Cottage Style Party & The Lost Lamp Weekend

Remember when I mentioned things I needed to get done before yard work season happens?
Since last weekend was much colder outside than I thought it would be, I decided to stay inside and make lamps.

Yep, it was a lost lamp weekend.

I spent much of Saturday "refreshing" my memory of how to wire a lamp by googling "how to wire a lamp". Then I checked on "how to wire a hanging lamp" because that's a whole different ballgame. After checking out the wires I had, I googled out "how to wire a lamp when the wires are the same color".

After all that hard work on Saturday I took a nice nap with kitties piled on top of me. 
(Is there any other way to take a nap when kitties own you?)

On Sunday I was ready to begin.

I love this chicken egg basket hanging lamp! I used a red and white striped cloth wire and tucked a vintage looking lightbulb in the outlet.

This cute colander lamp was the first one I did as the lamp kit was easier to work with. I love how the light shines through the holes!

Another chicken egg basket, this time with a twisted double black cloth wrapped wire. I love the look of vintage style cloth wrapped wires on rustic vintage style lamps!

This surveyors wood tripod has been sitting around waiting to be made into a lamp for almost 2 years.
I know…what was I waiting for?

The tripod surveyor's lamp in Pottery Barn was my inspiration. My reality was a DIY project that took 2 years for DIY inspiration.

Without the shade it still looks great with this old style lightbulb.

I think I paid $40 for the tripod at this junky (not in a good way) flea market I rarely go to. I got lucky that day as some antiques vendor was passing through and stopped for the day. First and last time I saw him there.

I found the lamp shade last year and thought it would be perfect as it has a nice pebble finish.
But I think it is too small for this large floor lamp so I will be on the look out for a thrifty larger shade.

The floor lamp took the longest to do as I kept wiring and rewiring it trying to figure out a way to stabilize the wiring so it didn't move around on the tripod. After about 2 hours I finally had a brain storm!


Done and fabulous!

Hello Friends!

Welcome to this weeks

Cottage Style Party!


I must confess that it was 73º today and I was outside doing yard work this evening instead of working on this post.

It was so nice to be outside without a coat on!

After raking leaves out of my flower beds, I left about 20 minutes to sit outside on my bird poop covered table and chairs to eat a quick salad.
Yep, that is an embarrassing confession I just dropped.
My apologies if you are eating!

It's not as gross as it seems!

I picked the chair with the least poop and ate on the part of the table with no poop.
Tonight it will rain it all off and tomorrow it will all be covered with snow.

Poop out of sight is poop out of mind.

Or something like that…

I'm going to shut up now...

On that note, what have you been up to this past week?

Can you believe these beautiful wisteria flowers? After a long winter of brown, gray and white, it seems forever since I have seen such exuberant color!

These lovelies are located at the Mermaid House in Laguna Beach. Drop by Rachel's blog Mermaid House in Bluebird Canyon to see more of her blooming garden!

How cute is this blue ribbon and pink floral tea cup from Magali's tea party? So sweet!

Drop in to Magali's tea party at her blog The Little White House on the Seaside. Help her decide which shade of blue she will paint her kitchen cabinets! I picked #13…which one will you pick?

This lovely porch is miles ahead of my winter weary porch! It looks so inviting! Comfy pillows and a cozy quilt…so nice!

Stop in to Just a Little Southern Hospitality for a visit and a little tea party on this inviting porch! Save a pillow for me!

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  1. Good evening Deb. Thanks for the laugh! I have sat on many chairs adorned with bird poop - no problem unless it's still wet! :) Also, thanks for hosting!

    1. Ha ha ha Vickie! It looked dry but the jacket I took off and dropped on another chair had bird poop on it the next day when I wore it to work. Luckily no one noticed! LOL!

  2. Thanks for hosting, Debi! I'm glad you got to enjoy the outdoors - with poop and all lol
    Autumn hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

    1. Ha ha ha Pernilla! It will get cleaned if it ever warms up again!

  3. I love all the lamps - but the colander lamp won my heart.

    1. Mine too, JoAnn! I love how the light shines through the holes.

  4. What a cool collection of lamps and shades! Thanks for hosting the party, Deb.

  5. I love your lampshades. I admire your skills. I have not learned to wire lamps yet, but must give it a try!
    Thanks for a fun party.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    1. Try it Susan! It's much easier than it looks. The ready-to-use kits are easy to do. It's only a little more difficult when you buy the individual pieces like the cloth cords in the egg basket lamps.

  6. Deb, I love all of your lamps! I picked up a tripod like that for my Engineer hubby's office a year ago. I am going to show him this. Very clever! Love, love the egg basket ones too. The features are just gorgeous! My sweet mother loved Wisteria. Because of that it is amongst my favorites also. Thanks for the party!

  7. Clever lady! Your lamps look great. The photo of the wisteria makes me long for spring. Will it ever come?
    Thanks for hosting……...

  8. I love those vintage lamps, I'm building a home and looking for unique lamps like this to put over my kitchen counter.. thanks maria http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com

  9. Love all these DIY lamps you have here.


  10. Thank you so much for sending people my way to help me with my kitchen project!

  11. Your lamps are fantastic! I'm doing 'inside stuff' too wishing it were warmer outside
    I do appreciate you hosting,

  12. What great ideas you have for lamps, very clever.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  13. The lamps are very cute. I love interesting lamps! :D

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

  14. Deb...your hanging lamps are fantastic. In fact...I love the copper colander so much that you are my main feature this Monday at Project Inspire{d}!! You are rockin' the creativity girl!!

    1. Thanks Diane...I am honored! That lamp is my favorite too!

  15. Your lamps that you made are amazing! I love the first one!


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