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On Wednesday I won a great prize that could make a big difference to my business – an editorial photo shoot with photographer Lyndsey James. Not just a product shoot, but a range of pictures that will highlight me, my story and the lampshades. There was another prize too – an intangible one. To win, I needed people to vote for me, so I put my Twitter followers to the test, engaged my emailers and asked my friendly Facebookers to help. The response was just brilliant. I was surprised by the support and I loved it. Thank you, for giving me a prize twice over.

Now, Lyndsey is thinking about shooting in the garden with the shades hanging from a tree. Here’s my garden. What do you think?

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Starting out, I would visit online shops and aspire to sell with them one day. From The Wilde was one of those gorgeous shops. But the lady who ran it seemed ever so particular… there was no open invitation to sell with her. Every artist on her site was hand picked. Then, one day, she picked me! I ummed and I ahhed, but Helen’s infectious enthusiasm, brilliant use of social media, and love for her work and sellers, reeled me in good and proper. It was an excellent decision. Helen has been getting Quincy in the press here, there and everywhere and has just won Small Business Sunday with Theo Paphitis. She deserves all the great craziness to follow!

 

A lovely blog visitor took the time to comment today, saying:

I thought I have to come and look at these lampshades, because lampshades are lampshades aren’t they, how exciting can they be? But your Quincy Lampshades are beautiful! They are so unique and the fabrics are gorgeous.

Such fabulous feedback keeps me going, especially when Kirstie Allsopp retweeted me to her 140,000 followers last night! I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)!

Back in April I was moaning on Twitter about being rejected by Not On The High Street (don’t know why – it’s their policy not to give reasons). That same day I had a direct message from Rebecca at Northern Homes magazine saying that was ‘rubbish’ and could I send her some high res images to include in the next issue of their magazine. My smile exploded! Rebecca made my day. And here it is. My first ever appearance in a homes and interiors print publication! It’s a lovely magazine – I may even subscribe. I am Tweeter of the Month! Now, where’s the podium?

20,000 squids for an octopus hat? An eye-watering amount of money for a skin-tone over-scrolled pretzel. Yup, that’s what the eBay bidding has reached for the inspired Philip Treacy hat that our beloved Princess Beatrice wore to Will’s and Kate’s wedding. And, with proceeds being donated to Unicef and Children in Crisis, even the Dragons’ Den Duncan Bannatyne has bid £5,000. How can Beatrice top that for the next Royal wedding, eh, Harry? I’m hoping she’ll have a lightbulb moment and plump for a lampshade. No, not one by an internationally renowned hat designer, but one by me, ‘lil ol Ruth McAllister (say it in a Devonshire accent, please). I’m thinking a 20cm diameter Blakely by Alexander Henry, or a huge Jungle Paisley by Kaffe Fassett. I’m gonna tweet Theo Paphitis about it on Small Business Sunday – see what he reckons…


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