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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Coral Custom Made Lampshade Order

I've been working on this lampshade for a customer.  It is going to be made with a dress lining and outer fabric.  This is the lining.  I had just enough fabric for the lining.  It has been a real challenge as the lining fabric wants to ravel.  I've used some fray check on portions, which I hope will help.  I have almost half of the outer fabric on but no picture yet.  The coral color should be very interesting in the room the customer is putting this lampshade.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Chandelier Lampshade Order

Small Chandelier Type Lampshades

Another customer order for five of these awesome small shades.  They are 4" high. The outer cover is a marbled paper.  All five will look different.  I'm so excited to see these done.

Sometimes handmade lampshade making is fun!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Another Custom-Made Lampshade Finished

Custom-Made Lampshades

Very classy and went together so well.  I was able to use the old shade as a pattern this time.  That doesn't always work as sometimes the old shades are ragged and just fall apart.  But as you can see the picture below, the shades weren't hard to replace.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Getting Ready Another Custom Made Lampshade

New Lampshade Order

Started a new order! These lampshades are tall ovals. They will be recovered with a rice paper.  So far I've taken off the old shades.  The rings are rusted and need to be cleaned and painted with rust-o-leom....that's for tonight.

I'll post more pictures as I progress on this fun project.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Brass Lamp Finials

Brass Lamp Finial

2-3/8" high and 1/4" wide finial for topping off that beautiful lampshade. Finials are decorative ornaments for roof tops, the ends of curtain rods, bed posts, clocks as well as lampshades.  Finials can also hold a lampshade in place and cover the top screws. They add another decorative element to the room.  These are available at my eCrater store ( at a reduced price.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Handmade Treasure Box

Handmade Treasure Box

This treasure box could be filled with potpourri or jewelry or q-tips, or anything you want to keep covered in this handy handmade box.  It is practical and pretty.

Handcrafted from binder board and covered with flowers on beige fabric outside and green fabric inside. This treasure box measures 5" high and 2-1/2" wide and deep.

Binder board is used for book making.  

You can purchase this treasure box at for $7 plus shipping.  

An exquisite gift for a special person.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Rosemarie Green Victorian Lamp with handmade lampshade

Rosemarie Green Victorian Lamp
I just finished this lampshade yesterday.  My step-mom gave me the lamp base.  The lady and gentlemen on this base are dressed for dancing and courting.  They are wearing matching outfits in green and white and the lady has rose colored trim on her dress.

I used 100% off-white silk underneath the light green lace.  It is trimmed with rose gimp (this picture makes it look darker.  See the first picture for better color) and white fringe topped with a light green beaded flower fringe.

With the light on, it looks beautiful.  It is now ready for someone's special room.  Since it uses a 40-watt light bulb, it would be a good night light or task light.  It has a 6' white cord and the push through on/off switch is under the shade.

It will be for sale on my website for $45.00 plus shipping or at Exquisite Things Gift Shoppe in Bemus Point, NY in Chautauqua County this summer.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Custom Made Drum Lampshade

Another happy customer in Chautauqua County.  I just finished this custom made lampshade.  It is 14-1/2" across the top, 15" across the bottom and 17" high with a 4" drop.  We used cream colored shantung fabric on a hard plastic.  It turned out nicer than the picture is showing.  Someday I'll learn how to use Photoshop better!

For $65, it's an excellent buy and saves our dump from excess waste.  Her grandson gets a "new" lamp for a small amount of money.

It's not hard to recycle lampshades.  As long as I have the frame with a good pattern, I can do it in two weeks or less.

See more examples of repaired lampshades here.