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

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1-Vintage Wallpaper Ornaments, each ornament is papered with wonderful vintage wallpaper and edged with 19th century glass glitter.

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2-Matchboxes made with vintage imagery and more…  House Beautiful , Eddie Ross and

Hudson Valley Magazine put these in their Holiday Gift Guides.

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3- Tissue Boxes, to hide those ugly paper boxes we all have around the house.  There is one for that will fit anyone on your list.

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4- A night light to guide you or someone on your list through the night.  This group of night lights that are waiting to be packaged are made from Paste Papers, the papers are hand made in Upstate New York by this amazing artist named Claire Maziarczyk.  I fell in love with her papers years ago, they make beautiful night lights and lampshades.

Hope this list helps you with yours.  Have a fabulous time checking it twice.


An army of night lights.

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As the elves at Shandell’s (me) have been getting ready for the Holiday Season, night lights are always top of the list.  Recently I have found some amazing new papers, just calling to be made into a night light. I could not resist this picture of them waiting to be bagged and ready for giving.

They look like an army, all in line waiting for there new homes.

Something everyone needs a night light, young and old.  Making them into a piece of wall art is part of the fun. Inspiration comes from my vast collection of vintage imagery and hand made papers.  Making a decision as to which paper or image to use next, is my biggest problem.

There is a night light for everyone on your Holiday list, the horse lover, nature enthusiast, graphic artist, addicts of vintage anything, feathers, hand made paper and lots more. Enjoy finding your perfect light for the middle of the night.


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.


Simply Stated

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Kate Parker from SimplyStated a blog from, 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.

Horoscopes, Sun Signs, Zodiac, Moon and Stars

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I grew up with a mom who had Linda Goodman’s books on her night stand.  I paid some attention to what my mom would say, it was the late 60′s early 70′s the age of the hippie.

I am a Capricorn and pretty true to all of what I have read about them.  I do believe that the sun, moon and stars had an impact on us all.  Recently I have been introduced to Sheilaa Hite who is one of the sisters from The Sister Project, her horoscopes have been dead on for me in the last couple of month’s.

In my vast collection of stuff, I came across 2 series of Tobacco Cards from the early 1900, that had Zodiac signs and Horoscopes on them.

I remember buying them about ten years ago, tucking them away not knowing what I was going to do with them. I was going through my collections, saw them and thought how great they would be on my matches.  So I made them up and WOW.  What a great present, someones very one Horoscope from way back when.

Enjoy finding out what the sun, moon and stars have in store for you.

One of the prettiest times of the year.

matches-groupWalking my dogs this weekend, there was a strong smell in the air of autumn. With that brings early nights and fires in the fireplace. Shandell’s has added a new  Must Have to it’s website Decorative Matches.

I was given a box of matches like these long ago by a friend to celebrate the holiday season. I saved it for years and finally designed a perfect prototype for us to make. What makes these great is that they are made in the USA, all from products that are made here. The only exception is the ink that I use. I have put 24 different styles on my website with more to come. I have a huge image library and will be adding lots of new images frequently. There are lots of vintage imagery of dogs and horses, they are my favorites. Please let me know what you wold like to see.

You can also have custom matches with your favorite picture on it made.

I had a customer last year give these as Christmas cards, on one side was a beautiful poem by her and the other was a picture of her family.
These make the best hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, teachers gifts and more…. Enjoy looking.