ABOUT today’s photo-of-the-day

I found the brass canister at the bottom of this lamp as shiny as the day it was born on a shelf with my mother-in-law’s daintiest of memorabilia and travel souvenirs, things like glass figurines and hankies. “Huh?” I asked my husband. He explained that when he was …

… 8 years old, he found the canister in his father’s outback junk pile—a common scene in rural America where “spare parts” are necessary for running a farm. Under pressure to come up with a birthday gift for his mother and without a penny to his name, he spent several days polishing it before giving it to her. Now that I’ve made it into a lamp, his precious gift has center status along with some pressure gauges that came off the family tractor, now aging gracefully in that same junk pile.

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” -Aaron Rose

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Now that is what I call a transformation! What a combination of parts and purpose for a total make-over. This is truly FarmGirl Genius, Mary Jane!!


  2. Laurie Dimino says:

    What a wonderful story and a great piece of history to have! Surely, it will “light the way” to many more great stories and fond memories of the past!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Farmgirl Hugs,

  3. Judy says:

    Farmgirl genius? Looks more like Girl Genius to me..http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php
    Farmgirl steampunk. I love it! I wish I could find a good spare parts pile in the suburbs.

    • MaryJane says:

      I have sitting on my table 4 vintage food blenders that I’m going to turn into lamps. I see a lamp in everything these days!

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