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Afterglow Blog 

Our risk assessment carried out before re-opening Afterglow in accordance with Government guidance. 
If you love music, the chances are that you'll like our upcycled guitars and ukuleles. 
After learning to decoupage tables and trays, I decided to try the technique on something a bit more complicated - a guitar! The technique worked a treat as my first instrument covered with images of the Rolling Stones was snapped up within half an hour of going on sale. Since then my customised guitars and ukuleles, mostly featuring iconic rock images, have since become a trademark of Afterglow. We have also expanded the range to include guitar-shaped clocks. 
Unwanted instruments are transformed using decoupage and several coats of varnish into a real statement piece - either to be displayed decoratively or played, as each instrument is also repaired and restrung ready to make music again. 
Ukuleles often feature fun images such as superheroes or cartoons but anything is possible, from your favourite band to classic children's literature like Alice in Wonderland. 
I am proud that a bar in Liverpool located next door to the historic Cavern Club commissioned four of my guitars, and I have also sent instruments to the USA and Europe. 
I can supply acoustic or electric guitars and if you have an instrument of your own that needs a new lease of life, please get in touch. 
Learn more about our latest designers and traders 
Beautifully handcrafted bags, sparkly bottle lights, printed woodland mugs and unique art are among the new arrivals at Afterglow. 
Bags by Carmen - the name says it all - with a range of handbags, compact mirrors with cases, make-up purses and more - all using limited edition fabrics and lovely finishing touches. 
Twinkle Light Gifts is Sarah's take on all things sparkly as she adds strings of LED lights to handmade pictures and glass bottles to create great presents. 
The Nest, Rugby, is a shop representing many local crafters as well as their own designs, such as the woodland range 'In The Sticks'. We're delighted that Vicki has brought her lovely mugs, coasters and water bottles to Afterglow. 
Mandy Smith is an artist, illustrator and print designer who works across acrylics, watercolours, digital, photographic and paper collage. Her colourful botanical designs will brighten up any home. 
Unfortunately the shop is currently closed because of the Coronavirus crisis. We are exploring new ways of keeping our business going during the lockdown. 
March started well for Afterglow but by the middle of the month the writing was on the wall. Footfall had shrunk, as had our sales, and I was nervous about the shop having so many little things which are tempting to touch - not good in a pandemic! 
So on Mother's Day I sadly took the decision to shut temporarily alongside many other shops in Olney. The following day, the Government made it official for all non-essential shops to close anyway. 
Three weeks into lockdown, I have photographed thousands of items of our stock and am in the process of building a online shop within our website, with the help of Steve Axtell, my local itseeze consultant. 
All our designers and traders will be represented in the webshop so please drop by and visit - it is just a click away! We hope to bring some handmade and vintage cheer into your lives. Thank you! 
An artist who creates pictures from waste materials has joined Afterglow. Danielle Vaughan has had numerous radio and TV appearances with her unique portraits attracting nationwide attention. 
In 2018 she appeared on Sky Television's Portrait Artist of the Year with her sitter Noel Fielding selecting her portrait to take home. 
Now her distinctive work is available at Afterglow including portraits of well-known faces plus landscapes and animals in a range of original pieces, mounted prints and cards. 
Danielle, from Leicestershire, describes herself as a mixed media forager who divides her time between her studio and running workshops. Her unique style is already proving popular at our shop in Olney. 
Artist and Olney resident Michelle Turner-Davidson is another local talent to join Afterglow. 
Michelle, a former dancer, is back at her easel after a gap of nearly 30 years. 
Now working mainly in acrylic and with a natural affinity for the figurative, prints from her original artwork are available, together with a range of gifts - cushions, mugs, cards and more. 
Says Michelle: "I picked up my paintbrush again in January 2017 and I'm loving it. You'll frequently find me painting at home in the kitchen, in a local cafe or with the wonderful Emberton artists." 
For more information on the designers to be found at Afterglow, please visit our Artisans page. 
One of the joys of my job is sending items on the next stage of their vintage journey. The story of two Stakmore folding garden chairs is one lovely example. Spotted in the shop, they were purchased for a new life aboard a Dunkirk little ship! 
Built in 1930, “Lazy Days” came under fierce attack during World War Two as she ferried troops during the Dunkirk landings but has since been fully restored and takes part in many commemorative events. The chairs - themselves nearly 100 years old - will be used to provide much-needed comfy seating for Dunkirk veterans on the boat. 
Running a small business like Afterglow is a daily exercise in multi-tasking. As well as being in the shop five days a week, sorting stock and helping customers, my duties encompass such diverse activities as accounting, social media marketing, designing new products - and even window cleaning. 
But I now have another title to add to my CV - data controller. I know, it sounds like the Fat Controller without having all the fun trains to play with!..... 
Unpicking the history of a 125-year-old sewing machine 
Have you ever wondered about the history of those vintage items that come into our lives? 
Who sat on that chair or polished that spoon before it was refashioned into a ring or used the old wooden tool to carve something beautiful? 
With a bit of digging you can usually discover the bare bones of a piece's history, but sadly the story of the people who once owned it often remains elusive... 
For a small market town, Olney has many claims to fame. One of these is the Pancake Race, an event steeped in history and becoming more popular every year. 
No one is quite certain how the world famous race originated. The favourite story tells of a harassed housewife, hearing the shriving bell, dashing to the Church still clutching her frying pan containing a pancake. 
The first actual race is believed to have run in 1445, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, and the whole day was given over to a festival of celebration, pranks and pastimes. 
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