The day I discovered these cute metal lanterns at Ikea, my creative juices started firing on all cylinders. Great on their own, I just knew they would make spectacular hanging lights. Figuring I'd start out with something bright and colorful, I spray painted one of them yellow to match some huge yellow chandelier crystals I've been hanging on to, then added purple, magenta, turquoise and teal heads, some cute colorful petal beads I bought a couple of years ago when I was in my earring-making phase, and trimmed them up with some rhinestone beads. I even glued colorful crystals to the metal lantern and trimmed it up with auto touch-up paint. (Hey, you use what you have.) I had fun making it, and hopefully someone else will have fun using it to light their world.
I raised three boys as a single mother while working full-time and renovating the old houses in which we lived. When every dollar counts, you become an expert at stretching each to its limit. Because I couldn't afford to hire anyone, I taught myself construction, painting, tiling, masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and decorating on a budget by recycling and re-purposing everything.
There's nothing I enjoy more than hunting down treasures in thrift stores, consignment shops, flea markets, salvage yards, and garage sales. I've also been known to dumpster dive and raid curbside cast-offs for my projects. Everything has potential if you look at it the right way.