Today I was feeling under the weather, I’ve been wrestling with allergies all weekend.
So Charles fixed me breakfast and then we got out of the house for a bit to enjoy the beautiful summer day. Our first stop was an errand, go to the dump and get rid of all the recycle and trash. Not too exciting I admit, but it needed to be done.
While Charles was handling the disposal business, I went to the swap shed. There was nothing that caught my eye. But as I was leaving, a lady and her son pulled up with a truck load of boxes filled with junk. They were charged with cleaning out somebody’s place and their junk was soon to be my treasure.
Sticking out from a nest of yellowed newspaper, I caught a glimpse of an old oil lantern. I figured I would inspect it later, so I snatched the box and tossed it into my trusty Honda Element and went back to hunting through the newly delivered junk. I collected a few boxes of trinkets and loaded them in the car and we drove home.
When we got home I unwrapped the lantern to discover that there were two of them, and they had been cleverly crafted into a couple of folk-art sconces. The lamp was painted black and the wooden sconce parts were red. Upon further inspection, Charles recognized that the sconce arms were crafted out of a discarded chair leg and rung. This thing is a classic make-do! I love it.
The red is not going to fit well in our cottage, so the base will likely get painted and antiqued. A couple waxey bulbs will top it off. When they’re done, we’ll post a new picture.
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