Posts Tagged ‘june song tea’
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?)
Ice cream colours, duck-egg blue birdies, white cherry blossom, cherry-lipped Russian dolls and rose-laden romantic postcards all peek out of the wide window of Exeter’s Insideout store, catching the bright eyes of passers-by. (D’you know? If I didn’t make them, I’d buy them.)
Just adorable! June Song Tea has found a perfect place to nest in Hannah Ranby’s lounge. The Manky Lampshade Photo Contest winner’s home and this shade look as if they were forever destined to be together.
Drum roll please! The winner of the Manky Lampshade Photo Contest is Hannah, with this sad and sorry picture of a non-lampshade. Hannah worked really hard at getting loads of votes, including changing her Facebook profile pic to her winning photo, plus pledging £10 to Children In Need AND walking down the street with the lampshade on her head if she should win!!! (I expect to see photographic proof soon.) Hannah says ‘Who would have thought you could get so passionate about lampshades!’ Who indeed! Well done Hannah. I know you are going to love your new June Song Tea Standard Lampshade.
Thanks to all those who took part. You have done a grand job in spreading the Quincy Lampshade love by sharing the contest with your family and friends on your networks. It’s all about getting the word out! So thank you!
What a sorry sight! Here are the sad looking shades entered into the Manky Lampshade Photo Contest. Which is the ugliest? The most shameful? Just click and help the owners restore their pride by casting your vote and helping them win a beautiful Quincy Lampshade.
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.
Phewee! At last I have got my hands on more June Song Tea by Alexander Henry. This beautiful and popular fabric has been out of print and unavailable in the UK for the last couple of months, so I had to look to the US to ensure I got it faster than waiting for UK stockists. The lovely Leslie at LadyButton Fabrics is a treasure and did all she could to get this hefty bundle to me double quick smart – just 9 days!
Press! Here I am in Mollie Makes magazine – a truly scrumptious crafting publication by Future Publishing - thanks to From The Wilde. Doesn’t June Song Tea look marvellous? And in such beautiful company too.
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.