Thursday, March 25, 2010


I love this Pottery Barn Lamp!

And this one from Layla Grayce! I just couldn't spent $100.00 on a lamp, so I decided to try and make my own version.

First of all, I love the cream chippy paint on these, paired with a crisp clean shade. I knew I needed to find just the right base to start. The one below was found at Walmart for $5.00 on clearance, it wasn't the right color or tall enough, but the price was right and I thought it had a similar shape the expensive ones.

I started by adding a block on the bottom to make it taller, just cut a square of scrap wood we had in the garage and glued in on. (didn't end up using the wood on the finished project) Next, I coated it all with cream paint and added a crackle coat once it dried. Last, I applied my umber and sanded lightly.

Finished it off with a $15.00 burlap shade from Target and whala! My $20.00 lamp is finished!
Adding this to My Romantic Home Show and Tell, Stop over and see all of the great stuff. Also, added to Kimba's DIY, check out all the great ideas!!!

The Junk Mammas

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sewing 101

We started our sewing class this week and we are very exited! This is one thing that we have both wanted to do for a long time, especially seeing all the great stuff you all make with you sewing machines.
We headed to class with all our supplies in hand, like little kids on the first day of school. Kinda funny how that old feeling of butterflies came back. We are in serious need of instruction because I seem to fight with my bobbin and Jenny has trouble remembering how to thread her machine .

We walked into class winded from dragging our sewing machines to the third floor and picked a place to sit. The instructor greeted us as we got settled. We were confused what she said. The instructor speaks with a heavy Russian accent. Even though my mother-in law speaks fluent Russian, I know about to two words of the language. I thought, this is going to be interesting, we don't understand sewing terms already. It just takes a few seconds some times to process what she is saying. And she is funny.

What did we learn after our first class, I still have bobbin issues and Jenny has learned to thread her machine.

Wish us luck, we are going to need it!

The Junk Mammas