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Decorating For Fall: Hits & Misses



I just finished my first fall decorated area in my home. There were hits and there were misses.


I like the way my old vintage box arrangement turned out. 

All that's new is a brown transfer ware platter I found at an estate sale this week for $15 with 25% off. And some cheap flower picks.


And then there's my "interesting" lampshade. I had no idea it would turn out like this. This was not the plan at all. 

You see, sometimes you score when you create a craft or project. But not always. 

When I start a new project, I have the best of intentions. I even have some idea of what I want to do. I'm very organized in the rest of my life. But my "projects" just "evolve" and sometimes veer off the road a bit.

This lampshade did veer off the road a bit...


Good Lord, here's the thing turned on. I didn't want glitz. I was going for a few flowers on the shade. And somehow I ended up with this. 

I'll tell you how this transpired. I decided my paper flowers, bought on Etsy some time ago, would look better with a base under it. So I got out this wide lace and started hot glueing it around the lamp. 



I ended up with burned fingers and little gaps all around the top. 

Then I go digging through my embellishment drawer and I get out these gold leaves and try to hide my mistakes. But I misjudged a bit on those and it sort of looked worse.

Couldn't have that. So I bring in the massive button jar. This is how I go astray, you see. In trying to fix one mistake, I just keep piling them on. So I start glueing on buttons here and there to hide the leaf stems. 

And finally I get to the flowers that was all I really wanted to add in the first place. And this is what you get...


 

I've got other fall decorating ideas in my head. And I hope it does not entail more burned fingers. 

Or glitzy blunders.



These are Dollar Tree flowers, folks. I haven't been out much because I haven't been feeling well. And Dollar Tree isn't far. A little Dollar Tree never hurt anyone.

I'll be back once I've perked up some more "fallish" areas in my house. And hopefully they will be "hits" and not "misses."



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  1. I think the story is so fun that no matter how you think the lamp shade came out, it was worth it! What a beautiful find in that brown platter. I just love it! And it fits in beautifully with your fall decorating!

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  2. Everything looks so pretty! I just love the little elf incorporated with the fallish decor. Yes,make that gorgeous plate show a little more.

    Hope you feel better.

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  3. Looks very pretty. Love the transferware plate!

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  4. I laughed and laughed about your "blunder". Sometimes I just have to throw in the towel on a project after the fix doesn't work to take care of mistakes.

    I painted a red lampshade white and made a little white dress for it. It looks so cute next to the bed, BUT, when Steve turns on the light to read, there is a red glow from the former red lampshade. Definitely a blunder, but we are the only ones who see it.

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  5. I absolutely ADORE how your lamp shade turned out!
    So many of my projects evolve due to *mistakes* and usually end even better looking than what I had envisioned! I love when that happens!
    Also, I love your plate and prettied up in the container you have it in!

    Feel better soon!
    Lorena

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  6. Creativity is hit or miss....We wouldn't bother with changing anything if it weren't for that little creative thing nagging us on.
    I agree with Judy about the platter.
    I was making wreaths for our Church and needed some silk flowers. I wasn't feeling the best...so I remembered our Dollar store and went there and got the flowers I needed. Thank goodness for the Dollar Stores...It has helped me so often in situations where I couldn't drive to the big city.
    I would love to spend a day, in a corner, in your house...just watching you create.
    Balisha

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  7. Creativity is hit or miss....We wouldn't bother with changing anything if it weren't for that little creative thing nagging us on.
    I agree with Judy about the platter.
    I was making wreaths for our Church and needed some silk flowers. I wasn't feeling the best...so I remembered our Dollar store and went there and got the flowers I needed. Thank goodness for the Dollar Stores...It has helped me so often in situations where I couldn't drive to the big city.
    I would love to spend a day, in a corner, in your house...just watching you create.
    Balisha

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  8. LOVE the rest of the fall arrangement:) glad to see I'm not alone in taking an idea too far.. you'll fix the lampshade later and get it more like you want it.. burlap and buttons would have been nice.
    have fun with it and dont stress..

    Happy Sunday~!

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  9. Yeah, it's easy to sometimes run off the creative road. I've even done that with food I've prepared. I have a fall wreath that has weathered several years and I think I need to see if I can revive it. They had some at Walmart that weren't bad, but I'm not into sparkles in my fall décor, so I'll try and re-work what I have.

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  10. I am loving seeing all of the fall decor out there!!
    I wanted to say thank you for your kind words regarding the recent death of our dear Nana!!!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  11. I love the lamp!!!! Don't worry, it all looks great!!!!

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  12. I think the lampshade looks great, Brenda! But I do the same thing as you, I keep trying to fix my mistakes by adding more, I did that with a wreath recently. The vignette is very cute, I love the new plate!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. A little glamour doesn't hurt sometimes. I think it will be great esp. at Christmas. Love the plate and punpkins in your wooden box. I hope you feel better. I am down with my back and not a happy camper. Too much to do. And that is why I am down....I did too much. Feel better.

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  14. Hey Brenda!! I am loving your lampshade so keep on making your misses...its lovely!!! and your own creation!!! no one else has one~ take pride in that!! lol Love your fall arrangement and I am so jealous of that platter!!! Lucky you!! Happy Sunday Brenda!! and I hope you get to feeling better!! xoxoxo Carol

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  15. I like the lacy touch, Brenda. I think I'll try something like that.

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  16. Hi Brenda, even if you think you got off the beaten path with your lampshade - I think's is beautiful and just love it! Your transferware platter is so pretty. I see a TILDA! I can't stop making these silly dolls! I just bought some Dollar Tree flowers on Friday.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Yes, sometimes things don't turn out as you expect them to. But that's life, right? You have to try anyway. Actually, I love the shade turned off - it's very pretty. Turned on I don't really see the embellishment (at least not in the photos - maybe in person?). Anyway, I like it. I agree with Judy, put some plastic bags or scrunched up paper if you don't have a block of wood (shims or something) under the platter so more of it shows.

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  18. OK, Brenda I am cracking up about your craft project. It looks lovely:) and the good thing is when you tire of it just purchase a new one. Your fall box turned out darling with all it's tidbits. Great job!

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  19. LOL, Brenda, you sound just like me with my lamp blunder that I posted about! At least yours turned out really pretty in the long run though. I love it!

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  20. Your Fall arrangement turned out really pretty! The lamp doesn't look as bad as you said it did. It's just different!! LOL

    Judy

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  21. I love your fall decorating...But I really LOVE your lamp! I need to try that some time. See your "mistakes" can tun out so pretty. Your home must be so comfortable and homey. Good vibes there.

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  22. The lampshade is beautiful! You did an amazing job. And I too love the brown transfer plate. Your house looks great!

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  23. Hi Brenda, love your transferware platter in your new vignette. I didn't even think about stretching the lace when applying it to a lamp shade so your lamp taught another lesson. I love the buttons added. Hope you are feeing better as the day goes on. Sending you some very positive thoughts.
    Joy

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  24. I use Dollar tree fauxs all the time...even outside and when they fade,I throw away and go more for a dollar!

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  25. I must say...there seem to be more misses for me than hits when I'm decorating. So I was glad you shared your true feelings about your lamp shade and didn't sugar coat it!
    I never know what you're going to show us in your newest decorating scheme...but usually, it is always lovely. This shade is no different. It looks fine with the lights off.
    I mean...with THE light off... ;)
    Pat

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  26. Love the platter! Now I'm asking myself why oh why did I sell all my brown transferware on etsy? Honestly I knew someone else would love it more than me. But now....no....I did the right thing.

    So....if you used hot glue, can you just peel it off? And then try again? With a bit of editing? I like the intent of this project so maybe a bit of tweaking might fix it right up.

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  27. Brenda, I've sure had my share of blunders! I say you scored big with this fall vignette. The first photo captured my attention immediately! I love the way the lamp turned out. Hope you didn't burn your fingers too badly. Those darn glue guns can be dangerous. I didn't go all out this year with fall decorating but then fall hasn't officially begun. Love the platter.

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  28. I have a cute little hand quilted table-runner with 3 pretty heart shaped buttons on it. Strategically placed. Only I know they are hiding a few mistakes :) Anyone else would think I was creative putting the buttons there, ha ha : )

    The lamp looks Victorian! :)

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  29. Nearly ALL my crafts turn out BLUNDERS...
    I liked your story of the "cover up".....:)

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  30. I'm looking for a little inspiration....every fall, I decorate the exact same way. I need a change! Your box is gorgeous.

    The lampshade turned out cute. Hey, at least you tried something new! Lots of 'misses' around here, too.

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  31. Just like your areas, I hope you are perked up soon too!

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  32. What a deal on your gorgeous new platter! I agree it needs more exposure. Your lamp looks pretty, but I have tons of experience with the "misses." So I know exactly what you mean. I scrolled down through some of your features too. I love that you highlight so much around blog town. I don't get surfing nearly as much as I used to! Banish those blahs!

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  33. I love your new platter. Brown transfer ware is a favorite of mine. I think your lamp is adorable, Brenda. Sometimes our blunders turn out to be our most creative ideas. Hope you get to feeling better. xo Laura

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  34. Those are beautiful designs. One question, why tell the Lord, he already knows.

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  35. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  36. I think your fall décor looks beautiful, Brenda!

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  37. I think the lace throws the lamp. Good try tho.

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  38. Don't be so hard on yourself, I think we've all been dis-satisfied with a project. When I read this blog article, I could understand, when we bought our first home I attempted something similar, using fabric, on a lamp shade & window shade. I mean, it looked super easy on the DIY show that had a segment on how to do it. [face palm]

    I can see where you were going with the lamp shade, again, it's too easy to be hard on ourselves. Chin up, and give yourself a break. I love the whole theme, you have a deft hand at design.

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  39. Thanks for sharing your Fall vignettes. I actually like the concept of the lampshade and wouldn't be too hard about it on yourself...I have had bleeps and blunders just about all the time LOL!

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  40. Your lampshade is unique and very stylish and your "Fall" is festive and inviting, Happy Fall to you! Lisa @Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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