Thursday, January 14, 2010

Flower & Garden Show Sneak Peek

I am very excited and honored to be speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show on Friday, Feb. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Hood Room.  I’ll be showing pictures and talking about Outdoor Entertaining Salvage Style.  Today I made some serving pieces for a photo shoot on our deck.  The bowl parts are ceiling fixture glass shades – perfect for this project because the center hole is already made.  And they can be found at thrift stores in some kicky patterns.

For the bases, I had these wood basket things, that I painted with a thin coat of white.  Even though I made pilot holes before drilling, one got a big crack.  Oh well.

I used extra lamp parts to connect everything together.  Lamps are the best organ donors ever for these sorts of projects!  I used a small section of threaded rod, a lamp nut and a vintage finial.

This tool box works really well for organizing all those swell lamp pieces.

Now to wait for a few hours of simultaneous daylight and no rain for some picture taking outside.   Wish me luck on that part! -- Beth


Debi Ward Kennedy said...

Oh I love what you did with those, Beth! I have an aversion to those flat glass 'plate'-style lamp covers: I hit one with a bedspread once and it shattered - all over ME and into my eyes. A painful trip to the ER ensued & I still haven't gotten over it. :0P

I know you will be a SMASH HIT at the Flower & Garden show!

Deb @ Retreat

The Feathered Nest said...

These are so gorgeous Beth!!!! I love the simplicity of them ~ such a wonderful idea, xxoo, Dawn

Anonymous said...

Older glass light fixtures as you've shown here, were often painted with lead based paint. Thus, not the best option for a salvage style serving dish.

joyful blogger said...

Love the lamp theme in your recent posts. Any thought to having a lamp-making class? I know, I know, everyone tells me they are so easy to make but I have always been intimidated by electricity and plumbing. Would love your expert instruction!

If you do offer that class, let me know and count me in! Cheri (you have my email)

P.S. You’ll have to come see my studio sometime when you are in Ballard – lots of cool stuff – new works emerging. Probably have lots of good lamp parts and I don’t even know it!

P.P.S. Verification "word" of the day - aprophor. Not real but seems like it should be!

paisley penguin said...

AWESOME! I love it! Now I have to go thrifting!

junkdreams said...

Wowzers.....what a great idea...these look fabulous.
Happy day.

Robj98168 said...

Can't wait to see what all you come up with this year!!!

Cindy Pestka said...

Oh no! Now I have ANOTHER reason to go to thrift stores. My art room is overflowing as it is!

Carole said...

Okay, that's a great use for those fixtures. :-)

Shell said...

Too Fun Beth! What a great idea! I'm a "Certified Lighting Specialist"- from a former life and I always hated those things! I will NOW look at them "in a new light!"