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« on: June 06, 2010 05:59:17 PM »

This is more of a work in progress, but I wanted to post and share with the other Craftsters, since it was inspired by this challenge. I am so amazed by some of the entries so far, so just know that my vote will be going elsewhere!  Wink

However, I was at a yard sale a few weeks ago, and scored these two awesome games for a QUARTER each. Yes!

I absolutely loved the vintage bingo game, especially the awesome box top, which I plan to use as wall art. The Mr. T card game is too precious to cut up or glue at this point, so it's going to stay a game.

I thought the bingo cards had such a cool look that I wanted to incorporate into my living space in an unconventional way. I went shopping for a lamp and shade at a local antique shop. Stripped the shade and dusted off the old lamp. The bingo cards are simply taped on here in rows until I get the final configuration. (Wanting to see what they'll look like side-by-side instead of overlapped.) But I'm super happy with the red and blue rows, so that element is definitely staying.

Thoughts? Anyone know how I could easily adjust the inner wire on the lampshade so that the top and bottom rings are the same circumference? (As is, the bottom is wider, meaning I have to overlap the cards.) Wire cutters, or bend the wire in on the bottom ring? It's pretty thick.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010 06:59:05 PM »

that's just made of awesome!

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010 08:56:31 PM »

I am so glad you did not sacrifice the Mr. T game.  My heart sunk when I saw it in the pic and realized you were posting it for the challenge!!!!   Whew!  that was close! Hahahahaaa.... seriously though, with the new A-Team movie coming out, you could probably score some mad cash for that on ebay!
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010 09:00:11 PM »

My mom would love this!  She's such a bingo addict.

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2010 06:46:50 AM »

Those games are just awesome. That lamp is awesome too.

« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010 12:42:35 AM »

love the lamp!  and i am also glad you kept the mr t. game in tact -  "i pitty the fool"...  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010 02:50:58 PM »

LOL, I can think of a few people who would love to have that lamp in their house!
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2010 06:55:05 AM »

cool! Love the top of the game too.
I saw an tutorial on threadbanger where they redid the shade of a lamp too so you could maybe have a look there. I think it was an decoration film by Meg (www.threadbanger.com)

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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2010 11:19:07 AM »

When I saw the Mr T game in the pic for this challenge, I thought "NOOOOooooooooooo" but then I saw what you wrote, oh thank you for not destroying that! I'd love to know where you found it...I grew up with a mad crush on Mr. T and my little brother (whose name begins w/T) was nicknamed Mr. T, so we all like to gift him with Mr. T stuff.

I like the lampshade idea, I think it would look good if you maybe trimmed them down to fit & then did a blanket stitch with ribbon or yarn to attach the cards to the frame & one another, IMHO. The box top is definitely PRIMO wall art! Oh and I think the shape of the shade is good flared like it is, again, MHO.
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2010 02:23:40 PM »

I agree, I like the shape of the lampshade too.
I can't think of an easy way to  make the bottom smaller, so how about making the top larger. You could create a ring out of stiff hanger wire and make spokes out of softer wire to connect it in six places to the top ring of the lampshade. Like a wheel within a wheel.

You might find a drum shaped lampshade at a thrift shop, that would be easiest of all.

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