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Summer Celebrations

Well it definitely has been a long hot summer - especially here in Kent! The season started off with the wonderful Platinum Jubilee celebrations. I must admit to being a royal fan. I love the history and traditions of the monarchy and have acquired quite a collection of coronation and jubilee mugs dating back to Queen Victoria! To mark the occasion I added corgi print cushions and Union Jack dog collars to the “Vintage Dawn” range.   Then this month we had our own family celebrations. My son Danny married his long time girlfriend Emma on a a beautiful sunny day at a Georgian mansion house in East Sussex. I am lucky enough to have been both mother of the bride and mother of the groom and both times I have felt...

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Taking Stock

Hello and welcome to my first blog of 2022. Marvellous May is upon us and the gardens are suddenly full of colour, the days are becoming warmer and it is time once again to find my flip flops! Spring always puts me in the mood to have a good sort out, re-think and plan ahead.   During lockdown my business had to adapt. Fairs were cancelled and the local craft shop I supply had to close.My on-line Etsy shop suddenly became my sole selling outlet. At fairs I would always offer a selection of vintage homewares for sale along side my handmade designs. I had a good stock of these items so I decided to start adding vintage pieces to my Etsy shop. This proved to be very successful and I now...

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Happy Christmas!

I have finally wrapped the last present, I’ve delivered all my cards and I’ve made the traditional Christmas tree cake with my eldest grandson (who is 4). So today I can really enjoy the magical day that is Christmas Eve!    If you read my blog last year (thank you for sticking with me!) you will know that today is my favourite day of the year. The calm before the whirlwind of Christmas Day. The day for opening those special biscuits, lighting a scented candle and sitting down in front of a wonderful Christmas film. I like “White Christmas” or “Love Actually”. If you’re hosting Christmas you will also be madly chopping veg and preparing the feasting table. I’m lucky enough to be going with all my family to my brother’s this...

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Gatherings

I always think the change in the seasons from Summer to Autumn happens very quickly. Sometimes September can be kind by allowing us a final flurry of warm summery days. The children return to school in crisp new uniform, often not needing coats. However as October beckons the damp morning mists arrive, the trees start to relinquish their rusty leaves, the nights draw in and my heating goes on! The perfect time to enjoy cosy evenings in with hot chocolate and scented candles.The last colour in my garden is now fading. The beautiful hydrangea blooms are drying and turning the most wonderful shades of champagne pink and pistachio green. Now is the perfect time to cut a few to preserve indoors for floral arrangements. My vegetable patch suddenly looks bare as “all is...

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Summer’s Here!

It’s funny how it feels that Summer only really starts when the schools break up although it officially begins on 21st June!As a child I would look forward with excited anticipation to those six weeks of school holidays. Sometime in August our family would set off on our annual holiday to Cornwall. The car would be jam-packed with “essentials” and my brother and I would be squashed on the back seat amongst enough food and drink to sustain us throughout the nine hour journey (there weren't so many motorways or dual carriageways back then). My Mum originated from a small Cornish village near St Austell so we often stayed with my Auntie, Uncle and cousins who lived there. We spent most of our days with them exploring the local golden...

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Happy Easter

Today is Easter Sunday and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! Here in Kent ("The Garden Of England") it is a lovely Spring day. The birds are twittering, my Spring bulbs are in full bloom and there are fresh green shoots appearing on all the neatly pruned shrubs and climbers.   Last month we also had a few warm sunny days so I left my sewing machine to spend some time tidying up the garden and decided to create a new raised bed area for fruit and vegetables. After talking the idea over with my husband, he promptly produced an original site plan of our plot (from when our house was built in 2000), a ruler and pencil and started to draw out the proposed beds to...

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New Inspiration

As this is my first blog of 2021 I would like to start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!January seems to have flown by - the month for new resolutions and a good sort out! Lockdown has continued and so I have been busy indoors rearranging my sewing room and sorting through my vintage fabric stash! This always gives me inspiration for new designs  and products. I came across some beautiful sailing themed fabric that I purchased when in Cornwall last year and am now  planning a range of seascape inspired cushions in beautiful hues of cobalt blues, sandy yellows and sea glass greens. Watch this space!I have also added a new section to my Etsy shop - “Vintage Toys”. I have aways loved old toys especially...

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Merry Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve, my favourite day of the year! It is the day when all the cards have been delivered, all the presents have been wrapped, the chocolate tin is full  and the fridge is bursting with mouth watering delights. It is a day full of expectation, anticipation and excitement for tomorrow.    It is also the day when for many years I helped out with our local church nativity puppet show. This involved receiving a hastily written script a few days before, one dress rehearsal at 1pm and a main performance at 4pm in front of packed pews of over excited children and their parents. Behind the curtain we (the narrators and puppeteers) threw ourselves into delivering the Christmas story with a mixture of carols, pantomime banter and irreverent jokes....

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Christmas is Coming!

Suddenly it’s mid November and Winter is approaching fast. The nights are drawing in, the heating is on, I’m lighting scented candles and Strictly is back on TV. All the ingredients for cosy nights in and some comforting normality during the second lockdown.   Usually I’d be busy preparing for my Christmas Fairs but sadly I don’t think they will be happening this year. So instead I’m making sure my Etsy shop is well stocked and I’ve added a Christmas section where you can find festive decorations, gifts and my charity Christmas card. I was thrilled this year to be asked by the Sara Lee Trust to provide a drawing for one of their Christmas card designs. They are a local charity who provide free specialist counselling and complimentary therapies to...

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my redesigned website!    It now includes links to my social media sites and my Etsy on-line shop as well as a monthly blog by yours truly where I will endeavour to give you a “behind the scenes” look at Vintage Dawn life and a sneak preview of new products and vintage finds coming to my shop.   Please feel free to contact me about anything via my social media sites or alternatively you can email me on vintage@dawnpotter.com   All the best  x ...

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