When we re-did the kitchen Christa decided she wanted an island with pendant lights over it. My dad was so kind to help us with our lighting and we couldn't have done it without him.
We shopped and shopped- first buying a set of lights at Home Depot. After a while we decided they were too expensive and someone (me) wasn't sold on them. Christa was patient with me and we ended up buying some from Ikea. I wasn't sold on them either but we saved a considerable amount of money by switching to them. Finally, we returned those lights too and we just bought a basic pendant cord without a fixture on it (something like this but I think it was a little cheaper than what is listed).
This summer Christa became a real garage sale master and found a lot of fun things. She found some oversized mason jars and we turned them into our pendant lights. We saved money, it was very easy to do, and it took us less than an hour.
(I'm not very good at photographing lights. This is the best you are going to get for now.)
We added some
expensive vintage light bulbs to finish the look.
Now we just need to finish the island that will go under the lights so I stop hitting them with my head when I walk by.
Oh, and we have two of the cutest little girls ever.