Mad For Plaid Winter Shades-How to make a lampshade cover

Winter is coming and I decided that my lampshades need a winter blanket just like my bed.  The store bought lamp shades are rather expensive so I decided to make covers for my lampshades for less money.  In this post, I’ll share with you how to make lamp shade covers.

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DIY- Make your own lampshade covers

I have been mad for plaid these past few years.  So I decided on plaid shade covers.  They match my winter bedroom theme and my overall Christmas winter theme too. I chose a very thin almost sheer fabric with the colors of plaid I wanted. You can choose what you might like for colors but a thin lightweight fabric works best.

I measured the circumference of the lamp shade and added only an inch and half to 2 inches extra to the number.  Then I measured the length of the shade and added just two inches to that measurement.  After the cutting the fabric to these sizes I sew the ends together of the circumference , then serge the edges of the length.  Now turn under the edges of the length to form a seam allowance just enough to be able to thread a thin elastic band through this.  Using 1/4 inch wide elastic,  the length should measure an inch less  than the number of the lampshade circumference.  It does not need to be too tight. After you have threaded the elastic band through the seam and stitched the ends to hold in place, you can simply pull the shade cover over the lamp.  The elastic seam should be under and over the edge of the shade to hold it tight.

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Dress up a dining room lampshade for Christmas.

The sky is the limit to how many covers you want. Lampshades are sold in such boring colors, white, cream, burlap.  So get busy and create some interesting eye catching covers to match your decor.  Let’s not depend on the manufacturers to decide what our lamps should look like.  Make your lamps stand out and let the light shine through your choice of color.

 

“For her lamp does not go out by night.  She lays her hands to the spindle, ” Proverbs 31: 18-19

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Warm up your bedroom with some red plaid.

 

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Light the Winter Night – It’s a Leap Year!

Create a warm atmosphere outdoors in the winter

Free outdoor lighting !
Free outdoor lighting !

In the event of a cold, cold winter, use it to your advantage to create a warm atmosphere outside your house with an ice mold candle. IMG_2862 The water is free and all you need is the bucket to freeze it in.  I will be willing to share my secret with you… shhhhh…it’s the all about the timing.  I didn’t believe it but this silly bucket created the perfect candle mold. I left the bucket full of water outside on a very cold day that had a temperature about 20 degrees for approximately 8 hours.  Then I loosened the ice from the mold dumped out the water and voila!  a beautiful mold, after only a few try and fails.

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Overfrozen  epic fail!

So… try to light the outdoors on a winter night and create an atmosphere of warmth with a candle and celebrate the leap year.

My only thought is …if we have to add an extra day every four years…why does it have to be in the winter?  So make the best of it.   Enjoy!

 

 

Perfect Ice Candle molded
Perfect Ice Candle molded

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

 

Soup’s on!

Soups On!

Ever thought of just having soup for dinner?  Its not just for a  luncheon meal.  You can create a hearty soup or stew and serve it for dinner too. Try a hearty winter soup like a hearty Italian Beef soup.  And I’ve got just the setting for the dinner. It’s a casual affair and this time no intricately folded napkins.  Red plaid napkins and big  red bowls for filling.

Soup's On!
Soup’s On!
Winter Moods
Winter Moods

 

I remember as kid,  soup was often kept warm inside the thermos.  Instead of hot drink it was a nice hot soup.

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Thermos

I used some antique plaid thermos’s for the centerpiece, along with some wooden skates. A big pot of soup stew pot sits at table side for easy serving on a cold Boston night.

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stew pot for easy cooking and serving on a cold night.

 

I warmed the setting up with a couple of lit candles. Not just any candle but these candles are unique with the wooden wick so they provide a crackling sound like the sound of a real fire. Don’t forget to serve it while the soup is still hot.  IMG_2842

Chow!

 

This time last year I was enjoying Lake Placid NY, so hop on over to the travel blog page to read about our trip to  Lake Placid NY.  <click

Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid
Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid