Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 5 Posts From 2012

Happy New Year and welcome to a new year of gardening and decorating!
I thought it would be nice to look back at a few of the popular posts of 2012.
Here are the top 5 to remember....

#5 with 768 views.... is one of my favorite titles and posts.... "Why I Love Heavy Metal!"

#4 With 866 Hits was "Touched By The Morning Dew"

#2 with 1614 Hits was my "DIY Picket Fence Bench"

#1 with 1625 Hits... so far!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please consider becoming a new follower..... Brooke

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Make A Chicken Wire Lampshade!

Here is a fun, quick project that I want to share with you today!

Do you have any old lampshades that are just not right for your decor?
These were mine, they were nice, but always too dark for me.
And don't get me started about the DUST!

So lets do something about it, let's get CREATIVE!

Okay, maybe you don't just have these setting around... or you might just be like me and do!
Chicken wire is great to have, I use it in the garden and 
have been seeing it all over Pinterest in home decor!

I have more projects with it coming soon.... <3 

Okay first you remove all the material from your old shade....

Then you give yourself a nice size section of wire... Mine was 10 inches by 30 inches.

Be careful!  It can be sharp on those edges!

I used my jewelry pliers... love those things... but you probably have something like this in your stash!

Just find each place it meets and bend.... bend.... bend.

Neatness does not count in this... it is very forgiving!

I am writing this thinking how cute that shape would be around a planter.... 
I am glad I have a munch of wire!

Don't be nervous, you cannot mess up, it is really easy to bend and shape.
Just squish.... squish... squish it into the size of your shade.

Obviously I had a bit more shaping to do... but you get the idea!

If you have some primer.... here is the time to use it.  
Of course, I did not... 
and I ended up doing three coats.  
But it looks great... 
and I love the hammered texture.

I added a fabric ribbon to go with my Country Christmas decor, 
but it is cute just as it is...  I am not happy with my pictures of this project....

"It's so much cuter in PERSON!"

I could see these in a craft booth or a local store!
 I cannot wait to yard sale this summer to get more 
shades to do a bigger version.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please consider being a new follower!

Thanks so much to the good people at Lowe's Creative Ideas for letting gardens like me get their hands dirty and their creative ideas working overtime. I am so excited to share with you my upcoming projects.

Being a part of the Creators and Influencers Garden Team been a dream come true. Its so much fun to create something so special and then sharing it with you my dear friends and readers. Please if you are not a follower consider becoming one so you can see more of my upcoming projects.

Take the time to visit Lowe’s and see what's blooming, I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!

Don't forget to check out the Lowes Creative Ideas Blog and Facebook Page. They now even have an account on Pinterest!

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