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Amanda | The Kolb Corner Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day Sara | Twelve on Main
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Julie | Live From Julie’s House Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea Sherry | Savvy Apron Stacy | Anastasia Vintage
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I’m not sure which came first, the lamp from Good Will or the fishing lures from my friend. By now my friends know to ask me if I want whatever they are getting rid of. Actually I think the lamp came first. But I ended up creating a novelty lamp for the man in your life with both.
I don’t usually buy lamps but this one made me think of the outdoors. The base looks like a rope. It didn’t come with a shade so it sat naked for a few weeks. Then last week when I was in my thrift store shopping mood I found a lamp shade. It was between a flamingo pink one and this one. I am glad I choose the beach looking green shade.
My friend, Michael gave me the fishing lures. I really had something else in mind for them. As things so often happen, as I was looking at the lamp now dressed with the shade and decided the fishing lures would be perfect on the lamp shade.
And adding the lures certainly added a little something different. What man doesn’t like to fish? And if fishing isn’t his thing try gluing on golf tees or any small items pertaining to his interests. It is a good way to show the man in your life he is special.
Before I spray painted the lamp base, I used painters tape around the socket and cord and then taped a torn up plastic bag over both to protect them. Then I used a spray paint in a satin white to freshen it up. As it dried I got to work on the lamp shade.
I got out the tape measure to measure the circumference of the shade. It is approximately 28 inches. I measured approximately 3 inches all around the shade and very lightly made a pencil mark. I used the width of the tape as a guide from the edge of the lamp shade to the edge of the tape where I made the marks. Now I realize I have an inch left over but I allowed for the thickness of the lures.
I took the awl and very carefully punched a hole at the marks. Then I took the lure and inserted it into the hole. I wriggled the hook into the rolled edge of the shade and hot glued it. I did this all the way around. And be careful because the hooks are sharp.
To dress up the shade, I hot glued rope around the edge. It looked ok but I was worried about the hooks so I hot glued 3 more rows of rope around the shade. I have 2 rows on the outside and 2 on the inside of the shade. Then I felt it needed something at the top so I hot glued 2 more rows of rope on the top of the shade.
I think a novelty lamp for the man in your life just in time for a Father’s Day gift is pretty special, don’t you?
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