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Friday, April 16, 2010

I'm rich in...

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.

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin' all your BEAUTIFUL fixtures...I think my fav is the one that came from your grandmother. Hope you have a FUN weekend:)


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fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh my gosh.. my heart beat skips many beats.. you got stunning collection of chandeliers.. its like going to a castle! beautiful! and I can't pick one as fave coz I love them all.. am so evny with you :D. in good cause..

have a great weekend!

Hootin Anni said...

What a fabulous array of golden lights!! I do love each and every one of them.

My New Doll -my Show n Tell. I would really enjoy your company if you can drop by to visit me. Hope you're having a terrific Friday!!!

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness, you truly are the queen of chandeliers!!! They're all gorgeous! You are very funny, this post had me giggling away and it's only 6a.m. here.

I saw your Flaming Lips post, I'll have to show it to my son...he loves them!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

Oh my! That third one is so unique and BEAUTIFUL! They're all impressive!


Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

You are indeed rich with chandeliers! Love them all! I had one just like your grandma's, in my room growing up. Sweet! Since this is my anniversary weekend and you asked, I'll just say I'm rich in love!

Unknown said...

Your weenie dogs are so darling and your chandies are beautiful, Nita! I love the ceiling medallion.


Linda Q said...

Oh my, loving all your chandies, a girl can never have to many chandeliers is my motto!! I have seven in our house so far!
Lovely cute story too, so glad I found your blog!

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

I love the chandelier and mirrors in your bathroom--just so sparkly and festive. Chandeliers always make me think of parties!

Wendy said...

Your chandeliers are beautiful! I love how you painted some of the ceilings blue! Beautiful!

Mary Ann said...

Love all your chandes, and your weiners. I am the person that is your neighbor in OKC with 3 weiners of my own. You can never have too many chandes or weiner dogs, oh wait!!!!

Debbie~ said...

I looove your chandeliers, they're all beautiful, I have one in my dining room and I want one in my craft room/dressing room/computer room I may find one this weekend?! You've inspired me! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Unknown said...

I needed this....I'm in a similar situation to yours in this post! I hope you've since found a job--I'm still looking! But I am getting by, and am very happy with what I have and have been rediscovering what I have and using it in new ways! I hope you'll check out my new blog!

Olivia said...

I love your chandeliers.... FAbulous, if you have a chance stop by I am giving away a free pretty teapot
Hugs, Hugs, Hugs,

Cindy said...

Those are gorgeous chandeliers! I really love your vintage one! I'm rich in chandeliers too! haha!

Lamp Tramp said...

I'm so envious of all those gorgeous chandys, you are truly rich!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

I agree with your friend....once you have the chandeliers, its all good! My chandeliers are some of my favorite home pieces and a very popular post topic. We are not alone in our love for sparkles and dramatic interiors. LOL

My Galveston Cottage said...

It sounds like you've got a true-blue friend! I just adore your chandeliers -- especially the one from grandmother! -s

Stephanie said...

That's it, I am in love with your chandeliers. I am. I am green with envy. The chandies of my dreams. I even threw the living room chandy a kiss when you weren't looking. I know it's yours but I couldn't help it. :-(

Honey at 2805 said...

You have a glorious array of chandeliers.

The DIY Spot said...

Visiting from FJI. So many beautiful chandeliers! I just bought my first one (glass) and I am in the process of cleaning and restoring it. Hope I'm as happy with mine as you are with each of yours.

annies home said...

love the vintage look of these chandeliers

Kaysee said...

I'm going back and re reading this now thinking how much our lives have changed in a year..but you are still rich in weenies, and me with my shih tzus! How fortunate we are to be rid of Tyler media. We should have never trusted people who don't like dogs!!


Fantastic chandalliers Nina! I loved reading about them, it was quite interesting...and yes, you're rich for having them and your lovely home and all the blessings you receive daily.


Ruth said...

Your dogs are precious! I am also a lover of chandeliers. They make me so happy. I am rich in Boston Terriers. I have four of them! Not something I planned on, but the last two came to me unexpectedly and I can't imagine my life without them.

Arabella said...

They are all so fabulous!!! You're so lucky.

Pamela said...

Nita loving all of your chandys!

screendoorgirl3 said...

I just found your blog on Pinterest, it's gorgeous! I love chandeliers, too , I have a chandelier pinboard. Thanks..

Shabby Marilyn said...

Nita, Oh, I am jealous, lovely chandeliers, I WILL get one for our Entry, yes, someday! Thanks for sharing, great inspiration! Grandmothers is very unique!

Darryl Iorio said...

Hi, Nita! I’ve been an expert when it comes to replacing a faucet. Hehe. It’s because I’m the only man in our house, so I have no choice but to learn how to do it. Haha! Well, it’s quite easy for me and I enjoy it as wekk. :D If you don’t know how to install it, you should try to watch video tutorials to give you a head start. You might as well want to ask help of others to make sure that you won’t experience unexpected problems.

Darryl Iorio

Linda said...

Chandelier envy. And what beautiful wall colors too. Blue and white pieces from Asia, Europe and TJ Maxx. Assorted silverware and pieces. Linda )bushelandapickle.com)

Jason Smith said...

This stuff really makes a house more elegant and make you look rich when you have it in your home. Thank you for sharing this classy post. the first picture is perfect for my style and in our dining area.

Jason Smith