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

Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

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These fabulous ginger jar shaped lamps, with gesso flowers came right from the Dorothy Draper era. They are classical and funky wrapped into one. The tone on tone feeling is soothing.  I have found quite a few examples of gesso decorated lamp bases lately.  This is the first of a series that I will be doing this fall.  The gesso is normally white, but I have found a few lamp bases that the gesso has been colored. The imagination of the artists back then are amazing.  Someone must have filled a pastry bag with gesso and decorated the lamp bases just like a wedding cake.

I topped them off with a great pair of cream colored sea grass hexagon lampshades.  Bringing a twist to these bases.  The sea grass has the wonderful warm tones of the lamps.  These lamps would be a welcome addition to any home.

If you are in the area stop by and see or visit my online store.

Enjoy,

Susan

Nothing better than a good scrap yard.

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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.

Susan


Half Hats

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I have making a lot of “Hats” ( small shades for chandeliers and sconces) this summer.  A great way to change the appearance of a room, a quick change in wardrobe. From Sassy Sleeves to Hats, here are my newest, Half Hats for sconces.

Wonderful shapes and sizes that are a blank canvas to my vast collection of papers old and new. Just let your imagination run wild with all of the possibilities that can happen. When you take the plain lampshade you now have on your favorite sconce and replace it with a funky Half Hat or maybe a Half Hat would be the answer to making an ordinary sconce extra ordinary.

If you are in the area stop by and see what Hats you fancy or visit my online store.

The combination’s are endless, a certain way to make you smile.

Mid Century Pink & Green

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Lately I have been a daily reader of Retro Renovation, a great blog dedicated to mid century home life. Recently I was looking through my drawers of vintage wallpaper that is prepped for lampshades and found this wonderful sea foam green paper, with leaves and Greek key pattern running through it. I was inspired to make a shade for this wonderful mid century pink Italian lamp I had on my shelves. The lamp is a soft pink with gold accents. How perfect these look together.

Looking around my studio I found that I do have quite a bit of mid century, my subconscious must have a thing for it.  Clean lines and tons of history.  I have pulled out a couple more projects that I will be working on in the next couple of weeks. I have found lots of wallpaper of this time period and each a little different waiting for there perfect lamp. Check back to see my journay recreating my treasures from the past into something you smile about today.

My shopping trip with Eddie & Jaithan

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A couple of weeks ago I took a Sunday to go shopping with Eddie & Jaithan (my blogger pals).  We went to Stormville Flea Market, I had not been in a couple of years.  Luck was on our side that day, the sun came out and lots of treasures were found. The first find of that day are pictured above, an amazing pair of Mid Century iridescent glazed lamps with their original gold leaf bases.  I made a pair of vintage wallpaper shades for them and they came alive again to brighten up someone’s life.  To top them off in my box of baubles I found a pair of iridescent glazed finials.

If you are in the area come and visit or take a tour of Shandell’s galleries.

My World of Lamps

download-4For 15 years, I’ve been making lamps. From table legs to iron machinery parts to portions of fences, with lavish doses of the more expected pottery and glass vessels, I’ve delighted in making lamps of just about everything, as you can see in my studio. As my collection of potential bases grows, so does the variety of lamps I offer. Bring your own treasures, or come search through my trove, then explore the endless possible combinations of lamps with handmade shades for every room in the house. The results of our lamp-making adventure together will certainly make you smile.

Peacock Blue

peacock-blue-lampFor anyone who knows me, they know that purple is my favorite color. I do not wear it, but I use it as much as I can. My second, is Peacock Blue. Not Navy or Turquoise, but the deep stunning Peacock Blue that Maxfield Parrish could paint and that came from the Orient.
This color in vintage goods seems to have a depth that is not around today. I have been working on my studio and have come across a group of Peacock Blue lamps. I was very surprised that I had so many. So I started rewiring and making shades. This lamp is stunning, the glaze is beautifully crackled a great piece to bring color into any room. I have paired it with a shade made from Japanese paper that compliments the lamp, added a wonderful finial and now this vintage treasure is ready to make some one smile.

Peace,

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