Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Grand Demi-John/Carboy Lamp

Boy, have we been busy over here at Just Grand...
We've been working on a new lamp project that I hope you will enjoy.
You may remember that in June, I posted this picture from a shop in the Hudson River Valley

when I travelled there with Kim from County Line Road. You can read all about that adventure here.
It's a demijohn with a simple string of white lights
sparkling in the corner of a stylish shop.
These are also sometimes called Carboys.
about a lamp she and Mr. Savvy made from a vintage demijohn.
I loved the lamp, but alas, I had no demijohn....

Then I went to my friend Nina's Estate Sale and I spotted a demijohn/Carboy for $5.00--- SOLD!
I was just going to fill it with white lights and set it in a corner on or porch, like the one in the shop above.

Then Mr. Grand actually suggested, completely unprompted, and without having read Kim's post on Savvy Southern Style, that he could make a lamp out of it, with a switch for the little lights too.
Just wow. What more could a girl ask for?
And off he went to the hardware store...

But- He didn't just go to the hardware store.
He actually went all McGyver on me and came up with this awesome lamp that has a switch on the cord for the twinkly little lights and a switch on the lamp base for the big three way bulb!
He has mad skills, I tell ya!
I already had the shade, and it turned out to be a good fit.

Here it is at dusk, with just the twinkly little lights turned on.

And here it is with both lights switched on. Nothing like having options!

I absolutely love it.
It looks great on the porch and really enchanting from outside on the sidewalk.
I'm pretty sure everyone in town will be wanting one of these babies.
I know I wanted another one for our lake cottage. I think I may have said that out loud.
And, as if Mr. Grand was not already drowning in my good graces, he mentioned that he actually had an old Carboy of his own, down in the basement. And he thought it might actually bit a little bit bluer than this one, and would I possibly like that? Are you kidding me?

Check it out! For the lake cottage, bluer is always better...
Back to the hardware store for Mr. McGyver!
I'll keep you posted on the blue one!
It's all Just Grand!

Linking to:
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Through Life
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Tuesdays Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Inspiration Exchange Link Party at Ella Claire
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stone Gable
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fabulously Creative Friday Link Party at Jennifer Rizzo
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life

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  1. Well, now I need the twinkling lights. :) That looks great and wow, he had another one and you didn't know it. Thanks for the link.

  2. Mr. Grand has aewsome skills. What a guy! He sure knows how to please. The lamp is aewsome and the other is perfect for the cottage.

  3. Your lamp looks amazing. I love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. I do love demi-johns but don't own any! I love your lamp, it's perfect! Hope you'll come share at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  5. what are the twinkle lights and how do you turn them on and off?? thanks :)

  6. Oh wow. That is beautiful. Your husband is a keeper :)


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