Monday, February 21, 2011

Shabby Tattered Decayed Roses ~ Old Lovelies Rose Garland for Lamp Shade

Did you know Sir William Flinders Petrie, the English archaeologist, discovered dried roses plaited in a ring in the tombs of Hawara in Egypt; they had been picked in 170 B.C. 

A magnificent Obsession of mankind 's; undoubtedly confirmed by it's beautiful visage and scent, romantic allure  and it's medicinal and beautifying properties imprinted throughout the history of our civilization. It's no wonder we are constantly smitten by it's gorgeous lusciousness. And so it comes without any surprise to me that I am always  consistently surrounded by roses and lured by their magical power.

After creating a multitude of luscious shabby tattered decayed lacy worn roses and  reading Thespoena Mclaughlin's Workshop Tutorial on creating a Decayed Elegance Bracelet I wondered what I could do with my stash . Remembering back when I was a little kid reading Cinderella, a picture comes to mind of bluebirds swirling around Cinderella with needle and thread carrying in flight beautiful ribbons and roses creating a magical dress truly fitting a princess. 

Closest Walt Disney Cinderella picture I could find of the book I remember owning.

So with that vision in mind I set out to create a garland but not for my usual fireplace but for my lampshade; yes, my lampshade! A while back I had covered a  miniature shade with  tattered Chantilly wedding lace and attached three small organza roses to it. It turned out quite lovely and antique looking and so so Romantic; a larger version seemed fitting. 

So here you are a Vintage Shabby Tattered and Worn Luscious Rose garland for a lamp shade which just so happens works wonders in creating a beautiful Romantic mood in it's subtle light. What a perfect blend of creating a shabby tattered rose lamp shade and simultaneously making it a functional veil omitting strong light when one wishes to be in a serene dreamy romantic mood. All that's required are a few clips ( vintage antique jewellery rhinestone clips would be gorgeous) to adhere the garland to the light shade and when you want stronger light , just remove it ; it's even washable! Viola, I love this idea; do you?

Oh and I luv how my birdie turned out; it just needs a little sparkle to it's attire.

Thanks again  to Thespoena McLaughlin for the inspiration and tutorial for helping me create this garland and bird.


Thespa said...

Oh, beautiful! LOVE IT! So glad you were inspired!

Thespoena McLaughlin

mermaiden said...

the lampshade looks like a gorgeous hat! i have a preoccupation with roses and include them in so much of what i create- they are unparalleled.

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

It turned out amazing! I love all the texture.

Hey I got my package yesterday and OH my goodness was I excited. I blogged about it today. :)

Annabelle said...

Thanks girls.

I guess it does give you the feel of a lovely hat but i agree with you roses are the ultimate ingredient to incorporate in art
Again thanks Molly for the beautiful post you did today.


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