Give light and people will find the way. ~ Ella Baker
I was reading in the March CLM (Country Living Magazine) that vintage camp lanterns and old barn lanterns are one of the top five collectibles for 2014. So this morning I walked through Antiques Iowa to see if we had any. Look what I found:
Light. Warmth. Comfort. Memories. I think that it is really comforting to use these lanterns in your decorating. Just looking at the worn-down color makes me happy. Especially with the cold, winter wind blowing, I think surrounding ourselves with lanterns that symbolize our past, our memories flow to warm our hearts.
The magazine specifically said red camp/barn lanterns, but I did take a picture of some blue ones because I have a lot of blue in my home. Blue reminds me more of camp adventures…4-H camp & horse camp. I wasn’t in band so I never went to band camp –LOL! But blue…for nature, the sky, the water…trail rides through the trees….having a great time with others. And then there were the night adventures…raiding other cabins. 🙂 Okay, we used flash lights…but I’ll bet that past generations used lanterns.
We always had lanterns like these for when the electricity went out. It seemed to go out a lot more than present day. We were on a farm out in the boonies. Really, the Boonies…I was raised in Boone County with an Ames address, Boone phone, Roland Story school district. I went to Harrison Happy Hustlers 4-H and had 5 school districts of friends! That was great in high school because I knew kids from the schools we were playing. 4-H was great.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton
I hope that you have someone who is light to your life. Happy memories!