Saturday, February 03, 2007

Oil Lamps








Last night was a perfect night to snuggle under a blanket on the sofa and watch a good movie. It was also the perfect night to turn off the lights and light the oil lamps. Each lamp gave off such a nice warm homey glow that I just sat and enjoyed their flames dancing shadows on the walls.
The photos seem to make things look dark but its not. I sat and read the paper by one oil lamp with no problem and my eyesight isn't that good. There was a nice fire in the stove and with the oil lamps the house was nice warm and cozy. If you ever use oil lamps and need extra light just sat your lamp in front of a mirror. The light reflecting will give you that extra light needed for projects. You can find oil lamps at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. These are usually the older ones which have a little history to them and seem to work better than then new ones you can purchase at walmart. I was fortunate to be given my step dads mothers oil lamp and one from my dad that was my grandmothers. My daughter Megan gave me one she found at a flea market and I found one in a thrift store that had a beautiful glass shade. Any chance you have of picking up oil lamps do so. You can have them for when the power goes off, when you want to eat dinner on the deck. Just fill with citronella oil and it will keep the bugs away while you eat. But oil lamps are a part of our history. Everyone of us have ancestors that used these everyday and its just a way to bring back part of that history and for some of us the memories.

9 comments:

peppylady said...

I like the picture of Ms Diva and Nitro.

judie said...

That looks and sounds so cozy, Peggy. BUT......I remember those cold nights in NC. Remembering is good enuff for me!!! I'll keep the sub tropics, I guess. :)

PEA said...

I have 3 of those old oil lamps and love using them...you're right, there's nothing more cozy and warm than the light that shines from them:-) Hugs xox

Rachel said...

We have the oil lamps. When I was a kid that's all we had since we didn't have electricity then. Brings back thoughts of those days for me!

Rosa said...

It looks so romantic! I know, pics are hard to take under low light. But I'm sure it was just gorgeous!

Connie said...

I have one that was passed down to me but I have never used it...You have inspired me.

Take care,
Connie

Jeanette said...

Hi Peggy
Love your photo of Ms Diva and Nitro
and those oil lamps look so cosy and a nice fire in the stove how nice on a winters eve.

Jean said...

What a nice, cozy post! Great idea for a cold day like today. It's almost 1pm and my computer says the temp is up to 3! I have a couple but never think to use them unless the power is out.

Marci said...

For about 2 years, oil lamps was all I had to use. I loved them. They are more expensive than electric ones though. If they weren't I would be using them now. Great pictures.