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"Things that make you smile" ~ handmade by Susan Schneider
I cannot believe that the summer season is just around the corner. Parties, events and plenty of barbecues are being put on the calender. As the invitations are being received, thoughts of hostess gifts will come to mind.
The editors of House Beautiful had Shandell’s matchboxes on their 2009 best “Holiday Gifts for under $25.”
Vintage Greek Key wallpaper patterns, perfect for any party, cowboy boots for the summer barbecue, a polo themed matchbox for a day of watching games, a barnyard of chicken for a country picnic, vintage New York images for your out of town guests, 19th century shells for a weekend at the beach. The list goes on, along with the choices.
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.
Let these light up your summer season.
“Toot your own horn” an interesting expression, when I found a large lot of 19th century tin party horns in an amazing array of colors, that is what first came to my mind and second, what fabulous lamps they would make.
These are tin horns that were made in the USA around the turn of the 19th century. Some even have Made in the USA stamped right on it. They were used on New Years Eve and many other joyous occasions.
Vintage decorative tin is highly collectible, true American Folk Art. What a wonderful way to show off part of a collection.
The colors and patterns on each of them are as beautiful as their shape.
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.
The cold weather in nearly here, most of the beautiful fall leaves have dropped. The news is full of all the things one needs to do to prevent the common cold or flu. Keeping a box of tissues at hand is high on the list.
I could not agree with them more, but those boxes are very ugly (sorry Kleenex makers, they are). I have a box in every room of my house. Here are some of Shandell’s tissue boxes, great to hide the ugly one’s we all have.
These make great gifts, get one for yourself and smile as you reach for your tissues.
Stay healthy and warm.
Kate Parker from SimplyStated a blog from RealSimple.com, shared my work with her readers. I was honored to have her write about me. Grateful I am to be able to make things with my hands and make people smile.
Kate said “Handmade gifts have that extra special, personal touch – and it’s always nice to support independent artisans. At $14, these match boxes are an affordable and unique present – plus it’s something everyone needs.” The “Met Opera” matches were one of her favorites.
Thank you Kate for sharing my work.
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.
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.
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.
May 10, 2009 is this years day to celebrate Mom’s. No matter if her children have 2 or 4 legs (not to say that us humans have more than 2 legs, but my children are 2 Jack Russell’s and they should join in the celebration). I blogged about my Memory Boxes in December and the response was over whelming.
One of my favorite boxes I have done has been for Margaret Roach of her famous Frogboys.
They are a blast to make and assuring who ever opens the box with their Memory Box inside will have a big smile.
Let these inspire you. They have me every time I make one. The Memory Box pictured of the 2 big black dogs, Raggs a Newfoundland and Devon a Newf/Lab mix are no longer with me, they are waiting with some others at Rainbows Bridge.
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