I made this set of three retro lamp pictures, inserted them into some old frames I found at a yard sale, and hung them gallery-style in a row on my wall. My inspiration for choosing to make them was my memory of growing up in the 195os and 60s sitting on our sofa watching a black and white television that received reception from a tall antenna reaching from the ground to above the roof directly alongside the outside of our house. Behind the sofa, a pair of barkcloth fabric curtains covered the sole window in our living room.
According to my research, barkcloth has the appearance of being sprinkled with small spots or seeds having a rough texture somewhat like that of tree bark, hence the fabric's name. In the late 1940s through the 1960s, barkcloth became a staple fabric in the home interior textiles market. The most collectible of these barkcloths are the atomic "Eames Era" prints popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. (See photo above.) Hawaiian prints and other florals were popular, as well. (See photo below.)
At the huge Renniger's Antique Extravaganza held in Mount Dora, Florida on the third weekend in January, February, and November each year, there was a vendor this year displaying a gigantic mound of barkcloth curtains. Upon digging through the pile, I found a pair similar to what I remembered ours looking like as a kid. There I stood with no living room window measurement. Have I learned nothing from Martha Stewart regarding having sizes and measurements with me at all times?! They were much too expensive to take a guess at the size and hope that they would work, so I left them in the pile for someone else.
Feb. 21, 2009
Today's mileage: 2 mile walk
Total monthly mileage: 50.25 miles (My monthly goal was 50 miles, so now any add'l miles is icing on the cake.)
Bible reading? Sure thing.