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Creativity saved me!

Hi, I’m Danielle and I am the creative behind Under the Rowan Trees. I call myself ‘creative’ because anyone in my school art class would let out a laugh if I called myself an artist and I’d like to think I’m more than a crafter – I’ve taken the next step and turned my hobby into a business and it has saved me!

I’m a part time teacher, a full time wife and mum and somewhere in the middle I am me! I lost myself for a bit but thanks to Under the Rowan Trees – I’m back!

My job is tough. I’m sure you all know that we don’t work 9 until 3:30 but what people don’t always realise is the emotional burden that goes with working with adolescents. As a new mum I was exhausted. I worked in a school under a lot of pressure from Ofsted and under even more pressure from some of the students. I was miserable!

I took up crochet towards the end of my maternity leave and I knew right away that I was going to love it. The textures, colours and the concentration – perfect therapy! Endless counting and pattern reading stopped my mind from wandering … worrying.

The biggest shock was that as I started to share my work in online forums and Facebook groups, people liked it! I was used to nothing ever being quite good enough. Results could always be better; books could always be marked a bit faster; my baby wasn’t sleeping. All of a sudden I was getting praise and people were asking me for advice!

My next step was to set up a Facebook page to share what I was doing. My friends and family liked it and then some of their friends and family. I soon had 200 likes. That is when I decided to start selling my makes. I had branched out into embroidery, knitting and jewellery making. I love starting new projects; hunting for materials and patterns (shopping!).

It has been nine months now and business is growing slowly but steadily as is my confidence. I have left my job in the tough school and taken another closer to home. My baby is now a three year old and is an amazing little boy who gives the most gorgeous cuddles.

It has taken hard work, lots of it and quite often the first step I’ve had to overcome has been getting out of bed but I’ve done it! I’ve been to several craft fairs, not sold a huge amount but people loved my work – worth more than any cash to someone like me.

Want I want you to take from my ramblings is that if I can do it, so can you. Get out of bed. Try something new. Ask for help. Share what you have done. Keep trying and grow!

I’m not going to be a millionaire any time soon. I may not even cover my costs (that would be a bonus) but I am happy and I’m making others happy by sharing my creativity. I’m doing it and I’m not going to stop!

Follow our journey into 2016!

www.facebook.com/undertherowantrees

www.undertherowantrees.etsy.com

www.instagram.com/undertherowantrees

www.twitter.com/undertherowans

www.pinterest.com/undertherowans

undertherowantrees@gmail.com

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I met Justine through an online craft group and fell in love with her style. Her art work is just amazing and so diverse as you can see by the few examples I’ve selected to share. It was only later that I learnt that she was a cancer survivor and an amazingly strong woman.

Recently, Justine organised a charity auction in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. I was more that happy to donate a prize to this amazing cause and have to confess to bidding on a few items myself! The auction was a huge success and we were able to help Justine to smash her £500 fundraising target.

Make A Wish
Make A Wish

Justine’s Just Giving Page is still live here if you would like to donate and she is selling prints of the amazing Make A Wish on her facebook page with £5 from each sale going to charity.

Look out for Justine’s work (and mine!) in the Handcrafted Uniquely Community – perfect for gift shopping!

You can find JakeArt1 on EtsyFacebook and her own website. Do pop over and say hello and tell her I sent you!

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The Gallery @ Papercuts

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Yesterday was the launch of a gorgeous new gift shop and gallery in Whitley Bay. The Gallery @ Papercuts is the brain child of Saffron and Pat. Located at the back of a successful craft shop, this pop up shop is destined to be a huge success. I have filled four cubes with a mixture of hoops, memo boards and jewellery – some of which sold before I could even take a photo!

The gallery contains an array of beautiful art, jewellery, cosmetics, gifts and even preserves. The is certain to be something for everyone!

Other contributors include:

Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper

Kath Woollen

Kath Woollen

Tori Lo

Tori Lo Designs

Green Ginger Glass

Green Ginger Glass

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Nobia’s Art

Who doesn’t love jewellery? Who doesn’t love a rainbow of colours?

Orsi is the owner of Nobia’s Art and everything she creates is stunning. Her jewellery is so different and unique that it stands out in a sea of sameness.

Every time I see one of her images it makes me smile. It helps that she is lovely, funny and passionate about what she does.

If you haven’t seen her work, do visit her on facebook or etsy.

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We all went on a Belgian holiday!

It had been five years since our amazing honeymoon so we decided it was time to go abroad again. We loved Bruges and knew that my parents would too so Belgium was easily decided upon. My dad stumbled across Sabine’s amazing house on booking.com. The price was reasonable, the location looked good and it was available so we booked it (and spent months drooling over the amazing photos).

In reality, it was even better than in the photographs!

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The house itself was quirky and unique, full of antiques and Sabine’s art. The garden was breathtaking. Full of quirky items, beautiful potted plants and a cheeky kitten who snuck in from next door!

Next to the house is Sabine’s gallery. It is a little piece of heaven (especially with a glass of wine in your hand).

Her art is totally unique and the detail amazing. Standing nose to nose with some of her massive pieces I could see the reflections in the eyes of her faces. A detail that was totally hidden from only a few feet away.

 

Belgium was fantastic. The sun shone. The food was fantastic. The architecture amazing. Belgium – we love you!

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Art Gallery Discovery – Whitley Bay

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Last week we visited the gorgeous Links Art Gallery after spending the afternoon on the beach.

The cafe is on the links side of the building, near the car park. There is a large range of seating from comfy sofas to highchairs and the menu is varied and interesting and available here.As well as hot tea and delicious cake, I fell in love.  They have an amazing selection of art on their walls as well as prints and cards available to purchase.

I particularly liked the work of Jane Jackson who can be found here – Bright Seed Textiles and Laura Edgar. Both ladies are local to Whitley bay and use inspiration from their surroundings in their art.

I think what fascinated me most about their work was their use of textiles. Jane uses Harris Tweed to create the most amazing collages many depicting local landscapes and wildlife.

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Laura combines haberdashery, vintage textiles, embroidery and paint techniques to create unique and dramatic pieces.

You can find Laura on Facebook or click on the images above to visit her website.

I have added both their work to my pinterest boards so pop over and take a look.

Don’t forget to pop in to the gallery if you are in Whitley Bay (and try the salted caramel chocolate brownies).