Wednesday, August 26, 2009
~Shabby Cottage Shoppe Studio Creations~
Gail Barnes I have known for years thru all my chandelier purchases for our home. (You may view them in our May posts, I believe). We met on ebay. Soooo, it was time to head down thru WV, & meet Gail personally & view her studio. (You've already read about our visit with Dixie this same week).
The next post will be Gail's fabulous vintage/old clock re-creations. You won't believe what she can do! The trip was gorgeous, which we will post more of, over the next week.
I asked Gail to describe her creations/designs ~
I have always loved to create, I even loved watching those cheesy crafting shows on PBS when I was a kid. I do spend a lot of time trying new ideas & have created a few signature items like my pink tole rose lighting & pink sugar light bulbs. (Marydon interjects ~I have these in all kinds of colors & they are MARVELOUS!). I redesign & refurbish old chandeliers, lamps & sconces ... I also make new ones with new & vintage lamp parts. I paint & add crystals to vintage wall pockets & other items to give them a chic updated cottage look.
Suffice to say, Gail is a brilliant designer. Her suncatchers dazzle, the chandeliers are awesome, the studio twinkles from the shimmering lighting creations. The lampshades are delicately touched with ribbons, beads, lace & trims that add that special delicious finishing touch.
Gail custom creates for special order requests, also.
Wait until you see her home I will post soon ... cottage beachy elegance.
Gail may be found on etsy ~ www.etsy.com ~ ID shabbycottageshoppe
On www.ebay.com she is ~ shabby*cottage*shoppe
I do hope you will pop over & visit Gail. She is a wonderful woman, a darling to work with, a fantastic hostess.
THANK YOU Gail for your allowing us to invade your home & shop. We had a delightful time, it was super getting to know you first hand ... & a friendship continues to grow.