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With the holiday season right around the corner, I thought I would put together a couple of themed gift ideas. Brighten up any room in the house with a vintage sporting art lamp, hand made by Shandell’s. There are many to choose from, this is one of my favorites. A tissue box with vintage horse images, this tissue box I call “Jane” she is very regal, tissues around the house are a necessity, but I find they are not very appealing. So cover them up with a pretty box.

A divine hostess gift is a box of matches with vintage images trimmed in copper. All made in the USA, in Shandell’s working studio. Have a good time exploring Shandell’s.m-horse-and-thistle-585

Peace,

Susan

studio-lightsShandell’s is getting ready to move into a fabulous new studio. Still located in Millerton, NY, Shandell’s will be located at the corner of Rt 44 (Main Street) & Rt 22, in a restored 1930’s garage. I have taken some pictures of the new space and will share with you the progress.

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I found some great vintage pendant lights that are 1930’s army surplus, they give the space a great feel and lots of light, something I have been missing in the current studio. Shandell’s new studio will have a huge wall of windows for all to see what is going on. A parking lot and a great place to have a garden. I will shut the studio down the week of November 17th to move and reopen on November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, which is the anniversary of Shandell’s journey in Millerton, NY.

Shandell’s will be starting our 5th year, come & explore.

Peace,

Susan

frogboy-tissue-box1I was sitting having my morning coffee a couple of weeks ago, as I drink my coffee I look at my list of daily blogs. One of my favorites is Away to Garden. Margaret has a group of Frog boys that live in her garden and she is frequently sharing them with her readers. I secretly have a passion for frogs and especially tree frogs, I would have them, but they require crickets as food and I just cannot bring myself to touching them.


I was looking at the pictures and decided to make Margaret a Memory Box with them, as they will be hibernating soon, she would have them with her as the weather turns cold.
Visit her blog Away to Garden often, even if you do not have a place to dig in the earth, you will get such joy and most of all laughter from her.

Peace,

Susan

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I have this fascination for letters, especially the letter “S”. Being that my name is Susan and my business is Shandell’s , I collect them in every form, from vintage letter press pieces, old sign letters, new letters made by artists, 19th century alphabets and fonts. Just about anything that is in the shape of the letter “S”.
Well I figured that I am not the only one with this fascination. After many years of collecting all kinds of alphabets I am putting them to good use. I first put them on night lights and now they are on tissue boxes. The next will be matches and then lampshades, they are both coming soon. Trying to find that gift for someone who has just about everything, try a night light or a tissue box cover with there letter on it and wait for them to smile.

Peace,

Susan

dovetangold-585Shandell’s has joined a great group of artists in a virtual market of hand made goods.
Visit Poppytalkhandmade to see all of these wonderful things. In a world of mass production, it is fabulous to be among a group of people who work with their hands from all parts of the world. Poppytalkhandmade is celebrating their year anniversary on Canada’s Thanksgiving day, a great time to thank Jan & Earl for their creation.

Indie Love is a pre-holiday market for all to enjoy. Shandell’s virtual table has our newest addition for the holiday’s, a Dove ornament made from vintage wallpaper and 19th century glass glitter. For years I have keep all of my rolls of vintage ceiling papers and have finally found a great use for them. Doves, make a perfect platform for their tone on tone patterns, the patterns look like feathers. You will also find tissue boxes and matches with fun vintage images great for any room in the house. Shandell’s Star ornaments made with vintage wallpaper are still as popular as ever. More to come in the next couple of weeks.

If you happen to live in the north east of the USA, you are enjoying as I am the unbelievable change of color at the moment. The colors this year are breathtaking.

Peace,
Susan