Now the shop is up and running it’s time for a quick update! Since Afterglow opened in June, things have been very busy. I’m so lucky to have many talented designers on board so the shop is always colourful with lots of new things to see. Everyone is working hard to develop new products or source unique items that the visitors to Olney seem to like!
We have had big successes like the beautifully restored Gothic Revival chair which was here less than 24 hours before it sold, only to be replaced by a lovely bureau that lasted a full 2 days before it too was snapped up!
- Lovely chair restored by Carrington Antiques and Collectables
Awareness of the shop has been building thanks in part to a couple of full page features in MK Pulse and Phonebox magazine.
I have been busy keeping up with orders and have been making decoupage guitars and clocks on themes ranging from Elvis to One Direction! It’s great to get people’s wish lists of bands and to make them a reality!
Overall I am just loving the fact that all our designer-makers are gaining appreciation for what they do.
Very excited to announce that Afterglow will open for business on 14th June 2014 at 35 High Street South, Olney, MK46 4AA. Please come and visit us to see the work of some talented local designer-makers, painted furniture, decoupage guitars and ukuleles, vintage finds and much more!
Our opening hours will be:
Sun 11-3 on the first Sunday of the month
But once the school holidays are here I will be able to stay a little later if there is demand! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Did you know that wool is a fire retardant? Even if it does catch fire, it burns slowly and self-extinguishes when the source of the flame is removed.
Thanks to Campaign for Wool for the info!
At the MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza in May, we were delighted with the response to our first decoupage guitars. Two acoustic guitars were transformed into uniquely decorated pieces of art, whilst still functioning as musical instruments. With one themed ‘Beatles’ and the other ‘Rolling Stones’, the guitars each sold to people who spotted them as unusual presents for friends who loved the bands. So for September’s fair we’ll be back in MK with more guitars among the cake stands, cosies candles and furniture!
TeaTotal Handmade at the MK Vintage fair
Did you know that wool has a naturally high UV protection, which is much higher than most synthetics and cotton?
Thanks to Campaign for Wool for the info!
- Handknitted tea and egg cosy from wool-rich yarn
Spring is finally here and I am busy creating and getting everything ready to take on the road. Here’s a list of my upcoming events, do pop along and say hello if you’re in the area:
3 March – Friends of Northampton High School Spring Fayre, 2-5pm
10 March – 8th Northampton Vintage Fair, St Matthew’s Parish Centre, 12-4pm
15 April – Wellingborough School Fair in association with My Little Vintage, 11am-4pm
5 May – My Little Vintage Fair, All Saints Parish Hall, Earls Barton, 11am-3pm
26-27 May – MK Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, Centre:MK, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm
- Serve your tea in style with our Union Jack tea cosy
According to Debenhams, the great British tradition of drinking tea is under threat – sales of teapots are sinking, while mugs are flying off the shelves.
We’re pleased to hear that the department store is fighting back by launching a Campaign for Civilised Tea Drinking, where the five million cups of tea sold in its restaurants each year will be served in teapots, with a cup and saucer.
Meanwhile, other stories in the news show that the British love of a nice cup of tea is not lost. Designer Ali Miller, has been inundated with orders after her teapot was recently featured in an episode of the BBC drama Sherlock.
Whether you’re a fan of proper tea from a teapot or a new convert to civilised tea drinking, we’ve got a range of cosies that will keep your tea piping hot. Made from wool rich yarn and fully lined, it’s the perfect way to save our teapots.
Thank you for reading my TeaTotal Handmade blog, where you can discover the story behind our products and experience the trials and tribulations of running a small craft business while juggling work, four children and a mad springer spaniel.