11 March, 2010

Ambience-some light on the subject!

Well, yard sale season has returned! Let me show you a few scores. First, for the granddaughter. This is a vintage doll carriage. Two of the rubber wheels had come off the rim because it had been in someone's hot attic-for years. The lady I bought it from had kept it for her daughter-in case she had girls. She had boys and didn't want it anymore. So, I took it home, soaked the rubber wheels in hot water and with the help of 2 screwdrivers and my husband (he had to hold the wheel because it just wouldn't stop spinning!), I got them all put back together.

This little beauty cost me all of $2.00. Yes, two dollars!

Next came the outdoor project.  I've seen similar ones at Lowe's, but for a whole lot more $$.
This is what I started with.
I added a few more items, and took a few things away.
I took all the wiring out, snapped off the brackets that held the light bulb and the glued some 60 cent votives from Walmart to it. I let that all dry and added tea lights.
Then came the engineering feat! I bought cord, a pulley and a cleat.(I actually already had the cleat). Tied the rope to the chandelier, ran it through the pulley that was attached to a plant hanger, and then I tied the whole thing off to the cleat on the house. Now I can raise or lower it, and hopefully the squirrels can't reach the cord!

The best part of this project-it cost just about $13.00.

I'll try to get some pictures with it lit in the evening-not sure my camera will capture all that ambience!
ann marie


  1. I love the form of the chandlier but--maybe, I'm high on cold medicine--I'm confused. You're going to keeping it outside?

  2. LOVE this! Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week! I hope you will come back to visit me soon.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  3. Great blog, Ann Marie. I found you via Shabby Chic Cottage, and I've enjoyed seeing all the work and love you've put in your home. BTW, we're practically neighbors...I'm near Seguin. kathleen

  4. That chandelier is to die for! I love how you made it with a pully!

  5. I loved the chandelier, BUT that stroller is to die for! I must admit, I'm a bit jealous of that one! I collect dolls and it would be a perfect display- hopefully someday I will find one at a yard sale just like you did :)

  6. Coming over from Finding Fabulous and I must say that stroller is a FABULOUS find for $2. Good job! New follower now!

  7. Love that stroller. I am really inspired by your chandelier. I've got a few spots where that would be so pretty. Oh I also live in a 1951 cottage! Yours looks lovely!

  8. Fantastic looking and what a steal on that carriage.

  9. Hhi Ann Marie,
    just found your blog via a link at Englis Cottage in Georgia and I'm so glad I've found you, I'm loving your blog and all the efforts and love you've put in your home. That pram is adorable and your chandelier is so gorgoeus. what wouldn't I give to set my greedy little hand on it.
    if you have a chance, do come over to visit me blog. I'll be glad to welcome you there.

  10. That stroller is a FIND! LOVE your outdoor chandelier. I have been wanting an outdoor chandelier forever - yours is beautiful! And I really like that is cost $13!


  11. What a find on the buggy and it's beautiful.
    The chandelier idea is perfect....would love to see it in the evening when it's dark and you've got the candles going.

  12. The buggy is adorable and the chandelier turned out perfect! Thanks so much for linking up.

  13. I absolutely love the chandelier! I want to build a pergola this summer and would love to find something similar I can use with candles.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

  14. Both pieces are so cool. The baby buggy was an amazing buy for $2.00. What a fun piece.


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