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Posted on Sunday, November 04, 2007 - 03:06 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

I've posted these daffy creations of mine at a few other sites,
but I've recently been encouraged
(thanks to DJ's gentle prodding )
to share them here, as well.

Electrified Totems ~



These totems are made from old lighting fixture globes
which already have openings at both ends,
so drilling through the glass was not necessary.

After building and gluing the stacks,
a length of cable lights was put into each one
- the lights inside aren't very noticeable in these photos
taken in daylight - but they show up very nicely after dark).

My hubby did the soldered copper work encircling each one,
I think it adds a nice design touch
and it helps to stabilize them.

The shortest one I've made is about 2 feet tall
and the tallest, about 4½ feet tall.

This photo shows the illumination somewhat better,
and includes one of the "shorties".



Firefly Lites ~

So called because they always remind me
of the jars of fireflies we collected (and released)
when I was a kid (yes glass had been invented).




Once again, these are made from the glass globes
that were a part of many table lamps and hanging fixtures
back in the 60's and 70's. I found them (the lamps)
at yard sales and thrift shops.
They used to be very inexpensive,
but, now, seem to have become kitchy collectibles
driving the prices much higher, at least around here.

I used stacks of them to make the electric totems posted above,
but for these, I simply disassemble the lamp,
find or make a hanger and drop in a string of mini lights
and . . . wah-lah . . . trash to . . .

. . . well, okay, it's still trash,
but it's cooler, funkier trash.

Zuzus_petals - N. Carolina, Zone "USDA 8"
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 10:40 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Ellie, you (and your icons, of course) are such a riot! I think you can blame Denise, though, for being poked with a stick into describing how to turn "trash" into something we can all proudly display in our gardens. LOL. Thanks for the info. I cannot wait to build my first one.

Heirloomgardens - Massachusetts, Zone "5b"
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 01:46 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

These are great,Ellie! Time to visit the thrift shops so I can add one to my garden.


Heirloomgardens wrote on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 07:46 am:

your icons, of course) are such a riot!


I agree! They make me smile.

Starzgarden - Michigan, Zone "five"
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 05:07 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Had a good look at them already on your garden site. I think they are terrific (as is all the other stuff in your garden) I have saved this to my favourites and will hit the charity shops this week and see what I can find. Thanks for sharing Zuzus.

Growit - Hampshire, Zone "8/9"
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 05:14 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Thanks, DJ, Tammy and Moira, I'm glad you like them,
and my over-worked smileys, too.
I can barely communicate online without 'em, since I can't
wave my hands around and type at the same time.


Heirloomgardens wrote on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 07:46 am:

I think you can blame Denise, though, for being poked with a stick

AH HAH!! I knew I felt a poke!
Okay, we'll agree to hang the blame on Denise,
she's not here to argue the point.

Zuzus_petals - N. Carolina, Zone "USDA 8"

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