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My world grew this year. It billowed outwards and encompassed a world of new friends and touched lightly on the shoulders of business. With this alone, I am happy. I have been delighted by reciprocated kindnesses and taken aback by other’s selfless generosity. For me, this year has been about people.

I have made and sold over 200 lampshades. Selling via 5 online shops, one bricks and mortar, two pop-ups, a load of markets and fairs, and from my own home. I  have supplied wholesale and forged a partnership with an interiors supplier. More on-line shops are lined up for early next year, but they’ll be fewer markets and shows – I have to be pickier. Discovering that my grandfather was a lampshade-maker in the 50s was a joyful surprise. Over 20 people have learnt new lampshade-making skills from me. I have embraced and enjoyed social media, networking, and selling. Lampshades have been ripped apart, sold for peanuts, got squashed in boxes. Pricing and quoting has been difficult (the amount of quotes I’ve given for bespoke lampshades without a reply in response is really quite surprising, and dispiriting). I have got through 12 rotary cutters, 2 steam irons, 2 metal rules, one pair of scissors, 100m of fabric, 50m of PVC, hundreds of ringsets, roll upon roll of tape, corner punched hundreds of compliment slips, price-tagged, listed, and spent many hours ironing! Oh, the ironing.  I have grappled with a gazebo, carted around huge boxes, have frozen and fried to a crisp at various markets. I am in profit, and by a decent margin.

What does 2012 have in store? A new range of lampshades. An e-commerce enabled website. A rebrand. Perhaps my own shop on the Gloucester Road, Bristol, for one week only. What would you do, if you were owner at Quincy Lampshades?

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My head has not been on the business this week. I have been daydreaming and taking it easy. So much so that I forgot to tell Lois at OurGreenRoom that I’m not available to work this coming week. And when I did? Frantic emails! One of her customers wasn’t going to get the lampshade they’d bought for their daughter as a Christmas gift. Lois was about to buy a lampshade-making kit and have a go herself! I couldn’t let her do it. So with a nasty hangover and not much sleep I drove all the way to Bradford On Avon and made a lampshade in Lois’s front room – all so that lovely lampshade could be given in time. And it felt good. Good that I didn’t try to duck out. Good that I exceeded expectations. Good that I redeemed myself. Good that I made our customers happy.  It made me realise that, as a small business, you really do have to go that extra mile. (And there’s no such thing as time off.)

 

If you love big and bold like I do, but can’t find what you’re looking for in a Quincy Lampshade, may I introduce you to the devilishly divine and phantasmagorical collection from OurGreenRoom. All made by my fair hand, should you decide to plump for heaven over humdrum.

 

 

 

I was like a rat today. Carefully treading through stinking rivulets of waste and sniffing my way along corridors in the dark and dingy underbelly of Cabot Circus, Bristol. Most unlike a rat though, I was pushing a very noisy and unwieldy cage full of lampshades and pushing the wrong buttons in various lifts, in the hope of finding the Made in Bristol Pop-Up Shop. Bright lights, white walls and the smell of success greeted me on arrival. Oh to be bathed in shop heaven!

Quincy Lampshades are looking totally lush here. Gracing the windows and giving displays a lift. Find Made in Bristol between Dwell and the Sony Shop on the Glass Walk until Mon 14 Nov.

I’ve laboured over getting my shop stocked at Brighton POD and at last it’s done! Check it out – there’s some great stuff.  Promoting Original Design.

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.

 

My Mac desktop is festooned with various photos of lampshades. Why? Because every online stockist demands different types of photos for their site. Brighton POD has been the most demanding so far, and I’ve been putting off populating my shop with them for ages. But, hey presto, I’ve learnt how to ‘cut-out’ photos, giving each shade a new white background. Very sharp, very clean, very time-consuming. Thanks to YouTube and Gimp and a kick up the bum – here’s the befores and afters (just another 18 to do…)

After

Before


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