Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY Ruffled Shade: The Spin-off

May was such a crazy month for us and somehow in the middle of everything going on, I decided to redecorate my kids' rooms.  Yeah, and now you no longer have to wonder why I disappeared from blogland for the entire month!

Anyhoo, I'm not ready for any big reveals quite yet, but I did want to share my daughter's lamp with you. 

Olivia has had a white pig lamp in her bedroom for a decade or so. I have tried many times over the years to eliminate the pig, but no deal.  She was adamant about it then, and at 15 years old, she is adamant still. The pig has to stay.

The pig sported a pink & white gingham shade from Pottery Barn.   It was cute, but certainly would not match with her new bedding now.

Once my pig elimination attempts were thwarted, I knew I had to do something about the lamp shade at least.  I stated aloud, "I don't know what to do with that shade.  I don't think I have the skill to recover it."

And then it happened.  That sage offspring of mine came out with it...

"Well, you are the creator of the lampshade, aren't you?"

Stunned, I looked at her and replied, "Yes, yes, I guess I am."

The lampshade that she spoke of is this one:

What I thought at the time was a no big deal "look what I made" lamp shade moment,  has turned into my biggest achievement.  It's been pinned & repinned.  Blog page views are approaching 80,000.  Crazy, right?

So,  with a little ruffled trim & my trusty glue gun, I made this:

Here it is donned by the pig:

Cute, right?   
Somehow, in a way that I can't comprehend, I have now come to adore the pig.   Could it be that he was just in need of a more stylish "hat" to make him acceptable to me?  Hmmm.  I wonder. 
I do have to tell you, that sunny yellow lamp shade is just what I needed.  It seems as though we may not get a Summer this year.  The weather has been truly awful.  Chilly, rainy & gloomy.  It's so depressing.   
I hope you are having a great week and that the sun is shining brightly for you!  Talk to you soon!
Linking to:
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Create it Thursday at Lambert's Lately
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  1. Gina-That is so darned cute. I just love the bright, sunny look of it. You truly are the LAMP SHADE LADY! xo Diana

  2. How fun!! I'd love for you to share it on my {Work It Wednesday} linky party!


  3. Very cute! My daughter is a pig collector. She might like it too.

  4. That is so great!!! Fancy pig! I need to get involved in more projects. It is Ugly here too, this whole week has been a wash.

  5. Gina, this is so cute! The shade just makes the lamp! Great idea!

  6. Your pig lamp is adorable Gina! That pig is so cute it may even want to go off to college with her someday sporting your beautiful yellow creation.

  7. Oh I love the updated lampshade...pig and all :) It's Adorable Gina!!!

  8. I cannot believe you redecorated your kids' rooms during May!!! OMGoodness, seriously???? NO wonder you were MIA!

    This lamp is so flippin' cute! I love it! I'm loving yellow lately...maybe because we've had so much rain lately.

    You did an amazing job, my friend!


  9. I think the pig needed a more grown up look to him and you sure gave it to him! Adorable!
    Believe it or not we are under a tornado watch until noon tomorrow here in sw Pa. We have a days of just rain so don't feel to bad:)

  10. OMGoodness Gina! I love the shade and that darling pig!! It is too darn cute. Thanks for sharing and I'm pinning. Enjoy your evening, Gail

  11. I think you are right. A well dressed pig is much more acceptable.


  12. Gina!!! ADORABLE, no don't ever get rid of the PIG, your daughter was right


  13. I can see both of these being super big Pinterest hits! Isn't it fun how something can keep being viewed over and over because of Pinterest? I think the yellow trim was the perfect fit. That makes the big look like a queen!

  14. You are so right, the pig is adorable. Never been one to love pigs but that one just needed a new hat as you called it.
    When I first saw theshade I wondered how you made all those pleats, phew,feel better now. I could see you in the dregs of night making pleats around the lamp shade. Sure glad you had the awesome pleated trim. You did such a great job keeping it straight. Let's face it kiddo, you're very good at what you do. Glad your daughter wouldn't give up her pig lamp. Happy days

  15. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I love your ruffle lampshades!
    Great idea!!

  16. This turned out SO cute! This would be great to link-up to my Create It Thursday's live now!

  17. I love the new pig lampshade! You were so right, she just needed a new hat!! So cute, I love the colors you chose and can't wait to see the rest of the room! Have a great week end my friend!

  18. Oh I just love that pig too - and you did a fantastic job on him. Love it.

  19. What a cute lamp! That shade transformation is amazing. You are the QUEEN!!

  20. Oh, Gina! I love your lamp! What a fabulous idea! Can't wait to see the kid's rooms!

  21. stopping over from Ricki Jill's - and I'm glad I did! I LOVE this. I think I may have to do this for my daughter's room! :)

  22. Wow, Gina, you are the lampshade transformer!!! That is the cutest redo ever. Awesome job!! xo

  23. That is adorable, I'm LOVING the yellow and the ruffles!

    Stopping by at the recommendation of Ricki Jill who mentioned this post in her Weekly Round-Up post!

  24. Congratulations...this post was featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for posting such a great idea!

  25. This is gorgeous!! I love the yellow and gray paired together! We'll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)

  26. Love the yellow and those ruffles are so cute! I featured you today on my Kick-Off Friday post. Have a great weekend!

    Erica @ Craftivity Designs

  27. I love the ruffled lamp shade with the pig ;-) So cute!
    Have a great week.

  28. Gina- where did you purchase your trim from. I'm looking for the exact trim (different color) for my little girl's lamp shade. Thanks for the great idea.

  29. Hi Jamie, I didn't have an email address to contact you, so I'm hoping you'll check back here.

    The trim came from Joann Fabrics. It comes on a spool and they will cut it for you by the yard.

    It's an easy project...good luck!

  30. Hi Gina, I'm reaching out in desperation. I have had one of these pig lamps (a pink one) since I was a little girl. It has been my most favorite pig item (I collect ceramic pigs). I came home and found it had fallen to the ground and broken :( I have been searching EVERYWHERE for another one even a little similar. You seem to be the only other person on the internet with this same pig lamp. I'm wondering if you happen to remember where you got it? Mine was a present from someone and there's no markings to tell a model number or any clue on how to find another one. I stumbled across this picture in my endeavor to find a new one and am hoping you can help! I know this is a couple years old, but if you get this: is a good email for me. I hope you can help!


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