So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

February 27, 2012

Welcome to Frugal Treasures Tuesday!

February 28, 2012

Hello fellow bloggers!   I'm starting my first Linky party - Frugal Treasures Tuesday!  You'll find the instructions and link at the end of this post.  For my first frugal treasure, I'd like to share this pole lamp and barrel-shaped lamp shade! I found the lamp a few years ago at my favorite thrift for $3.99.  The lamp shade I found last week for 79 cents because it had dents in it. But I knew when I finished with it they wouldn't show so jumped at the deal.

So first I tackled the lamp shade, which proved to be harder than I remembered; hadn't used a glue gun in a long time and finger tips are still sore! *ouch* lol  You see, I had made over a lamp shade before, but that was with white rose buds!  It was beautiful and came out so well.  Unfortunately, it was crushed beyond repair in my last move. : (  As for my supplies, I bought my flowers, hydrangeas,  from the dollar store which were inspired from this page off a calendar I bought at the 99cent store.

Here are my supplies assembled and now I'm ready to start.  

Can you see the similarity of the flowers on the calendar page and the flowers I bought?  After about 2 hours and many fingertip burns I realized I didn't have enough flowers to finish! Aargghhh!!!  So back to the Dollar Store I went the next day.  But this is how far I had gotten.

So a day later and another hour or so:
 And here is the finished product!  What do you think, pretty nice huh!

Then I went outside to spray paint the lamp base white.  Quick job right?  Not for me, though it was a new can of paint, I had for a while and somehow the nozzle got plugged.  Took me an hour and lots of probing to finally get it cleaned so it worked!

So here is the project completed.  I'm thinking of doing a treatment on the base to bring out some of the details, but not sure what.  Do you have any suggestions?  


This lamp is for my livingroom and when I get further along with that makeover, I'll show it in place.  But that will be awhile as I'm trying to finish the bathroom makeover, just a few more details and my bedroom makeover - major work ahead!  Too many projects . . . I need more energy and time or at least a clone!  : )
So that's my Frugal Treasures for this week, how about you?

~Frugal Treasures Tuesday~
I'm so excited to share with you all of your treasures and ways you've learned to be frugal!  Let's party!
A few simple rules are:
1. Becoming my follower would be appreciated; there are 3 ways to follow: GFC, Linky Follower, and Networked Blogs.

2. Link should be to your actual post and not just your blog home page. It could be anything you've created, crafted, sewing, crochet, knitting, photographed, or great frugal finds/buys! (Please . . . no etsy shop or giveaways.

3. Please scroll and visit/follow as many bloggers as you desire and leave them a comment; the more the merrier for the party. Also they may return the favor. -_^

3. Add my party button below to your post or somewhere on your blog.

Beez Rental Designs

That's it . . . easy peasy!   Hope you'll join in and spread the fun! I also linked to these parties:
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tip Junkie handmade projects  

Enter below . . .  


  1. Sounds like fun.I will be heading on over here tomorrow.

  2. I 'll be back tomorrow with my thrift finds, thanks.

  3. Congrats on your first party!!! What a great idea for that shade.


  4. @ Anne and Paulette -Thank you ladies, I think it will be a learning experience and lots of fun. @ Linda, thank you very much! I'm hoping it goes well and thanks for being my first link! : )

  5. Beautiful lamp! What a great makeover.

  6. Bee, thanks bunches for visiting my blog and the invitation to join your party! I'm now following you and can't wait to see what you're going to do next.

    I love the transformation on your lamp. The shade is beautiful and I never would have thought to cover it flowers like you did. You mentioned a type of treatment on the base...I noticed you have a gold framed picture next to the lamp. What about doing some type of gold paint, maybe drybrushed, on the areas of the base you'd like to highlight?

    1. Thanks for your input, its much appreciated! Hope you'll come back again soon.

  7. Oh how fun. I love the lamp and shade. Way too cute. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    1. You're quite welcome. I enjoy all the parties and hope you'll come back soon. : )

  8. What a great idea! Your lampshade turned out so well!! Very creative!! What a great linky party!! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Your welcome and thanks for stopping by and joining. I hope the next one is even better! : )

  9. What a cute lamp shade...very creative! :D

  10. @Dreamgoddess, the dry brush idea sounds good. Kind of what I had in mind. Thanks!

  11. Hi Bee!
    Thanks for inviting me over! I will definitely follow you and I am thrilled to join your Tuesday link party!!
    I'm sure we'll be getting to know each other well through all of our posts.
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Lisa and thanks for stopping by. I look forward to getting to know you too!

  12. Great makeover, beautiful Lamp:-)
    Thanks for invited me to the party, hugs Biljana

    1. Your quite welcome and look forward to seeing you again. : )

  13. Thanls so much for hosting. Have an incredible weekend!

  14. What a fun lamp! Hope your party is a huge success!

    1. Hi Sharon, so happy you stopped by. I hope you'll be able to join the next party! : )

  15. Hi Jill and thanks for becoming a follower! I hope you'll come back again for my party!

  16. I have just discovered your blog :) I will stop back again soon I like what I see.

  17. Super cute idea to fancy up a boring shade! Thanx for coming over to party!

  18. What a cute idea! I may just have to try this with white or gray flowers. You have many other great ideas! I am your newest follower. I welcome you to stop by Shabby Sweet Tea!



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