Just a normal gilhoolie day…

I haven't written on here lately about what I've done on a normal gilhoolie day so I thought I would now when I feel like it. Once the boys were in school and I'd been for a swim, (that's not usual, I only go once a week!) I started by answering a few emails, then... Continue Reading →

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Small business… very big lampshade!

When it comes to drum lampshades, I like a challenge and it's good to make something a bit different every now and again. So when I was asked by an Interior Designer,¬†Kate Lovejoy to help her recover a very big seventies lampshade I was more than happy to. Here's what it looked like it in... Continue Reading →

Not on the high street…

I love lined drum lampshades. They just look so neat, professional and finished with no hint of PVC showing. Not only that, they also look beautiful when lit as the pattern on the inside shines through faintly. It takes a little more time and patience to make them but well worth it in the end.... Continue Reading →

Lampshade commissions…

I have a feeling I won't be posting many updates over the summer so I thought I'd better get one in quick before the schools break up and the holidays begin. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with the family but I'm sure I'll find time to sneak away and make something at... Continue Reading →

Lotta lampshade anyone?!…

Okay, so I recovered the 1980s St Michael Tiffany lampshade yesterday. It only took an hour or so and I really enjoyed having a bit of a play, for once without hundreds of pins. However, I'm still not sure I have somewhere I could hang it (hence the hanging basket shot in the garden). I... Continue Reading →

Tintin Lampshades…

One of the first things I did when I started writing this blog was decorate a wall in my son's bedroom by using pages from a Tintin book as wallpaper. Have a look at the post I wrote¬†here. Well, I've been wanting to make some paper lampshades for a while so I thought it was... Continue Reading →

gilhoolie in Craft Focus…

gilhoolie has been featured in the June/July edition of Craft Focus, the leading trade magazine for the arts, crafts and hobby industry! Have a look at the Craft Focus feature to see my instructions on making a drum lampshade and a comment from me on the benefits of running workshops. If you'd prefer to come... Continue Reading →

Almost a duvet day…

I finally started binding the rings of my big lampshade yesterday and I had a big smile on my face! I don't know why lampshades make me so happy but they do. It's just so therapeutic; I even finished off the bottom, very big ring, while watching TV this morning after dropping off at school.... Continue Reading →

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