Posts Tagged ‘bird lampshade’
Success! InsideOut in Exeter did a fab job of selling nearly ALL of the 50-odd lampshades I supplied to them in April, just in time to receive my new range. And here they are in all their glory… Dandi Flight, Lorenza, Bermuda Stripe, Peacock Feathers, Lacy Grey and Hello Luscious. Hello indeed!
Over the years, me and my laptop have migrated from the sofa in front of the TV to the kitchen table. When my boys were smaller, it was important that I watched them as they sat glued to Tom & Jerry cartoons, while ideas for my lampshade business buzzed through my brain. At the close of every classic episode from the 50s, the producer’s name, Fred Quimby, would roll. Oh! That sweeping, curlicue, brush-stroke ‘Q’!
I wanted that too!
So, with a little tweak, the Quincy name was born. I had to ditch my own dull attempt of a logo and find something that would shine bright with colour, just like my lampshades.
Goodness knows how it happened, but Twitter really did produce the goods by introducing me to Ali Slater (designer and self-confessed typography geek) who being local and clever and having a great portfolio was the perfect person for the job. We agreed on a skill swap – a logo for lampshades.
Ali chose three large lampshades with translucent polypropylene diffusers and a small Black Beetles table lampshade for her home – a converted warehouse with very high ceilings. They are going to look just fab!
The lovely Quincy logo performs beautifully, don’t you think? (And are skill swaps the way to go for start-up businesses?)
Manky Lampshades are back! But this time you can win a wonderfully winsome June Song Tea Standard Lampshade worth £94.95. I think that’s pretty darn generous, don’t you? Visit me on Facebook where you’ll find all the details on the Photo Contest tab.
Dinky Quincy Lampshades on delightful bases by Ken Eardley from Radiance Lighting Boutique. Delectable.
Just a small problem! Selling my lampshades in gorgeous shops, both online and bricks & mortar, means I keep peeking at stuff and buying it! Not the best way to become profitable. I could easily plump for this quirky milk jug at Bouf, or half the shop at Tenderfoot. Goodness knows what will happen when I start selling at From the Wilde and Brighton POD (happening soon).
I was kicking myself. I was so cross. I’d sent a 45cm standard lampshade in June Song Tea to Lesley in Richmond, but I’d used a terrible box. Upon opening, Lesley found the shade to be completely crumpled. Oh no! Stupid, silly me. Of course, I offered to replace the shade for like or to issue a refund. After a bit, Lesley actually decided that she loved the shade so much she still wanted it, but she wanted an even bigger one at 50cm! It was a challenge – my biggest shade to date and I was very nervous making it. So nervous that I botched the first attempt. I lost a load of Selopar. Yet, in the process of rectifying my mistake I learnt the best, neatest, most efficient way to successfully navigate that tricky additional seam on the large shades.
Lesley and I had some late-night email exchanges where we worked out a way of getting the shade to her – on her way home to Richmond from Wales, Lesley and her husband took their normal stop at Gordano Motorway Services where I met them for the handover. With a crumpled lampshade sitting on top of their car, I could not miss them. Lesley was delighted with her new shade and it was a real pleasure for me to meet such lovely customers.
I learnt four valuable lessons:
- Don’t take chances with postage
- Create seam and fabric length before applying Selopar
- Solutions can be found using open and honest communication
- Running your own business is nerve-racking!
Yes, I lost some money. But I gained a chunk of confidence. Job done.
Here’s what Lesley said:
Our feet haven’t touched the ground since we got home but have thought once or twice that asap I’d let you know that the shade is a huge success. When I have a spare moment I’ll take a photo and send it to you. It’s now the fulfilment of my imagination – I love it! Thank you so much.
Regards and appreciation
That Bird Lamphade goes Supersize. Truly large and lavish. 45cm diameter shade in Alexander Henry June Song Tea. I can hear the wee birdies chirping away from here… If you like, you can buy it here or a smaller version here. Or you could always just drop me a line.
Claire, Liz and Lesley have such great taste! They each chose this gorgeous Alexander Henry lampshade in June Song Tea. And they all live in Long Ashton. Perhaps I should introduce these ladies to each other…? You, too, can buy it here.