Sunday, April 3, 2011

"Hole in One" lamp

I am linking to Susan's Metamorphosis Monday .....thanks Susan for hosting this fun event!!  Please, click on the Metamorphosis button and travel there to view all the creative projects by talented bloggers.

Several years ago Mr. B. thrillingly made a "hole in one" on the Wichita Falls Country Club hole #9.  This made two holes in one that he had made up to that point in time.  Later, he would make two more bringing the total to four!  In fact, in a period of about 12 years, he made a hole in one on every par 3 on the course at Wichita Falls Country Club.  I may sound as if I am bragging, and I am !  It is not everyday that a little dimpled white ball can be struck with a iron stick, leave the tee and travel through the air, land on a green and gently roll for several yards and "kerplop" into the cup, all in one stroke!

To commemorate the second hole in one, I decided to make a golf lamp for his office in our home.  Finding the perfect shape lamp body took a little time.  After many yard sales, I came up with one that looked similar to this one.  This lamp is currently on sale on ebay and could be bought there or you could thrift one.

I have found that when looking for a lamp to decoupage, it is better if the surface is molded decorations or handles.  You can gently work around the curves by clipping your pictures ever so slightly all around the cut out edges and smoothing out the wrinkles with your fingers and /or a bone folder when applying to the lamp.

I took every golf magazine that Mr. B. had tucked away for years and delicately cutout each picture using tiny sharp sewing scissors. I tried to choose pictures that had some significance to Mr. B. and his golf game.  This truly personalized it for him.

Here is one of his most treasured photos on the lamp........

This is our son at age two with his golf club, a wood, as he was taught to play golf at an early age........the age of being able to stand up.  The little boy loved golf and played on the University of Oklahoma Golf Team for one year before transferring to Baylor University.  He is a great golfer but decided that he did not want to be a professional golfer so he changed the course of his education.

This is the base of the lamp, and you can see that I chose to cover the metal part of the base and carry the design all the way from the tippy top to the very bottom where the lamp rests on the tabletop.  Do you see the Pinehurst resort?  We had visited there, and loved the historic nature of the courses and the resort.

More views of the body of the lamp.  Notice Kiawah Island.......we visited there many times and I had to include those golfing memories for him.   Mr. B.'s favorite golfers are Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Payne Stewart and Phil Michelson.

I tried to add a few quotes and famous sayings about golf.  One of my favorites is, "Golf is an easy game, it is just hard to play".

The photo in the golf frame is grandson #3 getting his first golf lesson.  I told you that Mr. starts them out when they can stand up.

In this picture you can almost see the golf ball finial on top of the lamp.  Mr. B. allowed me to use his actual "hole in one" ball for the "frosting on the cake"

I used Mod Podge to decoupage the lamp.  The green silk lampshade was purchased new to complete the project.

This is the "metamorphsis" of an old lamp to a keepsake.  The original lamp cost $2.00 at a garage sale and now it is PRICELESS!

Thank you for stopping by and I invite you to have a cup of tea with me...............

Tea Party Everyday............why not!!

PS......I could not leave without including this group of photos with Mr. B. giving grandson #3 his first golf lesson.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great story!!! He must be one heck of a golfer, everyone goes theri whole golf life without a hole in one.....4 incredible. thank you for sharing this great story and your heirloom lamp!


Cheri said...

Phyllis, you have me cracking up over here with your "engineer, can't tell them much" comment. Never heard that but when something is SO true, that only engineer wives know........well, it cracks me up! lol Thanks for visiting my blog - hope you get a light box too! New follower, btw!

Kathy Eickholt said...

What a great story, and love the lamp you made, that goes with the story, and it's wonderful to see your grandson with his golf gear.

I would like to invite you to be part of Fancy Fun Friday a new blogfest,starting this week.
Fancy Fun Friday, will be starting each Thursday at around 19.30 Michigan time, so pop along and join in.

Paula said...

You've created a real treasure for your husband. I love this idea and may just have to copy it.

Inspired by you said...

How very creative of you! Thanks for your encouraging words regarding my new booth. If only I could convince my husband that I should continue buying things up:)

Kristi Flanagan said...

How neat - what a wonderful gift! So fun to find your blog - thanks so much for visiting mine!


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Designs By Pinky said...

What a sweet thing to do for your hubby!!!! I know he must treasure this lamp and always will! I think you did a GREAT job! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog too!!!! XO, Pinky

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

That is so darn neat! I love that lamp story! My brother works at a golf course just to golf free every day.....I know how special a hole in one is!

Thanks for your sweet comments today on my posts!


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Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Awww..the pics of your grandson are so cute! Fun lamp, too!

Scribbler said...

Thank you so much for your visit and comment. I love your golf lamp. I used to enjoy decoupage so much -- and I think I need to start again, after looking at your lamp. We lived in Augusta when my son was a baby, and it is really cute to see the little ones trying to hit that ball, isn't it?

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

What a fun makeover, I love it! And thanks for your sweet comments, they made my night! :)

Angela said...

That's a story your lamp, you don't need a book, it's all there!
What a wonderful idea, I love it.
Thank you for visiting and now I can admire your blog.