I stumbled into making lampshades, my Shandell’s specialty, 15 years ago. At that time I had an antique and decorative-arts store that focused on vintage textiles, and I found myself on a constant search for decent lampshades to go with my fabulous vintage lighting finds.
A lampshade-crafting customer, Liz Courtney, convinced me to try my own creative luck. She sold me her barn full of supplies and took off for her Caribbean winter home. In the beginning, my studio space was just an eight-by-ten bedroom, where I crafted in a frenzy. My earliest lampshades, made from collaged vintage wallpapers, were featured in Country Home and Victoria.
My collection of vintage lighting had grown through the years. I am lucky to have four friends send me wonderful finds from around the country on a regular basis. I make my own lamps out of antique and unusual findings, even bits of nature.
Pairing my lamps with a wonderful shade is like putting icing on a cake—the best part. My styles and vary often: sporting art, horses, dogs, bugs, and nature. Most of all, I just like to create.
Pansy, my first Jack Russell passed away on Easter Sunday this year. She is missed every day, especially by her bud Tonto. There is a new little girl, Matilda, she keeps Tonto young and happy. They are here with me in my studio watching everything I do and greeting customers as they come in. They have there own fan club, people come just to visit with them!
Come and explore my world of fanciful treasures. All handmade by me in Shandell’s working studio, using parts of my adored collections that I love sharing with you.