Last week we spent some time getting to know the new area we are living in a little better. We checked out some of the stores and we found a really great little antique mall. Of course, I had to go in and have a "look see." And, of course, I found something that called my name and had to come home with me. I wasn't really sure what it was and neither was the lady who helped us. It was a huge basket with a beautiful design and very rustic. When she took it off the wall, I noticed some stenciled letters that said Farmer's Burley on one side and Paducah, Kentucky, on the other. Oh happy day! It was a tobacco basket. I had heard of them, but never seen an actual basket. It is quite large, 39.5 x 39.5 inches and much heavier than it looks. I did some research on them when we got home and found they were used to display rolls of tobacco leaves on auction floors. They were made in the northeastern part of the country and Yadkin County was the "capital" of tobacco basket production. Here is a link if you would like to read about how these beautiful baskets were made. It is very fascinating how they were made. www.journalnow.com/.../article_d08c29a7-35b3-5b75-9493-3c978f6d5.
Here is my basket hanging on the wall.
In the recesses of my brain, I knew that stores like Pier 1 and World Market had paper lanterns with separate sockets used to hold the light bulbs. First stop, World Market. Voila! They had just what I wanted for only $12.00.
First, I made the bottom round the diameter that I wanted so it would fit in the corner of the room. The bottom round is 12 inches in diameter on my lamp. You could make yours any diameter you want. It will just take more "ribbon" if you make yours bigger. I wired the ends of the first round together with the copper wire.
Then, I made one more round and wrapped it to the second row in the same fashion using the copper wire. My shade has 3 rounds total.
I threaded the cord attached to the socket from the inside of the shade through the top and realized the socket would pull through. To hold the socket in place, I wired the grapevine together to keep that from happening.
It took me about an hour to put this together. I added a frosted globe type bulb, hung the lamp and plugged it in. The lamp weight practically nothing!
Things to Remember:
Sometimes, it takes a little ingenuity to come up with a "look" that you want. It doesn't have to be expensive or complicated, just may take a little creativity. Always look at what you already have and perhaps it can be used in a whole new way. donna