I think it was around 2011 when I was first inspired to cover a lampshade with music notes.
Up until then I was pretty much exclusively using sewing pattern papers (although anyone who is familiar with my work will know there is a LOT more variety in that genre than you think...)
But I digress.
So I'd been having a fantastic night hanging out at what was arguably the hottest bar in Geelong called The Wrong Crowd. I still miss this place and wish it was still around. Not only did they mix the best cocktails and pour a beautiful selection of boutique wines and crafted beers, they featured and supported a diverse section of the local artistic community - emerging and established artists on its walls, an eclectic array of live music, cheeky burlesque shows and local comedy acts.
As much as I loved this place, I'd been bothered by something there. Something I needed to fix, much in the same way you might notice a crooked picture on a stranger's wall that you're itching to straighten.
A piano stood against the wall and sitting on top, they had what could only be described as the saddest little lamp. It was pale yellow, a little dusty, slightly stained and I became totally obsessed with the idea of giving it a makeover. Problem was, I hadn't the courage to explain this to the lamp's owner. Yet.
It had occurred to me that I could just do "a runner". I'd had visions of me grabbing the lamp, fumbling with the cable as I hastily tried to unplug it from the wall, and making a run for it out the door past the patrons with undoubtedly puzzled expressions.
I'm sorry if this disappoints you, but my creative yearning did not actually spawn thieving behaviour.
And so it came to pass, "Somewhere In France With You" became my very first music notes lampshade. Apparently it was often a talking point in the bar and I did have a few people chase me up about placing custom orders after that.
Since then I have made somewhere in the order of over 50 music notes lampshades. It's been the most requested bespoke piece I get asked to create.
AND NOW... (drum roll please) I have created a FREE tutorial that shows you how to make your own!
It's my first stab at creating my own instructional DIY shenanigans. I don't mind admitting that I felt a little weird talking to the camera, but I kept imagining I was talking to YOU.
Yes YOU. Someone like you who is interested in what I've been making and might like to try it out for yourself.
It's not expensive, and you don't need any complicated equipment. I've even posted a FREE download of the paste recipe I use.
I already have ideas for more tutorials about other design styles I make, but I thought the music notes was a great place to start.
Here's hoping I'm right! Please like it on Youtube, and share it around with other crafty, handy, DIY lovers out there on the interwebs.