The transformer I bought ages ago (and that was on back-order) finally appeared on my doorstep today. I have been die, die, dying to see the chandelier and sconces (which I also purchased quite some time past) lit up so of course I immediately opened the package and endeavored to put everything together so I could at long last turn on the lights!
As I've mentioned before, I'm not real good at electrical stuff, and there were no instructions provided, but with a little tinkering I managed to get everything working --and didn't even electrocute myself either.
Even though the lights are standard-issue Houseworks fixures, I think they're very pretty. After I bought them, I've found others that are made by free-lance miniaturists that are comparable in price, but are not mass-produced. Still, I think these will be fine in one of the bedrooms, perhaps?
I have always been a bit of a 'chandelier queen' --even as a young boy. Back in my childhood, my family used to attend the Minnesota State Fair every summer. My dad has this thing about finding the perfect parking spot and so we would have to leave our house at five o'clock in the morning so we could drive onto the Fairgrounds when they opened at six. The excitement was palpable, but my excitement was not from the impending visit to the cow barns or even the fair Midway with all its ticky-tacky glamor of carnival rides and side-shows; no, my State Fair Highlight was getting to drive past the Creative Lighting Studio on Snelling Avenue on the way to the fair!
The sun would only be just breaking at that early hour and Creative Lighting was awe-inspiring with its hundreds of breathtaking crystal chandeliers hanging here and there at different heights, and all of them lit up with lurid glory in the large display window. My idea of heaven!
I remember thinking back then that "when I grow up, I'm going to have chandeliers in every room in the house."
And I do.