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Updating an IKEA Lamp

This is a super simple IKEA hack that took about 10 minutes this morning.

I wanted a light in the alcove in the nursery, but I was concerned about little fingers meddling and getting burned by a hot bulb. IKEA sells the TASSA NATT lamp for $5, and the main draw is that it’s tamper-proof and it doesn’t get hot. Great, except for the little frog/bugs on it.

Simple IKEA Hack

The cover comes off very easily though.

Simple IKEA Hack

I just traced it onto prettier paper and recovered the lamp.

Simple IKEA Hack

The new cover may not last as long (the original was vinyl), but it’s easy enough to switch out every so often.

Finished IKEA Light

Wee Girl

I haven’t been feeling well lately and I’ve been confined to the house. As cabin fever was really setting in, I decided to do something crafty. Brandon’s been teasing me because it is on the whimsical side, which I usually hate.

Wee Girl

The whimsy factor gets worse too. This project was based on a chidrens’ craft project… for making flower fairies. You’re supposed to make little wire bodies and then take apart fake flowers to make the clothing. I instead chose embroidery thread, felt, and fabric to make mine.

Little Wire Bodies

The Body for my Wee Girl

I actually made two heads (wooden beads, paint, and more embroidery thread) because I didn’t like the way the first one turned out. Too smug.

A Head for my Wee Girl

I gave her a little paper flower to hold, glued her head on, and she was finished.

Wee Girl

She’s just under 3″ tall, so my Wee Girl is indeed very wee.

What do you think? I’m afraid Brandon’s right. I’ve gone whimsical, haven’t I?

From Placemat to Necklace

Deborah Dee just posted the cutest idea on her new blog… little pendants made from paper scraps and a bamboo placemat.

All of the photos above are from Deborah Dee’s blog and flickr.

I’ll have to pick up a placemat next time I’m at Target – I want to give it a go!

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