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Judy Lake
Pawlet Village, Vermont
Lampshade Maker, Teacher, and Rag Picker
Interests: Textile Arts, Vintage Fabrics, Flea Marketing and Antiques, Gardening, Knitting, Skiing, Books
Recent Activity
I had an article published in our area newspapers, The Manchester Journal, Bennington Banner, and Brattleboro Reformer. Manchester Journal, A Bright Spot for Lake's Lampshades. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I just finished up this pair of cut corner rectangle lampshades. (click on link, it will take you to my etsy shop) They are made up in an antique French toile I purchased from one of my favorite textile dealers in Europe. Fabric is a pretty good addiction. At least... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I just finished the first part of my week. It's incredible how much work got started and finished. It's crunch time. Fill orders, inventory, prepping orders, shipping orders. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
SHOP HOURS: Open 10-5 Monday, Tues. Thurs, Fri and Saturday usually. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
What drives us to own our own business. Is it CONTROL? Most likely. I think that might be a very good reason to own your own business. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
What is a threaded uno shade? It threads onto the socket of a standing floor lamp that is generally a vintage iron lamp found at antique shops or if you are lucky along the road at a tag sale. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I've taken a long break on my Postcard Lampshades, but back by popular demand.... I've done a few vintage Bromley + Snow Valley shades for my shop. As well as Vintage Ski Postcard Lampshades, which is a wide variety of ski areas. They are great for a ski house or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Happy Post Thanksgiving! What beautiful weather we had here in Southern Vermont for Thanksgiving. Such a treat. Baking is always better on a high pressure and a nice walk. We cooked up a storm. I made a couple of super pies; a blueberry with a spoke spiral top crust from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
You could say we have all paid our dues and done a little bit of everything to survive in the arts in Vermont! Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I finished this rectangle bell lampshade a couple of days ago. If you want to see this lampshade in my etsy shop, click on the high lighted text above. I love the bold colors of this vintage cross stitch fabric. I've used the fabric in all the panels. It's trimmed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
All of these Lampshade Ladies all cheer on is there is more than just a white lampshade!!! Light up Your Life! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Italian Marble Lampshade on vintage alabaster lamp I'm tiptoeing back to my blog. Jeez it's been ages. We are on Spring break and I actually have time to see if I remember how to use my blog site! Oh ya, just like riding a bike, I think. It's been 2... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2022 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
My little shop has been humming along since news of the Covid pandemic. April, May and June is usually when my Etsy Shop starts to dwindle. Folks usually start to hit the road, go on vacation and work in their yards. What a surprise this spring was for most online... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I have been having fun learning about and experimenting with Japanese vintage fabrics. The blue and white shades are made with indigo dyes and have been printed with a technique called Katzome, similar to batik but with a buckwheat paste. These kimono fabrics come from the countryside; they are a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
"The store, along the Mettawee River in beautiful downtown Pawlet, population 1,397, is the stuff of children’s books, a fantasia of lampshades in everything from fancy French embroidery to vintage postcards of destinations such as nearby Dorset, Burlington and Lake George." Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Thanks Cat! It's a great spread. Hope you are well and creating! xo judy
I'm excited to share with you the news that my shop is featured in the new issue of Where Women Create. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
It's been eons since I've posted a DIY Lampshade Project! I thought I'd share one today with you. I found this sweet cotton vintage French fabric recently and thought it was a good one to demo. It's a medium light weight 100% cotton. Hope you enjoy the process. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Happy New Year! It's been darn cold up here in Vermont! Sixteen below today was too cold for my old CRV to start, thank goodness for the charger thing to get her going! It's my birthday tomorrow and we went out for a birthday lunch in town. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
My shop porch was a set for a photo shoot last Fall by my friend Matthew Mead for his Spring Issue of UpStyled Home. Matthew was in Pawlet a year ago and shot my shop and lampshades for the Winter Issue of UpStyled Home. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I my opinion it won't be long until the tipping point will be so obvious that it will change naturally; we are almost there and by the looks of the families at the Act 46 meetings this summer there will be many more down the road that will be heading south for high school. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Summer really did fly by! Didn't it? Today is slightly past peak foliage but here I sit on my porch scribbling away---Anything to be outside today! Those last warm days are ones I hold onto as we roll into winter. My little shop garden put out lots of beauty this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Always good to get away for some new inspiration! After a few days away I so happy to be back in my little shop again. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
Finding the right gifts is an art; you hate to spend money on something someone doesn't want.... but think I got a good start. We love filling stockings with useful gourmet goodies, favorite pot scrubbers and yummy sriracha hot sauce and who knows what else... maybe socks! Good luck with your shopping and don't forget to shop local....where ever you may be. And have fun, too. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at The Lampshade Lady Blog
I've been known to make a rose hip wreath or 2 a year. This year I made one for my shop! It's a bit of an ouchy job! Rose hips were huge this year out in the fields. I grabbed a plastic grocery bag and my clippers and started cutting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at The Lampshade Lady Blog