Chandeliers and Weenie Dogs!
A couple of years ago... I found myself suddenly unemployed. I was fired. It was shocking...It was unfair...I didn't know what I was going to do. I've since moved on and realized being fired from that job (after I'd been there over six years) was a really good thing and led to many more opportunities (and friends)...and I certainly learned a lot of new things and ended up in a better place. (Kaysee, if you are reading this, I'm simplifying and leaving out details to make this a more inspiring story) and for everyone else...ignore that message to Kaysee.
Anyway, a few days after being let go - I'm sitting on my pink sofa and whining to my friend, Deidra about how I don't know what I am going to do now that I'm suddenly out of work because the amount of money I will have coming in will be substantially reduced for a time, at least. I was complaining and whining and probably crying a little (or a lot) and Deidra looked at me as serious as can be and said, "Well, the good news is...you don't need any more chandeliers". (as she glanced above at my huge living room chandelier) and then gazed into the dining room to another. "So", she continued on..."you've got plenty of chandeliers, so you'll be saving money by not buying any more of those". I started laughing and agreed...I have so much already...I could squeeze by for a time. (not that I'm financially well, off. I am not. I skim by. But I have enough....enough that I should just be happy with what I have).
So now I'm going to share some of my riches....my chandeliers. I have a few more than these but they aren't up yet or are in the middle of being redone. I'll show the rooms all these are in soon...but still have little projects in each room I want to do before I share.
Here we go...
of course you've seen this one before....but this is the one that Deidra looked up at when she told me to get over myself.
This one hangs in the breakfast nook. And belonged to my Tata (maternal grandmother). She lived in Highland Park, Illinois before she moved to Oklahoma to be closer to her daughter, my Mom. This chandelier hung over her dining table in her chic apartment.
I always imagined it came from somewhere in Chicago like Marshall Fields but one day when Mom was here I asked her..."Where did Tata get that chandelier"? "Did it come from Chicago"?
Mom said..."No... she bought it here after her move...I think at Penneys or maybe it was Sears".
That knocked a little of the glamour off of it. But I still love it because it was her's and it looks good with the periwinkle ceiling in there.
This one is in my kitchen. I bought it off ebay. I love it but it would be better if it hung lower over an island but alas, I have a galley kitchen and no room for an island...so it hangs high.
I've got to do something with those cabinets. I'd love to get rid of the soffit or at the least add a bunch of crown molding. It's on the To Do list.
This one hangs in the corner adding some much needed light in the kitchen. I bought this one at....brace yourselves....Walmart. It was a truly lovely shade of silver but I wanted white for the kitchen. So I painted it. But I loved it in silver so much...I went back and bought another for the bathroom. Eeeew! I can't believe I just told you that two of my chandi's came from Wally World. But they were like $49 each and they were the right size. They don't have them any more, but Lowe's has some really great small ones right now that I'd love to add to my house.
No, no, no! Deidra says I have enough chandeliers. (drat)
and here it is in silver...in the hall bathroom
and another in the bathroom...I have two of these, in front of the mirror.
I promise I will show this whole room soon. I'm planning on making a skirt for the pedestal sink in there and I just haven't been able to get to it because I've been working so much lately. But I think I may be able to do it this weekend.
And the living room chandelier again, just because I love it so. Bought it on ebay. It is vintage. The seller thought 1920's but I think later than that...but not sure how much later. But it is not new by any means.
So after Deidra's little speech to me about chandeliers and believe me she is always teasing me about them, what does she give me for my birthday? A chandelier! It's sort of a miniature version of the one above but new. It has some amber prisms on it...which I plan on replacing with either clear or aqua prisms.
I'm not sure where it will go in the house...but I'll find a spot. I also have a really, really cool art deco chandelier waiting to be hung in the dining room. That room is really a disaster, I've got to get it pulled together. Deidra would agree and actually has told me so. She comes in my house and says, "This room would be so pretty...if you'd finish it. When are you going to do that?"
That is when I yell at her and tell her "I'm working on it! I am busy at my job! Are we going to the movies or what"?
So what's the weenie dog part of this post? I tell Mom that we might not have much money but there is one thing that we are rich in and that's... weenie dogs. She always rolls her eyes at this.
So I always tell people.
"I'm rich in Chandeliers and Weenie Dogs"!
Those are the two things I have plenty of and have the very best of.
What are you rich in? Please tell me.