Once Lamp Shade-Now Planter!

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” – Boyd K. Parker

Or “repurpose it!!” The concept has been used for hundreds of years (think old cowboy boot nailed on a wooden post as a mail drop!)…but now the practice of using or changing an item for an alternate use has developed “urban cachet”.

When the base of a floor lamp was unable to be safely stabilized, we knew it had to be discarded…but the large glass lampshade was perfectly fine.

It was approximately 18” in diameter with fluted edges that (from afar and to a non-discriminating eye) looked a bit like marble or alabaster! A perfect planter!

Several layers of plastic mesh (rain gutter lining) were placed over the two-inch opening at the base to facilitate drainage and keep the dirt (a modified cactus mix) from escaping through the bottom.

Small succulents (in 3-4” pots) from a local hardware store were carefully transplanted into the lampshade planter. A rounded Mammillaria was chosen for the center and five other selections spaced evenly around the perimeter. These are all fairly slow growing plants with similar light and water needs. Light colored gravel was placed on top to serve as mulch and to add a decorative contrast.

The planter sits on a table top beneath a covered patio and receives filtered light. Although the height makes it (hopefully) inaccessible to javelina; birds and squirrels remain potential adversaries.

After six months, the plants appear healthy and show some (small) growth. The planter now happily lives within 10 feet of where it was once a lampshade!!

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“All we are not stares back at what we are.” — W.H. Auden

“Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.” — Deepak Chopra

“Emotions are temporary states of mind. Don’t let them permanently destroy you.” — Unknown

“What was the best thing before sliced bread?” — George Carlin


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From Toy to Creative Realism – Felix Hernandez

I have highlighted a number of very creative people on my website and I have said it before, but I need to say it yet again. The amount of talent that is “out there” is amazing! It is hard to believe what someone who is focused can accomplish.

Felix Hernandez takes a simple toy car and crafts a very realistic scene using artificial ingredients and Photoshop-type post production techniques. It is truly stunning to watch this come together as a finished project.

Watch the animation below, The Love Car, to appreciate true artistic creativity.

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“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.” — Jawaharlal Nehru

“When perfection is driving, shame is riding shotgun and fear is the backseat driver.” — Brené Brown

“Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.” — John Dryden

“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” — Frank Lloyd Wright


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“Success comes in cans; failure in can’ts. — Unknown

“Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage — it can be delightful.” — George Bernard Shaw

“It is the function of creative people to perceive relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expressions that seem utterly different, and to be able to connect the seemingly unconnected.” — William Plomer

“What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?” — Marquis De Custine


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The Pickleball Lob – the Rodney Dangerfield of PB

The lob often gets little respect. It is not an easy shot to execute well because if it is too short, your opponents will have you at slam city. If it is too long, it is an easy fault for your opponents. So, why use the lob?

There are times when both opponents are at the net and it is difficult to get the ball by them. Perhaps your drop shot has abandoned you and your hard drives are coming back fast and furious. This might be a good time to lob the ball.

The lob can provide an opportunity to move your opponents away form the net (offensive), i.e. the non-volley Zone (NVZ) and it can be a defensive move if the opponent’s shot forces you out of position. Lobbing the ball high and deep will provide time for your team to move to the NVZ and recover from a previous good shot by the opposing team. The point is, it must be well executed.

In doubles play, the person to “get” the lob should be the person opposite of the court in which the shot will land. If the ball is going to land in your partner’s court, you need to get it. At that point, yell “switch” which signals your partner to cover your previous court while you finish the point in their original court.

Don’t sell the lob short (no pun here). When used appropriately, it can be a valuable tool in your pickleball arsenal.

Read the entire article below (which includes some “how to advice”) to help improve your lob game. The lob can be a valid shot when used strategically.

Via – The Wretched Lob by Gale Leach – author of The Art of Pickleball.

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“Expectations are resentments under construction.” — Anne Lamott

“Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak — and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” — Mother Teresa

“There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.” — Josh Billings


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Sorry that this posting was delayed! It went to the email list, but didn’t get online until today!

“My friends are my estate.” — Emily Dickinson

“Passion is what keeps you pushing on when the rewards of your effort are not that great or disappointing.” — Scott Robert Lim

“Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration.” — Sigmund Freud

“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” — Frank Zappa


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