Hey Mr. DJ . . .

June 19th, 2009 in projects     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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For this project I started out with nine albums.  After making sure they were all facing the same direction, I stacked them (a few at a time) and drilled four holes in each.   They were then attached together with pieces of chain taken from a hanging chandelier.
Love the bright colors on these albums.
Once the albums were attached together, I hung them by a rod that was resting on horse saddle buckles.
Heres a picture of my Dad at work in the early 60s.  Love the slicked back hair!  Ha!  He worked at a station with the call letters WLOL.  With four daughters, Linda, Lori, Lanette and Lisa, he would tell people he named them just for the wLoL of it! 
When he did talk radio, they use to call him Mr. Wonderful.   The sign holder is magnetic and attaches to the back of the cabinet.
I had started to collect old microphones a few years back.  Found out the black one is actually a speaker.  Still think its just ducky!
Delta Dawn, whats the flower you have on?
After using the albums, I still had to find uses for the album covers.  Waste not, want not. So why not showcase them on the guard rail in my hallway?  David Bowie anyone?
Do you know how to do the Hustle???
Or maybe you want to do some Daffy Dances.  Do you know the Mashed Potato?
Or maybe you prefer a little country?
Here we have my album persona given me by Sue, Tanya Tucker.  I really did kind of have the whole hair thing going on during the 80s, with the blond hair and the perm.  My husband, well he was actually a little like Lee.  We were quite the pair . . . twang, twang!
For this project I started out with nine albums.  After making sure they were all facing the same direction, I stacked them (a few at a time) and drilled four holes in each.   They were then attached together with pieces of chain taken from a hanging chandelier.

For this project I started out with nine albums.  After making sure they were all facing the same direction, I stacked them (a few at a time) and drilled four holes in each.   They were then attached together with pieces of chain taken from a hanging chandelier.


This was a tough challenge for me.  I had a lot of ideas swimming in my head, but didn't know which direction I wanted to go in.  As my Dad was a DJ in the late '50s and '60s, I decided I'd do a tribute to him in honor of Father's day.  He started out on a country station and progressed to a station that was before it's time, Talk Radio.  He thrived in that venue (he certainly wasn't afraid to talk) and was maybe the Rush Limbaugh of his day.  He really loved to get people riled up!  But the odd hours and low wages took it's toll and he moved on to selling insurance.  So here's to you Dad.  Happy Father's Day! 


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Comments (12)

Cassandra_Ellen writes: The guard rail is especially cool! Posted: 4:44 pm on June 29th
suewhitney writes: Lani, This was well worth the effort you put it into it. It' a fantastic work of art. You're dad would be proud. Great job!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 3:09 pm on June 21st
JunkArchitect writes: Lani, it’s not only a fantastic tribute to your dad on Father’s Day but the entire display is a work of art. I’d leave it up forever.

Jim
Posted: 8:40 am on June 21st
shabbychick writes: Lani - what a wonderful tribute to your Dad! I'm sure you make him very proud!! The wall piece you created is so unique and very cool. It goes so well with your microphone collection (love those!!)

A very special piece - thanks for sharing! (And, I still love the guardrail...) :)

Take care and have a great weekend!

Kathy Posted: 10:59 pm on June 19th
alicemom writes: Lani,
Great job! I bet Dad is busting a gut! I really like the horse saddle buckle. Very clever.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:57 pm on June 19th
texasjunkermom writes: What a fantastic, appropriate and well-thought out tribute to your dad. The picture shows a handsome man! Hope he's still around for you to hug and show him how one of his "L's" wants to showcase HIM. You did a great job with your challenge, using records, your memorabilia and the covers. Posted: 8:14 pm on June 19th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Fantastic Lani! The wall hanging is awesome with the horse saddle buckles as rod holders. And the idea of collecting old microphones is fab!

Well done!
Candy Posted: 6:47 pm on June 19th
MimiToria writes: Lani - another spectacular contributor challenge you have created. What a great tribute. Everything is so thought out and so wonderfully creative. Your Dad should be so proud of this display. So neat.
Gretchen Posted: 1:43 pm on June 19th
TinTinJunkFan writes: This is terrific--and so sentimental. I love the combination of all the different collections. The guardrail display shelf from the earlier post is sooo unique and really complements those album covers. The display is wonderful! Posted: 11:54 am on June 19th
fellowjunker writes: Lani,
What a wonderful tribute to your dad..........and just in time for Father's Day! You have done an amazing job (as always) and your combination of junk elements astounds me...those microphones are one of a kind finds! You did a fantastic job with this challenge!!
xojanis Posted: 11:00 am on June 19th
RustyDiva writes: Great tribute! Delta Dawn was the first country song I learned. I used to belt it out in my room back in the day........ah memories. Absolutely love the rusty guard rail shelf. What a nice Father's Day gift - straight from the heart. Posted: 10:45 am on June 19th
monakent writes: What a SUPER job you did!!! I LOVE how the records are put together. Great idea hanging the rod by the saddle buckles. The look is AWESOME!!! All the objects on the table add so much to the overall look. Your Dad will absolutely FLIP over this tribute to him. What a wonderful idea. Why, this could easily hang in a radio station, music store, etc. It is truly a work of art, as well as a work of true love. You are not only talented, but a daughter any Father would be proud of!!! gailmarie Posted: 9:52 am on June 19th
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