Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vintage Bedside Lamps


First of all, let me express my regret that I haven't updated in the past two weeks at ALL.  The pace that life rushes past at never ceases to amaze me.  For those of you who do not know, my passion lies in my day job as a high school art teacher.  School starts after Labor Day here in southern Virginia and this year, I find myself teaching five different classes (Introduction to Art, Drawing/Painting 1, Crafts 1, Advanced Crafts, and Sculpture/Ceramics 1) and sponsoring the National Art Honors Society.  Teaching a large course load and facilitating after school community art programs requires a huge time commitment beyond the school day, and I just now am starting to feel like I have a grasp on my schedule.  I am hopeful that as the school year continues I will be able to post weekly, but I am sure that during peak busy times (i.e. finals week), there will be some gaps.  I hope you'll indulge me!

While I have been slowly working away on refining a DIY table project that I hope to share in the near future, I have also been diligently scrolling through updates to my saved searches in eBay.  For a while, I had been looking for a pair of wall mounted bedside lamps, preferably antique ones.  These are surprisingly difficult to find (I suppose because a majority of wall lamps are sconces that connect to the wall's inner electrical wiring?) in general, but especially for a reasonable price. 

However, lo and behold, one day these popped up in my saved search:

Hobnail glass, intact wiring, wall mountable and could plug into an outlet.  They were PERFECT.  And they were $38 (for the PAIR) and a "buy it now" option, which was even better. 

After they arrived, I picked up some cheap mini shades from Lowes (I am normally partial to my local Home Depot- between the two in Norfolk, I find that I get better service there), which has a great lighting section.  Now, these are brightening up our bedroom.  They are perfect for reading before bed (or, as is often my case, grading before bed).  They're also a great vintage decor touch.  I think that small things like lamps are great way to add personality to your home- I have found that that is something easiest to do in the details of a home rather than in the bones of a home.

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