fathers-day

I have this connection to deer, they have come into my life at different times.  In Indian medicine the Deer represent gentleness, they are here to teach us to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our way.  Sheds are the antler’s that naturally fall off of deer.  I collect them and  love that I pair together steel and horn, to create this wonderful lamp.

I have a fabulous person who comes into my studio every Saturday and straightens out my workshop, she said “Susan, it is Father’s day soon, get this wired, make a shade and take a picture of it”, so I did.
Here is a perfect grouping for the Dad in your life.  Hope you enjoy looking, I enjoyed making it.  I have put it together with matches and a tissue box cover all to honor the Deer.

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

Susan

Sunday at Margaret's

This past Sunday, I took the morning off to visit Margaret Roach’s garden , head guru of A Way to Garden.  She had a Garden Conservancy Open Day.

I took my camera along to inspire me in my own garden.  I took over 100 pictures, of flowers, trees, Frogboys, Jack the cat, chipmunks and architectural elements around her home.

She was busy answering questions from the hundreds of people that came to see her creation.

When I got back to my studio and downloaded my pictures, I was so inspired by my visit,that I made a Memory Box of the occasion.

I had a hard time picking which pictures, but these are my favorites.  All have different elements, textures and color. Vintage iron fencing leaning on a tree, a rusty headboard for a gate. Buddha among foliage.  A purple chair with alliums next to it and anyone who knows me, purple is the best. Topping the box off are a group of Pansies smiling at you.  As I was making this, there was a smile on my face the entire time, remembering my walk through her garden.

Enjoy my memories of that morning.

Susan

Click on the first thumbnail to start your tour of my Memory Box.

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I opened an email from a friend a couple of days ago and she said to me you have to spend ten minutes of your time reading about The 3/50 Project.  So, I did.  WOW.  The simplest idea, I have read about in a long time with the largest amount of impact. With a post on Cinda Baxter’s AlwaysUpward blog, this concept has reached every state in the nation. My job is to tell you about this, Shandell’s is in a small town and I would not want to see any of my local businesses disappear.  All of us spend $50.00 a month on nothing really important, so this month spend the $50.00 in 3 of your local stores.  Click on the The 3/50 Project link and see what the impact can be.

Susan

Who is that Doggie in the window

Who is that Doggie in the window

In December 1952 Patti Page first recorded “How much is that doggie in the window”. It became number one on the Billboard charts in 1953. My dog Pansy has taken up her summer residence in this window of my studio.  Enjoying every moment either sleeping in the sunshine or watching the people go by.  I had the window full of lamps and about 3 weeks ago, when ritual started and I had to empty the window except for the three you see her with. Truth be known I do work for her and her buddy Tonto (he does not like sunbathing, I guess it is a girl’s thing).

If you are in the area stop by to see Pansy in all of her glory, she will ask you for a cookie when you come in.  If you cannot make to the studio visit my studio online.

Happy Spring,
Susan

Vintage Ceramic Lamps w/Floral Linen ShadesOn a bright sunny day a couple of weeks ago, I stumble on a fabulous bolt of floral English printed linen in my basement.  I remember when I bought this a couple of years ago falling in love with the pattern, spring time flowers on a beautiful linen from England.  I brought the bolt into the studio and combed my collection of vintage lamps for a perfect combination for this fabric.

Well I think I found it. A pair of vintage white ceramic lamps, fashioned to look like either baskets or large knots of rope, I will let you try to figure it out.

I made a wonderful pair of shades out of the linen, trimming them with chartreuse grosgrain and a bright mossy green velvet.  Topped the lamps off with a pair of iridescent porcelain finials that brings out the colors of the shades.  These are made to make you smile, bringing spring time flowers indoors all years round.

Happy Spring,

Susan