Knowing When to Cut Bait!

Whitewashed Driftwood Swag Lamp

Ha!  I had my story all neat and tidy.  I was going to tell you the tale of two “toppers”. Last month my driftwood swag lamp sold at Natural Nook in Gearhart, Oregon. They have sold three of them for me this year!

white swag topper

The lamp needs a “topper” where the arrow is pointing to add a decorative element and also help hide the light socket. After Natural Nook called me to say they needed a new lamp, I got on the beach and collected the driftwood.  But to find the topper…now that is not so easy.  I checked Ebay where I used to be able to get the bell shaped part at a reasonable price ($20.00) all that were listed were $75.00 + 30.00 shipping!!!!!

So I was so happy to find a cool ceramic bud vase several weeks ago at Goodwill.  I drilled a hole in the bottom (which was now going to be the top) and spray painted it white.  Easy peasy!  After it was dry I bumped the spraying turntable and the vase crashed on the garage floor into 4 parts.  RATS!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI returned to the HUNT but it took 2 more weeks to find these little boudoir lamps at a local thrift store.  I photographed them for my blog today so you could admire how cute it turned out before I  went in the studio to put the lamp together.


Gravity!  I guess a picture is worth a thousand words.

You know what, sometimes you have to know when to “cut bait”  (either commit to what you’re doing, or give it up entirely).  Goodbye glass toppers!  I have to find a metal one.  I gave up on Ebay but got lucky with an Etsy shop who had reasonable prices and have a METAL topper on the way!


Thank you Natural Nook for your patience.  After a good coat of white spray paint it will take about 15 minutes to put the lamp together.

So much for my plan.  Since I don’t have to deliver the lamp today I guess I will have more time to work on my new collage for National Get Funky Day tomorrow.

“Let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4


Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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