Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Trip to Goodwill

My sister, Suzanna, won a $20 gift card to Goodwill and said she wasn't going to use it, so I offered to take it off her hands.  What are sisters for?  :)  I knew I could find something there for some sort of project.  I didn't even know Goodwill had gift cards.  You learn something new everyday, right?

You might be wondering where somebody would a win gift card to Goodwill from.  Her work had an Ugly Sweater party for Christmas and she won.  I didn't see any of the other sweaters, but I did see hers and it was definitely ugly.  I included a picture (its not the best quality, she sent it from her phone) of her ugly sweater so you can take a look and judge for yourself.  I hope she doesn't get mad I'm posting a picture, but I know she's having a great day today, so I'll take my chances.  She's competing in a Business Plan Competition today and her team is doing very well.  She'll find out tonight if she wins.  Good luck Suzanna!

Anyways, back to my shopping trip to Goodwill, I went there wanting to find a lamp.  I had seen this lamp on Pinterest and wanted to make something similar for Parker's superhero room.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find who created the lamp I found on Pinterest, so I can't give them credit, but I wish I could.  I would love to give them credit, it's such a cute idea.  Goodwill had a few lamp options, and I found a basic, white lamp base that would work perfectly for my project.  It could use a little love and it was only $2.99.  While I was looking at the lamps, I glanced over to the kids section and saw a Spider-man toy on the top shelf.  I immediately went over and grabbed it.  It looked brand new and perfect for P's room.  It still had the "try me" sticker on it and it was also only $2.99.  Score!  Superhero toys are expensive when you are buying them brand new, so this was a great find.  I took my two items and checked out with my gift card.  There was a little boy standing in line behind me eyeing that Spider-man.  I still have $14 left, so I'll be heading back sometime soon.


Superhero lamp

Ugly Christmas Sweater

 Steps for Superhero lamp:
1.  Wipe down lamp base.
2.  Tape off cord and socket with painters tape.
3.  Spray paint lamp base.  I four light even coats of red glossy spray paint.
4.  Let dry and remove tape.
5.  Take a white lamp shade and sketch a skyline with chalk.
6.  Trace chalk with a black permanent marker and add windows or whatever designs you would like to your skyscrapers.
7.  Attach shade to base, plug in and turn on.

White lamp base


Glossy red spray paint

Basic white lampshade 

lamp shade, with chalk skyline

Superhero lamp

Parker was super excited about his new Spider-man toy!  Watch the video below to see what Spider-man does when you press the "try me" button.



Check out the other superhero projects I've done for Parker's room:

Happy Champagne Thursday!



  1. What a great find! Amazing price!

  2. You are crafty! LOVE the lamp! Nathan is way into super heroes now too:)