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Live Local, Love Local, Buy Local – should we endeavour to embrace this concept? Can it be done?

It’s difficult. I know. Our village has a monthly market selling local produce and crafts. Aside from selling at it, I rarely visit. Why? I am lured into the convenient world of online grocery shopping offered by the big supermarkets and I loll there. I can shop on my phone from the comfort of my bed for goodness sake! But, it is possible to get the best of both worlds. Popping along to the village market, picking up a few bits and bobs for dinner, buying the freshest of bread and chatting to friends really can’t be beaten. It might be a tad more expensive and a bit bothersome, but as your shopping bag bumps against your leg on the walk home you feel a connection to your community that can’t be had from an app on your phone.

This Christmas past I attempted to buy gifts from small companies or direct from designer-makers in the UK. It was a challenge. Amazon won out, especially when it came to compiling wish lists for the children. But, if you know where to look (and therein lies the challenge) you can find the most marvellous things. I am proud to say that I sell my lampshades with Love-Local – an online retailer specialising in gifts made in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Here’s some of the best from the sunny South West –

Sherrington Baker Boy Cap

Leather Mini Satchel


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.

All set for Long Ashton Village Market this Saturday (7th May). Looking forward to seeing friendly faces and eyeing up Sue’s cakes…

Here is the lovely and inspiring Paula White, receiving her Cherry Blossom ceiling pendant shade which she won by saying ‘Manky Lampshades’, ever so sweetly, at the Long Ashton Village Market this Saturday. Cherry Blossom is a fab choice – dark stone background with white blossom picked out with wine red centres, brown bark and the tiniest of green leaves. How appropriate for Spring! Paula may even re-design her room around her new shade. (It’s that chicken and egg design thing, again.)

Paula is a social media expert and runs White Social Media. She helps people to develop their skills in the world of all things social media. I consider myself to be a newbie to social media as a tool in running a successful business (you never know, I might make some money from selling lampshades one day), and, I think, I’m doing okay. But if I want to step it up, White Social Media will be my first stop.

All set for Long Ashton Village Market this Saturday (7th May). Looking forward to seeing friendly faces and eyeing up Sue’s cakes…

Go Quincy Lampshades! Here’s ‘Quincy Towers’ ready for Long Ashton Village Market on Sat 2nd April. Looking good, if I say so myself.

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