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« on: January 16, 2009 10:35:53 PM »

I went to London last year to visit my sister, which was awesome. She lived in Notting Hill at the time and I loved the neighbourhood - the streets with picture perfect Georgian rowhouses... I'm a sucker for that stuff. There was one cute little shop there full of delightful things that you would expect to find in a charming, quirky shop in Notting Hill. Including a fabulous umbrella. I loved it, had to have it. Bought it. Forgot that I still had several international flights ahead of me. Needless to say, the umbrella did not survive the baggage handlers. So, I mourned my umbrella - Vancouver would have given it lots of use too.

Here it is being enjoyed by my cat. Notice the handle has broken off. It took forever to get the umbrella open once it had broken.... then we couldn't get it closed again. It sat around, open, looking sad for a while.


Then, inspired by a friend, I decided to use the leftovers as a light cover!

I had a drab, boring light in the little entryway alcove to my tiny apartment so I decided to string it up there. A hacksaw shortened the remainder of the pole, and then it was just a matter of some eyehooks screwed into the ceiling and some wire - and - bob's your uncle - it was done.

Here are the before shots (yawn) - we've got nice high ceilings, otherwise this wouldn't have worked:
 

And after - much sassier, I think:


I encourage everyone to use pretty umbrellas as light covers!
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009 10:49:21 PM »

I love it what an adorable and unique idea! On top of that saving something from the closet of death (that's what we call it in our house) you know that one closet where you put everything that you don't quite have the heart to throw away b/c you know you're gonna find a use for it but seldom do.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009 10:53:26 PM »

lol  I'm totally familiar with the closet of death!   And the drawer of death.   I think the fact that we couldn't get the umbrella closed again really accelerated the timeline of the project.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2009 12:09:10 AM »

that looks really good up there  Smiley
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yeah... i should probably get on that...
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2009 12:42:29 AM »

I love this idea!  I think I'll most definitely have to use it!
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2009 04:52:35 AM »

I love your light!  As weird as it sounds, I get very attached to my umbrellas and I'm always so sad when they are "all used up".  I've never thought of recycling them.  Thanks for the great idea.  My current fav umbrella is a gorgeous green paisley that will go very well with my decor as a new Huh
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009 06:55:20 AM »

That is truly beautiful! I think that is even better than the use it was intended for. Now everyone can enjoy it. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009 07:45:21 AM »

Great idea! 
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2009 07:57:45 AM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2009 12:49:30 PM »

I bought a couple paper umbrellas last time I went to China Town in LA, and have been thinking about doing something like this with one of them. 

Any advice or tips on how to place the wire/eyelets to keep it up? 
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