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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm a little upside a creative way

I've been in search of chandy shades. Not just any shades - the right shades.
I have discovered in my search the sad truth that there is no perfect shade for my poor little naked chandy.

There are pretty shades. There are elegant shades. There are even fun shades. But, there are no perfect shades.

Too dark, too light, distorted light, weird shadows on the table................and the list goes on.

Once I resigned myself myself to the fact that the perfect shade just didn't exist, I agreed to settle on something that just worked ok and was pretty.

My problem was that most shades that I loved in the store seemed to cut off our light supply in the whole front room - you know, except for those 9 bright cirlces of light on the table that no one sits at, that "I can see you better if you come over and sit on top of the table" kinda light supply.

The lighter colored shades I liked almost became translucent when you turned on the light. I fell in love with some yellow and cream checked shades with red beads, but under actual light, they looked like they had big white alien faces with fringe around the neck.

There was one set that I really liked. I brought them home three times, each time sure that I just didn't look at them well enough in my room, and each time sure that this time they'd work. (This is one of those times where hubby just shakes his head and leaves the room). And besides, they matched my new window treatment perfect. I'd put them on the chandy, then I'd lose all of my light in the room. I'd take them off, put them back on, take them off again, and so the cycle continued. I'm a wee bit stubborn, you see. I really wanted these shades, but finally had to admit defeat - yet again. I took them off for the last time, set them on the table so I'd remember to return them the next day, and decided that I just wouldn't be putting shades on my chandy any time soon.

BUT, the next morning I walked into the room, saw the shades sitting there upside down on the table - and then it hit me. If I put the shades on upside down, the light would shine up, not down, and maybe, just maybe, they'd work. So I separated the wire far enough to slide the shade down over the the posts, and proceeded to put all of them on. Then I turned the light on.........and (clouds part, sunbeams shining blindingly down in the living room, angel choir singing) worked!  OMG, what a difference.

Finally, the perfect shade for my poor little previously naked chandy!

One small change, one big difference. I'm a happy, happy girl.

(In case you're wondering, I did change all the bulbs out to smaller appliance bulbs that don't jut out of the top of the shades.)


  1. That works for me! Funny - We just hung our bathroom light fixtures (w/ little drum shades) that are supposed to go UP, upside down for similar reasons. And I, too, have to change out my bulbs so that they don't look like upside down candles burning sticking out the bottom. Very clever of you - I like the look. :-)

  2. Aren't you smart. I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years. I like the way they look on the chandelier too.

  3. That is soooo cute, and I love the fabric on the shades, very well done!!


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