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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Feathers in my Food!

It all started with wanting different shades for my dining room chandelier. I saw 2 styles that really mesmerized me.

This one:

and this one:

One has pink roses all around the bottom of the shades and the other one has a pretty ribbon on it.  I had some pretty paper roses but not enough to go all the way around 5 shades, plus they were a bit big for the tiny shades. I especially loved the shapes of the 2 above. I couldn't find the exact shades—at a cost that wouldn't hurt my bank account. But all I could find at our Lowes and Home Depot were the usual ones, nothing fancy, just a sort of flare at the bottom. So I let everything sit for a while until I felt inspiration since I had bought 5 of them and painted them pink. After painting them, I realized they would not cast much light so it was back to Lowes for 5 more shades. Those were left unpainted. Then after about three weeks, it hit me—feathers. I had bought 3 feather boas a few months ago, just in case I'd need them at some point. I also had a pretty trim but only enough for one, so I was off to hunt for more of that particular trim. I finally found it after much looking at Joanns. I mean I really looked hard for about 20 minutes through all their trim and was just about to give up when on a bottom shelf I saw it. There were only 3 yards of it left and I bought it all! I put the jeweled trim around the top part and feathers on the bottom and then I put 3 little paper roses along the top, Then I finished it with a pink bow. While I love the shade with the sassy ribbon and how the ribbon goes around it, without that straight-sided shade, doing it the way it is in the photo just wouldn't work, so I had to improvise. Plus, I loved that ribbon but couldn't find it anywhere.

All of MY photos can be clicked to enlarge, not the ones starting with the stone cottage. Y'all KNOW how I hate small photos!

This is the jeweled trim.

Yep, I used a pink ribbon and trust me, it wasn't easy getting them to come out right. I had to make 3 of them before I got the dimensions correct.

They add a whole new look to the dining chandelier.

And I love them.

See how the light comes through now. With the pink-painted ones it was much darker.

Love the look now. When Love Bunny came home and I showed him the chandelier—he'd never notice on his own, trust me—the only response was, 'Oh, great, feathers in my food.' I assured him I shook them out 3 times and vacuumed up all the feathers to put that risk at minimum. You should see my Dyson vacuum cleaner!

A little stone cottage by the sea.

A little country stone cottage with tiled roof. They've set the table outside for dining.

Another cute way to display craft items.

I love how this homeowner made a magazine holder out of a beautiful old bucket next to her chair.

Some old beach chairs decorated in the french fashion with those pillows.

I'm truly thinking of some way I could copy and incorporate this into my kitchen. Only problem is I have cathedral ceilings in there, but I'm thinkin', I'm thinkin'!

And a scrumptious periwinkle blue living room. I think the whole room is gorgeous.
Linking up with WOW and Open House Party and Favorite Things Thursday 


  1. I'm off to do my shades in my sewing room, which are plain and boring. Yours have inspired me, they are absolutely gorgeous. I replaced my glass ones with the little papery ones a few years ago with the intent of putting braid and crystals onto them. Now I'm sure it will get done. x

  2. Well, I cannot think of anything to say, except... amazing... that choice of feathers, ribbon and shades on your lights was just delightful and then the other pictures you share with us, make me feel quite inadequate... I love things of beauty, but rarely sit down and do the making as you have done... also I agree with your english lesson, it is quite appalling how it is all changing, and not for the better either...[ I am sure I have made mistakes in that line, but forgive me as I am rushing out..] I shall be back to submerge myself in your lovely blog, thank you so much for sharing.. J

  3. They look extremely gorgeous , Connie. Clever you!

  4. Beautiful work on the shades, Connie! They look so glamorous! I can't help but notice how patient and tenacious you are when you put your mind to accomplishing something! It certainly paid off. So very original!

  5. I must say Love Bunny's comment made me laugh. You creative thing, you! They look great!


  6. Well, your shades are beautiful. They look better than the other 2 pictures you showed us. I, also, had to chuckle about 'feathers in my food'. Blessings Paula

  7. I love what you created here!!! how cute! :D And of course, thanks for the beautiful pics!


  8. Well, if you ever decide to write a book about your decorating, I think "Feathers in My Food" would make a great title! lol I do love the house by the water. I could be happy there, listening to the waves and smelling the water........ WHY did I move to the desert?????????

  9. I love your feathers! The next time I redo one of my chandies, I'm going to be a copy cat!! Hugs, Penny

  10. Don't you love it when inspiration hits ! I love your shade creations. (())

  11. Oh my--how pretty! I love what you did with the chandelier! I also really like the one with the paper roses. What great ideas!

  12. Very nice! I LOVE your magazine Bucket! What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing

  13. What happy and lovely lamp shades on your chandelier.

  14. I love what you have done with the shades............I used to have a handmade lampshade business and made many small chandelier shades - they were time-consuming but much better than the mass produced versions!

    Happy weekend - hugs, Mary

    P.S. OMG, what I'd give for that cottage by the sea - awesome!

  15. Great inspiration! Thanks for posting!

  16. Connie, What a wonderful job on the chandelier! I just love the roses mixed with feathers. I think you topped your inspiration pieces! Happy Pink Saturday! Marti

  17. woow.,,I just Smile :) Love this post...and your blog is just wonderful :)
    and do mot miss......




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  18. Your feather shade turned sooo beautiful, an awesome idea.....


  19. I love the feathers and bows chandelier. I have been on the look out for a chandelier for my art room ( it's shabby chic) Thank you for sharing your post at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop , wishing you a beautiful day xo

  20. Fabulous shades Connie and I love all of the other eye candy too!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  21. Love the pink on the chandeliers. Very inspirational.


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