Thursday, October 11, 2012


SO, I had this lamp that I needed to rewire.
For over a year.
Yesterday I decided instead of moving it from
one side of the workbench to the other, 
I would make a run to the Depot for parts.
If I had remembered their obnoxious political ad,
I would have gone to Lowes or Ace....

I bring all the parts home and for the next 90 minutes
 I mess with converting this hard wire into 
a swag style.

I was rerouting the original design and ran into some "issues".
That might not surprise you eh?

One of them being it is very hard to 
discern neutral from positive wire when you need to 
feel the coating for ribs and smooth.
I have no feeling in my fingertips due to neuropathy,
so I decided to mark one wire but every time I pulled
 it through the marking had rubbed off. Damn.
....and I tried it four times! DUH!!!!

I went for broke, took a chance, wired it up, plugged it in..

and promptly blew the fuses.

What does this have to do with a Christmas Tree?

I had just bought this tree from a friend @ garage sale,
and I was debating spraying it brown,
for my brown paper ornaments.
Bought the brown paint on my trip to HD. 

Before I made the decision I thought I would set it in place,
and see if the green would work just fine.
I was feeling lazy.

I thought yeah, it will work, but let's hang a few ornaments 
to be sure, so I pull the brown ornament box from the 
shelf in the garage.
No eye rolling you local chums,
yes I am THAT organized.

I hang a few on and then a few more and yep 
before I knew it the dang thing was done.
Except for the few snowman, none of it really screams
Alright alright, I am justifying.
It was raining, I was bored, I had 3 hours sleep
I am nuts :D

SO, Too Much Information
and waaaaaay Too Soon,
but there it is.
the first signs of Christmas @ OGM

BTW, I threw all the lamp parts into a bag, and the pile
is back on the workbench. *&^%

Hannah's fundraiser is coming along.
I cannot thank you guys enough
for your encouragement, donations and love.
You all Rock!

Even one of her HS teachers saw it on Facebook.
This is when I love social media. 
If you wish to put a link
on FB
I would be so grateful.
Stop on by and see what is happening.


cindy craine said...

I think I like it when you can't sleep! What a fun post and I love the tree. Try benedrill for sleeping, works for me every time!xox-cindy

Bead and Needle said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh - nice's Christmas, all right! You crack me up, Z! XOXO

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Z, love the tree, what sweet decorations, charming. Blessings Francine.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You are too funny! Sorry about the lamp wiring gone wrong but the tree with the brown ornaments is awesome!
hugs, Linda

Robin Larkspur said...

Well, as I look at my calendar I see it's still about 9 days till Halloween. I suppose I will accept your so-called "excuse" for having this tree up and decorated. But if I see one darn Valentine or Shamrock any time soon, then I am going to throw a fit!! LOL!

Kathy said...

Now let's see, aren't you the one who was worrying if my microwave was safe because some of the buttons didn't work anymore and isn't there some certain phrase you and your DD share.....? 8+)

erin said... always make me smile and i like that a lot.
p.s. just saw robin larkspurs comment and unless i was in a coma for a week (which could be possible) i think we have 20 days til halloween?

wendy said...

I am in love with that corner of your house where the tree is. Very cool looking.
The paper ornaments look very good on it.
I haven't even given Christmas a thought....not One.

Jillayne said...

How about - Too Funny!???
I love that decorate early and I have adopted your multiple tree idea and added another one last year and will get at least one more this year - and I am pondering how to decorate them - see what you've inspired?
Loved the post about your DD so I went and offered up a donation. I hope she gets what she needs to do it up right.

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

I love your christmas tree Z - it´s very cool. and I also like that you keept it green. Looks wonderful with your ornaments

MEM said...

I leave greenery up all year in one place or another. We live on/by/next to a lake so that's my excuse----but who needs excuses for things that make us happy. Love your tree and all the pretty fixings! 12 months out of the year, I say.

Jill said...

That is a very neat tree and it is perfect in keeping with you being always on the ball. I'm sorry about your lamp though. Is the bag labeled? haha!

Karmen Sunshine said...

The tree is yummy. Too bad about the lamp, but I think you might try again? I love to see what you make of things...Karmen

Cindy said...

It just so happened that I was putting a pipe lamp together this weekend and I can not tell the difference between the ribbed and non-ribbed wire without a magnifying glass...(I will send you a picture of what I made!)
Love the tree, but I am in no mood for Christmas just yet! Just got my pumpkins out!

beth said...

oh no....say it isn't so. i'm not ready for christmas at all....heck, i'm hardly ready for halloween. maybe i'm just a late bloomer :)

but i loved the lamp story...sorry i laughed.

Theresa said...

I have missed so much! The paper ornies are so nice, I love them! I like them with the green but I wonder how cool that tree would look brown? I can't even imagine trying to rewire something and I have a couple of 'somethings' in mind. I have a chandi in the attic that I want rewired for starters! Becareful when you tackle these projects! love, t.xoxo