half hats

I have making a lot of “Hats” ( small shades for chandeliers and sconces) this summer.  A great way to change the appearance of a room, a quick change in wardrobe. From Sassy Sleeves to Hats, here are my newest, Half Hats for sconces.

Wonderful shapes and sizes that are a blank canvas to my vast collection of papers old and new. Just let your imagination run wild with all of the possibilities that can happen. When you take the plain lampshade you now have on your favorite sconce and replace it with a funky Half Hat or maybe a Half Hat would be the answer to making an ordinary sconce extra ordinary.

If you are in the area stop by and see what Hats you fancy or visit my online store.

The combination’s are endless, a certain way to make you smile.

pink and green mid century 2

Lately I have been a daily reader of Retro Renovation, a great blog dedicated to mid century home life. Recently I was looking through my drawers of vintage wallpaper that is prepped for lampshades and found this wonderful sea foam green paper, with leaves and Greek key pattern running through it. I was inspired to make a shade for this wonderful mid century pink Italian lamp I had on my shelves. The lamp is a soft pink with gold accents. How perfect these look together.

Looking around my studio I found that I do have quite a bit of mid century, my subconscious must have a thing for it.  Clean lines and tons of history.  I have pulled out a couple more projects that I will be working on in the next couple of weeks. I have found lots of wallpaper of this time period and each a little different waiting for there perfect lamp. Check back to see my journay recreating my treasures from the past into something you smile about today.

shells

I do not get to the ocean much any more, July 4th weekend was always an ocean trip when I was a kid.  My Mom loves the beach, there is something about the healing qualities of the ocean.

The way walking along the beach and listening to the waves seems to lower ones heart rate.  When I do get a chance to go, one of my favorite things to do is collect shells. There are so many different types, in the 19th century they were documented in amazing detail.

I have put together a group of seashell inspired hand made  items for the home, a lamp, tissue box, night light and a box of matches so no matter where you live, the ocean can be with you.  If you have a friend in need of a ocean fix, one of these will surely make them smile.

Have a safe and happy 4th.

peacock hats

I think all chandeliers and sconces should wear hats. Tiny expressions of one’s soul.  There are hats for crystal chandeliers, hats for simple sconces, and hats for any style of fixture you can think of. “A feather in your cap” came to mind as I was rummaging through my racks of trim, I stumbled across some fabulous Peacock feather trim (real feathers, no animals are hurt).

I have put feathers on night lights, but now I have put them on the hat’s of chandeliers.  My creativity has gone wild with this notion, I have a large variety on my work table and will be taking pictures of them as they are finished.

Imagine a plain or fancy fixture with these whimsical little hats on top.  They will surely make you smile.

If you are in the area stop in and see the variety or visit Shandell’s online.

Susan

eddies trip 1

A couple of weeks ago I took a Sunday to go shopping with Eddie & Jaithan (my blogger pals).  We went to Stormville Flea Market, I had not been in a couple of years.  Luck was on our side that day, the sun came out and lots of treasures were found. The first find of that day are pictured above, an amazing pair of Mid Century iridescent glazed lamps with their original gold leaf bases.  I made a pair of vintage wallpaper shades for them and they came alive again to brighten up someone’s life.  To top them off in my box of baubles I found a pair of iridescent glazed finials.

If you are in the area come and visit or take a tour of Shandell’s galleries.