I know I'm not the only one with a lamp fixation, but my taste in lamps runs all over the map--retro, Asian motif, antique, TV, even oil lamps. And just to prove it, here's MOST of my lamp collection!
Dove girl accent lamp.
Way cool chalkware lamp, fiberglass shade.
Asian boy and girl lamp, formerly at La Condo (waaaah).
I grew up in the 50's and 60's, and I can assure you that my ancestral home(s) did not have the high-end Atomic look so beloved by you youngsters. No, my mother was an aficionado of the Colonial look, and these lamps were all over the house--in the den, in the living room, in the bedrooms. Unfortunately for me NOW, as a collector, at some point she came to her senses and got rid of the Colonial motif sofas and end tables and all the milk glass hobnail lamps. I bought this one the other day in one of those "longing for the good old days of my youth which, in truth, were not really the good old days because my parents were conservative Republicans" moods.
A lovely (and loving) swan couple TV lamp.
Black and gold shell TV lamp. This one, crack and all, was sold recently at La Flea Market, my new selling venue. BTW, everything (except the stove) behind this lamp was ALSO sold at La Flea!
Love love love my rearing stallion TV lamp.
I also have some antique and antique-look lamps. This one is a beautiful Fenton "Gone With The Wind" lamp. Like the one my mother-in-law has TAUNTING ME in her living room. When she noticed me drooling over it, she said, "Oh, don't worry, you'll get that lamp . . . . . . . . . WHEN I DIE!" My mother-in-law is one of the nicest, sweetest people EVER, so I decided then and there I had to start reining in my lustful gazing at other people's possessions to get them to stop saying things like that.
Recent estate sale find.
Gorgeous antique lamp with enormous reverse-painted glass shade.
And then there's my retro collection. This one is my "Invaders From Mars" lamp.
The-deer-lamp-like-Heidi-has-only-hers-is-red lamp. The fiberglass shade came with it but it has a crack so now it's wearing a cute little red shade until I can find another fiberglass one. Since fiberglass is so cool, you know.
Totally "Mad Men" desk lamp.
Fantastic pair of "cheap motel in 70's Vegas" lamps.
Finally, for those times when you overload your electrical system with all your lamps and find yourself wandering around in the dark and bashing your knees on your coffee table: the tried and true oil lamp. Of course I don't have any lamp oil, but at least I have the LAMP for pete's sake!
Every once in awhile one of you will feature someone's great new blog, and now I'M going to brag on someone: my related-by-marriage-but-we-could-be-blood cousin, Gwen. She has started a blog about both herself and her fantastic second-line umbrella creations, so please take a sec to visit and say hello. Here's the link: The Umbrella Lady.
GJB Fan Clubbers, Dad is doing great and is looking forward to his Surprise Birthday Party this weekend. You know, the one he planned. His actual birthday is TODAY and he's now a lively 85 years young. Woo hoo, Pops!!! Also, a b'day shoutout to my wonderful sister Sally, who will be 39 (again) today.
Oh, and on April 14 I'll be 39 (again), too, and of course I'm looking forward to receiving massive amounts of gifts and large checks from all my beloved followers.