Not the ones that have magical powers -- nor crystals in a ball . . . but rather . . .
Those things that hang from sconces, lamps and chandeliers at Linderhof. It's hot here on the prairie -- really hot and so chores are not outside (unless it is very early or very late). I realized that my "crystals" have not been attended to for a long long time!
So, one by one, I took down, washed with soap and water, rinsed and dried and put back up.
|Two sconces installed in 1949 when Linderhof was updated|
The long hanging crystals on the scones in the living room -- they were here when we moved in.
|I love these kind of crystals -- they have a special name and the lamps are not as old as they look.|
The crystals on the lamps on the mantle in the dining room.
|Two sconces and a chandelier -- lamp shades askew -- my chore when I go to bed tonight -- straighten the lamp shades!|
The crystals hanging from the master bedroom chandelier and in the background, a pair of sconces that are "sisters" to the ones in the living room.
|24 crystals on the dressing table lamps|
Crystals that hang from the lamps on the dressing room table.
|The crystals sparkle!|
And the crystals that hang from the chandelier in the sunroom.
|Crystals reflecting the chandelier light.|
See how shiny the crystals are! They sparkle in the light!
For a long time, I did my crystals by hand -- taking them down, washing, rinsing and drying and putting back up. Then I found some chandelier cleaner -- you spray and it drips. But after a while, I noticed that while it dripped -- it dripped to the end of the crystal and there was a residue of cleaner on each one.
Then I started wiping them down with a rag and glass cleaner and that was really a better solution. But they didn't quite sparkle like they did when I did them by hand!
It's hard work and I would swear this afternoon when I was done that I must have done thousands of individual crystals. Husband Jim took me back to reality and reminded me that there wasn't even a hundred! I groused and told him that he must be mistaken! (Don't tell him -- but I think he was right!)
So all is sparkling at Linderhof on this hot first day of July.
Sometimes, I think I'd like to replace the dining room chandelier with one of crystal. Lots of crystal prisms hanging from a large chandelier (Cass from That Old House has one I covet in her dining room) but on a day like today, I'm grateful that I don't!
I am grateful for being tall and for Linderhof's 8 foot ceilings -- no ladders were involved in the cleaning of the crystals. And I'm always happy when I don't have to climb a ladder!
It is Monday and my sconces, chandeliers and lamps have been transformed into sparkling shining light fixtures and I'm sharing with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday.