Grateful!!!!

Grateful!!!!

Shandell's will be starting it 6th year in Millerton this Friday.  I would like to say thank you to all who have helped me get here and those who I have not met, only know through the world of blogging, Twitter and Facebook. I was at a party a couple of years ago, a...

An army of night lights.

An army of night lights.

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...

Horsing around, jump start the season.

Horsing around, jump start the season.

It seems like Halloween just finished, most of the leaves are gone and the Holiday season is knocking on our doors.  The elves at Shandell's have been working over time getting lots of things ready to make you smile. Tissue boxes have been on the list lately, as the...

A project with Eddie Ross

A project with Eddie Ross

I am very fortunate to live in a small town, Millerton, NY 100 miles north of New York City,  also to have a great neighbor and friend, Eddie Ross and his partner Jaithan Kochar.  Eddie called one day saying he had found an amazing 19th century apothecary jar and...

Getting ready for the cold

Getting ready for the cold

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...

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year

The potters of the Mid 19th century experimented in the most amazing shapes and glazes. Lucky for us so many examples survived the changing times. I wonder what the artist's of that time would think of how I transform them. I could not resist this pair,  perfect for...

House Beautiful, 250 Gifts under $25.00

House Beautiful, 250 Gifts under $25.00

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...

Fall, my favorite season for change.

Fall, my favorite season for change.

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...

Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 2

Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 2

This summer I was on a hunting trip in upstate New York, stumbled on a great organized junk/scrap yard.  There was a section for everything.  I could not contain myself, all I thought was how I was going to get all of my treasures home.  There was a 19th century iron...

Good Witches or Bad Witches

Good Witches or Bad Witches

Recently I went on a hunting trip for vintage images.  Not that I need more, but you can never have enough. I stumbled upon a postcard album from the early 1900's, that came from upstate New York.  As I turned the pages this wonderful original water color appeared.  I...

Simply Stated

Simply Stated

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,...

Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

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...

Sexy, Retro & Irresistible

Sexy, Retro & Irresistible

Pin Up Girls have been documented since the late 1890's, but the girls from the 1920's to the 1960's are the most notable.  Showing up on calenders, matchbook covers, in ad campaigns and more.  These woman always had a smile, dressed in a little or a lot of clothing,...

Sleek, modern, simple and elegant.

Sleek, modern, simple and elegant.

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...

Nothing better than a good scrap yard.

Nothing better than a good scrap yard.

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. ...