lampshadelady

Lampshadelady Decorative Handmade Lampshades

Vermont, United States · 823 Sales

lampshadelady

Lampshadelady Decorative Handmade Lampshades

Vermont, United States 823 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Judy Lake

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Judy Lake

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Handmade Lampshades in Fabulous Vintage Fabrics

I love having my own business. I continue to grow as an artist challenging myself to become a better designer. My grandmother said that I always had a a pair of scissors in my hands!

All lampshades are handmade and designed by me! No outsourcing or light manufacturing, thank goodness!

I studied studio art in college. I was a tapestry weaver. I spun yarn, knit, paper making, batik, lots of collage....anything with fiber. Finding my path after college was a little harder. I dabbled with my weaving and yarns, but never felt there was a business there.

I taught myself to make lampshades at age 26... now... almost 30 years later! I started as a hobby and need for lampshades for our first house. All my friends and family got lampshades! And then the tipping point came and it hit me---maybe this might be a fun business! And ooooh, the hard lessons learned, the marketing lessons in the days way before the internet, the early craft shows- good and bad and terrible! The design evolution in the past 30 years!

I love challenging myself to do better- to go beyond good--- to reach the BEST product I can make. I like to say, LAMPSHADE MAKING is a craft but I take it to an ART!

I started my Studio/Retail Shop in 1998 in the small village of Pawlet, Vermont. I rented this cute little cottage for 100 dollars a month; the landlord wanted someone to keep the heat on! Now in 2016 I own the little cottage; I actually purchased it about 10 years ago! I love my studio. It's really in the middle of no where... a couple of miles from my studio/shop... low carbon foot print:)

In 2008-09 I worked on a book project for Crown Publishing, The Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting up Your Life. Huge challenge for me. Humbling and rewarding all in the same breath. I hire a great photographer I'd met on a visit from Country Living the year before. It worked.... I'm pretty proud of our work. It's a niche- we will never sell too many books, but it's the best in the world of what it is... I think anyway. I've learned to be a better marketer, better stylist, better photographer. Basically it taught me to SEE better visually.

I started on Etsy Dec. 2012. I'd came to Etsy before my book came out in 2008, but was really too busy to attend to it properly. Before I came to etsy I shopped on it for a year and watched my product category for a year and in the end decided it was the perfect place for my product. There is MUCH more to selling on Etsy than meets the eye. It's been a fun challenge to try to figure it all out!

I have been making handcrafted custom decorative lampshades since 1985! I have chosen to keep my shop small. I can change my styles on a dime. I like to have unusual work that isn't like the run of the mill big catalog home design. One of a kind; OOAK is my specialty. I pride myself on my work. It comes from the heart. I do ALL my work by myself. I love to find all my fabrics, embroideries and wonderful fabrics and lamps. It's a wonderful business and so happy I have fallen into this life!

xo
judy lake

ps if you come to Vermont, stop by and say HI!
802-325-6308 shop



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  • Judy Lake

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    One of the lampshade ladies. I have been making lampshade shades since 1985. I specialize in small to medium lampshades using vintage fabrics, decorative textiles and vintage postcards.

  • Molly Irene

    Curator, Advertising Assisant

    Molly is a big help keeping children busy while their mom's shop!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
Welcome to my Esty store. I search the world for the most interesting textiles to make my handmade lampshades. I love vintage embroidery, crewel, needlepoint and especially vintage French Fabrics for my lamp shadres! Custom orders always.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
paypal
visa, mastercard, american express

vermont residents add 6% vermont tax

Pricing for the continental USA.

There are no returns.

Customer is responsible for all custom duties.
Shipping
All lampshades are always insured for shade value. If you are outside of The States, please convo me for international shipping.

I am just starting to ship my lampshades outside the US. If you do not see your country listed, please contact me for pricing.

Please note: Customer is responsible for all custom duties.
Refunds and Exchanges
I always hope customers are completely happy with my lampshades; I am a small business and take great heart in what I create. PLEASE make sure to ASK questions BEFORE you buy. I have been making lampshades for over 25 years and have a vast knowledge of lighting and lampshades.

There are many details when ordering lampshades, please read the size and the manner in which the shade clips or screws onto the lamp.


No REFUNDS. Please ask me questions before purchasing. Lampshades are not easy to ship and do not often make it back to me in good shape. I will accept returns brought to my shop only.

No refunds on shipping for any shades if returned or exchanged.
Additional policies and FAQs
I always welcome custom work with your own fabrics. Cottons or Linens are best. I make HARD BACK lamp shades. Fabric is laminated to pressure sensitive styrene.

NOTE: I can not use silk, poly or any slippery fabrics. They do not laminate well.