Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Getting Thrifty: Clothespins

Continuing my clothespin theme from last Thursday, this is how I used vintage clothespins to "save" a nice "lamp-with-issues" that I bought at a local thrift shop.



The dark brown metal lamp with a nice shape had a broken neck, and it's shade was tattered and torn.




My husband took care of all the mechanical problems, then I tackled the shade issue. From last week you may remember that I love simple things ...so I created a canopy shade of vintage clothespins hanging on the "rings" of a old wreath form.




Now the lamp has a new life in the lovely home of one of my regular customers. My advise on repair is to be open to unexpected inspirations and use what you have. Often, a simple fix can be the best.

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47 comments:

  1. I bet that's a good conversation piece.

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  2. What an interesting post. You are so clever to use clothspins in such a fashion.

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  3. What an incredibly unique piece! You've definitely got an artistic eye!

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  4. I love your pegs - those are the best ones!

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  5. What fun! You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

    Charla

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  6. Great idea and an unusual piece.

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  7. Howdy
    It is so much fun to drop by and see what amazing ideas you have come up with .
    Blessings of joy to you .
    Thank you for sharing .
    This was so cool !
    Happy Trails

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  8. Unusual. UNexpected. Differnt. Cool.
    Great idea! And great usage of clothes pins!

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  9. This is a great lamp shade. I love it. What a great idea. Happy VTT.

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  10. GENIUS! Love it and I love how it brings so much texture into the mix.

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  11. How creative you are! Cute idea...

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  12. Great idea! I have 2 lampshades in the garage right now that need to be repaired!

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  13. I corrected that link on my blog. :)

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  14. That is so original! Great idea!

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  15. What a wonderful idea..... I would never have thought of that.Happy VTT, have a great weekend.

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  16. Very creative...you now have me looking at my bag of clothespins in a whole different light. Thanks for the inspiration :)
    Toni

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  17. Very cool lamp! Glad you have a handy husband!

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  18. That is, for lack of a better word, COOL! Try as I may, my brain just will not work like that.

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  19. That is the coolest prim lampshade!

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  20. How very creative! I love how whimsical and unique the lamp turned out! How clever you are! Appreciate the tips!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tina

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  21. wow.. so creative of you! super cool!

    happy VTT & have a great day!

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  22. how clever!!..never thought of using pegs for a lampshade :)

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  23. How cute!! Reminds me of a beachy umbrella...

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  24. How terribly unusually, but so terribly cute, you are so creative...I would never have thought of such a neat idea.
    Molly

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  25. that is so creative and cool...and possibly handy too if you have a bag of chips nearby that need clipped shut....voila! :)
    have a wonderful day
    chasity

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  26. OMG! I love it! Great idea! Awards to you! Happy VTT

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  27. Hi!
    Awesome idea!! Definitely thrifty. Have a great day!!

    Sherrie
    http://splummer-aviewofmylife.blogspot.com/2009/06/thrifty-thursday.html

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  28. Cool! Never have seen clothes pins used this way. You are very creative!

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  29. This is such a clever idea! I am so glad you could join in on the party! jen

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  30. This is one of the most interesting projects I've ever seen!

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  31. You have the best ideas. Whenever I think of making a lampshade it's always something that could catch on fire....not good.
    This is perfect.
    Thanks,
    Carole

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  32. I am the 41st person to comment! I was hoping you were giving that wonderful lampshade away, and then I realized that I am part of a growing group of Joan fans!!!
    Your Pal,
    Linda

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  33. Excellent reuse of old items - just beautiful!

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  34. Wow, that is WAY cool, and something I would have never thought of! I love your thrifty yet stylish nature, something we should all aspire to! Thanks for linking up Joan, I hope you're back again next week!

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  35. Awesome idea. Bet that casts some interesting shadows!

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  36. Wow, that is way interesting!!
    have a blessed day! cher

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  37. Well how unique is this! Really unique! I love it!
    Brenda

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  38. Wow, that is just wonderful and unique! I've not seen this done before.

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