March 4, 2016
Living Earth-Friendly on an Island.
By: Michele Gamble
One aspect of living in paradise that many people don’t think about is that everything, and I mean everything, is flown inn or shipped in by barge. Toilet paper, mail, food, building supplies, you name it. If it is not grown here, it is shipped in. Even if it something is made here, some part of it had to be shipped in, glue, nails, tools, tec. So when there is is mis-hap here at the inn, we try to repair items instead of running out to the stores and buying a replacement. After all, trash is not shipped off island, that is one thing that remains here. When you live on an island, you discover very quickly, just how precious space is.
Recently we had such a mishap with some guests and a lamp was damaged beyond repair, life is full of accidents, no harm, no foul. Since the lamps needed to match it was a matter of what to do next. Thank goodness we live in a community (Island mentality) that embraces garage sales, Church sales, and temple sales. So bright and early Saturday morning we were off on the hunt. Right away I found a pair of lamps that would fit our needs.
Here is one in it’s “as found” condition. Yes, it is in rough shape, rusty harp, chipping paint, but good solid bones. I pulled out some paint from my craft supplies and got to work.
A soft grey was just the thing to compliment the room it was headed into. I also brushed gold pigment on the upper edges of the lamp base for some highlight. I think the end result is fantastic! But most important, we added one less thing to our local landfill. Aloha!