All I know is that MerryMerry sent me the new Dan Brown thriller (The Lost Symbol), and I found a John Irving book (Until I Find You) at a garage sale, and FinnigantheCurious is reading with gusto these days (might I allow myself to believe that another bookworm is blossoming into this family? please, please, please.) so, I suppose a sort of reading spell was cast upon my home.
That and Jackdaddy was gone to Rome (poor, poor thing) and took the camera.
Oh, and most of the windows were installed but needed to be caulked and painted.
Oh, and it rained some more.
Whatever the cause(s), I did not blog nor did I do much in the way of home and gardening (other than keep everyone alive and hold down the fort).
Fortunately, my dear friend, neighbor, and fellow wabi-sabier, Kat, did!
She made a damned solar chandelier.
Now, anyone who spends any time at all hanging around ( pun!) in their yard at night has wished for an outdoor chandelier.
These very same folks have run through the options: candles - uh, wind, rain, melting, cost; electrical - ugly cord, rain issue, safety issue; solar - too damn hard and too damn expensive.
Kat rose to the challenge and made herself a damn solar chandelier.
May I just say that again?
She. made. a. solar. chandelier.
Since I've been doing nada but lolling around the house reading novels I'm going to let Kat, in her own words and pictures, tell you all about it.
It's really, really cool, y'all.
It started with another great freebie from Craigslist. A huge, heavy, metal chandelier with ornate leaf patters all over and six lighted candles. I then broke off much of the extra leaf work. I also flattened out the curled-up leaves and painted it with chocolate brown and gold spray paint. I painted the cups all gold to reflect the light. The center space fits a solar candle jar perfectly. It changes colors! I first tried Velcro, but it did not secure well. I next tried magnets, which also didn't give a strong enough hold. Lots of glues were tried too. Ick. After much mess and frustration I had one last idea, but needed some extra tools and help. These are really the kind of lights you stick in the ground along a walkway, but I'm only using the top portion. My dad drilled a hole in the center of each plastic shell, then I super-glued a large round washer and bolt to the inside to give additional stability. The 2 inch bolts are almost, but not quite, the same width as the opening of the hollow metal tube in the cup. This is where the wired lights used to mounted to, but I sawed off the top portion down to the nut. Then I used a green rubber hose washer to the solar lights stability as the bolt was set down into the center of the metal tube. The light fixture will be stable as they sit there in the gold cups which will allow me to replace the solar lights as needed. It's hung in my big iron gazebo, also a fabulous Craigslist find. Not free, however, but a great bargain and I totally love it. The chandelier is large and hangs down a few inches about my head so, anyone taller will have to watch their noggin. It's been a trial with the various mounting projects, but it's finally done and the weather is cooperating again, so here it is. It's cool, crafty and a little funky. Thanks to everyone for making it possible.
Isn't that just so wabi-sabi of her?
Not to mention clever and resourceful!
I just adore it and am plotting and planning to
Now that Jackdaddy is home I'm gonna take my almost-finished books over to Kat's house and sit in that gazebo and read by the light of the silvery solar.