The Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting Up Your Life

50 Custom Lampshades and Lamps

By Judy Lake; Kathleen Hackett
(Potter Craft, Hardcover, 9780307452320, 160pp.)

Publication Date: August 18, 2009

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They Call Her The Lampshade Lady

When Judy Lake turns on a lamp, she doesn’t just light up a room, she brings it to life. And with her help, you can too. Turn those boring old lampshades into perfect accents for your home decor. If you can cut and glue, you can renew and revive old shades, dress up flea market fabrics, and transform inexpensive basic frames into inspired designs that complement your home, style, and personality. From nightlights to table and floor lamps, sconces, and even chandeliers, The Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting Up Your Life will forever change the way you look at lampshades.

The Lampshade Lady shows you the basics of construction and gives you the skills and confidence necessary to let your imagination run wild. Materials like vintage postcards, classic children’s books, baseball cards, heirloom photos, fabric, trim, and even simple embroidery thread produce surprising and delightful opportunities for creativity. From the stately Antique Map Shade to the charming Mama’s Pretty Apron Shade to the To-Die-For French Fabric Shade, these fifty projects are sure to make you look at every lampshade in your home as a chance to create and re-create–all without breaking your budget. Plus, you’ll learn how to make your own lamps out of even more thrifty finds like candlesticks, kerosene lamps, cowboy boots, and just about anything you can run a wire through. Discover how the Lampshade Lady’s designs and ideas really will light up your life.

About the Author

JUDY SAWYER LAKE, a.k.a. The Lampshade Lady, has been making lampshades for more than 20 years, and turning out distinctive handmade lampshades from her Vermont shop for more than 11 years.

KATHLEEN HACKET is a freelance writer and editor who covers a range of lifestyle subjects including home design and cooking.

Praise For The Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting Up Your Life

"With an approachable style and easy-to-follow instructions, Judy Lake makes lampshades fun. She got me, a beginner crafter, to make a shade that looks like a custom creation. If you can’t take a trip to Vermont to visit her, this book is the second best thing."
—Frances Bailey, Country Living

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