I can’t believe I’ve never used a glue gun before. I had my doubts about the effectiveness of a $1.99 one, but it worked really well and I’m quite excited about the lampshade I’m making for the baby’s room. I am not excited about the burn I got on my finger from it. This is my fourth “mishap” in a month (decoupage scissors in scalp, closing finger in car door leaving a pulpy bloody mess, falling down in a store and having a shopping cart almost land on me-and, by the way, totally HomeGoods’ fault, thanks a lot), so I really should have expected some sort of injury to come from what my husband described as “an iron with a stick of glue coming out of it.”
Anyway, on to the project!
Yesterday morning I went to FabricLand, a fantastic fabric store that’s been around for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately it is a good half hour from me. It is literally the nearest fabric store to me, and I live in the densely populated state of New Jersey; doesn’t that seem odd? I am not a big fan of giant chains, but come on. Would it kill them to put a Jo-Ann Fabrics in Flemington or Bridgewater or Somerville?? So I trekked off to FabricLand where, as usual, I got overexcited by the possibilities of various projects. (They have very beautiful upholstery and specialty fabrics there- I think lots of interior designers get fabric for custom coverings, plus people who actually sew clothes and wedding gowns and such buy fabrics there.) My goal was to find fabric for curtains for the baby’s room. I ended up choosing a Peter Rabbit fabric to use as a wide border at the bottom of muslin curtains. Then, I noticed little lampshades that are self adhesive. And little nightlights! (I bought one, but for another use. I don’t want the room too matchy-matchy.) I got a lampshade to cover with the Peter Rabbit fabric, and then set about looking at the trims. The trim and ribbon dept. of FabricLand is spectacular. I was hoping for some pom pom trim, but they didn’t have a color that would have suited my fabric. Instead, I bought a ruffle and then some bias tape (no gingham bias, alas).
The lamp was easily completed though, as I suspected, because it basically has a linear pattern, it ended up being diagonal on the shade. No matter, it’s still cute. The ruffle is a little bit cutesy/sweet, but I think overall it’s nice. Oooh, I have it atop a white wood base, but wouldn’t it look nice atop a (faux) hobnail milkglass type lamp? I’ll keep my eye out for one.
Now, on to the curtains…