Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When you get to Craftyville, turn left

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My thrifting pal Michelle and I saw this project in Country Living magazine, or maybe it was Country Homes and Interiors; I can’t remember which, and we both thought it was completely bonkers but also a little bit awesome.  It is—are you ready for this?—a Christmas tree made out of lampshades. 

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Right?  It leans way more toward crazy if you add all the ball fringe and other doodads you know you have lying around the place:

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Man, that makes me laugh so hard!  It looks like a wedding cake I decorated with my feet.  Honestly, I can’t decide whether this thing is a complete failure, or whether I love it with my whole being.  It is totally insane.  Ridiculous.  It is lampshade skeletons covered with junk.  And yet, it is making me smile. 

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As if it isn’t way too crafty around here already, now I have this thing, which is smothered in furbelows, squatting on the table beside the front door.  Goodness.  But I laugh my head off every time I look at it, which is not for nothing, you know what I mean? 

Because I am who I am, I already had some thrift store lampshades about the place, and the boy was more than happy to peel the yucky fabric off them to reveal their wire skeletons for me.  I wrapped fabric scraps around the bones, tying on a new piece when I came to the end, and when all the metal was covered, I stacked them up.  Then I decked it out in every kind of scrap trim I could scrounge and fell over laughing at myself.  It felt pretty good.