Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  Hope 2018 is going to be a good one for everyone.

Thought I’d share a picture of something we made for ourselves just before Christmas – it was a prototype for a Christmas present that I think turned out quite well.   These are some Victorian/early 20th C bottles that we found last year when we were mudlarking along the Thames in England.  There are medicine bottles, soft drink bottles (including a Cobb bottle stopped by a glass marble), a beer bottle, liquor bottles, an ink bottle and  a couple of meat paste jars.  Our friend, for whom we made the Christmas present, has many more of these types of bottle (and better) as he spent a year in England and got into mudlarking in a big way.  Apparently, the Thames has something like 22 feet of mud that contains stuff that goes back to the Romans and before, and objects are routinely found lying on the mud as the tide churns up what’s buried.  Amazing!



And we’re done … in the nick of time

Here’s the last 4 lamps – a mish-mash of quirky, elegant and fun.  You can decide which is which.  Just a reminder – the Cheerfully Made Show is TOMORROW November 4th from 10-4 at the Almonte Old Town Hall, Bridge St, Almonte.  If you’re there, please come say hello (and maybe pick up a lamp, clock or frankenbot or two!!).

No vember

No sun – no moon!

No morn – no noon,

No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day ….

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease ….

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees

No fruit, no flowers, no leaves, no birds!


(Poem by Thomas Hood)

No worries – we have lamps to brighten the darkest and gloomiest of No vember days.  Today’s lamps are an old and a new design … the telephone lamp we have done before but it’s always a fun one.  The floor lamp is a new design using an antique model-T headlamp and a vintage camera tripod.  We think it looks like a movie spotlight!

Day 2 of new lamps

Here are a couple more of the new lamps – these ones have a transportation theme.  The shiny one is made from the pedal and crank of my father-in-law’s old bike (a family heirloom) plus some bits and pieces of upcycled bike drivetrains.  The other, imaginatively-designed, rustic one is made from a vintage car jack and antique car horn.  This one is for those of you who like something a little different.