Welcome to Shadez of Michelle’s Word Press Blog

Welcome to Shadez of Michelle’s Word Press Blog.  On this blog, I hope to bring you a variety of wonderful samplings from some of today’s most talented handcraft Artisans as well as some fun and helpful tips on Home Improvement, Home Decorating and a variety of Crafting projects.   Feel free to comment on anything you like as well as what you might want to see in the future.   Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up on current posts.


How to Make Paper Roses

View my new in-depth article on Squidoo,  How to Make Paper Roses.


Featured Artist: Michelle Cox Photography

This striking photo is just one of the dramatic art pieces produced by Michelle Cox of  “Michelle Cox Photography” Chicago Illinois.  As you will see in her interview, Michelle’s view of life in America today is nothing but ” up front “, combining what is happening in our world and economy today with dramatic still shots of our history.  Her work is purely surreal.  Please visit her sites, it will remind you of who you are and where you came from. ( It seems that Michelle has a playful side as well, take note of her very interesting hobbies.)

Name of Business: Michelle Cox Photography

* Link to my shop: www.etsy.com/people/michellecoxphoto

* About me: I am fun-loving happy blond little miss that, if seen in the wrong light, can take some of the most depressing pictures in the world. 🙂 I do enjoy a subject matter that is not too often understood, however my passion is to show people things about the world that they might never see.
I grew up and still reside in Midwest America, specifically the Chicago-land area. So much of this area is dead now, outgrown by the world’s technological age. My goal is to shed some light that. I want to make the “walls” of a place talk, one last time before they are gone for gone.

* My craft or talent: I am a photographer. I guess i would call a lot of my work… journalist artwork. All of the images are left untouched, meaning that I find the natural composition when I arrive at an abandoned area. I never feel that it is my place to disturb anything when I am there. I merely look for the proper lighting and adjust my position to that. Then the fun begins…

* How I do my craft: I primarily work with digital imagery but I work with film and digital. Capturing an image, I feel, is one of the most amazing things to do, so whatever medium i have to accomplish that, i will use.

* What lead me to my craft: I have always been interested in art however when I was one class shy of graduating college I pulled up an easy “A” that happened to be intro to photography, and I fell in love. Since then I have made it my goal to create, in my photography, the way that I see the world, the way that life looks in my mind.

* My other interests or hobbies: I enjoy any kind of art or design. I love to go on adventures, I love to travel. I adore classic holiday. Not just an acknowledgment of the time but an “I am obsessed with the time period and know everything about it” adoration. My heart truly belongs in the 1940s. I enjoy to sing and tap dance… I love cooking and baking. AND I love coffee, and couldn’t do the girl I am without it. 🙂

* My other links, blogs, websites:

Another new Headboard lamp

The Essence of Royalty BL21

Delicate handcrafted gold and black rosebuds drop softly from the rich black and gold hand beaded fringe that accents this lovely Victorian style headboard bed lamp. It’s fan shaped shade is dressed in gold and black paisley brocade, rose satin and heavy antique gold metallic lace. Handcrafted rose clusters highlight the side panels while 8 inch champagne chainette fringe and champagne french gimp finish her trimmings.

The fixture operates with a pull chain socket and uses no more than a 25 watt candelabra shaped bulb.

New Bed Headboard lamp

BL20 Dreaming of Nectar

This beautiful Headboard lamp was created using a couple of moire prints that    have been out of production for many years. I have been holding on to the fabric because it was one of my very favorite prints for making Victorian style lamp shades.


Shadez of Michelle Victorian Lampshade Gallery

Recycled Lamp

This is what happens when you take an old lamp out of the garage, clean  it up, rewire it

and create a new lamp shade for it.