Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 2

scroll lamps 5

This summer I was on a hunting trip in upstate New York, stumbled on a great organized junk/scrap yard.  There was a section for everything.  I could not contain myself, all I thought was how I was going to get all of my treasures home.  There was a 19th century iron garden gate, I love these.  They have a history, I use my imagination to wonder who were the people who walked through the gate.  The center pieces was the only thing left to salvage, the iron scroll work was beautiful.

On my way home I stopped at my welders and dropped them off.  These are the lamps, vintage industrial with style.

The fun part about what I do, is I get to find incredible hand made papers form all over the world new and old to make lampshades for the lamps that get created from my hunting trips.  This paper I found this spring in New York.  The paper is a light version of Kraft paper with scrolls of espresso and bronzes screened on it. A perfect match for these lamps.

If you are in the area stop by to see works in progress or visit my online shop.

Have a great weekend.

Susan

Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

pr dorothy 1a

These fabulous ginger jar shaped lamps, with gesso flowers came right from the Dorothy Draper era. They are classical and funky wrapped into one. The tone on tone feeling is soothing.  I have found quite a few examples of gesso decorated lamp bases lately.  This is the first of a series that I will be doing this fall.  The gesso is normally white, but I have found a few lamp bases that the gesso has been colored. The imagination of the artists back then are amazing.  Someone must have filled a pastry bag with gesso and decorated the lamp bases just like a wedding cake.

I topped them off with a great pair of cream colored sea grass hexagon lampshades.  Bringing a twist to these bases.  The sea grass has the wonderful warm tones of the lamps.  These lamps would be a welcome addition to any home.

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

Enjoy,

Susan

Sleek, modern, simple and elegant.

copper and cherry 5

I could not think of just one description for these lamps, so sleek, modern, simple and elegant it is.

A wonderful source I have that makes wood veneer pliable and sturdy for lampshades. Cherry wood is my favorite, the glow is so beautiful, amazing that it is real wood.

I was making a large pair of square shades, cutting the cherry wood from the sheets I get and there was scrap pieces left.  I just cannot toss scrap of any kind, you never know what I can make with them.  Then I was cutting a pair of tall slender lampshades for a customer and the pattern fit the cherry wood scrap perfectly.

If you are in the area stop by and see what I have created with the scraps I save or visit my online store.

Nothing better than a good scrap yard.

andiron 2

Scrap yards, junk yards, the dump (some people call it the transfer station, so it sounds better), are great places. I have been a recycling for years.  People throw away wonderful pieces of metal. The more industrial the better,  I have a true love affair for it.  Old fence pieces, iron findings, scrap metal, you never know what treasure is waiting to be made into a lamp.

Here is my problem, I guess not such a bad one, but I have lots of scrap metal parts and the hardest part of this is which one will be picked next.  I am very grateful, that I have a welder that get’s me. He does not even flinch anymore, but in the beginning of our relationship, he rolled his eyes at me constantly. He is a true genius.

I call the lamps I create, Shandell’s version of Steampunk.  A little industrial, mixed with style.  The pair I have pictured here are made from cast iron andiron’s, from the 19th century. They have a look of a gentleman’s  Handelbar Moustache.   The orange parchment shades, brings out the color of the iron.

I have just started going through my pile, pieces have been sent to get welded and come back to be transformed.

If you are in the area stop by to see works in progress or visit my online shop.

Have a great weekend.

Susan


Mid Century Pink & Green

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.

Bring the Ocean Indoors

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.

My shopping trip with Eddie & Jaithan

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.

Father’s Day a day to celebrate Dad

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

How much is that doggie in the window?

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

Spring Flowers Blooming Indoors

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