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Flamingo-a-go-go! July’s Stationery Box

What’s in the Flamingo box?

Flamingo Box

 

Washi!

Two different flamingo washi tapes. What can’t you do with washi tape? Decorate your planner spread; reinforce the holes in your ringed organiser; wrap beautiful parcels; embellish gift tags; make your headphones easier to spot…

Flamingo Love Washi Tape

Flamingo Stickers!

Two different types. Perfect for sealing envelopes, decorating your planner… Just hide them from the kids!

Flamingo stickersFlamingo Sticker Sheet

Iron on applique

Perfect for your jeans, handbag or pencil case! Super easy to add using the instructions below.

Iron on appliques and embroidered patch setting instructions using an Iron:

  • Step 1: Set your hand iron at the hottest temperature setting. DO NOT USE STEAM DURING APPLICATION!
  • Step 2: Place your applique or embroidered patch in the desired position and place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top. This will protect your item from the heat of the iron.
  • Step 3: Press the iron straight down for 35-45 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible. NO BACK AND FORTH.
  • Step 4: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 2 & 3.
  • Step 5: Allow the applique or embroidered patch to cool down.

Flamingo Applique

Decorative straw. Use it to sip your perfect summer cocktail or pop it in your pencil pot to decorate your desk. Carefully pull open to allow the paper to fill out and tuck the two pieces of pink card together using the pre-cut slots. Remember it’s only made of paper so be gentle!

Pink glitter crystal pen. What more can I say! I had to keep one for myself as I love how they write and the end can be used as a stylus for your phone or tablet. I will soon have refills and lots more colours available in the shop.

Finally, everything can be stored in the cute A5 pouch and I’ve added a flamingo planner charm to the zip which you can clip to anything your heart desires!

Flamingo A5 case

I’d love to see photos of your Stationery Box in action. Make sure you tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see and share your posts. Join the Rowan Trees Supplies facebook group to meet other subscribers and to swap tips and ideas as well as being amongst the first to hear about new products and special offers. I’ve also created a Pinterest board full of Flamingo inspired fun. Be sure to check it out!

Sign up for August’s box from 9am 1st August here.  You can subscribe for up to six months at a time or fill in this form to begin a rolling subscription and receive an invoice on the 1st of each month. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter too!

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July’s Subscription Box

July's Subscription Box

I have to confess that I love getting parcels through the post. A day without a chat with the postie is a sad one! I love everything about parcels. It’s even better if it’s a surprise! I’m very lucky that doing what I do, I get stock deliveries on a regular basis. There is nothing better than opening a huge box of loveliness! Actually there is one thing better; getting to keep it!

I’ve always loved stationery and since starting my own business and using a planner more I found a legitimate excuse for lots of washi tape! In my previous incarnation as a teacher, I had many notebooks, stickers and coloured pens but only got to use them in other people’s books!

Over the years, I’ve had many subscriptions from craft magazines, to boxes of yarn, to healthy snacks. I’ve even had a stationery box but do you know what?  It was a bit dull! I love hunting for things that are fun and quirky. Stationery should be pleasurable and should add a bit of happiness to a simple task like writing a shopping list.

I also discovered the frustration of British stationery addicts having to order from the USA. Waiting with anticipation for a customs bill and getting their parcel weeks after their American counterparts. The step from mystery boxes to subscription boxes seemed like a small one but the amount of planning and organisation has taken me by surprise. If you saw the piles of boxes in my house you may think otherwise but I’m actually more organised than I’ve been in a very long time! My lovely new bullet journal is helping with that. As is my bible of a spreadsheet which is doing all the sums for me!

As we are almost half way through the month, I’ve started to reveal some sneak peaks of items going into July’s subscription box. Don’t worry I won’t give everything away; there will be plenty of surprises!

What sort of things might I get in my box?

If you don’t like stationery then stop reading now!  Who am I kidding? Everyone loves stationery!

  • Washi tape
  • Stickers
  • Pens/pencils
  • Clips
  • Stencils
  • Notebooks/pads
  • Sticky Notes
  • Planner clips
  • Stationery storage
  • Novelty items related to the theme.

Each month’s box will be around a different theme and I will try to vary the types of items month to month so you don’t end up with twelve pencil cases each year but the boxes will always contain washi tape and stickers.

Not signed up yet? Be quick there are only a few spaces left! If you have missed out, I’ll be opening signups for August on the first of the month and adding another 20 places. Sign up for my newsletter to hear about it first.

July's Subscription Box

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Where did Rowan Trees Supplies Come From?

So where did Rowan Trees Supplies come from? As many of you know it’s a relatively new business which is evolving rapidly. Almost exactly a year ago I left teaching and became self employed.  I found that I needed my planner to work harder in order to keep on top of family life, my business and my (very sporadic) social life! I met Natalie at a networking meeting and her Ultimate Success Planner was exactly what I’d been looking for!

Ultimate Success Planner

The next step was to make my planner pretty! This is where my stash of washi tape, stickers and pretty pens came in to their own!

I found that the supplies I wanted were expensive and a challenge to get hold of locally. At the same time I was working on expanding my range of craft kits as part of Under the Rowan Trees. I noticed that although I’d designed my kits for children, many of them were appealing to adults; I even sold three ‘paint your own’ Christmas decorations to a husband, wife and dog at a Christmas fair in 2016! I’d love to see what the dog produced!

Rowan Trees Supplies - Fairy House Kit

More and more people were talking to me at fairs about their own love of crafting. After a light bulb moment in a rather chilly marquee, Rowan Trees Supplies was born!

As well as craft kits, I added wooden buttons, some jewellery making supplies and of course stationery! I love hunting for quirky designs. Items that aren’t available in the UK and that add fun to my planner. I am gradually expanding my range and would want to hear from you what you’d like to see in the shop. What do you want to use in your planner?

I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you more about my new subscription boxes. I’m so excited that I want to give all my secrets away! Some one tell me to put a sock in it or I’ll spoil the surprise!

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Rowan Trees Supplies – Welcome!

If you have been following Under the Rowan Trees for a while you may have noticed some changes! There has been an addition to the family! No, not the dog, Rowan Trees Supplies! I have turned my love or hoarding into a business!

I love hunting out quirky craft items and stationery and I am making it my mission to bring them all Under the Rowan Trees (much to my husband’s displeasure). My dining room is now the heart, soul and repository of all things kooky and beautiful!

 

The Monochrome Collection

I’m still busy crafting, knitting and sewing away in front of Netflix but I’m also on a shopping mission to find lovely things from all over the world and to bring them here to Northumberland. My postie is oh so happy!

As well as selling on Etsy, I’m working on building my on little empire right here on undertherowantrees.org and I want to say a huge thank you so all those of you who have made it possible!

If you haven’t already, pop over to Facebook and enter my giveaway to win a Mystery Box.

Mystery Boxes - Rowan Trees Supplies

And make sure you have signed up for my newsletter so that you can find out more about my subscription boxes which are coming in July. Eeek!!

Right back to work adding more pretties to the website! If you want a sneaky peak at what’s coming to Rowan Trees Supplies, have a look at my unboxing video from earlier today. I apologise for the washing machine spinning in the background!

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The Winnie Shawl

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The Winnie Shawl

This pattern has been designed with beginners in mind. It is ideal for perfecting an even tension and confidence with garter stitch.

You will need:

  • 5mm needles (I prefer a circular needle as the shawl becomes very wide towards the end).
  • 100g of sock weight yarn (this pattern would work just as well with any weight of yarn. Just adjust the needle size accordingly).
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

Pattern:

  1. Cast on three stitches using your preferred method.
  2. Slip 1, knit front and back of next stitch, knit 1.
  3. Slip 1, kfb, knit to end.
  4. S1, kfb, k to end.

Continue until you have almost used almost all of your yarn then cast off using the method of your choice ensuring that your edge is nice and stretchy.

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Hello February!

January has been rather blue all round but we can now put it behind us and embrace February with open arms!

I spent a couple of weeks in bed feeling poorly and pathetic but managed to knit up a very small storm.

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A mix of knitting, crochet and even a first attempt at weaving. I feel I’ve really neglected you all and will try to get back in the swing of blogging and regular newsletters. What have you all been up to? I’d love to see your crafts.

For more regular updates, follow me on instagram, facebook and pinterest.

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Advent – Cuddlebums Yarn

This Christmas, the lovely Jodi from Cuddlebums Yarn launched an advent box which contained 25 little paper bags of loveliness. Lots of yarnies like me signed up and on the first of December we tore them open like excited toddlers.

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The range and variety of resulting projects are amazing!

Advent Wrist WarmerI started by knitting a pair of wrist warmers following this pattern. I used days 1 to 11; splitting each mini-skein in two so that I have a matching pair.

I realised after the first two days that 25 x 5g was a lot more than one pair of wrist warmers so I cast on my first ever Hitchhiker shawl. I had seen the pattern many times and it had been in my queue for ages! In order to create a big snuggly shawl, I decided to stripe the colours with some grey from Jodi which I already had in my stash. I used 3.5mm needles with a 80cm cable which was perfect.

I love how it turned out!

Advent Hitchhiker

As a group, we shared our excitement each day. Some of us were good and didn’t peek ahead; some of us were not. Some of us knitted; some crocheted. Some of us were fast and finished by boxing day; some of us did not. But what we all had in common was that we loved the surprises and the amazing colours which Jodi and created.

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If you would like to add an image of your finished project please add it in the comments or email it to undertherowantrees@gmail.com and I’ll add it to the slideshow.

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Lumpy Bumpy Cowl

 

I have been knitting for a little over a year and initially struggled to find simple patterns to practise on and easily became frustrated and disheartened. I have attempted to create a pattern which is simple, achievable and contains links to tutorials to help with learning new skills. I hope that the Lumpy Bumpy Cowl will fit the bill!

Ideally, before attempting to start this pattern you should be able to perform the knit and purl stitches but the video does show these clearly.

The finished cowl is beautiful and snuggly and has a great stretch to it. I would love to see your finished creations! Do shout if anything is unclear.

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200g of Yarn (chunky or super chunky work best)

Circular needles (8mm to 15mm depending on yarn)

Darning needle

Pattern:

Cast on an odd number of stitches using your preferred method. I like the long tail method as it is lovely and stretchy. This is a great video to show you how to do it. I would recommend a bit of practice.

I cast on 19 stitches for super chunky and 33 for chunky. You can use any number you like to alter the width of your coLumpy Bumpy Close Upwl. Remember that making it wider will mean that you need more yarn or that the finished cowl will be shorter.

The pattern from here is very simple: knit one, purl one. Each row should begin and end on a knit stitch.

Turn your work and repeat.

Continue in this pattern until you run our of yarn. Cast off and sew the ends together using your yarn tail and a darning needle. Weave in the ends and it is ready to wear!

The finished length will vary depending on how wide you made your cowl. 200g of super chunky created the perfect length.

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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!

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Cloudy Day Hat

Cloudy Day Hat - Crochet Pattern

Cloudy Day HatToday I have made a simple bobble hat. This pattern is ideal for beginners; easy to adapt and really quick to make – perfect for a cloudy afternoon!

Equipment
Aran weight yarn (I used a wool/acrylic mix)
6.5mm crochet hook (I’m a tight hooker)
Darning needle
Pom pom maker

Abbreviations
Trc = treble or triple crochet (UK)
Htc = half triple crochet
Ss = slip stitch
Sts = stitches
Ch = chain

Pattern

  • Starting with a magic circle, ch 3 (counts at 1 trc) then work 11 trc (UK terms) into the ring.
    (If you find a magic circle tricky, ch 4 then join with a slip stitch to form a loop).
    Join your last trc to the top of ch3 with a slip stitch (12 sts).
  • Ch3. 2trc into each stitch around. Join to ch3 with a ss. (24 sts).
  • Ch3 trc into next stitch then 2trc. (Trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (36 sts).
  • Ch3. (Trc, trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (48 sts).
  • Ch3. (Trc, trc, trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (60 sts).
  • Ch3. 60trc. Join with ss. Repeat this row until the body of the hat is long enough. Approx 9 times.

Ribbing
This section is worked at 90 degrees to the main body of the hat. Half triple crochet (htc) should be worked into the back loop only to create a ribbed effect.

  • Ch 8. Turn.
  • Skip 2ch. 6htc. Slip stitch into next stitch on hat body to join row to main hat. Ss into next stitch. Turn.
  • 6htc. Turn.
  • Ch2 (counts as htc). 5htc. Ss into next stitch on hat body. Ss. Turn.
  • 6htc. Turn.
  • Ch2. 5htc. 2ss. Turn.
  • Repeat this row to the end. Slip stitch the final htc row to the first. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Use a pom pom maker or other method of your choice to make a nice big pom pom. Stitch to the top of your finished hat securely and weave in ends.

Wear and enjoy!

This pattern is available on Ravelry.