Thursday, 27 April 2017

Detola and Geek on the road - Group lampshade making workshop in Cambridgeshire

Last Monday night, I taught a group lampshade making workshop in the picturesque village of Great Chishill (nr. Royston) in Cambridgeshire. Sounds a bit like the beginning of a "romantic novel"). LOL !!! I love living in & exploring the English countryside (can't you tell).

I loved every minute of this "home-based" evening workshop which was for a group of ladies. And oh what a fun & giggly bunch they were. 

All the ladies brought along their own fabric/material which comprised of different textures, designs & colours. One of the ladies upcycled an old laundry basket as her base material (I highly do not recommend using materials other than light to medium-weight cotton / linen fabric when making a lamp shade for the very first time).

Will share some of the lampshades "in situ" later. I love seeing how a bespoke lampshade can pull a room / space together. 

To find out more about my "Detola and Geek" lampshade making craft workshops, click here:

If you are not able to attend one of my workshop's in person or want to give it a go by yourself, grab one of my lampshade craft kits online instead.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Detola and Geek Metallic Gold Edition 2017 Handmade Lampshades

Here's a show and tell of my latest handmade project

How do you like the sound of metallic? Gold? Gold lining? Luxe?

I guessed you would love my subtle hints!

Introducing my new limited Gold Edition series of bespoke handmade lampshades. I've also named them with TRADITIONAL "Nigerian" names too.

So here they are in no particular order

First meet FUNKE

Next is FOLA

Next up is WURA (nuff said)

And lastly but not the least, TUNDUN

.... and all FOUR together now

Hope you like / love them

p.s . I'll be making matching cushions filled with "duck feather" inserts! Zip closure & may / may not have piping! Havent decidec on that yet ;-)

You can  get your own metallic gold lampshade too!

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Best Home Decor Award 2016 by Afro Retro Magazine

So it's happened! Again. Just before the curtains closed on the year 2016, Detola and Geek won another prestigious award. Lost for words to say the least.

Adding the "AFRO RETRO BEST HOME DECOR BRAND AWARD 2016" to the list of multiple awards. Thanks so much Retro Afro magazine for the recognition.

This is what you call the ultimate "Friday Feeling" as I am so chuffed, grateful, inspired, motivated! Right now!

You can find out all about the awards here Afro Retro Magazine Best African Brands Awards 2016.

The only way is up for Detola & Geek  πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ’ƒπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year from Detola and Geek

Happy New Year world

Hope you all had a fab festive season - spending time with your love ones. Mine was quite enjoyable too.

I'm already working on new ideas / projects etc.

All will be revealed as soon as they are made, but I can share with you my first new lampshade design for January 2017.......

The Tropical Golden African Lamp shade called 'Funke Lampshade'.

She's part of my new "Gold Edition" as they are handcrafted with a Gold- coloured thicker inner lining.

You can buy this now from my Detola & Geek website: Funke Lampshade

Follow my blog to stay up to date with all what is happening in my world as well as behind the scenes  sneak peeks.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Detola & Geek wins Theo Paphitis's Small Business Sunday award!

Some things are so rare that the chances of it happening is equal to one winning the lottery.

My one woman small handmade business won Theo Paphitis's small business Sunday award on 12th September 2016.

So you could imagine how amazed. elated, gobsmacked & speechless atimes I have been since Monday.

All kind of emotions happening at the same time!

At some point I could barely breathe.

Hard work really pays off. You've got to be in it to win it. I live by this mantra 100%.

You also have to be very passionate about what you do. I so love picking out colourful vibrant African wax print textiles. They are the backbone of my teeny weeny business that I call Detola & Geek.

Thanks again Mr Theo Paphitis, Shopkeeper & ex-Dragons Den judge for propelling my small business into the big world of business & super brands.

Will share my official award winning badge once I've received it. 

....... and here it is, as promised

Keep your eye on Detola and Geek as it is certainly going places!

To learn more about the award, see my profile as well as find out how your small business can enter, visit

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