Hand made papers light up any corner of a room.

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Anything but a white lampshade, is what you find here at Shandell’s.  Yes I do make them (white lampshades), but with all of the amazing choices of hand made papers from around the world and as well as in my backyard here in the Hudson Valley I try to put a little color into everyone’s world.

I am always intrigued with paper artists, screen printing, marbling, paste paper and free hand.  All make my work so much fun.  The choices of decorative papers is so large there is  something for everyone.   Each paper lends itself to brighten up any corner of a room.

If you are thinking about adding a colorful lampshade to your home, maybe these will inspire you to look past the old standard of a white shade.

Vintage Seed and Plant Catalogs inspired me this winter.

Vintage Seed Catalog Collection

Vintage Seed Catalog Collection

This winter, as I was organizing my flat files, I came across a wonderful bunch if vintage seed and plant catalogs.

The graphics intrigued me, they are an artistic travel through time.  Each tell a story of what was happening in this country when the catalogs were printed. I just could not resist putting these images on everything I make.  The winter months went by much faster as I was dreaming about my garden.

I think Sweet Peas were a very popular flower, there are so many catalog covers with them on it, one of my favorite I put on a night light.  This one was on a Burpee catalog from 1898.

David Landreth was the first person to produce a mail order seed catalog in the USA.  The art of hand drawn catalog covers have been replace by the camera.  The photos are beautiful, but pen and ink are my preference.

I love to garden, having my hands in the earth is a pleasure I share with millions. My dogs like to help me with it as well, they dig and I plant. How perfect.

Seed catalogs start arriving in early fall and are all in a basket waiting for the long winter days.

My friend Margaret, from A Way to Garden has been talking about them for a while.

This year I have decided to order only Nasturtiums and Morning Glories in as many colors and types I can find.  The white picket fence in front of my yard will be filled with lots of color.

Enjoy your journey through my seed catalog collection.

Hope they make you smile.

Bloomingdale’s last Thursday Night

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Last Thursday night, there was a wonderful Party for the Big Window Challenge at Bloomingdale’s New York City store.  A lively competition, between Eddie Ross for Elle Decor, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy and Eileen Joyce for Bloomingdale’s. If you did not get a chance to read about it, take a couple of minutes and see all three fabulous windows.  The detail that went into these windows was amazing.  Each of the competitors made you feel like you wanted to sit down and enjoy their creations.

Eddie had asked me to make some lampshades for him, I was thrilled. I was able to make these shades from gold leaf wallpaper, the glow is incredible. A thank you to Phillip Jeffries for the wallpaper.

As I was walking down Lexington Avenue to go to this party, I was greeted by Eddie & Jaithan in front of their window.

As a true New Yorker (I was born in NYC), my heart pounded with excitement to see my lampshades and lamps in this magnificent window.  Thank you Eddie for including me.

I got to meet some wonderful people that evening, Margaret Russell from Elle Decor, Maxwell & Sara Kate from Apartment Therapy and Mrs. Blandings.

Let’s hope that the Groundhog was incorrect and spring arrives sooner.

Susan

Eddie Ross + Elle Decor = EE

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A little over a week ago, I received a phone call from my friend Eddie Ross.  He needed some lampshades and lamps for Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge. He brought in a pair of wonderful peacock blue, mid century lamps that he got from Deborah at Buck House.

We had a wonderful time designing the shades for these, going through 100′s of papers, fabrics and trims.  Settling on Gold Leaf wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries. The lamps had so much to offer in the way of design and color, the shade for them needed to be just as strong, but not overpowering.  I think they came out fantastic.

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I was also lucky enough to have a small pair of peacock blue lamps to coordinate, I made matching shades for them as well.  These lamps sit tucked away on a book shelf filled with eye candy.

The display for this room setting in in the window of Bloomingdale’s in New York City.  There is a contest between three very talented people, each very different and each with style.  I have a bias for Eddie’s window, (it does help that I did the lampshades for him)I just love it.

Head on over to Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge , read all about each room, the people who designed them and cast your vote.  I won’t tell you who I have voted for I will let you guess.

Thank you Eddie for including me in this fabulous project, I am looking forward to seeing it next week in person.

Susan

A Project for “The Sister Project”

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There is this amazing place on the internet called The Sister Project, a network of blogs about sisters and sisterhoods of all kinds. A place where I have met the most incredible women from all over.  A place to learn about myself and sisters.  To share with sisters parts of my life.  This blog is the creation of Margaret Roach, a non blood sister of mine, a person that I thank daily for all the help in my life.  She is a true sister and seriously rocks.

I went on a journey to do a project for The Sisters (you can read all about it at TSP) using my vast amount of old stuff that I have collected and some that I went hunting for.  The results came out great.  This picture is the first part that I have finished, with lots more to come as I keep finding more fabulous ephemera, I will share it with you.

My favorite images are of two sisters??? friends??? washing each others hair.  The way they are smiling is wonderful, look at the Saddle shoes, the clothes and the hair.  What an amazing time in our history.  I put these images on matches.

You can have a chance to win them, just visit The Sister Project and leave a comment.  The winner will be picked on the 21st, just in time for Christmas.

Wishing all of my sisters who have supported me lots of PEACE, JOY & HOPE.

Susan

Grateful!!!!

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Shandell’s will be starting it 6th year in Millerton this Friday.  I would like to say thank you to all who have helped me get here and those who I have not met, only know through the world of blogging, Twitter and Facebook.

I was at a party a couple of years ago, a group of us was sitting and enjoying a great bottle of wine.  There was a woman talking abut being grateful and the conversation headed that way. One of the woman said, “Everyone can be grateful, but I am down on my knees grateful” I remember that every day, sometimes it is hard.

That pretty much sums up my feelings.  I am so grateful for all who have been in my life this year.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, eat lots of goodies and be Grateful.

This picture is of Scottish Highland’s, they live in Sheffield, Ma.  I see them every time I go to Great Barrington to do food shopping. I think they are just amazing.  The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. There beauty and grace intrigues me.

Susan

Fall, my favorite season for change.

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Recently, I was reading one of my favorite blogs The Sister Project.

Each month I start off reading Sheilaa Hite’s horoscope and find that she has an amazing ability to sum up my life(I am a true Capricorn).  This months she talks about  “The whirlwind swirling around you is real.”  Well this is so true.

I was on a hunting trip a couple of weeks ago and found a large number of 19th century indoor shutters.  Fell in love with them.  Came back to my studio without them, pondering what can I do with all of these beautiful shutters.

I have been in my new studio space for a year and it needed a shake up.  Perfect, these shutters carved out a much needed office space for me to create in, at the same time gave the front of the studio a wonderful back drop for my fabulous collections.

Here is a snap shot of the new studio space, I am still working at putting together the office. Curtains are being made, lamps being rearranged.  I will keep you posted.

If you are in the area, stop by and see.  If not browse my online shop.

Enjoy the change of season’s. I am having a blast. Have a great weekend.

Susan

A Feather in Your Cap

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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

Shandell’s new studio

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

Hurray, my first post.

Welcome, I have finally sat down to write my first post. Unsure of this territory, I will dive in as I have always done with things in the past. It has been a very busy summer, Shandell’s was lucky enough to be featured in the NY TIMES in July. Bringing an array of wonderful new and old customers to visit. For those who have never been to Shandell’s, please let me introduce my self. My name is Susan Schneider, I am all of the hands at Shandell’s, a working lighting studio that is located in Millerton, NY. Specializing in custom lampshades, vintage lighting and “things that make you smile”, recycling old into something new.

Dan Shaw of Rural Intelligence wrote a great article about me, he did a much better job, than I can do, click on the link and enter the world of Shandell’s. There are two other members of Shandell’s they are Pansy & Tonto, my Jack Russells. To let you know a little secret, I really work for them.


Email me your comments and things you would like to know, I will start to post often, as Shandell’s is getting busy for the fall with lots of new things.

Peace,

Susan