It's not every day I'm asked to make a lampshade for an RAF fighter pilot. It's more likely to be interior designers or curtain makers! I didn't realise Clive was an ex fighter pilot until he sent me this lovely review after receiving his new lampshade in the post: The lampshade arrived this morning, safe… Continue reading Lampshade for a jet fighter
A lot of my lampshade orders come from clients who find me on Google searches but I also have a few local Interior Designers and curtain makers that have been ordering from me since I started gilhoolie. It works really well and I love having a relationship with them (must try and grow this in… Continue reading Lampshades for Interior Designers
Who doesn't love a wedding? (I can't personally remember the last one I went to and I'm sure they have been a lot different this year)... But I'm a bit of a romantic and they make me very happy and emotional, all is good in the world and everyone is kind (sorry, very sickly). So… Continue reading Lampshades from wedding table runners
I made a note a few months ago to write a blog post once I had finished a really big lampshade order. But things have been so busy since then, I'm only just getting round to it, sorry! Some of lock down (especially the beginning when I was doing Joe Wick's workout every morning and… Continue reading Biggest lampshade order yet!
We were incredibly lucky to have our kitchen/dining room (which is also my lampshade workshop) decorated just before lock down and I have been meaning to share it on here since then so I'm sorry it's taken so long. I adore this space. It's so light and airy but also very cosy in the winter.… Continue reading Welcome to my studio!
The weeks are blurring into each other more and more now, that's for sure. Here in the UK we're into week 4 of lock down and some days it's hard to know what day of the week it is. Overall I'm still feeling mostly happy and incredibly grateful but I had a slight dip mid… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week Three – Up and Down
It's April fools day, 2020. A bit different from other years. I don't think many people will be playing pranks. We're doing okay though. My family have adapted really well, it just feels like a long stay-cation at the moment! I've been keeping to a routine each morning at least. Exercise first thing (was Joe… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week One – Anxiety
Tapered drum lampshades have been very popular at gilhoolie lately. Either restoration of an existing lampshade (as it's hard to find a replacement of the same dimensions) or made from scratch using a template. I particularly like restoring a client's tapered drum lampshade - it's always a happy feeling when I roll it along the… Continue reading Everyone loves a tapered drum…
I have always loved Harris Tweed so was delighted when a client in Birmingham asked me to use some to make two very big and two small lampshades to fit bases they had purchased from Loaf.com. The fabric is about as thick as you'd want to go for a lampshade (you really need to consider… Continue reading Harris Tweed lampshades…
I'm at home with Arthur puppy today (just a bit poorly after a minor op). So I have finished off some lampshades for clients, but otherwise I plan to generally take it easy myself too (which is very rare!) I feel very lucky that I have the flexibility to be able to do what I… Continue reading Map lampshades…