“Life is a continuous journey of transformation”
― Sukant Ratnakar, Open the Windows
“Tienes sombreros para lámparas?” I asked the shopkeepers. (Do you have hats for lamps?)
“No hay sombreros para lámparas aqui,” they always responded. (There aren’t hats for lamps here.)
Without a doubt, I have learned that life is a continuous journey of transformation while living on a tropical island. If no hats for lamps could be found, then I had to make my own.
Theresa brought her frames from her three old lampshades and I had a frame made for a floor lamp. New Year’s Eve we spent the day covering her lampshade frames with canvas.
We used a hot glue gun to attach the tightly pulled canvas to the frames. Now they are ready to be covered with a white sealer paint to harden the canvas. Then, Theresa will choose a leaf design and acrylic paints to decorate her lampshades.
And her finished lampshade.
Meanwhile, I sewed a canvas slip cover for my floor lamp, and painted the canvas with the white sealer to harden and tighten the canvas. Then, I drew a pattern for a large tropical leaf, traced it onto the canvas, and proceeded to paint the lampshade.
I sprayed a transparent enamel finish over the painted canvas and it’s finished!
Last year, I made a jicaro ( a type of gourd) lampshade.
Yesterday, I cleaned my porch and decided to make a chandelier with a set of icicle lights. I used to have a Chinese lantern hanging in the same place and when I took it down, it had a miniature community of spiders, webs, and other bugs inside. I found an old hoop from a mosquito net, and now the bugs have no place to hide.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou
Living on a small island, in the middle of a huge sweet sea, in the middle of Nicaragua, in the middle of Central America has nudged me to become more creative. The more creativity I use, the more sombreros for lamps I will have.
What have you created that you were unable to buy?