April 21, 2012

Ski Pole Floor Lamp

I have been wanting a tripod floor lamp for like, um, forever. But my lil' old budget doesn't allow for spending $500 for a light bulb and three legs.  Here is some inspiration and the price tag to match.

Tripod Floor Lamp
Door to Door Furnishings
$580
"This Tripod Floor Lamp features simple yet transitional style, which will add more comfort and coziness to your living room environment."

I love this marketing statement: For $580, you can add comfort (uh, I am not sittin' on the thing) and coziness ( never understand how a light is cozy) to your environment.


Uh for $2 I can just turn on my fireplace and do the same thing and then send $578 to the starving children in Africa.

Sorry just don't think a lamp is worth that much, I don't care who designed it.
So now my mind is working overtime to make one of these things for less than $20 if I can.

I had a lamp shade that I got for $0.95 which started the whole hunt for suitable legs. Remember these?

You'd think I'd use ski poles for well, skiing. Now really, don't you know me by now? That would never happen. But I did have a little fun with them before I made them into my lamp........

I look so natural

Great form!


Indoor Olympic ski jumping

Crap! That's a long way down!

Just a little story first: My husband came around the corner and scared me half to death or really I probably scared him half to death. He's been questioning my sanity again and these only added fuel to that fire.

Okay enough with the goof ball pics. Here is my version of the tripod floor lamp. Not only did it cost only $18.00, I got an extra leg!!!  


(And if anyone has any advice on how to stop my pics from looking so fuzzy when I enlarge them on blogger, I'd appreciate the email. I use Photoshop Lightroom editing software and they look great when I edit them and then as soon as I make them extra large to be viewed better, they get fuzzy.)


Okay- onto the eye candy!

Would you call this a quad-pod lamp?


Yes my wall paper is peeling, little hands who were bored found a little corner that was lifting....


So what do you think? 
Pin it if you like!!

Please come back tomorrow because I'll have the tutorial on how skiing became an indoor sport and produced lighting!


So now I have a challenge for you, yes you. The ones who read other people's posts and say, "Oh I could never do that! I'm just not creative like that."

I want you to look at one thing in your house or at at thrift store etc. and just look at it for awhile. Pick it up and turn it over (could you turn a bowl into a pendant lamp for example), look at it from different angles. 

 Ponder.

Think of things you want to purchase for the house and then think of something you could use as a substitute. (suitcases for end tables). This is usually how I come up with my ideas. I need something and I try to find an alternative first that might save me some money. I'm usually pretty successful. If I can't come up with a suitable solution then I don't mind buying something and using a table for a table. Or a lamp as a lamp. 

Now look at it's shape and not it's function. That is where most people get hung up. They can't get past how to use it. 

Look at the outline of the object and write down just one alternative way it could be used. Or try and change one thing about it; color, shape, could it be taller, or shorter? 

Okay, now if you thought of one alternative way, try another! is 3 too much to ask? 

Now here is the really hard part..... 
Do it.

 DO not worry if it will turn out exactly right the first time. It took me three attempts to figure out a way to make my ski poles stay together. The process is half the fun and it makes you think. Your exercising your mind. And if you looked at the skiing pictures closely, you will probably agree that I need to exercise my mind less and the stomach a whole lot more =0)

The important thing is to push yourself. It will make you giddy when your done, you'll be more willing to step out again and I betcha, you will stand up just a little but straighter. 

You might even strut

Please, if you take this challenge I will most definitely be interested in pictures and you will get a post all about your bad self. Let me know how this inspired you.

If it just made you think you wasted 2 minutes of your life you won't get back. Please, just stay quiet.
My mind is very fragile remember =0)


Always being renewed,


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176 comments:

  1. Very clever way to re-interpret the tripod lamp. It turned out great.

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  2. This is the coolest! And I love the goofball pictures! What good is crafting if you don't have some fun, right? :)

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  3. Cute very cute! But how will you ever manage skiing your treacherous hallways without the poles? Please be careful!

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  4. This is a great looking lamp. Very cool. As for your question about your photos being blurry. I downloaded one of your photos to see. They are too small so when you enlarge in blogger they become pixelated. All photos on the internet need to be at 72 ppi (that's pixels per inch) and at the actual physical size you wish them to appear. So if the final photo on your blog needs to be 4x6....then it must be 4x6 at 72 ppi. As you had it they were something like 240 ppi at 1.5 inches So when enlarged in blogger they became blurry.

    I always edit my photos in photoshop to be just the size or larger than I need in blogger. That way when people click on them...the photo becomes even larger. If you click on your photos they pop up smaller because the original size is smaller than the size you blew them up to in blogger.

    I am sure this is confusing. This web page explains it in detail.

    http://www.kazdesignworks.ca/images.html

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  5. This is fantastic I am so impressed, I love the idea of making using things differently to how they were intended. We are currently trying to think of something to use as a lampshade in our hall. xox

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  6. Love the light but I think I really enjoyed the ski poses the best! lol

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  7. That's so creative (and thrifty)! Kudos!

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  8. Kim, your lamp looks nice.
    I like it very much.

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  9. You are so cute! And your lamp is perfect! I'll get with you on the pic editing, sorry for the delay! XO, Aimee

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  10. Hi! Visiting from the Shabby Creek Cottage. This post cracked me up! I love the pictures of you with the skies.. too stinkin funny! And the lamp came out great by the way :)

    Im your newest follower.. I would love a follow back if you like my site too. And please feel free to share this at my Friday party starting tomorrow!

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  11. This is such a great lamp!!! Love the photos too! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up - I featured you today!
    http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/04/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-47/

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  12. This is so clever - I love it. Thanks for sharing! Also, those skiing photos are hysterical.

    Kelly @ herringbone lane

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  13. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-your-stuff-21-sloppy-dave-recipe.html

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  14. I'm not sure which I like more, the amazingly creative lamp or the hilarious pictures of your ski adventure. Your "how to repurpose" is also a great challenge. Thanks for linking up @ the Delectable Home.

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  15. You're so cute, Kim! I love your creativity. The lamp is awesome! I'm going to share a link back in this week's highlights. :) Thanks so much for sharing your clever DIY!

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  16. I love your psuedo skiing photos... Very funny! The lamp you created is amazing! I like it better than the inspirational tripod lamp. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Your lamp is way cool! And you are way funny!

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  18. Well, I'm inspired. I think. I have no car at the moment. You see, a giant branch fell through the hubbies. So he has the car and I'm hoofing it. But when we sort it all out and I'm mobile again I'll give it a try!

    And your lamp is too cool. And you look like a seriously fun person so I will be back for more fun ...

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Oh, and I'm no photo expert, but what size are your photos when you edit them? Because when you enlarge on Blogger they're probably anywhere from 500-600 pixels. So if you edit a smaller pixel pic and then enlarge they will lose their sharpness.

      Does that make sense?

      Linda

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  19. Seriously this is beyond cool! I love it, and how darn creative are you. It must of been hard to give us your ski poles, but your sacrifice was so worth it. Again so totally cool! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

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  20. I am from a little ski town and people are always upcycling snow gear around these parts. But yours is the BEST! The lamp is one of my favorite "snow gear upcycles" ever. Very nice. I also love the inspiration you gave in your motivation section.

    I plan on using 2 old snowboards as a stand for my mail box, when I get the 2 old ones that will work best.

    I really do love your lamp so I will now begin stalking your blog.

    I am trying to refashion 30 outfits in 30 days :( so I will only be blog stalking about half as much as I use too, prior to my stupid 30 day challenge.

    Very nice work Kim!

    PS I so wanted to pin you house skiing!

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  21. I featured your super great ski pole lamp today at Mod Mix Monday!


    http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/2012/04/mod-mix-monday-48.html

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  22. PINNED IT! This is incredible. Love it!!

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  23. Wonderful lamp, I'll bet pottery barn will be contacting you for the right to reproduce it for their store.

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  24. This post cracked me up. I was dying laughing at your ski poses and your husband coming in. They just never know what they will catch us doing for these blogs. I love the lamp. I need a link to my party in your post. Thanks

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  25. Girl you are a Rock Star! I love the lamp, love the photos of you being silly and btw, my name is Kim, I'm a 42 years young mom of 3 married to a steller feller for 19 years. Me thinks we have a lot in common!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  26. LOL girl u crack me up that is just the giggle I needed today thank you. Great lamp btw.

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  27. how cool is that! and i love the silly pics!

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  28. This is so creative! Love this idea

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  29. You are totally brilliant and such a great ski pose model! LOL....you're hilarious!
    I featured this today!

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  30. HAHAHAHA Kim!! You're the funniest!!!

    The lamp is GENIUS!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

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  31. You are brilliant!! (and very funny- I love all your "skiing" pics!) Your lamp turned out awesome; what a conversation piece that will be. And it looks so much cooler than the five hundred dollar option!

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  32. This is so fun! (I also love your photo op pics!)

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  33. Ha Ha! Love your pictures demonstrating the use of the ski poles and what you have done with them. So glad you found my link party and shared this awesome idea!!

    Here's the link to this week's party. Come on back and share your fabulousness :)
    Old or new posts are always welcome. Show us more of what you have come up with!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/05/drab-to-fab-link-up-15.html

    Have a great weekend.

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  34. Love this post, love your blog, love your "voice," and you made me laugh out loud! I'm looking forward to following your blog. I pinned your fantastic lamp and featured it today also. And I'm pretty sure we painted our walls the same shade of gold. I think that makes us genetically related somehow. : )

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  35. LOVE THIS POST!! I was cracking up!! Thanks for sharing this at Fantabulous Friday!! You rock!

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  36. Great use of the pole. I love your writing style and ability to be silly. Thanks for the challenge at the bottom and thought process break down of finding ideas for thing lying around the house.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  37. Wow!!! That is amazing! What a great idea for a lamp! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  38. What made that light wonderful is the fact that it is a reflection of your personality. Just like you, it is playful and funky. This is a good design tip for anyone who wants to have a unique light fixture. Choose the one that best represents you. Sometimes, it’s not about the cost - it’s about how the light would fit in with the totality of your home.

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    1. Thanks Christian! It is one of my favorite pieces!

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