Literary Lamp Shade

lamp shade title

Normally I would think tearing apart a book, especially a Harry Potter book, would be blasphemy!

However, just before Thanksgiving we had a flood at our home which damaged a few books. Fortunately it was just 3, and not the whole library! The benefit is that I now have 3 books to craft with.

I had seen several crafts using old books. And while on a mad dash through Ikea about a week ago, I spotted the very thing I needed to complete a project I had wanted to do for about a year.

I have a lamp without a shade. I love the lamp, but I didn’t really have a place for it so I ignored it and stored it. So, while on the mad dash through Ikea I grabbed a lamp shade!

To do this project you will need a few supplies:

An old book (I recommend a favorite title)

Mod Podge

Lamp Shade

Paint brushes

lamp shade supplies

This project will take you less than an hour depending on the size of the shade.

To begin rip out enough pages from the book to cover the entire lamp shade.

Next, apply Mod Podge to the surface of the lamp shade where you want to apply the first book page. Smooth the page onto the shade. It is important to note that the paper may not adhere smoothly. You may be able to smooth it out with your brush or fingers. However, this is a shabby chic look. It is okay to have ridges and wrinkles! It adds character and texture to the project.

Once the first page is smoothed onto the shade apply a layer of Mod Podge over the entire sheet. You will need to trim the pages at the top and bottom of the shade, and then mold the paper over the rim (top and bottom) to finish the edge.

Repeat the process of adhering the pages to the shade until you achieve the effect  you desire.

You can use any material to cover the lamp shade. Tissue paper, book pages, even fabric will work fabulously! Ikea has several sizes and I am already planning several versions for my children’s rooms!

I hope this inspires you to personalize you lighting fixtures.

finished lamp shade

Gena sig

Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a must during the Holidays.  I really enjoy decorating sugar cookies and I try to make them for every Holiday.  I have always used my moms sugar cookie recipe because it is such an easy but good recipe.  The flavor is sweet but not too much and the cookie is so soft.  I like sugar cookies best soft.
I made these cookies last year for my young women (boy, do I miss serving the girls).  These cookies are 5″ cookies….so pretty big and a little harded to bake and decorate but I enjoyed giving them away.
The technique I used to decorate these cookies is called floating.  I thought today I will share my sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe and on my next post share how to decorate cookies with floating.
MOM’S SUGAR COOKIE
Cream together 1 cup shortening and 2 cups sugar
Add 2 eggs that have been slightly beaten
Add 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 1/2 tsp almond
fold in 1 cup sour cream (the secret to a soft cookie)
Measure out 5-6 cups of flour, add 2 tsp soda & 1 tsp salt to flour
Slowly mix in 1 cup of flour until all is mixed in
Dough will be a little sticky but will take form when rolled out on flour
Cut out cookies (for these I used a big mug)
Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes (time may vary)

Here are all the different styles of ornaments I did.  Royal icing can be a little difficult and requires a bit of practice.  It is very touchy and you just have to try it to get a feel for it.  I remember the first cookies I tried I got real discouraged because they didn’t look too great.  The things I have learned: don’t make it too runny, and if it doesn’t have enough liquid the icing won’t dry shiny. Oddly enough the weather and temperature of your house changes the amount of water needed.

ROYAL ICING RECIPE

4 cups powder sugar
1 Tbsp corn syrup (makes it shiny)
2 Tbsp water (more if needed)
1 tsp vanilla extract or almond
a few drops of food coloring

Mix the powdered sugar along with water, corn syrup and extract until it’s smooth and creamy.

The icing works best when its not too runny. If you run a knife through the icing and draw a line it should take about 5 seconds for it to fill back in where you drew the line. Slowly add 1 tsp at a time if you feel you need more water.

Check back soon for more information on how to decorate cookies with royal icing and I will also be sharing some Valentine cookie ideas.

 

Riverton Housewives Round Up #141

It is only 1 week until Christmas…one week!  How on earth did that happen?  I swear 5 minutes ago it was Christmas 2013 and then I blinked and we’re getting ready for Christmas 2014.  It is crazy I tell ya.  We’ve had a great week, the girls had a short break from Ballet West and we took advantage.  We were able to go downtown to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights, Nate and I made a WHOLE bunch of goodies for neighbor Christmas gifts.  It was really fun to do them together.  We celebrated 5 family birthdays this past weekend and a bunch of us were able to go to Draper City and see the beautiful Tree of Life, they did an amazing job on it and it was a great opportunity to have a conversation about the reason for the Christmas season.  This week we’re finishing up the rehearsals for the Ballet West Nutcracker and then the girls start performances on Monday.  I am so excited for them, I have no idea how they are SO brave!!  Do you have fun plans for the rest of this week?  I really need to finish Christmas shopping.  If you’re done don’t tell me OK?!  ~Jenn
We are changing up the linky party a little bit this week like we’ve done in years past.  We’re opening up the party this week and it will remain open until 1/4/15 (Did you see that?  I just typed 15…as in 2015…where is my flying car??!!).  We really hope you’ll come back each week and share what you’ve been up to with us but we also know we’re all REALLY busy this time of year and hope that you are able to enjoy every moment of it.  On January 7th we’ll be having a super-sized features post.  I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to!
Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up #141!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning…whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)
We only have a few rules to play at our party!
~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it’s nothing you’ve linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.

~And we’d love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can’t save a photo or link to the URL we can’t feature your awesome stuff.
So get to linking up!  We can’t wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!
Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!

I Dig Pinterest shared a recipe for Honey Gingerbread Loaf with Honey  Pecan Glaze.  I’m sure I’ve told you like 100 times now that I LOVE gingerbread and this looks amazing.

Life with Moore Babies (<~ cutest blog name right there) shared her Egg Carton Snowman craft.  Talk about something the kids would have a BLAST doing.  I love that they’re snowmen so I can use this as an after Christmas craft while the kids are still on break from school.  SO cute!
Christmas Oreo Truffles…YES PLEASE!!  The Crazy Craft Lady shared this yummy treat with us.  Look how adorable they are!!
Our most viewed this week comes from our cute friend Sydney over at Tastefully Frugal and is this darling gift/craft.  I can’t believe how cute this Have a Holly Lolli Christmas Lollipop Tree turned out.  I have to agree it would be an awesome teacher gift (seems they’re always looking for little goodies for the kids and dumdum suckers fill that roll well).

Thanks again friends for all of the great recipes and projects!  They were so fun to look through.
Don’t forget we’re having an extra long linky party this time.  I am hoping I’ll have the opportunity to share some of the links on our facebook over the weeks as well!
You’ll hear from me before then but in case you get busy and don’t make it over here let me say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  I truly hope it is wonderful for you!
Onto the party!!

Housewife Jenn

DIY Believe Plaque-Christmas decor

believe plaque

Can you believe that Christmas is next week?? I sat down today and started to panic a little bit thinking of  all the things I need to do before next week.  I had a lot of different holiday crafts that I wanted to make and of course I haven’t done most of them. After seeing Jenn’s last post about bringing stencil’s back and showing us all her cute signs it made me want to go through all the cute stencils I have from Hazel and Ruby. If you haven’t checked out Hazel and Ruby you need to. They have such fun products and I love how you can re use the stencils over and over again just stick them back on the paper and they are ready to use for your next project! So easy and so fun!  I always tell my children if you don’t believe then you won’ t receive and I love to decorate with Santa’s for Christmas so I thought this would be the perfect plaque to put by my Santa’s.

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Christmas Chalkboard Art Inspiration

I know I’m not alone with my love of Chalkboard Art.  I currently have 2 in my house that are pretty large and I love decorating them for the different seasons and holidays.  These two I did for Christmas this year.  I love looking at pinterest for inspiration and then doing my best to make them beautiful and uplifting.  I think it’s an easy and fun way to bring some character into the home and also a way to have reminders for us all to see every day, this time of year especially a reminder of the reason for the season.
Christmas Chalkboard Art

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We’re bringing Stencil back!!! DIY Stencil Christmas Projects

Bringing Stencils Back - Christmas Edition
Isn’t it funny how all things old become new again?  I remember (what feels like) a hundred years ago helping my mom stencil geese and little houses around the top of our kitchen.  Back then when we were doing it I thought “this is really cool!” but then a few years later I was so incredibly happy to paint over those silly stenciled images.  But now, here I am again in 2014 loving stencil projects…who’d have thought?

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Paper & Lace Christmas Tree

I’m so excited to share this Christmas tree decoration.  I had so much fun making it and I love the way it turned out.  I am using way more gold than I have ever used in decorating in the past.  I feel like I might want to keep this one up after Christmas.
If you would like to see how to make the reindeer decoration in this picture go here.
This tree is made out of a poster board, ribbon, lace, and paper.

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Riverton Housewives Round Up #140

Another crazy week has flow by.  This past week was filled with The Nutcracker.  On top of Ballet West rehearsals we had Nutcracker photos, dress rehearsal, a 5am appearance on the morning news promoting the Nutcracker, and 3 performances.  The kids were fabulous.  I had so much fun watching them dance (I had 3 dancers this year).  I also owe a huge thank you to the ones not dancing, they picked up a lot of slack around the house while we were all running around like crazy people!  On top of all of that we also had a huge blog project going on, thankfully we were able to hire that part out but it was still a stresser for us all.  We have officially made the switch over to WordPress and are hoping that you’ll find the blog just as easy to navigate if not even a little easier. ~Jenn

I am so impressed with the party this week!  So many delicious looking recipes and fabulous crafts.

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up #139!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning…whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)
We only have a few rules to play at our party!
~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it’s nothing you’ve linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.

~And we’d love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can’t save a photo or link to the URL we can’t feature your awesome stuff.
So get to linking up!  We can’t wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!
Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!
Upstate Ramblings shared this amazing recipe for Gingersnap Cookies.  I am kind of obsessed with gingersnap and can’t wait to try out this recipe!
Are you on the hunt for a great gift?  It’s Always Rueteen has a great project for you.  This Homemade Heating Pad Gift Set Idea is great for pretty much everyone on your list.
We’ve got a whole bunch of birthdays to celebrate this weekend and I am thinking this Chocolate Peppermint Bunt Cake by A Mitten Full of Savings will be on the table.
Our most viewed this week comes from You Brew My Tea and is a tutorial on How to Dye Bottle Brush Christmas Trees
Thank you everyone for coming to our party every week.  We love seeing what you’re up to.  Now lets party!!

jennsig1

DIY Glitter Santa Ornaments

My kids have been off track since the end of November and don’t go back until Jan. 5 so we have a long winter break ahead of us. I’ve been trying to come up with some fun Christmas crafts we can do to keep my kids busy. My oldest daughter has been wanting to try these glitter ornaments so I thought this would be a fun craft to do while she is off track. I’ve also wanted to add a little more black to my Christmas ornaments so I thought this would be a fun way to do so. We gathered up all the supplies while my other kids were gone and we had such a fun afternoon making these ornaments together!…

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