We have a new addition to the family but more of her another day. Suffice it to say she needed some lady dog surgery and has had to wear a buster collar/collar of shame/cornet/lampshade whatever you want to call it, to stop her pulling her stitches out. She is only a year old and full of energy so, after the first day and a half when she was effectively a zombie dog while the anaesthetic wore off , she has been driving me to distraction. She has no apparent sense of having anything round her head so I have been poked and prodded in the legs by a cone of hard plastic, the paintwork on the walls is scuffed, she has scooped up mud (and worse) from the garden on the edge of her cone and smeared it on my rugs, terrified the cats and captured the other dogs’ butts in the cone’s diameter all the better for a hello sniff.
On the plus side, it reminded me of something I wanted to do.
We have had a standard lamp from Ikea for a while now which had a pleated, coolie shaped shade. I hated it because those pleats collect dust like nobody’s business and anything that makes housework is not welcome – I only allow Mr. T, the Madamoiselles and the furred family in the house under sufferance. Mr. T. hated it for reasons he couldn’t actually articulate – I think it was just a man thing.
Anyway, a new lampshade was needed so I decided to make one yesterday. I bought a kit. I dug through my fabric stash and, because I was not alone in the house, and therefore not able to give vent to more eccentric choices, ended up with a smart, if conservative, linen and cream striped drum shade. Very nice and very ‘study’ like – which is where it is for – but I couldn’t help thinking it lacked a little something. So, this morning, I got out some of my typical French, traditional shelf edging and found some in linen with embroidered cherries. I think it adds the finishing touch but, as Mr. T. had already left for work, it remains to be seen if he’ll agree.
When the lamp is switched on, you can’t actually see the design on the trim, just the shape of it, which looks good but I won’t bore you with another lampshade photograph for now – well, I’m bound to make another one now I’ve had a success! I might even edge a few shelves with the remainder of the trim or I might add it to the others I have in my shop.
Just noticed this post is looking far too beige so, to brighten it up, here’s a little preview of the new addition.