I'm so grateful that we bought in this neighborhood. Looking for houses is hard because you basically have to guess on your neighbors if you aren't familiar with that street. What if you live next door to the garage band (almost bought that house) or in a place where people keep to themselves? I love the feeling of having a community and I feel like we have that here.

Ok, enough kum bah ya stuff.



  1. Thank you SO much for linking up this fantastic idea!! Not only does it look like a $100 purchase from "Pottery Barn Kids" (my FAV store to decorate my daughter's room!); but it also inspired me to pull out a blah old lampshade that has been sitting in my garage waiting for me to pretty 'er up somehow. ^_^ Thanks again for the inspiration. Your shade looks LOVELY!!

    ~Nicole @

  2. Love the lampshade! Couldn't be cuter!! Great job and very original.

  3. Thank you for participating in the blog hop!
    Wishing you well on your bloggy endeavors.
    New follower via linky :)


  4. I love how this turned out! I so wish I had a sewing machine (and that I knew how to use it) you made it look so simple. The result is just plain beautiful! BTW, nothing wrong with just laying around and watching Dear Genevieve (love that show too) sometimes, us moms need a little time like that. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I really liked this idea so simple and so elegant. Thank you

  6. Love the lamp! Great job! I am your newest follower from grow your blog hop! I hope you will stop by and follow me too!

  7. Hi I am a new follower hopping from The 36th ave. I hope you follow me too.

  8. Just stopping by to visit from the 36th Avenue blog hop!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  9. Beautiful ruffled lamp shade. If you haven't shared it at Bacon Time's Anything Goes linky, please do. I love that the flower pin is removable, very versatile.

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  11. So cute! I LOVE ruffles! :)
    -Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty

    P.s.I found your blog on the VWB blog hop

  12. This is SO pretty! And now I (the beginner sewer) know how to make ruffles. :) Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

  13. That is absolutely gorgeous! I am your newest linky follower. I hope you follow me and join me for Toot Your Horn Tuesday. Its a brand new party starting tomorrow! Hope to see you there :)

  14. Great transformation! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  15. Super cute! So simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Very pretty, Jenny! I love ruffles on everything myself, so this is right up my alley. Love the addition of the flower,too, and I like that you can remove it if you feel like it.

    Visiting from Tuesday's Treasures : )

  17. This looks fantastic Jenny! I am so inspired to do a lamp re-do of my own! Thanks so much for sharing at this weeks Tutorial Tuesday!

    Newlyweds on a Budget!

  18. Very sophisticated! I love it! :D

  19. oohh!
    I LURV this! Would you be a dear and link up to my "WTF Wednesday" Party..
    Please oh, Popular gurl!!? LOL
    I gotta' share this with my buddies!!


  20. Oh my word, this is SO gorgeous!!! The flower pin is such a great idea, and next to those purple flowers...WOW! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  21. Adorable and perfect for spring!!!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


  22. OOOooooo, this is so pretty!! I would love it if you would be willing to share at our party going on now-Monday. Thanks

  23. Beautiful and classic look for a lampshade. I love it. Visiting from the grow your blog hop. I'm your newest follower.

  24. I had no idea how to make a ruffle... this is fantastic- it looks so easy to do! Thanks so much! Would love it if you linked it up!

  25. Very pretty!! Happy to have you at Things I've Done Thursday!

  26. Your shade is just lovely! It is so feminine and pretty. Love the ruffled rows and the flower was such a nice touch.

  27. SO fun!! I love the sweet ruffles!

    Thank you SO much for linking up last Thursday! I hope you're feeling much better this week!

  28. We restore or repair any lighting fixture, and custom build lamp shades, finials and more.

  29. I love love love ruffles!!! I need this lamp!!! So pretty! I have a project party every weekend if you would like to join and link up your great ideas!
    I hope you will come! xoxo-Rachel


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