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The Queen of Creative Reuse

The incandescent bulbs that shone so merrily in the Queen's palaces all her life and yours, Dear Reader, is going to be phased out by the federal government. They will eventually no longer be allowed to be sold in the United States. People will be looking for creative things to do with all those incandescent lamps (subject of a future Trashy Wench blog, I'm sure) and all the bulbs in those lamps, regardless of whether they are working or burnt out bulbs. The incandescent bulbs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, all with wonderful curves of all shapes, sort of like the Wench and her wonderful female friends! Hot Air Balloon Decorations Mini Terrariums Plant rooters and vases Micro Oil Lamps Dried or Silk Flower Ornaments Glamorous globes for miniature light strings Bear in mind that working with incandescent bulbs can cause injury; you will want to wear work gloves when handling them, along with eyewear protection, Dear Reader.

Can Lights A four dollar lamp from GW and a pineapple juice can make a simple custom lamp. Cut off the original shade with tin snip (or now that I know what I am doing, I could say dismantle the wiring and remove original shade). Using the original shade as a template, drill all appropriate holes in your can. Use a Dremel or other tool to sand off all burrs left from the can opener and drilling (you don't want the can snagging or cutting people). Spray paint the inside of the can silver (this helps hide the seam a bit and any drill marks) and spray paint the outside with hammered copper). Reassemble your lamp (I had a friend who knows wiring help me do this, if you know how to wire a lamp do it yourself or you can do like I've done in the past and bring it to a hardware store or handyman that does small repairs). Now you have your own can light!! I think she is just perfect for the kitchen - she provides great task lighting. I made her for the Fireflies and Jellybeans Iron Crafter Challenge.

Janus by Micha F. Lindemans Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors (ianua), beginnings and endings, and hence represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. He was worshipped at the beginning of the harvest time, planting, marriage, birth, and other types of beginnings, especially the beginnings of important events in a person's life. One tradition states that he came from Thessaly and that he was welcomed by Camese in Latium, where they shared a kingdom. His most famous sanctuary was a portal on the Forum Romanum through which the Roman legionaries went to war. Janus was represented with two faces, originally one face was bearded while the other was not (probably a symbol of the sun and the moon).

Whirl-it lampshade - Whirl-it lampshade - free DIY tutorial We really needed a new lamp, and we´ve planned to make one for months. This week we finally got around to it. It takes a bit of different materials, but it´s really easy when you´ve started. We planned to make the lamp using the yarn Garnstudio Ice, but it ran out really quickly, and we had to improvise by using a thinner yarn to complete it. What we used One big, round balloon. How we did itGather all the materials.Put the yarn into the glue and mix properly. Fill the balloon to a desireable size. Hang it and start whirling. Whirl pretty tightly.

Still Looking For Paradise? Maldives - Double chain of twenty-six atolls… The Republic of Maldives, or simply the Maldives, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south. Crystal clear waters, beautiful white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and fabulous dive sites – that’s why the Maldives, is known for being one of the best tropical holiday destinations in the world. ...and no need to climb ;) With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet. Summer never ends ... Crystal clear waters and azure blue lagoons... Resorts in the Maldives

Place your bets now... Who needs Vegas baby, when you've got DIY projects like this?! I did this yesterday, and now the suspense is killn' me! Once it dries completely [soon hopefully... but I can't rush it which is also killn' me] I'll deflate the ball and find out if all my hard work was worth it [or not]. And let me tell you... it was hard work. I've done this project on a much smaller scale before, and it went great.

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DIY Glass Bubble Chandelier When we desired a new light to go over the dining table, I wasn’t thinking about making one. Then I remembered designer Jean Pelle’s instructions to make a chandelier at ReadyMade. A chandelier would be much nicer than our old light fixture. The original design for the chandelier used porcelain sockets and coiled string. Materials 18 4-inch glass bubble balls from CB2 ($2 each)4 cord sets from IKEA ($4 each)20 gauge floral wire ($1)fishing line ($1)galvanized electrical conduit and fittings ($12)4 25-watt clear bulbs ($1 each) Total cost: $70 Method 1. 2. 3. Is the light off-center over your table? (Don’t be confused by the change in wall color. 4. 5. And that’s it!

The Best Free Apps - Free application - Download Free software DIY 'Light Bright' Installation from Blueprint Magazine After a series of failed baking adventures I realized it was time for me to transfer my love for YumSugar and food magazines to CasaSugar and design magazines. In the spirit of the holidays I picked a Light Bright project from this month's Blueprint magazine. I must admit, I'm a much better painter and craftswoman than I am a baker so the project was definately a confidence booster. The Blueprint picture is on the left, my replica is on the right. The Blueprint directions suggest: Start by painting a stretched canvas from an art-supply store (Blueprint used a pale-pink latex paint, I picked a light gold color because the walls of my house are all beige). Items you'll need: Canvas (I used a 36X24 canvas I bought at an art supply store). I'm completely satisfied with the end result.