Tel: 01234 240730 
Address: 35 High Street South, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AA 
Tel: 01234 240730 
Address: 35 High Street South, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AA 
Handcrafted Vintage Upcycled 
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. 
A new year, new designers in the shop and a new laptop for my blog!  
Getting a new website is a big commitment, both in terms of investment and the need to update it regularly. I use my iPad every day in the shop, as it's so easy to carry around, take photos, write emails and update Facebook and Instagram, but sadly it just doesn't work for my website, which is a bit more complex. Result - I have now purchased a new laptop and hope to be able to update the website more regularly. As you can see it's working well as my Happy New Year post is just scraping in before the end of January... 
After three years in business and with the changing of the seasons we have decided to launch our new website. We hope that you like what you see and are inspired by our handcrafted, vintage and upcycled products. 
We also take commissions if you would like something created uniquely for you. 
Pop in for a browse and a chat...we look forward to meeting you. 
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