Sunday, May 20, 2012


As most of you beautiful soulmate and I travel in a motor home during these hot summer months.  In fact.....we will be leaving fairly soon when some unfinished repair work is completed.  Anyway.....traveling in a motor home is often hours on the road and often the roads are pretty winding and it is impossible to do much artwork while underway.  I read a lot but sometimes I tire of last summer I found some great lampshade forms and decided to hand stitch shades for them.

I tea stained the lace before working with it and simply stitched it together while traveling down the road.

It puts out the softest of light....and is delightful in the evening when all is quiet and we have turned in for the day.

Hugs to all,



  1. oh that made me sit up in my chair! they are totally gorgeous! How do you make lampshades? I see some people making lampshades and I haven't quite been able to figure it out. Those are too beautiful, and I adore tea staining things! I have a pair of shoes soon I will tea stain too to match my clothes! how fun! really they are beautiful....swoon!

  2. Once again you amaze me with your creativity. They are beautiful. Will sure be glad when we can leave this heat. 108 tomorrow - won't be going outside in that. Hope our air conditioner hangs in there with us.

  3. those are absolutely gorgeous! I love the idea of tea staining the lace before hand and your stiching is just perfect. Beautiful!

  4. Another peek at the awesome creative You! These are beautiful Jo. Glad you find something to pass the time, although this trip will have a puppy along to keep you busy:)

  5. Those are beautiful! Very inspiring!

  6. WOW those are absolutely splendid! You did an awesome job! So warm and cozy! Big hugs, xoxo

  7. What a beautiful idea, Jo. We hope to do exactly what you are doing in 3 or 4 years. I think it is wonderful to use your creativity in such a great way- xo Diana

  8. I think those are absolutely beautiful!!!
    And how fun to just take off for the summer in your motor home....I could really enjoy that.
    ONLY....summer is the only decent time here, so I need to be GONE during the winter months.

  9. i love, love, love, the new soft light lace lamp shades. Creative and beautiful. Good job.

    Thank you for stopping buy, thank you for the kind comments. I really have not written much of late.

    We are in St. Martinville, Louisiana. We are enjoying our RV travels

    Be safe and have loads of fun.

  10. Oh, these are so lovely, so Victorian! Happy trails to you and yours,
    Hugs, Mary Ann

  11. Your lamp shades are such a great idea Jo.. I like them..very romantic too.
    I am sure that you have lots of nice things to see and write about on your travels in your motor home.
    Nice post.. happy travels.

  12. We enjoyed two summer a rented mobile home, loved it! Have a great time and the shades are sweet!
    Maureen x

  13. I just found your blog and am very happy about it because your idea for the lampshade is outstanding. I bought a Victorian floor lamp at an auction years ago with a broken lampshade. I think that placing a lampshade with lace such as yours would look great on it. Thanks for the idea.

  14. You're living the life I always dreamed of.

  15. Hi Jo. I love your lacy lampshades! I have made one for a lamp recently too. I hope you have fun on your road trip. Let me know if you get to my neck of the woods.


  16. Dear Jo, the wonderful gifts arrived this morning! Such beautiful, generous items! I love them all, and extras? wow, I am a very lucky lady. The soap smells heavenly, and the books..oh I can't wait to spend hours reading them all! Thank you so much Jo, I always feel so soothed when I visit your blog. It is a warm, and inviting place, filled with beauty, and grace..(this is the perfect soap for you by the way) I posted about the giveaway on my blog, and hope many will come to visit you..they certainly won't regret a moment spent here. Love the tea stained lace as lampshades, so romantic! I am taking my fishy bag to Florida with me, leaving Friday morning, so I will be back in a week, and write soon. Again, Thank you so much Jo, I feel so very lucky to have won!! P.S. The journal is perfect for me..I love wood, an items that are a bit rustic looking, the sachet.. olive/sage green! my favorite color!!! Thank you my friend. Enjoy your time in the motor home, hope you get to travel to Ky. soon, it is beautiful here. xoxo Christel

  17. ...gently beautiful!... ...xXx... ...Samantha...


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