I'm digressing again aren't I? Reminiscing, but still digressing.
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.
This particular night I ... ahem... may have enjoyed a couple of the Wrong Crowd's fabulous cocktails which provided me with enough chutzpah to march up to the owner (hi Richard, if you're reading this) and declare that I needed to steal their sad little lamp away. I assured him that I would not only return his lamp, but that I would bring it back better than ever AND in keeping with the bar's vintage decor. Surprisingly he didn't call the cops, or summon security. He agreed to let me give the lamp a makeover, yay!
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!
Author - Rachel Burke
"Creating decoupaged light shades started a little by accident a few years ago and has grown from there. Join me on this journey of random vintage discoveries, inspiration, and up-cycling with passion..."
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