House Beautiful, 250 Gifts under $25.00

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The editors at House Beautiful selected Shandell’s Matches as one the best gifts for under $25.00 this holiday season.  Visit Shandell’s studio or online store for an amazing variety of matches to fulfill your holiday needs.

No holiday season will be more challenging than this one. How to afford a gift that’s really special, but doesn’t bust the budget? The handmade matchboxes from Shandell’s of Millerton, NY, will make gift giving personal and fun: a beautiful gift, but also useful—who doesn’t need matches, whether in the kitchen or for lighting candles or a fire? And just $14.

As a hostess gift, they will last longer than a bottle of wine or a box of cookies, and our large collection of styles—each drawn from our unrivaled 30-year collection of vintage imagery—would match any décor.

I am extremely honored to be selected.  A friend and fellow blogger Anne Harwell’s note cards of her wonderful chairs were also included in this great list.  Stay tuned to see what Anne and I have in store for the Holiday Season.

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

15% off: The New York Times is Spreading the word

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Your lucky number is 15 and  Shandell’s lucky day is today, The New York Times is helping spread the word.

For the second year Shandell’s is having a summer sale, 15% off  all in stock and online items.

The sale starts on Aug 6 to August 15.

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 is right around the corner

As one of my winter chores has been to organize my new studio space, I have been going through all of my inventory of fabulous finds. I came across a wonderful pair of architectural pieces, these came from a 19th c main gate of a formal garden.garden-lamp-51garden-lamp-41 I made them into lamps and paired them with lampshades made of sea grass, giving a wonderful texture and glow.
Thistles are a favorite of mine and these seem to show that off.
Enjoy looking, spring will be here soon. Come and explore Shandell’s studio in person or visit my shop online. New items will be added weekly.

Peace,

Susan