Before & After: Making over a Lampshade

For a long time I've wanted to share my new lampshades I made with you, but for one reason or another, I just haven't done it.

About three years ago, I did a lampshade makeover that I shared on my old blog, and it was really very easy to do. I loved the brown fabric I used before on them, but since changing the paint color, the curtains and the furniture in the living room, the color of the shades just seemed a little off. They were just too dark for lighter, brighter room. So I decided to redo them again.

Selecting Fabric
I used clothes pins to hold the fabric swatch to the lampshade to see if I liked it.
Here you can see where I was trying out the new fabric to see if I liked it. You can't see it in the picture, but there are four little yellow dots where each diamond connects. On the back side of the fabric there are yellow strings that go across the center of the diamonds to add those four yellow dots. Since I didn't want stripes showing when the light was on, I cut off all of these strings. That was probably the hardest part of the whole project!

Anyway...  Here's what they look like now! They're much more subdued than the brown ones. They kind of blend in with the wall color, which actually makes the room feel bigger.

How they look now.
Ta-da! A brand new look!
I thought it might be fun to show you the progression of how much these lamps have changed. Looking at the progression, I still love the brown shades, but they just didn't work in the room after I repainted.  But the nice thing is, if I get tired of the new look, I can always change them again. Although, I don't image that will happen until I redecorate again.

Small Moments:  Old Lampshade New Look
Oh how they've changed!
I hated these lamps when I first moved into Jim's house. They were chunky and ugly, and at the time, they had mismatched shades on them. (I should have taken pictures of them with the wrong shades!) When I found matching blue drum shades at Goodwill for $3 each, which would go with Jim's ugly blue recliner, I snatched them up, because lampshades are soooo expensive!

There are instructions all over the internet for covering lampshades, so I'm not going to go into the process. I just wanted to share the new look with you.

Another view of the lamps.
Another view.
Considering how expensive lampshades are, I could have spent hundreds of dollars getting new. But I still haven't spent even $100, even though I've changed the look twice! Well worth the effort!

Have you ever done anything like this?  I'd love to see the results!

Word of the Year 2015

Once again, my word for 2015 was so clear that I didn't have to struggle at all to find it.  It revealed itself in November when I was redecorating our bedroom.

Last year, my word was FOCUS, which was completely appropriate. I had several things in my life that I needed to focus on. But now, I need to embrace whatever 2015 has to offer.

That's why my word for the year is EMBRACE.

Small Moments: Word of the Year
There are going to be a lot of changes in my life this year, and I know I'm going to have to learn how to embrace both the things that are changing and the things that will remain the same. When it comes to change, we can embrace it or we can fight it. I'm choosing to embrace it this year.

But change is not the only thing I'm going to embrace.  I'm also going to embrace the relationships in my life, especially my marriage. We just celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary, and we both realize that together we need to embrace the things that are important to us in our marriage.

What about you?  Have you found your "word of the year" yet?