The Country Living Fair in my Backyard!!!!!!

The Country Living Fair will be at the Dutchess County  fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY., June 7-8-9, 213.  I could not miss the opportunity to join in the fun.  I was reading the editors letter in the  March issue of CL and Sarah Gray Miller was talking about The Country Living Fair coming to the Hudson Valley.  How exciting!!!

Come and join me and 150 other fabulous artisans for three days of pure Country Living.  Lots of lamps, lampshades, pendants, and more…..

Hope to see you.


Tooting your horn in many colors.




Spring time always has me opening up draws in my studio that have not been opened for a long time. The past couple of weeks have been so warm, the door has been open and so have all of my studio draws.  I came across a box of 19th century tin horns I had purchased a while ago. As I pulled them out to take a good look at them, I envisioned hanging pendants.  So the cord and sockets came out, wired some up and they made me smile.  I hope they make you smile and jar those creative juices, to see what you have to make wonderful swags or pendants with. Hand one alone or cluster a group, like a bouquet of flowers

These are tin horns that were made in the USA around the turn of the 20th 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.



Spring time = treasure hunting!!!!

Spring time = treasure hunting!!!!  with the winter (hopefully behind us) I went treasure hunting this weekend and found this bunch of farming hooks, they are about 6 inches tall.  Not really sure of what their original purpose was, the person who I got them from said they were for the back of tractors to hook machinery on. I fell in love with the shape and  the pitted surface.  My mind has been spinning with all sorts of things to do with them, a chandelier, hanging pendants, a pair of sconces.  Not sure what they will end up to be, what ever they become, I will post so you can see them.

Happy Spring,





Here in the Hudson Valley of New York State, we have been very luck this year with a mild winter.

the original Cloth Clord Swag & Pendant Light Kits


Bring your own one-of-a-kind creations — to light
Express your creativity
– create your own, one-of-a-kind light fixture – and enjoy it every day –
with The Original Cloth Cord Swag and Pendant Light Kits from

For my Cloth Cord Light Kits I’ve chosen the same high-quality materials and components that I use in my own high-end creations. This delicious cloth cord is Made in the U.S., and all the kits are assembled-to-order here in my workshop studio in Millerton, N.Y.


Put a Bulb In It

The idea for these light kits surfaced after my friend Pam Kueber of and I taped a video sharing ideas to create upcycled pendant light shades.


After doing the video, we discovered that the only DIY swag and pendant light kits on the market today are plastic. Can you believe it:  No one was making kits using gorgeous, vintage-style cloth cord. So, building on my longtime lamp-making experience – I decided to create these kits for everyone interested in working with this wonderful art form.

My kits including everything you need to string your light, including instructions. You can choose from:

  • Swag Kit with 12- or 15-feet of cord…
  • Pendant Kit starting with 2′ of cord…
  • Note: Your kit arrives with the porcelain socket already wired to the cloth cord… you add your shade and finish the rest…
  • Four cloth cord colors: Putty, Gold, Brown or Red…
  • Coordinating hardware in Brass or Nickel…
  • Two Ball Jar kits — I wire on the lid, you add your own Jelly Jar and complete the project…
  • And, I offer vintage, Edison-style light bulbs if you want to top off your project with this detail.
  • Prices? I am a longtime independent craftsperson — I buy the materials wholesale — and then pull them into kits for you with no middleman involved. No big box retailers involved. No big marketing machine. Just us folks. That is: Me.
  • This Little Light of Mine — I’m Gonna Let It Shine

    Whether you are into upcycling, crafting, vintage, collage, scrapbooking, or some other art form – and want to use your skills to create a work-of art lighting fixture…. Or whether you simply want to hang a special lampshade in a special place – my Cloth Cord Swag & Pendant Light Kits are designed to help.

    Truly: Your imagination has no limits when it comes to what you can do to create a pendant or swag light of your very own. What will you create?

Put a bulb in it!!!

Make Pendant Lights Out of Thrifty Vintage Finds — Put A Bulb In It! from on Vimeo.

I got a call from my friend Pam at Retro Renovation a couple of weeks ago. She talked to me about making a video for her readers. “Put a bulb in it” was the theme. Taking thrifty finds, treasures or what ever you have in mind and making a hanging pendant out of it. What a great idea. So here is my first video. We had such fun making this one, there are more to come. Enjoy, and get creative.