Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thrifty Thursday #101, Plus a Tablescape!!!

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party". I also participate in Tablescape Thursday the host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of Between Naps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.

(You can click on any pictures for a closer view)

*Thrifty Thursday takes place each Thursday and is hosted here at Tales from Bloggeritaville, but the party is a progressive one, visit the links to see all the Thrifty Thursday links to see the thrifty treasures participating bloggers have to share.

*Don't forget to copy and paste the Thrifty Thursday logo button to your computer so you can add it to your side bar and your Thrifty Thursday post. That way visitors will know that your are participating in Thrifty Thursday.

First of all, I want to welcome our new Thrifty Thursday participants and Tales from Bloggeritaville followers. We have had several comment in the last few weeks, saying that they are new to the Thrifty Thursday party. I hope that everyone will make a point to pay a visit to other participants.

This Thrifty Thursday I am featuring a joint project, another lamp.
Sometime ago I shared an architectural find with you, a porch banister, er pole that I found in an antique store, The French Flea. The banister pole was $12.00
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.
I had seen a lamp and took a picture of  the lamp that I had seen in a local Home Decor shop.

Their lamp was almost five hundred dollars.
I know. Crazy, right?
Anyway, I had my banister pole and then needed to find the right man for the job. Someone who I knew could see my vision and make it a reality. Someone who wouldn't laugh at me when I brought them a piece of trash and expected it to become a treasured piece.
Meet that someone....
(Photo by Janice Mabee-Ransom)

Jim Wathen.
Local Helena celebrity.
Handy Man Extraordinaire. In fact he makes a living at it.
I showed Jim my photos and left him my pole.
And sometime in between his home jobs, home life, multi task and managing to tackle the great task of getting the 100 year old church , where he is a parishioner, listed in on the Historical registry (He is in the process of trying to get it listed Nationally) he found the time to make my lamp.
God bless that man.

He took that pole and the pictures I had for inspiration and created just what I had in mind....

First he created the base. Then he ran the electrical wiring through the pole.

I found the lamp shade at the thrift store just yesterday. It actually came with a lamp for $3.88. I purchased the lamp, took off the shade and donated the lamp base back to the thrift store. A bargain!

I love it!!!

Jim, I cannot thank you enough for seeing through the trash, my "new" lamp is now a treasured piece in my home. It adds a bit of history and eclecticness/character to my living space and it was made my a good friend. A treasure...the friend....and the lamp.  Sincere Gratitude!!!!

I am joining in Tablescape Thursday today, hosted by Between Naps on the Porch: I was in the mood for some color in my Tablescape today. To much gray days....color needed. So why not in the way of colorful dishes?

Now for the giveaway..... Last Week in celebration of #100, or #101....for those that know how to count, CSN agreed to sponsor a giveaway  to one of our paty go-ers.
First of al, I want to thank CSN Stores for being so good to Tales from Bloggeritaville and often offering myself and TFB readers products and giveaways. CSN rocks!!!! LOVE CSN products (Did you see the lamp I featured yesterday that I purchased from CSN??), and they are wonderful to do business with.
Finally, for the winner.....

 Jennifer of Dust Bunny Hostage!!!!
Congratulations! You are the winner of a $65 credit to use at CSN!!!!

And that is about all for today's Thrifty Thursday.

I invite you to join me tomorrow at Plates and Places for Foodie Friday.

Thank you for dropping my Bloggeritaville today! I have thoroughly enjoyed you visit. Please use Mr. Linky below to link up your blog. Please leave a comment after linking. I love to hear from you.I encourage you all to spread the love and visit the other thrifty Thursday participants, for that's what half the fun is. Aside from seeing a cool treasure it's making friends!

Thank you, all, FRIENDS! I appreciate YOU!
HUGS! Hope to see you tomorrow, but not before you leave some "roadmap" love!

Thrifty Participants:


Honey at 2805 said...

Hi! Thanks for hosting another party where inspiration runs wild! Love your new lamp and the price is right! Congrats to your winner!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Terrific trash-to-treasure lamp, Leigh! Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? ;)

Be sure to come by and enter my giveaway. And you can link to my party while you're there.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Glenda/MidSouth said...

First - Congratulations to the winner!
I really like the lamp - Your friend did a great job.
Thanks for hosting again this week.

Kammy said...

That was a great vision ! I just can't believe that your hired man got a hole down the center of that post !

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love, love your lamp. It looks fabulous. Great tablescape also, so pretty. Hugs, Marty

xinex said...

Congrats to the winner. I love your lamp creation, Leigh and love your tablescape too...Christine

j said...

No. Way.


YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Leigh I am SO excited! Thank you so much for your generosity - I am thrilled to have won the Giveaway!

I was excited about how your lamp turned out and now I am just over the moon!

*Must settle down* Leigh, I know that you are sentimental and I think having a lamp crafted for you by a 'local Helena celebrity' has created a family heirloom. My kids have already started saying "I get that one day." I imagine your kiddos will be the same way.

Love you Leigh! Again, THANK YOU!

j said...

Leigh, I left a LOOOOONG comment. If it didn't come through, please email me. I am thrilled about the giveaway win!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for hosting. Love the dishes.

Laura said...

3 cheers to the incomparable Mr. Jim and congrats to Jen, the DBH!

Creative Escapes said...

Hi - I just posted #29 a dress up center I made out of an old armoire my kids used. Thanks for hosting, I know there is a cost now - and we really appreciate the parties!

Annemarie's Haakblog said...

Hi! Thanks so much for this opportunity! I posted my Bowl of Hearts.

Unknown said...

Hi Leigh! Love the lamp! Tres chic! Jim is a treasure! You lucky ducky!

So funny you visited my post on the paper roses wreaths because I was thinking about my next post and how perfect it would be for your weekly party!

I have some treasures that I absolutely adore. Acquired at, of course, a very thrifty price! I will definitely be joining in on your very next linkly up party!

Leigh, I absolutely adore your header photo! You in that innertube; quintessential bliss!

Cheers and hugs!

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

Hi Leigh,
I loooove your lamp! I think it is even better than the $500 one. The table looks great as well. The party was great last week and I can't wait to see what everyone has cooked up for this week.

:) Michelle

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Leigh! What a great it! Thanks so much for dropping by! I'm joining you for the first time! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

The Regal Pup said...

Love the lamp! Your friend did a fabulous job with it! And, yes, you are right - there have been way too many gray days this winter. At least there is snow on the ground today though :)

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Love your floor lamp!!! I'm new to your party today...Thanks for hosting!!!

Anonymous said...

I think your lamp is wonderful and am so happy you found someone who did not question your sanity.
(I do question the sanity of someone paying $500 for one.)

Today it is in the double digits BELOW zero, so again I have to thrift virtually only, through your great party and revel in the success of others.

I'm taking an online course and our assignment is to find music that inspires us. I knew exactly where to come. Thank you for making my task so easy.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

The lamp turned out great. What a Blessing to have someone like that see your vision and help make it a reality.

Quiltpiecer said...

I love, love the lamp! And what a blessing to have someone who can see your vision and create it. Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

That is the best lamp EVER! Hmmmm now I'm on the look out for a piece of discarded wood I can turn into a lamp. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jo @ SmileMonsters

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love the lamp! The shade is perfect for it.

Thanks for hosting,

Jess ( said...

Thanks for hosting! I linked up!

Life Goes On said...

Oh I love the lamp so much.

EFT Therapy said...

What a great find! The pole looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

Great lamp make over: it looks wonderful!

Bill said...

Hi Leigh,

The lamp project turned out great! I'll be on the lookout for the raw materials to "borrow" your idea!

Loved your colorful tablescape as well. You always do such a great job! Hope you have a nice weekend and a happy Valentine's Day!


Chubby Chieque said...

Just dropping with a big gasp. What a very creative minded young woman. I love your idea and I tell you, it seems mine too.

Great job!

Happy week-end,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your new lamp. What a great vision you had for that!

By the Bluegrass said...

Sooo cute and now you can be charging those prices. I am new to Thrifty Thursday. I love thrift-ing, so I linked up. Thanks for hosting. I look forward to checking out the other linkers! :)