May 18, 2010

Buttons and Burlap...

The weekend flew by and we were quite busy here!  I know that is not shocking news...I wonder when was the last time I just was able to do nothing in a day and be lazy...ah, reminiscing...

We did have a little fun this weekend.

Mr. Wonderful was given some free...(I love that word!) yes, free tickets to a baseball game on Saturday.

The weather as of late has been off and on...a nice Spring day one day, the next snow or rain.

Of course, Saturday happened to be a day of rain showers here and there.  As irony would have it...we needed our umbrellas before going to the game and I could not find any of them...we had, zilch!

All the umbrellas (at least 5) we once know, all the boys pretending they were swords, lasers or whatever their imaginations could come up with...everything but what they were designed for...rain.

So...there we were with no umbrellas...and of course this wasn't thought of until the very last minute.

 What kind of mom am I?!  A very unprepared mom at the moment! 

That did not stop us though...regardless...we were there to have some fun as a family...rain or shine...soaked or dry!

Fun...we did  have!

I forgot how much I enjoy watching baseball and it was great sharing it with my family.  We decided since it was close to the evening we would just eat dinner there.

 Isn't having hot dogs and peanuts the nostalgia at a baseball game.  Little did we know that just for a hot dog would be at least $5.  Lets see...$5 times 7 people...oh, lets not forget drinks at $4 each and other things...well, you can see it adds up very fast! In the end as we left the game that evening, Mr. Wonderful said "Wow, it costs us $60 for a free game!"  We all had to laugh.

If your still with me and wondering what this has to do with my title...Buttons and Burlap... absolutely nothing! I just thought I would share. :) is another project to mark off my list...2 lampshades, done!

I think they turned out quite pretty and have a vintage look to them.  I even gave a little boring tutorial.  An easy and great way to dress up any shade...

Loving the way these turned out!

I had bought two of these shades back in NM before we left.  
I knew I wanted to add something to them to tie into the lamp bases I had.

Using burlap as my fabric, I first had to find the length for my pleats.
  I did this by measuring the inside of the shade at the bottom. 
 I cut a strip that length and then made my pleats to fit inside it.

Put your iron on the highest setting, (burlap can be hard to shape). 
 Fold your strip of fabric in half and make a crease down the center.

*I used an old towel underneath this when I ironed.
Cut another strip of burlap measuring your width for the 
pleats (keep in mind this width will be folded in half)and 
about 2 times longer than your band.

Using lots of steam and a water bottle mist the burlap as you iron.
 Start making your pleats.  I didn't measure my pleats, I just estimated 
as I went. Fold and iron all together about every 4th pleat.

Once your pleats are done using a hot glue gun take the length of
 burlap you cut to fold over the top of your pleats to make a band. 

My band was about 2 inches wide and then folded in half,  you can make it whatever size you need for your shade.This will make it easier to glue onto the shade, keeping it more even and give it a finishing edge.  

It should look like this glued on both sides of the pleats.

Turn your shade upside down, it will be easier to work with and 
see where your band is being placed.  Glue to shade. I didn't worry
 about the pleats being exactly even in length, being that it's burlap.

Once the pleats are done,  now you can glue your buttons. 

I sorted through the button's  I wanted to use and made a pattern before I started
 gluing them on.  I spaced them and added small and large for interest.  I used buttons
 that had similar colors in the shade and base to give contrast and tie it all together.

Now, some of my favorite lamps! 
A great way to add a little something to your shades.

Before I go, there is a joke going on around here lately...

Whenever one of the kids or my husband is looking for me and they ask where I am, the reply will be..."Mom's in the garage stripping"...of course the "stripping" they are referring to, is my  furniture I am working on... 

Never a dull moment in my house!  :)

Will be back with more finished projects to share soon!!



  1. Fabulous lamp shade! Love the burlap pleats!
    And we love to watch baseball games as well. You are so right...the food costs will kill ya!! HA! But it sure is good!

  2. looks so so pretty!! i love the pleated ruffle xo

  3. Thank you for the tutorial on the lamp shades. I just love them.

  4. Victoria,

    Beautiful job on the lamp shade! This is my first visit to your sweet blog via Twice Remembered but I will be returning! Your little one's comment on garage stripping made me smile.


  5. Those are just darling!! the many uses of burlap!! I love the buttons as an added touch as well~

  6. These are darling, Victoria! What a great idea!

    Glad you could stop stripping in the garage long enough to enjoy your "free" game!

  7. your shade turned out perfect! i've been on a burlap kick myself! i'm trying to figure out how to update my daughter's curtains and i'm thinking maybe burlap!! have a beautiful week! susan

  8. I wish the rain, rain would go away here!!

    LOVE your madeover lampshade! Great tutorial too. :)

  9. Hi Victoria!

    What an adorable lamp shade...and of course i love the buttons!!
    Pamela from French Buttons xo

  10. Love the lamp shades! They turned out so nice!

  11. your lamp shade looks great, love burlap!!

  12. Wow, love your new lamp shade. I love the pleated burlap, how adorable. Hope you are doing well : ).

  13. that is amazing how much they get you with the food at those places huh. the lampshade looks great. i think even i could do that one. thanks for sharing victoria. don't forget to take some time to relax.

  14. Oh, great tut on a cute lampshade redo! I really like it, Victoria! The ruffle is so femininely charming!

    That is so funny about the boys with the umbrellas! I can toooootally relate. Our boys are forever doing the exact same kinda things! What is it with boys? They have to always be getting into something!

  15. I really like the shades. I am not a crafty girl and it is fun to see what other create.

    Funny about the "free" baseballe games.

  16. Oh my goodness Victoria..LOVE the Lampshades! They're fabulous! Enjoyed the entire post..especially the last part where you said Mom's in the garage stripping..WHAT A HOOT!

    Hugs & Summer Sunshine, Terri

  17. Thank you for sharing your NOT boring tutorial, I learned stuff. :)
    And for sharing your family tid bits, love it!

  18. This is such a cute project. Love the burlap ruffle.

  19. Oh I adore this lampshade. It looks wonderful.

  20. I enjoyed seeing all these cute projects & visiting your blog. Thanks for sharing!

    Warmly, Michelle

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