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This week I travelled to a darling Methodist Chapel in Oldbury-on-Severn to teach five lovely ladies how to make handmade lampshades. Organised by Elly for herself and her friends, this was an opportunity to spend a quiet Monday night doing something really sociable and crafty, with the brilliant bonus of learning a new skill and going away with a lampshade made by their own fair hand with which to decorate their homes. All that was needed was me and my materials, some pushed-together tables, a plug (for that all-important iron) and for the ladies to each bring general purpose scissors, a tape measure, a pencil and half a metre of their favourite fabric. There was lots of laughter and gentle teasing over who was Teacher’s Pet…
If you are interested in organising a lampshade making party for you and your friends please contact me.
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