A few years ago, I found a little pug cushion on Folksy. As my OH & I really wanted a pug, but couldn’t find one to adopt, we settled on the little cushion as a kind of dog-substitute! Our little pug was designed by Sarah Waterhouse. Only recently have I rediscovered Sarah’s amazing hand printed textiles and they are just as lovely as our little cushion. One of her designs has really caught my eye and it’s this delightful bird brolly print, which comes as a kit to make this lovely lampshade. I included it in little roundup of possible new lampshades for our redecorated hallway.

Bird Brolly Lamp ShadeI’ve decided to order the kit and have a go at making my own lampshade. It’ll either go in the hallway or replace the hideous lampshade at the top of the stairs. It’s such a cheery pattern and I love the bright yellow. I’ll let you know how I get on – I’m really excited about it! (Despite the fact I have a ton of craft projects waiting for me to do!)

But not only does Sarah produce beautiful and colourful designs, everything is ethically sourced and created. She only prints on environmentally friendly fabrics such as hemp and organic cotton, the packaging is biodegradable and reused where possible and even her business cards are made from recycled card. Excellent environmental credentials, wouldn’t you say? I think this lamp shade will be the perfect addition to our house – handmade, hand printed, ethical and beautiful.

Have you found any really great craft kits recently? Let me know how you’re getting on with your projects – are you as swamped as me?!

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