Yikes, The family is coming for Thanksgiving! Dog hair, cat hair, ooh the upholstery is dirty, the silverware needs polishing, oooh the windows need to be cleaned, the kitchen cupboards need a fresh coat of paint.... boy I could quit my job to finish all these projects at home! It is good to entertain now and then to deal with all these issues....I'm pretty crazy busy with work and need to squeeze a little in at a time.
Sunday we got out the screens and the house brightened up immediately, Yay, that was easy and checked off the list. There is the annual process of getting the dirt out of the wide cracks in the floor; I usually save that for Thanksgiving time. So here I sit at the car dealer in Rutland for the morning thinking of my to do list and watching my day off free time tick away. I did mention a few "honey do" things on the way out the door.
I've listed a few great new shades on my Lampshade Lady Etsy Shop recently.This is a hard to find UNO Lampshade. Uno lampshades are used on the old bridge/iron floor lamps. The are super hard to find these lampshades or at least decorative lampshades, ie other than white.
I recently found this fab vintage barkcloth- birds and turquoise all in one lampshade. A great find. I was able to squeak out 2 shades out of the vintage fabric. I was hoping to get two this size, but just wasn't enough of it. Par for the course with vintage fabric, but that's what makes it special--all your neighbors won't have the same lampshade. I like that anyway!!! Let your personality shine... ohh there's a new line!
Vintage Barkcloth Scallop Hex Clip Lampshade, 4" top x 8" bottom x 6" high. This was such fun to make! I found the trims this fall on one of my antiquing jaunts. I've never seen such sweet little mini poms as well as the checker board trim-- just enough for one shade! Surely one of a kind!
I'm loving this French Floral Lampshade and yes amazingly so there is a pair!
There has been some difficult days in the press for Etsy lately; you may have seen the latest editorial in The New York Times, authored by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. She says,
"Yet Etsy’s latest move is entirely in line with the history of handmade goods, a history that is more complicated than the simple term “handmade” implies. The artisans have run head-on into the problem that led to the Industrial Revolution: Making things by hand is slow. Really slow."
What a crazy statement!!! so far the post has received 195 comments- comments that she really missed the point. Etsy is still a great place to sell and buy, but we are all scratching our heads why a wonderful company would make such profound changes to risk their high reputation. We'll see what happens--- venture capitalists and tech geeks try to make more $$ and pre IPO. The irony of it is that what makes ETSY so special is "the handmade" unusal cool things that our customers find. Customers love to buy directly from the artist whether at a craft show or on etsy.
bye for now, hopefully my car is almost finished!