Sprucing up my bedroom with a little bit of my mom #GELighting

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I had this ugly lamp in my bedroom, on my bedside table.  Given that the phone lives there, and a basket with my must-read books, and whatever assorted items kids bring in, I realized recently, the lamp has to go.  I wasn’t turning it on, I hated it, it was too big for the space, and…well, it was a free lamp that I hated.  I decided to let my guilt go, donate the lamp (another man’s trash, right?) and set out to find an adorable SMALL lamp I could use for middle of the night wakings, etc….or reading.  Whichever, or both.  Of course, I was supposed to be shopping for GE Lighting, so I went over to check out their new light bulbs











I went to Walmart last and actually found an adorable little lamp, but it was kind of…boring.  It needed something.  I decided to bring the lamp home and take a few days to think about what I’d do with it.

Over the weekend, my husband surprised me with a belated birthday gift.  The jewelry chest my mom had, for oh, forever?  (It’s at least 45 years old, she got it when she was stationed in Japan during her Air Force years) The chest that had a bottom drawer that didn’t close for as long as I could remember.  My dad gave this chest to me, right when mom died, and I still to this day haven’t been ready to go through the box.  But this weekend, when my husband took me to the basement to show me he’d fixed it, to surprise me, I was able to open a drawer or two.  I’m definitely still not ready to go through it all, but I did find, in the second drawer I opened, some costume jewelry that just seemed…well, made for my lamp.

So I took that jewelry out, shed some tears, hugged my husband, and said, “I need my glue gun.  Right now.”

Bewildered, he grabbed it for me (we store it up high) and shook his head as I ran up the stairs to assemble supplies.  Cute, boring lamp: Check.  Glue gun: check.  Costume jewelry: Check. Scissors: Check.

My mom’s old costume jewelry has made my mom’s lamp far more personal, less boring, and keeps her close for just a little bit longer.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes, the strange things in life happen just when you need them to?


In honor of my mom’s lifelong love of protecting our earth, I of course had to use a “green” lightbulb – which I found tons of at Walmart (and don’t be sad, you can see ALL of my shopping photos in my Google Plus album) and am trying to change all of our bulbs in the house to greener ones.

What do you think of my boring lamp now? I love it! I also like knowing the bulb I put in there will last several years, if not longer- so I paid a bit more up front, but will have less cost in replacements (don’t have to) and less harm to our earth. Win, win.

I could be saving $177.24 a year just by changing all of our bulbs in the house to energy efficient ones. What would your savings be? http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/products/pop_lighting_calc.htm

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • I like that you reused something so personal to make an item feel more you. Now you will be lit up from the outside in when you turn it on

  • I have been looking for lamps for our bedroom but I haven’t found anything as cute as these!

  • I wish I were crafty. You’ve given me some good ideas.Thanks.

  • Great idea to makeover your lamp…but so so much nicer that you were able to include your Mom as well..we all need those memories to carry over throughout the day :)

  • I love what you did to the lamp!

  • I like what you chose and displayed. The lamp is an ideal size and very pretty. The basket adds a really feminine touch and is useful.

  • Really cute lamp! I like the lighting that you chose! I always like to get new lamps and lights and it really does spruce up a room!

  • I am touched by your story. I miss my mom too.

  • Your lamp turned out wonderful! I got my glue gun out too for this project!

  • That is so sweet and touching, I love that this project brought a little more of your Mom into your everyday life!

    • Oh, thanks Jen!! Its taking me a long time to move on. I miss her a lot. Little things like this make a big difference.

  • Love the new lamp – it’s amazing how much you can save with the energy efficient bulbs.

    • It is amazing, Kathy. And I’m glad you like it. My son just saw the post and said “oh yea, Mom. Good job with your new craft”. I guess he liked it too and forgot to tell me this weekend!


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