Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Cozy Glow

When afternoon begins its transition into evening, you will often find me going through the house turning on lamps. I just love the atmosphere created by the soft glow of a lamp. It's cozy, warm, and inviting. It almost gives me the same feeling as the twinkling lights of the tree at Christmas time. I do have to go through the house before bedtime turning off lamps, but it's worth it!

I was just noticing the other evening the variety of lamps that I do have. I guess I have a soft spot for out-of-the-ordinary lamps. Here's a few that I have in the main living areas of our home......the ones I click on every evening.

This one is my pump lamp. It's an old pump made into a lamp by my Uncle Wayne. He and my Aunt Jo gave it to me after years of admiring it at their house. This lamp is on a table beside my couch in the living room.

This one is my crock lamp. It was a clearance purchase from Gordmans. I picked up the lampshade at Primitive Homeplace during her Christmas open house (that was lots of fun)! This lamp sits on my piano.

This "rusty star" lamp got a makeover. It began as a gift for Christmas from my mom (purchased from Fred's). It was pretty as it was...but the lampshade was just too white. I decided to prim it up a little. I soaked tea bags overnight and then dabbed the shade with the teabags several times letting it dry between dabbings. That wasn't dark enough, so I made a pot of coffee, poured it up into a bowl and added cinnamon. I mixed the two together and took a rag and dabbed that mixture on several times (also letting it dry between dabbings). I loved this effect because it gave it a texture from the gritty cinnamon. Not to mention, that it also smelled great for the longest....every time it was turned on! I then added the berries and the star garland on the edges as a border. This lamp sits on a side table made from crates beside one of the recliners in the living room.

This lamp was a purchase from Gordman's too. It's a bobbin lamp. This one was bought as is...I just added the berries at the bottom. It is in the dining room on the sideboard/buffet.

My latest favorite one is on my sunporch. It's a birdhouse lamp. It was an ebay purchase. It says "sunflowers for sale" on the side of it. I love to leave it on when we go out for the evening because it's the room through which we enter the house. It's so cozy and inviting as we walk in!

And....the smallest lamp is also on the sunporch. I found this little house "candle light" at Gordmans and the barn red punched tin shade at Goodwill (with new tags on it). I was determined to make it fit. It was wobbly, but I searched around the house and found an old baby bottle screw-on-lid to make an adapter. Now it fits just right. It was perfect for this little table out on the sunporch.

So.....these are the lamps you'll find glowing on any given night (if I'm at home anyway) just because I love that cozy glow!


Kindra said...

Wow you found that tin shade at goodwill? Good find!! I just love all your lamps. It's hard to pick out a favorite! What lovely accents for your beautiful home.

Have a great day!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi Tammy!
Your are just like me, I turn on my lamps too at night and just makes it look so cozy and cleaner looking doesn't it?:)
I can't wait to see your sunporch....stop over and see my ebay win!

Blessings Rondell

Wendy said...

I love your lamps!! I too like to go around at dusk and turn on all of my candle lamps as like you it makes me feel all cozy!! Have a great day!!~Wendy

Shirlee said...

Tammy, you have a wonderful collection of interesting and unique lamps. I have a soft spot for vintage looking lighting and have a few ceiling fixtures (all thrift store bargains) stashed away awaiting a new home. Your punched tin lampshade was an awesome find and looks right at home on the little house. The pump lamp is very cool!

Julie said...

I love lamps, too. I think every lamp I own has been bought at a yard sale. I like the "COZY" feel a lamp brings as well. Great post. I just love blogland, and the great inspiration I get from laidies like you. thanks for sharing. Julie

pinetrees on the moor said...

Tammy i just love all your lamps.On sunday i missed a really prim lamp, you would have loved it and it would have went well with your decor.I stopped to think for one minute and someone snapped it up,i was really hopping mad, it would have been great next to a bowl of rag balls, oh well it was not to be.Never mind i am still on the look out for unusual lamps like yours.Have a great weekend.thank you for yor comments again.

Primgal55 said...

Hi Tammy - love all your lamps! I too am a sucker for something different. I especially love jugs made into lamps! Thanks for sharing and I just may borrow that idea for a post someday!

hugs, Linda

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

I enjoy mood lighting too. I'd much rather use those delightful little lamps than the harsh overhead lighting.

Your collection is "prim perfect"! I just love how you've gathered pieces here and there to put together such nice pieces. So pretty.