'Coffee With Dick and Jane" CoffeeTime Lamp

January 7th, 2010 in member junk     
CleverThinker CleverThinker, member
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This one was a custom piece for my friend Audrey's mother.  When I asked her to tell me about her, she said that she had been in child care for over 10 years, and also very involved with her church's Sunday School program. I recovered the 4-panel shade with this (s)cool retro fabric and a coordinating beaded trim- and is all about Dick and Jane at the Fair- complete with ice cream cones, penants, a ferris wheel and helicopter rides. 
 
The books are titled: "The Good Mother," "Green Eggs and  Ham," "The Cat in the Hat," "Joseph's Coat of Many Colors," and "Positive Classroom Discipline."  The body of the lamp is a mismatched stack of cups and saucers, with another on the lower level. 
 
Look at the  stand alone cup and saucer..inside of that cup is a 'Barrel o' Monkeys' game and a silly putty egg.  Grandma can play these games with the kids! The only thing loose on this lamp is the barrel o monkeys....everything else is secured together in place...all askewed and kitty-whompus (or should I say 'KIDDIE-whompus!?!).  Line switch; titled, signed and dated. 
 
Audrey gave this to her mom for Christmas this year-- she went straight over to the entertainment center and shoved everything off the top to give it a new home!  I also understand that unless you are at least 40 years old, you can't play with the silly putty or the monkeys.

Pattern or design used: My own design - Coffee with Dick and Jane
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Comments (14)

CleverThinker writes: @ Annie aka Pofolksdecorator1..... I try to use a donor lamp base....a small lamp from the second hand store or a yard sale. If you want you could use threaded pipe from the harware store, big washers(s) and a nut on the bottom, then the socket on the top. Posted: 12:09 pm on March 12th
CleverThinker writes: @ Annie aka Pofolksdecorator1..... I try to use a donor lamp base....a small lamp from the second hand store or a yard sale. If you want you could use threaded pipe from the harware store, big washers(s) and a nut on the bottom, then the socket on the top. Posted: 12:07 pm on March 12th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: I totally love Dick and Jane. I used pages for a border in my craft room. About the kool lamp you made, I have a bulb kit for making a lamp, what do I use for the pole in the middle to have the cord go through? ADORABLE! Annie Posted: 12:43 pm on March 7th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: I totally love Dick and Jane. I used pages for a border in my craft room. About the kool lamp you made, I have a bulb kit for making a lamp, what do I use for the pole in the middle to have the cord go through? ADORABLE! Annie Posted: 12:37 pm on March 7th
CleverThinker writes: Hey Annie- The cups that I use are plastic melmac or melamine out of the 50's/ 60's. I just use a drill press to drill the hole. If you need to drill china, the trick is PATIENCE DO OVER>.....lol. I think probably the best way is to get the cups and saucers to a waterjet cutter nad have them cut them for you. Often times they will have a minimum charge, but it youre building more than one lamp, it won't hurt so much. Yes- the books are glued and drilled...then sitting on the base of the donor lamp.....sometimes I'll cammoflauge(?) it with an inverted plate.

No real plan....just make it up as I go along. Good luck!

Larry Posted: 10:56 pm on January 17th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: okay, I found the lamp kit and I will steal the shade off another lamp. I have dick and Jane books, and Nancy Drew too. Did you glue the books togeather? Still need to know how to drill through porcelean without cracking it. Awesome cant wait to make one of these! Annie Posted: 12:59 pm on January 17th
suewhitney writes: Love, love, love Dick and Jane. Well done!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:41 am on January 10th
itsnotjunk2me writes: clever Larry....love the whole kiddie-whompus idea! Great visual design and colors. Me thinks i still have my barrel of monkeys and silly putty packed away somewhere cuz I am forty-something...almost fif...oops- nevermind! Thanks for sharing this great lamp. ~judi ;) Posted: 1:23 pm on January 8th
alicemom writes: Good one!
smiles,alice Posted: 5:45 pm on January 7th
chippingcharm writes: Adorable...you've inspired me. I've been on the look-out for cool lamps for my family room. I've left the thrift store empty handed for weeks now. Yesterday I found a couple of basic silver, skinny lamp bases and now I just need to think of some fun way to "junk" them up. Thanks, Laurel Posted: 5:09 pm on January 7th
54girl writes: Very cute Lamp!! Very clever!! Mary Posted: 3:12 pm on January 7th
JUNKFORFUN writes: THIS ONE'S MY FAVORITE. GREAT JOB!! Posted: 1:53 pm on January 7th
fellowjunker writes: Well done....i am always on the look out for old Dick and Jane readers!
xojanis Posted: 12:49 pm on January 7th
MakinItHappen writes: Ha! Wonderfully charming and delightful. Posted: 12:01 pm on January 7th
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