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Make your own lamp

I have always maintained what I feel is a healthy fear of electricity.  

 This fear has served me well except for once, last year, when I dropped my guard and attempted to fix my broken dishwasher.   

 “That plug is too hard to get to” I thought and cavalierly launched in despite the pool of standing water in the bottom of the unit.   

 Later, after my body stopped twitching, I got off the floor and renewed my vow leave electricity alone.  And I have stuck by that.

 Until now.

 OK, I realize that preamble probably doesn’t scream TRUST ME but, I had no idea that it was so easy to make a lamp!

 Honestly, I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t know this before.  

 I’ve made a lamp from plumbing pipe and some vintage maps and it is my second tutorial for Amy over at Mod Podge Rocks – so head on over to MPR if you’re intrigued.  Just click on the picture below:

 Also, if you haven’t gotten hooked on Amy’s blog previously – take a look around – she is the source of a seemingly endless stream oft terrific projects and ideas.

 So, to sum it up:  Electricity: Not to be toyed with.  Lamps.  Way easy!

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

One response »

  1. Wow! I stumbled onto your page from a Pin. I’m so glad I did, we have very similar tastes, I redo, refinish, repurpose… Blah, blah, blah I work in a Coop furniture shop in Hartville, OH called Modern Vintage. We have amazing antiques up here in Ohio! Keep up the amazing work, I will start following your awesome blog. Amanda from Faith Loven Design


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