Now, since this was going to be a copycat, it had to live up to my expectations…which are high. Afterall if it doesn’t look as good as the original then the point and effort seem mute. I knew a few things. I knew I wanted them for our master bedroom, I knew the overall design scheme I wanted and I knew..KNEW what would make the shade even more perfect and better yet, what would make it MINE.
Instead of random phrases or sayings…I decided to use our own love letters.
I used the words my husband wrote me in our last anniversary card for my lamp shade and for Mr. B's, I opted for a few old love letters I wrote to him when he was a camp counselor. Words are so powerful and I thought this would be the element that would transcend an ordinary Pottery Barn piece into a treasured heirloom.
Taking advice from the lovely Freckles Chick, I used the free Byron font from dafont.com and went to work.
Here is my practice shade (I got it for $3 at a flea market) from Friday.
As you can see from the pictures I did not have a stand..just the shade, but I wanted to share with you my progress. I have larger shades for my bedroom and so the font will have to be a tad larger and I will tweak the spacing a bit more, but I think my pictures capture what I ideally hope to have gracing our completed master bedroom very soon.
Needless to say...I think I am quite happy with my little lamp shade.
What do you think?
Please note I am linking these fabulous Linky Parties: Cottage Instincts (I also want to THANK Cottage Instincts for showcasing my PB Number Pillow -- you made my weekend!), The Twice Remembered Cottage, and Funky Junk Interiors
PS I am thinking about making a few custom ones for neighbors (here at home) and maybe even for etsy (yes..I have a happy little EMPTY shoppe right now)...I even thought about a giveaway too. Any extra cash in my pocket would help me indulge in my decorating, but I thought I should see what you ladies think first.