I know I haven’t given you the whole story yet, but July was pretty rotten. I usually try to keep it positive around here because this is my “happy place” but there’s just no way to sugarcoat it. July SUCKED. Both of my parents spent time in the ER at differnt times, one of them in the hospital for a week. I spent most of the rest of the month caregiving for my parents and then passing a stomach bug back and forth between the members of my immediate family. So. Not. Fun.
But, there’s a bright side to all of this. Apparently I paid my dues in July, because August started out with a huge bonanza of a bang in the form of a treasure trove of finds from garage sales and salvage. July was so awful, and all the treasures so lovely, that I hope you’ll indulge me in sharing them one at a time.
First up is my new dining room lamp. Do you remember last summer when the hand-painted glass shade of my beloved dining room chandelier met it’s untimely demise? It had looked like this:
And part of why I loved it so much was that the pink and yellow roses on it reminded me of my very most favorite colors of roses:
Well, all this time I’ve been trying to find a replacement. Not easy. Mr. Magpie did find a small, milk-glass hobnail shade, but it’s much smaller than the old one. I mean, I am not complaining, it was fine. But I still missed the old one.
Last week, I finally found something to replace it. Please welcome my new dining room chandelier:
I looooove it. It has the pretty flowers on the shade:
But it also has chandelier crystals!!! I had thought by choosing this style of lamp I couldn’t have any pretty crystals, but here you go, I’ve got both in one.
I found it at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, my favorite local salvage place. It was not at all expensive, and I’m so happy. I am going to darken the finish just a wee bit with Rub-N-Buff and then I might actually add a tiny bit of that yellow and pink color to the shade. I just have to figure out how to do that. Any ideas? I want something that will just add some color on some of the flowers but not block out the original. Like a water color, but for glass, right?
I wasn’t sure what to do with my original lamp at first, but then I realized it would look perfect in the window in the family room. You can just barely see the existing chandelier in the top right corner of this picture. (There’s a ton more pictures in my post about how I had painted the chippy green hutches in the family room.) I have always been a little worried about that little chandy because it’s so close to the curtains. By moving the dining lamp in there I’ll be able to swag it over and stop worrying.
Now I just have to wrangle Mr. Magpie long enough to install it. Them. Both. Hee hee.
What about you? How is your summer going?