I have been drawing, painting, sewing and creating for as long as I can remember. My mother likes to tell the story of when I was 4, she asked me what I was going to do that day. My answer was "sew". As a second grader, I can remember a teacher that decorated an entire bulletin board with my hand made paper dolls and their clothes. As a high schooler I was thrilled to have my design chosen to be the poster and cover design of the school play (until I realized that meant I had to do all the silk screening of them myself...). Creating has always been a part of my life.

I have worked in the printing industry for over 20 years, first as a typesetter and illustrator, and more recently in customer service. The process of design conception to competed project has always thrilled me, and no more so than with my own projects.

I began my business, Dawn’s Designs, in 2003 - hoping to mix my own artwork with practical items. A notepad, calendar, shopping list or gift wrap are things everyone can use. And if they are decorated with my original watercolor and ink illustrations, all the better.

The many snowmen evolved over time - I had made calendars a few years before I had the idea of a full calendar devoted to snowmen. And the many other snowmen notepads and book have evolved from the snowman calendar. They are whimsical and fun - mischievous and entertaining! I had no idea when I started making them that people collected snowmen, and they would be such a huge hit!

The other calendars I offer represent a variety of lifestyles. A fridge planner for organizing and ease, a mouse pad calendar for those who are always close to their computer, a larger wall calendar just for the enjoyment of whimsical garden art, and a perpetual calendar to remind us of our birthdays and anniversaries all year.


Dawn Pilon

All artwork is original watercolor and ink illustrations by Dawn Pilon / Dawn’s Designs © 2020