I have needed bedside lamps for ages. But I am tainted by the internet. I see so many Goodwill transformations and DIY tweaks that I have a warped sense of what I should be able to do with the things around me. I should be able to jaunt into the local Goodwill, pick up a matching yet horrendously ugly set of lamps priced at $2.71 each, and with a swath of spray paint and a few yards of ribbon, turn them into the lamps of my dreams. And yet, our Goodwill is AWFUL, and the few lamps I already own are just not right for use next to the bed. So when I happened upon these hideous beauties at Lowe's a few weeks, it was hard to pass up what was essentially a 2-for-$20 deal. Yes, they were even a mix-and-match pair, so I consciously chose the green base and blue shade.
But I don't hate the shades, even though they clash a little (lot) with our blue/grey/greenish walls. I plan to spray the bases white and call it good. For now, they live in the realm of the functional.
And then there's this:
After spending months pinning yarn wreaths, I got off (or really, I got ON) my duff and made one. Or most of one. Accoutrements are still in progress.
Have you made a yarn wreath? If not, let me give you a few tips.
- It doesn't take as much yarn as you think. I have about a half skein left.
- I used a straw wreath WITH the plastic on. I also like the look of the squared foam wreaths. It really does need a smooth surface to work best.
- It is a BORING process. I wrapped off and on for about 4 hours. I'd do a section, then walk away to do something else for a while. If you want to power through it, pop in a movie and settle in for some boredom. I also found that sitting on the floor with the wreath held between my knees was the perfect way to keep both hands free and keep the wreath in place. A little hard on the back, but very efficient.
- It takes some zhusshing to get it right. I'd wrap it 4 or 5 times, then work the strands into place, smoothing and tightening.
- I don't ever work with yarn, so I wasn't sure where to start with it. I worried that I was supposed to do something else with the yarn before wrapping, like re-wrap it into a pretty ball or something, but no, I just pulled out an end and went to town.
A few more felt flowers, and I'll have a pretty Fall wreath to go on my beautiful blue door!
This post is part of the weekly William Morris Project, a la Pancakes and French Fries.