Baby It’s Cold Oustide!!!

Grab a box of matches, light a pretty candle, build a fire, open a bottle of wine, wish everyone, PEACE, HOPE & JOY Enjoy this Holiday Season!!! Susan

House Beautiful-Thank you

I get a call, House Beautiful is putting one of Shandell’s matchboxes in their magazine. All I can think about is how grateful I am. A big thank you for putting Shandell’s matchbox in the pages of “The Best”. Susan

An Amaryllis that needs no water.

Amaryllis, a native South African plant, Latin amarysso meaning “to sparkle. What a perfect meaning for this time of year. I love these plants, every year I search for a new, variety to bloom in my house. Over the years I have collected 19th century botanicals  of these amazing plants, the detail in the drawings… Read more »

Making your list and checking it twice. Great gifts for under $50.00

1-Vintage Wallpaper Ornaments, each ornament is papered with wonderful vintage wallpaper and edged with 19th century glass glitter. 2-Matchboxes made with vintage imagery and more…  House Beautiful , Eddie Ross and Hudson Valley Magazine put these in their Holiday Gift Guides. 3- Tissue Boxes, to hide those ugly paper boxes we all have around the… Read more »

Chairs + Ginger Jars = A fun project with Anne Harwell

I have met the most amazing, talented people this year.  The blogosphere is a world all to itself.   Anne Harwell from Annechovie is one of these people.  Visit her blog and see what I am talking about.  She is an artist and  paints all different types of things, but her chairs are one my favorites. … Read more »