Here's the Before picture. I present a pretty standard lamp with a plain paper shade. I've had the lamp for years, I don't remember where I got it, and there's nothing special about it. But, it is functional, so there's that. I keep the lamp in Emme's playroom (not pictured - the white door leads to the bathroom. The lamp happened to be there at the moment that I thought, "Oh wait! I should have a Before picture!") You might think that because I kept a lamp with a paper shade in a child's playroom that I was just asking for the shade to be torn... true, but not because of any circumstances relating to the kiddo.
I tore the shade.
From L to R, there's 1958 (which says on it, by the way, that 2+2=1958 - and they complain about "new" math!), 1973, and 1982. As serendipity would have it, the length of each of these towels is the EXACT circumference of the metal innards of my lampshade. If there was ever a craft that was meant to be, this is it!
Since I was already down for the count with a cold virus that won't quit, the kiddo and I nestled into the couch for some quality sewing time (she was pretending to sew a new dress for Barbie to wear to her dance performance - so adorable!). Sewing the new shade by hand took a few hours, to be sure, but I think the final product is definitely worth it. I think the new shade is quaint and homey and cozy and comfy. And the best part? It is totally impenetrable to the vacuum cleaner!