October 29, 2012

New Bar Lights: Buy or DIY (again)?

In my 4th Monthiversary post, I had mentioned that my one of my DIY $9 string globe bar pendants bit the big one.

It all happened when I flung one of my dogs toys over my shoulder. Apparently I had better aim than I thought because the toy hit the pendant which fell into the sink -- directly into the pot of spaghetti sauce that I was soaking.

Allow me to re-create the scene for you:

I knew what had happened the second his toy came out of my hand so I leapt up off the couch and ran towards the sink. Panicked, I tried to wash the sauce off the string globe but running fabric stiffener soaked things under water causes them to lose their shape. Mistake #1.

Desperate to save the pendant, I shook as much water off of it as I could and then lightly patted it dry. It's shape was still in tact so I set it down on top of some paper towels to dry. Mistake #2.

Apparently, and I'm just guessing at what happened because it's all a blur at this point -- apparently the paper towels were soaking up the excess water (as they should) and as they were doing that, my string pendant was "melting" AKA caving in on itself because it was sitting in the water the towels were soaking up. Mistake #3.

I didn't realize this until about a half an hour later when I went to check on it and at that point, it was too late. The pendant was a goner :(

At this point, we just have two light bulbs hanging from the pendants stems because I don't know what to do. Could I easily re-DIY another string globe? Yes, absolutely but what if something similar happens again? I didn't exactly have the globes attached securely in the first place so that's mistake #4. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy new lights? What do you think?

If you were in my shoes, what would you do?


  1. If it were me, I'd grab a couple of old baskets and flip em upside down. I like patina, but you could always paint them a fun color.

    Or something like this would be great in a kitchen!


  2. PS - Your reinactment CRACKED me up!

  3. I LOVE that caged vintage beater pendant! It doesn't look like the Etsy shop is in business anymore but maybe I could find some beaters on eBay and DIY something similar!

    PS: Haha glad it made you laugh :)

  4. The reenactment was AWESOME! :) I kind of love these pendant lights, so I think you should do a redo. But then I'm not the person who would have to actually make them, so there's that. :)

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  5. Haha thanks Kelly! Maybe if I leave the bulbs up sans shades/globes long enough it'll become a thing ;)

  6. My power came back on, yippie! So I can read up on my favorite blogs...I love your string globes. They look so cool. Sorry, but this was so funny! If it would have been a glass globe the whole thing would have been way worse ;) Maybe you should just DIY another one.
    (Love your cardboard deer head. I've had the same in white for 4 years and still love it)

  7. Have you decided yet?!?! I'm trying to guess which you'll do and I'm just not sure! Maybe decide to buy when you find the right one at the right price??? I don't know what I'd do!

  8. Julia - YAY for power! I was thinking about you and your family when I was hearing about the damage Sandy has caused so far. Hope you guys are doing OK! I'm glad I can laugh about the situation now! I almost cried when it happened haha I love your deer head too! I wish I got the white one. Maybe I can spray paint it...

    Crystal - I haven't! My mom generously offered to buy me the Lowe's ones I mentioned back in the DIY post for Christmas but they're so expensive and I'd feel bad. I'm still looking at options right now but hopefully I can make a decision soon since the holidays are coming up and that means family/friends will be over more!


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