Like most people I have a huge stash of used industrial lightbulbs in my basement. They’re right next to the alphabetized collection of moss varieties.
I know exactly what I want to do with these lightbulbs but I haven’t had time to do it. That’s really just me not having my priorities straight. Any real crafter would have given up bathing long ago if it would afford them more time to work on projects.
I’m a crafting failure by purist standards.
Truth be told, I’ve never even made a tea pot cozy. Or a toilet paper cozy. None of the cozies, really. So I’ll say it again before the card carrying crafters can … I’m a crafting failure.
BUT … I have redeemed myself slightly with this next little project.
I was running down into the basement the other night to grab my 4th favourite glue gun, a box of gold sparkles and a branch from my driftwood collection when the idea hit me. Actually it was a cobweb that hit me, which sent me diving to the ground right beside the long forgotten box of lightbulbs. As I pulled myself up it happened. A thought pulsing out of all of the pores in my scalp to form the shape of a great BIG lightbulb over my head. I HAD AN IDEA!
I have a huge glass cloche which I’m constantly changing. Sometimes I have antlers under the cloche, sometimes silver candlesticks and sometimes … the famous moss.
Until I had time to do my *real* lightbulb project, these lightbulbs were going under glass.
But that was only part of the lightbulb idea. The other part was to set the base of the lightbulbs in a candlestick so they could stand up straight. For years I’ve been wanting to put these lightbulbs on my mantle, but couldn’t figure out how to display them so they stood up straight.
I originally had 3 bulbs in the cloche. The two in the candlesticks and one laying down, but even though I liked that everything was clear it didn’t command you look at it. Just adding the miniature Panton S chair gave a solid presence that forces your eye to the cloche.
The moral of this story? Sometimes all it takes is to wipe away a few cobwebs to come up with a great idea.
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