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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Finials for Lampshades

This small brass lamp finial makes a nice topper for a smaller lampshade.  It is 5/8" high and gold colored brass.  These are not solid brass but brass/gold color.  The inside diameter is 1/4", which means they fit a 1/4" #28 fine thread pipe. 

Why not add a small change to your existing lamp with one of these finials available at my eCrater store.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lavender and Green Teacup Nightlight

I'm back at making my favorite creations.  I took a break so that I could teach piano and now that lessons are over until September, I have more time to create. This is the newest creation (July 2012) in my line of teacup night lights. It has a mauve-lavender teacup trimmed with gold in which I've added an electric candle light and silk flowers. The handmade lampshade is round. The hardbacked shade is made with fabric of lavender and pink flowers on a light green background and trimmed with the same fabric. The electric candle lamp has on/off switch on the six foot cord. It uses a 7-watt candelabra bulb. It measures 10-1/4" tall.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Artists At Work
What a nice surprise I had today when an few ladies from the Chautauqua Artists Guild came and set up tables in my parking lot.  I love it.  They are drawing attention to this side of the road.  All three are painting in either watercolors or acyrlics.  Laurie McGrath, Lisa Offhauss, and Denisa Snyder-Norberg are three lovely ladies making beautiful art today at Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe in Bemus Point, NY.

Besides being artists, they are all jewelry makers.  Come see them if you are in Bemus Point today.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hand Painted China at Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe in Bemus Point

Hand Painted China

Painting Porcelain Since 1975

Today I'm featuring hand painted china by a local Chautauqua County artist, Elaine Caflisch. Elaine's first lessons were to learn how to paint china thimbles for her collection of thimbles. She especially likes to do animal portraits, flowers, and birds.  She has several items painted with flowers and birds at Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe in Bemus Point, NY.

Elaine has painted for several years for the National Osteoporosis Foundation doing their Mother's Day cards and in 2011 doing their Christmas card thank you's.

She is currently the president of the chautauqua County Society of Artists.  She is married to Philip and has two children (one married) and two horse, shih Tzu dogs and several small caged birds.  She teaches porcelain painting.

You can see her art at Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe in Bemus Point on Saturdays during the month of May and Friday and Saturday during June.  The shoppe is open from 10a until 5p.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cambridge Newel Post Floor Lamp with Handmade Lampshade

Handmade Lampshade on Antique Newel Post
Wooden Floor Lamp

Antique Art Deco Newel Post Floor Lamp with Handmade Lampshade

I just finished trimming this handmade lampshade.  It looks awesome on the antique newel post lamp base.  We found the base in Cambridge, NY at an antique store and had to have it for one of my special creations.

I think the style is called art deco...not my usual Victorian type shades but close.

This shade is made from silk fabrics in green and gold.  The sage green trim accents the double layer of cream colored fringe and gold, brown, and blue scalloped, beaded fringe.  It took ten hours to create, but was worth the time and effort.

It is for sale at Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe in Bemus Point, NY.

Handmade Lampshade with silk fabric, double layer of fringe
 and glass beads, trimmed with french gimp

Handmade Lampshade on antique floor lampbase

Antique Floor Lamp base made from newel post.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Sign for Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe Bemus Point, NY


Yea! My new sign is up and looks beautiful.  People are seeing it and coming in to see my exquisitely, beautiful products. 001 If you are visiting or planning a visit to Bemus Point, NY, stop and see me.  I’m located across from the Bemus Inn Restaurant and Imagine Gift Shop.  Cindy’s Piano Studio is on the other side of my shoppe.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lamp Making supplies

Threaded pipe.  It's not something I spend my time thinking about usually.  However, it is a necessary item for some lamp making projects. These are used between the socket and the base of the lamp to hold it together and for the electric cord to pass through.

If you need some threaded pipe for your projects, whether lamps or not, I have these available in my ecrater store at

The available sizes are 1", 5", 6", 7", 9", 10", 12", 15"  Prices start at $.20 for the 1" up to $1.65 for the 15".

I'm offering them at low prices as I'm selling out of this type of products so I can focus on my handmade lampshades. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lamp Making Kits

I just listed these two lamp making kits in my eCrater store at:

I have quite a few of these kits and so I'm offering them very cheaply at $7.00 and $5.00 respectively. 

These kits were originally for ceramic Christmas trees I believe; however, the person I bought them from went out of business.  So if you are a ceramic making person, you know the value of these kits.

These kits are also a good deal for those who make lamps and are looking for parts at a cheap price.  Check out my website at: and make your project come to "light".

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sockets and Caps for Lamp Making

Some people like to do things for themselves, like making lamps.  I have some of the needed parts like these turn-key and push-thru sockets. 

If you use these sockets, you'll also need these end caps and socket covers too.

Lamp making seems to be gaining more interest as more people are finding ways to save money by doing things themselves.  I can help with some of the lamp making parts you will need in order to make your lamp. 
Check out my store at

Monday, January 23, 2012

Handmade Kittens on a Chair Night Light

 Kittens on a Chair Night Light is my recent creation.  I found the base first and then matched the handmade lemon colored silk shade with pink/peach trim.  The shade is hardbacked, not lined.  The lamp uses a 15-watt candelabra bulb.  The nightlight measures 11" high.  The white cord is 58", almost 5' and has an on/off switch on the cord.
I think this base is so cute and I'm not a cat lover. The cat on the top of the chair looks like it's about to leap onto something.  The cat in the chair is sleeping; and the one in front on the floor must have been playing with the yarn on the floor around the chair...or the books.

The back of the lamp here shows where the cord comes from.

The lampshade was easy to make with the silk fabrice and french gimp.  I'm pretty pleased with how this cute night light turned out.

I think this would make a very nice baby shower gift or a cute night light for a little girl's room or a sweet night light for a bathroom for your cat lover friend.

It is a one-of-a-kind night light.  You can purchase it at for $35 plus shipping.