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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rooster Kitchen Lamp Order

This rooster was sitting in a kitchen in Erie without a shade until now. I just finished the shade and can't wait to see what it looks like on the rooster. I'll post a picture after I deliver it this week.

Here's a top view of the shade. The lamp takes a candle bulb; so this is a clip-on shade.


I think it turned out very nice and am excited to see the customer's reaction to it.





Monday, December 15, 2008

Decorating with Layered Light

I saw this article Why not put a light on the subject in which the author talked about using accent lamps and task lighting to fill in the dark gaps that the over head and larger lights leave in the room. I hadn't thought of light layering but I think it is an excellent way to describe what my lamps do for your room. They put pockets of light layers on top of the larger light that is already in the room. So check out my accent lamps for your light layering needs at http://www.shades-etc.com. I have handmade lamps for baby's room, kids rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or night stands and hallways. Look around the room you are sitting; are there places that need some additional light?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What time of day are you at your creative best?

I like to start mid-morning to early afternoon. By then I've had time to wake up and do whatever needs to be done so I'm only thinking about creating. When I've spent a good four hours in the craft room, I know I've had a good day.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Schoolhouse Craft Show 2008

This past weekend was my last craft show for a while. Schoolhouse Craft Show sponsored by Asbury Woods in Erie, PA was an okay show. The students provided the music both days in the afternoon. The jazz band was great; they played some music from Manheim Steamroller, one of my favorites. At times during this show, the crowds were three people deep. This show was full of "real" artists. The show was juried; although that doesn't mean much as some shows that I've done that were juried had less than quality crafts. The quality of products was very good at this show. There was a nice variety of products as well. The floor layout was very unique in that it was an octagon shopping layout. It made it interesting and easy to get lost! There was a man doing wood items with painted sayings like "My dog can't control his licker." Another sign maker had one that said, "Martha Stewart doesn't live here but Bob Vila thinks he does." The show was run very well with helpers all over. The weather was terrible on Sunday. It took us 1-1/2 hours to get to Erie with the snow and wind. However, our trip home was fine.
I sold five lamps, including Plum Hayley. The lady who purchased it said her room was just that color.
Both Christmas lamps sold: Furry Santa and Gold Present Box. Also the pink heart victorian sold. I'm glad. They are going to spread the light of God's love in each of the homes that they reside in.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What Are You Currently Working On?

I have a few things going in the craft room this week. I'm trying out sugar beading on glass ornaments. I found out that they are very fragile and will break easily. I only broke one so I still eight left. I have one more layer of decopage to add and then I'll probably just use them on my tree for a while before deciding if this is a product I want to make.

I'm making teacup lamps. The bases are ready. I'm waiting for my order of rings so I can make the shades. I'll post pictures once I get them made.