So, as you might imagine, lighting is on that list of finishing details. I have been looking everywhere for some cute and inexpensive lamps... sheesh, when did furnishings and lighting and such get so crazy expensive?! I mean, I can shop with the best of them but $500.00 for a lamp!? Not so much!!!
I was actually beginning to think about buying light kits and make my own lamps out of antique mason jars or some other cute designs. I really loved this one but in the end I honestly wasn't sure how to go about making it... (still thinking about working out how it would go together as it would look really adorable in a corner - of course for this I need to get an electrician in to make a ceiling access since there isn't one anywhere in the studio).
I looked at lighting shops, forget that they are the worst on prices; I looked online at Target; at Walmart; even Sears and K-Mart! Nothing that came even mildly close to the feel I was looking for in the price range I could manage. I decided I was going to make one last ditch effort and go around to the consignment shops but yesterday I had an epiphany - I hadn't looked at JC Penney yet, and Bingo! To sweeten the deal Penney's was having a 50% off or more sale!
It started to get silly after 3 hours picking out one after another - filling my shopping cart only to empty it again and again. Here are the contenders that I ultimately rejected:
I ended up purchasing two of each. The two that I will use on my worktable were marked down from $85.00 to $34.00 (the one on the left), and the other two (the one on the right) for either side of my studio were marked down from $65.00 to $32.00. They were a bit more than I had wanted to spend but they really met the look and feel I was shooting for... See, I do listen to all of you when you weigh in (well a lot of the time anyway) :D I know that the prices even at non-sale were good prices but my budget these days has been clipped pretty tightly so I was and am tickled pink to have found these!!!
Now the next part of the project is finding that perfect storage for my fleece so they don't look like such an eyesore and the mice can't get to them. This was my idea initially but space is not going to allow for those little wooden frames they are sitting in, maybe just the cotton bags made from the embroidery hoops that I talked about in a recent post...