Bloggie Bestie Blog Swap with Crysta of Homemaker in Heels

HAPPY Thursday Bloggie Buddies!!
We would like you to meet this week’s Bloggie Bestie!!!
The lovely Crysta of Homemaker in Heels!!

Please read her story, about how she became a crafting diva!!
It’s very heartwarming and sweet!!!
Brought a smile to my face!!! 🙂
And Crysta’s a new blogger, so please stop over at her place and say hello!
Besides, I’m guest posting over there today and would love to see you! 😉
Hi Ya’ll! I’m Crysta and I blog at Homemaker in Heels!
   I am absolutely thrilled to be here at Truly Lovely today! I am excited to be blog swapping with the Fabulous Kassi today! This is my first ever guest post, and I am Oh-So grateful to these TRULY Lovely ladies for allowing me to be here posting for all of you awesome Bloggie Buddies on such a fabulous page! It is really such an honor for me, indeed to be posting on a page with ladies as talented as the Laney sisters! 🙂  
Here is a little about me:
   I am a Southern girl. I have always had a love for crafting, and making old discarded items lovely and new again. Until a few years ago, I did not have as much time for crafting as I would have liked to. I worked at a bank full time for 6 yrs and went to college at night, until a few years ago when the love of my life, Jeff, got Lyme disease from the bite of a tick. This went misdiagnosed for a long time and paralyzed him, and let me tell you, he was the picture of health before this! I could not stand to leave him alone every day, so I eventually quit my job to stay with him. He is still sick, but is now taking treatments for this disease while we continue to pray for the miracle of healing and him being able to walk again!
  This is when the crafting began! We were (and still are) on such a budget after I stopped working that I had to find creative and inexpensive ways to decorate our home! It became an outlet for me. A few months ago I discovered this world of blogging that I never knew existed! I quickly became addicted (as we all do! :)) and decided to create Homemaker in Heels! Below are just a few examples of the types of tutorials you will find at Homemaker in Heels: 
(This is Kassi… WE featured this sweet bangle on Fancy This Fridays Features a few weeks back… You should definitely check out how she made it!!!)
  And so much more! I have more tutorials lined up on sewing, furniture revamps, home tips, and more. I hope to have many of these up very soon! At Homemaker in Heels, you will find all of this with a random, Southern twist! If you are reading this, I would love for you to stop by HiH and say Hello sometime! 🙂 I absolutely LOVE meeting new people! 🙂
   This morning I am going to share with you this easy tutorial for a No-sew Burlap Flower Lamp inspired by a similar one from Pottery Barn Kids!
Here are the supplies that you will need:
  • Lamp with lamp shade
  • 1 yard of burlap
  • steel wool abrasive pads (Fine #0)
  • Spray Paint, I used Krylon Gloss in Blue Ocean Breeze
  •  Hot glue gun

   Here is a before picture of the lamp.

After taking off the lamp shade, I first lightly sanded the lamp with Fine #0 Steel Wool Abrasive pads. This is not absolutely necessary, I have just found that doing this helps the paint “stick” better to the metal finish. Be sure to use a damp cloth to wipe off the dust if you do this step.
   I then tied and taped plastic bags around the top of the lamp and the cord. These are the parts that I did not want painted. 
   Next, I painted the lamp with about 3 thin coats, allowing time for the paint to dry between coats.
   While waiting on the paint to dry, I started on the lamp sh
ade. When I decided to make over this lamp, I knew I had finally found the perfect project for this off-white burlap that had been calling my name to be used for months!
I cut strips of burlap that were 20 inches long by about 1 and half inches wide. I used these strips to make rosette flowers, similar to the ones on the Pottery Barn lamp.  You can find a tutorial for the flowers here. These rosettes are made basically the same way, although you need to be sure to keep the folded edge showing rather than twisting every time. Also, rather than cut circles to glue to the bottom of each on, I just left a couple of inches at the end of every one and folded and glue it underneath.
After I had made all of my flowers, I just used my little handy hot glue gun and glued them all onto the lampshade. At this point my paint was dry, so I put the shade on , and had an awesome new lamp at a fraction of the cost of the one at PB Kids!
   I know you must be missing the LOVELY Kassi today! So, be sure to go by Homemaker in Heels and show her some love with lots of comments! 🙂 I just can’t say enough about how happy I am that she let me share this project with all of you! I hope you all have a fantastic day! 🙂
BEAUTIFUL LAMP, right!!! And she is an absolute sweetheart!!!
Thank you so much Crysta for being this week’s Bloggie Bestie!!!
Bloggie friends, hope you’ll show Crysta some of that bloggin love we LOVE you guys for!! 😉


  1. What a fab guest post! Heading over to HiH now to have a look around!

  2. That lamp is so flipping CUTE!! What a crafty and inspirational lady! Thanks for sharing =)

  3. New follower. When you get the chance please follow me back..

  4. That is so cute. I might copy..

  5. Crystal says:

    Thanks for the sweet comments! I hope you ladies will stop by and say hello sometime! 🙂 Have a great day! 🙂