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 ~ ~ ID shabbycottageshoppe
On 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.


  1. What beautiful items! I will have to pop by and visit her. have a blessed day!

  2. Wow such beautiful lighting! Thanks for sharing about Gail.

  3. Her designs are beautiful. I'll have to pop over and see her sites and see all your chandys! Hope you are feeling better.

  4. WOW...beautiful!
    Blessings, andrea

    PS: You have an award on arise 2 write

  5. Thanks for telling us about Gail. Love those chandeliers!


  6. Hi Marydon,
    Wow!! Just beautiful !! I would go crazy in a place such as hers !! How wonderful too, that you have formed such a friendship !! Isn't God good, and always looking out for us !! Hoping your day is a wonderful one !!
    hugs ~tea~xo

  7. Beautiful designs by Gail! OMGOSH! Must check this out!

    Now girly...I got my other two boxes today. Please allow me to BLOG about this...

    LMK...I'm speechless. And...IN HEAVEN!

    Love, Rebecca

  8. Oh Boy...something new and wonderful!!! My hubby will thank you...I'm sure!! (smile)

  9. Oh. My. Goodness.
    I think this is what Heaven will surely look like! Thank you for sharing these stunning creations.
    Word fail me. And that's unusual-LOL!

  10. Beautiful chandeliers. I can't wait to see her home. I hope that you are feeling better too!


  11. wow her designs are beautiful...I would have so much fun there...glad you got to meet..

  12. Marydon, Gail's pieces are so beautiful...I'm going to pop over and visit her Esty and e-bay spots.

    You did hit the mother lode in feedsacks...I loved all the cute designs, especially the circus one and the little poodles.

    Sorry to hear you've been under the weather, but glad you are feeling better....hugs, Linda

  13. Hello,

    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    My children are not so small anymore, but still young enough to require lots of attention. I like to encourage the love of children, and ecourage mothers of young children especially.
    I wish I had another little baby!

    See you!

  14. Hi Marydon,

    Lovely post and I enjoyed seeing all the fabulous chandeliers in Gail's shop.
    You must have had a lovely day.


  15. What an amazing collection of chandeleirs!!

  16. What beautiful chandeliers and light fixtures. She really has a knack. Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Hi Marydon,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had to laugh when you said your talent was writing checks. Isn't that what women were born to do?

    The chandeliers and light fixtures are amazing.


  18. They are beautiful! I just bought one at a thrift shop and I am painting it and I'm going to put it in my shabby chic den.

  19. How beautiful !
    ~ Blessings to you my sweet friend.

  20. Hello, Marydon,
    Aren't those chandeliers beautiful! That is one thing missing in my home. I seriously need one. I am glad you got to visit with your dear friend and see her home and shop. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Vicki p.s. Will look forward to pictures of your friend's home.

  21. I enjoyed the photos and learning more about Gail. Thank you.

  22. Very talented lady - what beautiful things she makes. Enjoyed your post, Marydon.

  23. Beautiful! How neat that you met on ebay. My daughter and I ebay. We used to do it full time but now just do it part time. Love all of the pictures.

  24. These are such beautiful items. I love your blog. :)

  25. Hi Marydon,
    I love all the chaneliers! they are so beautiful. I really enjoyed your post. Some people are just so creative and talented.
    Take care,

  26. Wow! I love everything on this post, Marydon! Gail is a wonderful designer. I really need to get a chandelier for above my bed. :) Thanks for sharing these beautiful creations!

    xoxo Hugs...

  27. I just love chandeliers, especially OOAK ones. I can't wait to see some more of your posts with her creations!!
    Wonderful post....

  28. Dear Rose thanks for asking about my daughter. She had her check up yesterday and the surgeon removed the final 2 tubes still in her abdomen. Surgery was a month this week. She is able to eat now and is getting out some with her husband. She is to return to work Sept 14. She is financial consultant for the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center at U of L. Thanks for all you kind words and prayer. I love your blog.

  29. What fun stuff she has! I can't wait to see more! I especially love all the chandeliers! She is very talented! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Sharon

  30. What a thrill to meet your ebay and blogging friends in person! Isn't it amazing how we meet new friends long distance and they soon become lasting friends! (The chandeliers are gorgeous!)

  31. Everything is very, very beautiful! Thank you for sharing! And for inspiring with Gail's talent!

    You are both blessed indeed!

    I appreciate you!

    Take care, and many, many blessings today!


  32. Oh WOW, I would be in heaven to visit Gails shop, it is amazing. I have been on the look out for a chandelier to fix up myself but it would be a lot easier if we had shops like this where I live in Canada, beautiful!!!!!!!

  33. I see we both love Pink. :-) Perhaps that is what brought you, to my 'Aunt Amelia's Attic' blog...

  34. What beautiful lighting!! I love chandeliers, sconces and lamps. Sounds like a lovely visit.

  35. Glad you liked the fence. I really enjoyed this post. I recently found several items at Goodwill that I was condering painting white. Some are very similiar to the photo of the wall sconces. Now I know they will look great painted!


  36. WOW! What beautiful lighting fixtures; Gail is very talented. What a great visit her in person.

  37. WOW.!!! All so pretty. Look forward to the home tour too.
    Behind in my reading and commenting. Life can do that ya know..;-)
    Loved the Dixie visit too!!! So neato !!

  38. Thank you for sharing these! I just bought an old clock at a tag sale for a quarter - there were about 6 others -I had already spied them but a lady scooped them all up. She saw me pick up the largest and admitted she just didn't see it. I may just try to add a little bling to it!

  39. Gail is one talented lady, that's for sure. An interesting post.

  40. Hello darling,
    I am back and have missed you terribly!! I have a post on my blog that explains my lengthy absence but enough of that, I just wanted to stop by and see how you are doing and to wish you a sunny day. I am now off to read the posts that I have missed and to look around your lovely blog.
    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥♥♥