“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Grab your neighbor's junk to re-think, re-purpose, re-use, re-cycle & re-create for a fun Pink Saturday!

Last week I promised that I would have something that you've probably never seen before...not on Pink Saturday, not in a kitchen, not in a junk yard, not at the zoo, not at a tag sale. What I am sharing with you this week is my sweet, pink kitchen table lamp. My happy, re-cycled, re-purposed pink lamp.

I look at it and I giggle. I turn it on and it warms the atmosphere in my kitchen shining little stars on the ceiling when the day turns into night. It's fun. It's practical. It's useful and it's a true conversation starter...you betcha! It's a great way to re-use castaways, keep them out of a landfill and help to keep our planet clean!


Just take one old meat grinder, one used colander, a lamp kit and there you go! A little kitchen, or family room, or whatever lamp for your home. Don't paint it, leave it rustic and pristine then it will have an industrial look that would fit right into any loft in NYC!
As long as I am showing you my "altered" kitchen goodies, I thought I'd toss in a little cookbook rack made from one of those old, wood magazine holders you would be likely to find in a '70s bathroom. Normally I have a little, embroidered kitchen towel hanging from the dowel but I took it off so you could get a good idea of how you can re-use the most common, often overlooked items you find at yard sales.


I added some wood craft roses, distressed the edges after painting and added a raw umber glaze to a few of the nooks and crannies for a bit of a shabby look. Paint this any color you choose for just about any room you choose. In the bathroom you can fit two rolls of toilet tissue and fill the top with magazines or guest towels. Paint one for your family room and hang it on the wall next to your favorite chair filling the rack with your remote, the latest issue of whatever magazine you like to read (if it's still in print since most are going out of business) or the novel that you've been picking up when you have a spare minute. How about making one for the nursery! Fill it with fresh diapers for practicality, then hang a sweet bonnet, receiving blanket or vintage linen to add whimsy and charm. Again, limitless uses...all good...all fun and best of all, you've re-purposed something that was most likely destined for the trash if you didn't plunk down your dollar to take it home!
I hope this week you had a little fun, grabbed an idea or two and headed out the door to check out a garage or yard sale to see what you can re-use, re-purpose and re-think a few of someone else's castaways!


Check out all of the other folks who are participating in Beverly's PINK SATURDAY over at How Sweet the Sound. See you next week!
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78 comments:

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Your lamp is too cute! Great idea with the magazine holder too. I did have one, hmmm, wonder what happened to it... ☺ Diane

Spanish Princess said...

That lamp is so cute! What a fun idea! I turned a magazine holder like that into a book rack too! When my bother adopted his daughters (4 sisters) their house was small so when they doubled up in the bedrooms, we put these on the wall along the headboards for their "treasures" they loeved it and recently the two older girls took their with them to college!

Draffin Bears said...

I have just come by your blog and have enjoyed myself - thank you.

Your lamp is such a clever idea and I love the magazine rack and the lemon wreath in the previous post.

Enjoy your weekend
Carolyn

Linda said...

I always so enjoy dropping by your blog to see what great new idea you have come up with and this week as usual, you sure did not disappoint...as I viewed the first picture, I thought I was seeing a meat grinder and colander...LOL..how very clever you are as well as having the best oatmeal cookie recipe ever!

Linda

The Pink Bird House said...

How creative you are, to turn a colunder and a meat grinder into a lamp!! Fabulous! And pink never the less, my fav color too. the cookbook holder is another terrific idea. I think I might borrow it and see what I can do in my own kitchen, since my cookbooks always seem to be in the wrong place.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what an invention! soooo creative of you! never thought of doing it.. and to make in all in pink is just wonderful! Pink Lamp..

Happy PS!

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

My favorite is the pink lamp! It's so pretty. YOu really are something to come up with such clever thing. It must have already spark a lot of conversations - oh I'm pretty sure :-)

Happy Pink Saturday!

Say It With Roses said...

Oh my! And it is pink, too! What a clever and crafty lady you are!!

You can really think outside the box!!
Love the magazine holder, too. Very "pinkalicious"!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Jil

Samantha said...

Love the lamp, what a great idea !
Thanks for sharing, have a blessed PINK Saturday !

dana said...

I am CRAZY about your clever Pink shares this weekend! That lamp is fantastic and the magazine rack is wonderful!! You are such a creative person--thank you for that great post and I hope you have a terrific Pink Sat!!!! Dana

Smilingsal said...

lol Oh, you win for the MOST creative! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday.

alicesg said...

Wow this is so fantastic and pretty. Did you do that by yourself? Geez, I never will be able to think of this, neither do I know how to do one. It is so beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday.

Jorgelina said...

Your lamp is original!!
Happy Pink Saturday.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You darn right...it's so cute and so unique and PINK too. You need to send that into a "green" contest. HPS ~ Lynn

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

That is THE CUTEST lamp I have ever seen. So original and so cool!!! That is awesome!!!!! Great job!!!! Happy Pink Saturday
♥ Teresa

Dawn said...

How cool! Now I would of never thought of a lamp like that. Happy PS!

Creative Vignettes said...

Wow, you really are clever! Both of your creations are fabulous! Nice to meet you in blogger land. Happy Saturday!
Abby

Shirley said...

What an adorable idea! I absolutely love it.

the wild raspberry said...

how incredibly crafty and creative!
happy pink saturday.

Liz said...

That lamp is a hoot!

Have a great Pink Saturday!
~Liz

Catharina Maria said...

I think you win for the MOST creative pink off this PINK SATURDAY
Rini - Catharina

imjacobsmom said...

I couldn't wait to show your lamp to Jacob. He thought it was very creative and inspiring! Hope you are having a Happy PS! ~ Robyn

Denise Elizabeth said...

Love your post wow! Thanks for the comments. Denise

Llyn M said...

I've seen some crazy lamps before, but that takes the cake! LOVE it!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ HAPPY PINK SATURDAY ♥

char72 said...

My goodness. You're right. I've never seen anything like that lamp anywhere and I've been around for a long time. LOL What an innovative fun idea. I love it. Of course the fact that it's pink makes it even more special. Love the book rack too.
Happy Pink Saturday.
Charlotte

Betzie said...

Great ideas and so clever Mimi!!!
That rack with the roses is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!!

Claudia said...

Oh, that lamp is wonderful! I really love the magazine rack! Happy Pink Saturday, Mimi!

jeanne said...

Hi Mimi, you are so good at coming up with the best ideas. Your lamp gave me a chuckle too. So cute! the magazine thingy is also a great idea. I like the no land fill idea for all of these throw away things. We can save the earth with your fun ideas MImi.

Hugs...Jeanne

debbie said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY MIMI,
YOU WIN HANDS DOWN FOR THE MOST CREATIVE LAMP.
I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR POSTS.
I JOINED AS A FOLLOWER OF YOUR BLOG AND I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER FOLLOWING MINE...I LOVE YOUR PICTURE...SO GLAMOROUS.
THANKS FOR DROPPING BY MY BLOG.
BLESSINGS
debbie

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

You are just too clever, love the lamp and the rack. I think I threw one of those racks away back in the 80's...oh...how silly of me, I knew better than to threw anything away.
Love to see all of the clever ideas you have...
Molly

Michelle said...

OH MIMI...the lamp is wonderful and so clever!!!!

About the Pepper Jelly....

Mimi,

If you look in my blog side bar under LABELS click on CANNING.

I have 2 recipes for Pepper Jelly on my blog: Habanero Gold Jelly which is my friend Carol's recipe. And then my Pink Popper Jelly which is my own recipe. Both are excellent and super easy to can.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

How cool is that! Never saw a lamp like it! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weeknd.

Blessings,
Sandi

Gossamer Creations said...

I love your post ! That lamp is wonderful and your cookbook rack is a great idea. Happy PS.
~Sue~

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Love your lamp. Tooo cute! Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs :)

Irma

Tracy M. said...

That is some pretty neat things you made there, very clever!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Trying to visit blogs between thunderstorms today (Spring is here) Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan

Bellamere Cottage said...

OH MY GOSH! That gives new meaning to recycling! Now THAT is a LAMP! What fun. I love a sense of humor.....and pink humor??? What could be better.

Thanks for coming to my first Pink Saturday!

Blessings,
Spencer

someplace in thyme said...

You are absolutly right, I have never seen anything like that before, altho I have to say, I do own a collander and meat grinder like those, but.....they are not pink. Thankyou, that was great, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Mimi, this is just delightful.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Barb

Amy said...

I love the lamp! How creative and wonderful!

Happy Pink Saturday

amy@maisonbelle

Sheri said...

Hi Mimi!
Oh my! That lamp is awesome! Creative to say the least! I bet its pretty when the stars shine on the walls and ceilings.
Another great post Mimi!
Have a happy pink Saturday!
Hugs,
Sheri

Short and Sweet said...

What a great idea! You definitely thought outside the box!
Wonderful post.
Loretta

Sit-N-Chat said...

Well Mimi, you are crafty and talented. How neat. I will remember your ideas. Thanks!

Jennifer

Deanna said...

Hi Mimi,
I loved the re-purposed lamp and it looks fab! Where can I find those wooden roses? I simply must go thrifting ( I just now returned from three Goodwill stores and found so many goodies. I'm still on the huntdown for those teacups!) and find one of those old magazine racks!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday
Deanna :D

critter crafts said...

I just love the meat grinder lamp. my uncle collects meat grinders (don't ask why) and my mother made him a lamp like yours but with a regular shade.

RobinfromCA said...

Great ideas! So creative - the lamp is wonderful!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Katie said...

Happy Pink Saturday! That lamp is just amazing!

Joy said...

When I saw your profile photo I thought you were Sondra from Many Shades of Pink ~ however I quickly realized that you weren't. ;o)

That's a fabulous lamp and I adore your magazine rack!

TRES BELLE said...

Very inventive, I must say. I would have never thought to take those castaways and make a light. WOW

Happy Pink Saturday.

Kris

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Mimi, That is the funkiest awesome pink thing I have seen today! How creative, funny, and perfect for a kitchen. Happy Pink Saturday! pink hugs, Ellen

bj said...

I just LOVE that pink lamp. I am gonna have to find a meat grinder..I have the metal collander. This would be cute painted red for MY kitchen!!
Happy Pink

Serendipit-Us said...

Hi Mimi~ That lamp is the cutest (and most clever) creation I've come across in ages! I have 3 or 4 vintage meat grinders, collecting dust in my basement. Colander...have several. Soooo, tomorrow I am off to Home Depot to pick up a light fixture kit :-) Thank you for sharing your inspirational ideas.

~Kimberly~

Jenny S said...

This is too cool!! I love it!

LaVerne said...

Thanks for dropping by Riverside Studios for Pink Saturday...love the re-claimed lamp!!! I've been a recycler since my hippie days and love the amazing items creative people post...yours is today's winner hands down...next week I'll show one of my reclaimed wares...Have a week filled with every possible pink

Melly said...

WOW!!!!!! You are one creative lady, I love both the lamp and the possiblities are enless rack. You Mimi, are an inspiration, thank you and have a super Pink Saturday!

Melly:)

HalfCrazy said...

Hi there!

Aw I love your lamp! You're right, it is practical to buy that and I laughed when you said a great conversation starter lol!

You are so creative and resourceful!

Much Love,

xinex said...

You are very creative. Everything you have done is so unusual and very pretty!...Christine

That shabby Pink Girl said...

What an adorable Lamp, just looking at the stars on the ceiling would be cool, thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit!

marian elizabeth

. said...

This is so funny.

Alfazema

Serendipit-Us said...

Hi Mimi~ I'll send you a picture as soon as I'm done! I'm trying to decide on a color now. LOVE it in pink, but I'm not sure what room I will use it in.

~Kimberly~

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh Mimi! I love that lamp and that magazine rack is so pretty! Happy Pink Weekend!

Marilyn said...

OMGoodness - I Love it (colendar lamp) & showed it to my DD & DH & they thought it was ingenious!!
Thanks for the ideas & chuckles!!
Hugs,
Marilyn

Elyse said...

mimi, i am loving this post! awesome awesome awesome!!!

great shade of pink and great pics!

happy pink saturday

Elyse said...

me again -- i would like to offer you my treasured blogger award. the html needed for the animation, is available at the bottom right column of my blog.

xo

Chandy said...

Very cool idea! That is a great way to repurpose things!

Cottage Contessa said...

What a brilliant husband you have, love it! They needed someone like him on Gilligans Island. lol Also loving the little book rack. Wishing you a lovely day!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Kelly said...

Very, very creative. And such great "outside of the box" thinking! Thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely week.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow,
That lamp is the cutest ever! I love all of your pinks, but he lamp is the best. I love your background on your blog too.
Happy Pink Saturday.
Karen

Loretta said...

Well, I'm speechless, Mimi! What a fun post. Happy pink day!

HiHo said...

looks to me like a whole lot of fun!
happy pink, Heidi

Lisa said...

Your lamp is the greatest! How can you not love the old alumnum colanders? We had one we used when I was growing up. I just loved it! What a great idea you had! Thanks for visiting me on my first pink saturday. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the list but I'm getting through it.
Hugs, Lisa

Light and Voices said...

Great idea for a lamp! Happy Pink Saturday.
Joyce

someplace in thyme said...

Good morning Mimi, I am sorry that I had to come in here to answer your question about the bunny swag, I didn't know where else to go. I have it listed in my etsy shop. The id for that is http://SomeplaceInTime.etst.com. To be honest with you, I have it listed at $60.00 I think. When I had it listed on ebay, I started it out at $44.99 and buy it now at $60.00. If it doesn't sell, I am was going to give it to my grand-daughter for Easter. She is only 6months old, so if you want this one, I will sell it to you and will make another for her. She doesnt know the difference. I just thought it would be so cute hanging in the nursery using cuphooks. If you are in no hurry, you could let me know when you would want one and I would be more than happy to make one for you. We have all the time in the world. Thanks Mimi for your interest, I appreciate it, Char

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You win the prize for creativity!! I adore your pink kitchen lamp! And the rack is so pretty, too!

Happy Pink Saturday a little late!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Margie said...

Very clever and very fun *pink* items! I can just picture the starry light coming out of your adorable kitchen lamp!

Thank you for visiting me this week! Please come back again!

Have a lovely week!
Margie :)

Fifi Flowers said...

ADORABLE lamp redo... very clever!

Betty Jo said...

WOW! Your lamp is incredible and so pretty in pink. Love the magazine rack too. I'm reeeeeeally late getting back to my wonderful Pink Saturday visitors. Hope you're having a wonderful week. BTW, please tell me how you distressed the magazine rack. I wish I could find one of those at the flea market or yard sale. ♥

Betty (picture circa 1954) said...

You are very creative! Love the lamp and the magazine rack. Great ideas.