At our bridal showers in 1966 we got lots of kitchen stuff and 23 sets of bath towels! In those days the only items we registered were flatware and dishes, so sometimes you received lots of the same other gifts. I'm not complaining; some of those towels lasted twenty years!
Bob's favorite wedding gifts, though, were a magazine rack, a lamp, and a footstool: more masculine type home furnishings I guess. Since then I've always leaned toward purchases I imagine the grooms will appreciate too.
|A Gordman's find|
But I've decided that I actually have a weakness for lamps myself and they say you buy for others what you really want yourself. As you might suspect, we have lamps and clocks in every room of our house!
Some years ago I admired a lamp made of an old meat grinder and metal colander which my sister had found at First Monday Trade Days in Canton. After studying it for awhile I came home determined to make some myself. I found lots of the grinders and colanders cheap at junk stores, got some electrical kits and learned how to wire them. I sold and gave away several and kept this one. It's a great conversation piece and the holes in the colander "shade" cast a nice light pattern as well.
As you can see, our style is western, so this Kokopelli dancer lamp with a copper shade is a favorite birthday gift from my sister RoJean.
Right now I'm on the hunt for just the right lamps for our new guest suite addition. Maybe lamps are my current hobby, but with our diminishing eye sight, they are at least a practical one!