I fell in love with these lampshades when I saw Ruth and her gorgeous stall at a local market. I kept her details and pinned the lampshades on Pinterest and when I realised Ruth ran lampshade making workshops I started dropping some very big hints around my birthday!
It worked and yesterday 6 other lovely ladies and myself went along to the Folk House in Bristol and had a fabulous time learning how to make a lampshade. It took 3 hours and was so satisfying watching it all come together. There is much more to it than I envisaged and I really appreciate the skill involved now in getting it to look perfect.
The different fabrics made each lampshade look so individual. I loved other peoples fabric choices. The fabric that I used was from a swap I did with Handmade Jane. You can read about it here. I wasn't really sure what I would ever use it for until today. I think it works really well as a 'statement' lampshade as its quite a bold fabric.
Ruth runs courses in Bristol and Bath and also lampshade making parties. You can read her blog here and her facebook page here. I would highly recommend the course. It was so much fun and the other ladies on the course were all so nice. It was great to learn something a bit different and come away with the finished article.
The Pinterest Challenge this month is over on Kerry at The LoveBumps blog starting tomorrow - Monday 2 July. You have a week to enter so please join in and link up. There will be some changes to the challenge over the next few months including its own dedicated website so you know where to find us.
I met Kerry for the first time at Britmums Live and she was FABULOUS!! So funny. It was great getting to know people from blogland. There have been lots of posts on Britmums. It was a great experience. I learnt lots and came back feeling really motivated with a headful of ideas about using video on the blog, improving my SEO, photography tips, using the blog for charitable purposes. There were some fantastic speakers including Sarah Brown, Ruby Wax, Cherry Healy, Katy Hill and Camila Batmanghelidjh. There were also semi naked men and free champagne! I also realised that I am a bit rubbish at networking. I really wish I had the confidence to ask questions and speak up when I have something to say. Maybe next year!!
Oh and nearly forgot I have to enter my lovely fried Debi's entry into the Pinterest Challenge this month too because she is on holiday! She loves Peacocks and pinned this gorgeous picture as inspiration.
She is fantastically talented and clever and painted these gorgeous peacocks for the challenge.
Remember yo have one week to 'pin', make and link up. There will be a prize!!