~~~~~Little bit of background history~~~~~~
Ever since I was a child I've always loved butterflies and at a very early age used to spend hours drawing pictures of these delicate creatures. I always loved elaborating on the designs of the wings making each wing span even more eccentric than the last. This obsession has carried on through my adult life and a few years ago when I was visiting Rome I saw a beautiful Tiffany lamp shaped like a butterfly. My husband secretly bought me this lamp and it still is one of my treasured possessions to this day. The purchase of this lamp led to hours of searching the Internet for suppliers of butterfly lamps to add to my collection. This is where the Oaks Tiffany Butterfly Lamp makes an entrance.
~~~~~Reason for purchasing a butterfly lamp~~~~~
Two weeks ago I was sent an Amazon Voucher electronically for my birthday. No, not from Dooyoo - from my mother-in-law. She said to buy something for me - not for the Grandkids, so I did. Amazon were advertising quite a selection of butterfly lamps mainly from private sellers. The one I really wanted wasn't sold by Amazon so this was no good - private sellers don't generally post to Poland. In the end I opted for the one in the picture above.
~~~~~Why this one?~~~~~~~
I chose the amber coloured butterfly to match the colours in my living room. I love autumn colours and am mad about orange. I'm obsessed with the colour at the moment and have been painting everything orange except my husband!
~~~~~Do I really need another lamp?~~~~
No, not really. I have several dotted all over the flat but on the other hand I am one of these folks who has to get the lighting right. I switch lights on and off depending on what mood I am in and what I am doing. I very rarely turn the big light on (as Peter Kay would say) unless I am doing something that needs a lot of concentration. Even though I didn't need another eccentric purchase I had made a special place for this little lamp on a side table next to a wooden Siamese cat (another obsession).
Yes, it is small. My fault - I never looked at the dimensions on the Amazon page. What a dimwit - I just assumed it was the same size as my other lamps. It wasn't until I opened the packaging that I realised I had dipped with the order. So how tall is it - 18cms to be precise.
~~~~What's it like?~~~~
My new butterfly lamp looks like the picture at the top of the page. The actual butterfly is handmade and made from Tiffany glass. Each glass panel is unique so if a Dooyoo member purchased one tomorrow the design of the wings and colour will be different. The position of the wings is a resting one - the butterfly is sat on a bed of roses which are made from resin. From the picture above the roses look like a dollop of brown but close up each rose has been intricately crafted with folding petals and leaves.
~~~~~Plugs, wires and bulbs~~~~~~
Ah - plugs! This is where I made another mistake - I forgot about the lamp having an English square plug attached to it which was protected in a plastic covering. Remember, I live in Warsaw and we don't do English plugs. Not to worry I have several adaptors.
Next up - bulb. A bulb wasn't supplied but there is a picture of what it looks like on the top of the bulb fitting on the lamp which is in the central section between the wings of the butterfly. Not the easiest of places to fit a bulb! As you can imagine it takes a tiny bulb - 25watts. The shape of the bulb was one I wasn't familiar with - I am used to the candle shaped bulbs not the ones that have a rounded oval top and screw in. The correct term for the bulb design is E14 (Small Edison Screw). I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to find this design. However, LeRoy Merlin came to my rescue except I bought a 15 watt by mistake. Hey ho.
Flex - this is a sturdy flex and just about the right length for where I have the lamp positioned to reach the plug hole. I have just measured it and the length is 120cms.
~~~~~How does it look in an evening?~~~~~~~
I usually turn the lamp on when we are watching TV in the middle of the evening and turn all other lamps off on the other side of the room. This butterfly lamp is on the same side of the room as the TV but at the other end. To say the lamp only has a 15 watt bulb in I think it gives off a lot of light for the area it is placed in. The different panels of glass look very pretty in all shades of orange, amber and gold and as the table has a bright Indian cloth on the top the lamp blends in well. My flat is very modern but because I have lots of eccentric pieces of artwork and whatnot this doesn't look out of place in it. I think in a cottage with lots of nooks and crannies this little lamp would look really smart.
When I first took the lamp out of its box I was a bit disappointed with its size and if I'm honest I still am and would have much preferred a larger one but that was my own fault for not reading the details. I am happy with the design, love the colours and for the price of £19.99 which is what I paid I think it is worth it. It's now selling on Amazon at £21.72 reduced from £39.
~~~~Other bits of info~~~~~~
Ordered from Amazon. Postage was free because I ordered something else to go with it (yes, a Bruce Springsteen CD) to bring the order up to £25. Delivery took 4 days. Packed in polystyrene in a small, strong white box within a large brown cardboard box packed with brown paper
The manufacturer is Oaks Tiffany who sell lots of different Tiffany designs on Amazon.
Weight of the lamp 839gm
Product number OT 750