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Rudi the Reindeer – November Stationery Box

November Stationery Box

November Stationery Box was inspired by Rudi the Reindeer! Everyone needs a stationery boost at this time of year and he told me it had to involve copper reindeer. Who am I to argue?November Stationery Box

This stunning copper washi tape was the perfect starting point.

November Stationery Box

Followed by a hanging reindeer decoration which you can enjoy year after year.

November Stationery Box

I reached out to some amazingly talented artists and was lucky enough to be overwhelmed with greetings cards to choose from.  The incredible Sarah at Paper Lilac suggested her stag cards but in an exclusive copper colourway!November Stationery Box

Super talented lino print artist Jo Degenhart offered some of her amazingly festive postcard designs. I grabbed them quickly before she changed her mind!

November Stationery Box


I’m a big fan of paper clips! Creative Stationery created these incredible felt paper clips for us!

November Stationery Box

I then added a few more novelty clips!

November Stationery Box

A fluffy Christmas tree pen! These had to be wrestled away from my son!

November Stationery Box

Rudi wrapping paper, a gingerbread nail file and some reindeer droppings!

November Stationery Box

I put together the biggest number of boxes yet this month so still have some left if you missed out! You can order a November Stationery Box here.

Pinterest board inspired by this month’s box.

December’s Stationery Box is also now available to pre-order. They will be posted out in time for the final Christmas post so are ideal to send as gifts to far-flung loved ones! The theme is decadence and the items that have arrived so far are amazing! They include my first foray into notebook design and they are rather good if I do say so myself!



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Christmas Postage Dates 2017

Do you know when the last Christmas postage dates are this year?  According to Royal Mail, these are the last dates to ensure that your cards and gifts will make it to their recipients in time for the festivities.

I will be posting out December’s Stationery Box in time for the final UK post so you can have them in time for Christmas. They will make perfect gifts!

Christmas Postage Dates

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Black Cats and Magic – October’s Stationery Box

Black Cats and Magic

October’s Stationery Box has landed! This month’s theme was Black Cats and Magic!  I wanted to give you all a little treat as the dark nights are drawing in!

This was a truly international box, with contributions from Canada and Australia. Waiting for parcels to arrive through customs was more stressful than I’d planned though so next month’s box is going to be sourced from rather closer to home (in fact it’s all here already!)

Aurore McLeod ArtworkThe amazing stickers were handmade for us by Aurore McLeod. If you are not familiar with her work, do check her out. I’m a huge fan and have a mini gallery in my hallway. As soon as I saw her Halloween Misfits I knew they were perfect for this month’s box!

You can find her on etsy, Facebook and Instagram. I love the Bashful Bat, Problem Hair Pumpkin and Can’t be Bothered Cat!Black Cats Paper Clip

Have you noticed the great little tabs so even those of us with the shortest finger nails can get them off the backing paper easily! Thanks Aurore x

The lovely Ashley from Sparkly Crafty Shop in Canada made these paper clips for us. I love how the hat glitters! Purple is my favourite colour so when I spotted these I knew I wanted them for our box. Fell out with Canada Mail slightly in the process though!

November CalendarHopefully you’ll find a November calendar a useful addition to your box. Let me know if you like it and I can make a calendar page a regular addition. Punch it and put it in your planner or pin it to your memo board so  you can circle the day to order next month’s box 😉

I know lots of you had been lusting after these pens! I now have lots of stock in all colours. They make great Christmas presents. I have one in most colours for myself and the neon green as my ‘packing pen’ so I can’t lose it.

Black Cats

These cheeky chaps were all hand cut and laminated by me. I went a little overboard on numbers it would seem so you may find them popping up in your orders for some time to come. 

I love what one of our subscribers has done with her black cats: 

I also couldn’t resist these cute little witches! I loved Dorrie the little witch stories as a child and my son loves reading my old book now. These lovely ladies reminded me of her. I’ve printed them onto vellum which you can punch and use as dividers, add to your scrap book or just look at and admire their beauty.  I’d love to see how you use them. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can share your creativity.

I chose these washi tapes as they not only match the theme but I thought they could be used all year round. The gold moons are almost festive.

The box wouldn’t be complete without a little magic!  Popping candy is truly magical in the eyes of a five and thirty five year old alike. You should also hear it when it accidentally ends up in the washing up water.  Minutes of fun!

The little glass bottle contains some very powerful magic! Be careful to keep the stopper tightly closed so that it doesn’t escape.  It will be there for you when you need it most. Just hold on tight and whisper your favourite magic word then watch as you boss sprouts a tail or the traffic warden gets lost on her way down the street. I can not be held responsible for any irresponsible use of magic though!

November Stationery Box

November’s Stationery Box is now available to order. I aim to have them posted by the 17th November and will be releasing December’s slots around the same time. If you want to make sure that you don’t miss out, set up a recurring payment using paypal. You can cancel at any time as long as that month’s payment hasn’t already gone out.

I have a handful of October boxes remaining reduced to £10 until midnight tonight if anyone would like one?

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Why you should make a Kira the Kangaroo by Lalylala

Kira the Kangaroo

Kira the KangarooI love making amigurumi, I pretend I’m making them for Rowan but really they are for me! Kira the Kangaroo has been on my list for ages and I had the perfect yarn, tiny hook and pattern all ready to go. I finally decided the time was right and at the start of September I made a tiny head with little beady black eyes!


Kira the Kangaroo

The kangaroo is made up of:

  • head in white yarn,
  • hood,
  • two ears (a little fiddly but super cute!)
  • two arms (mine are a bit long as I lost count but at least they are symmetrical),
  • legs and body crocheted as one piece,
  • tail,
  • pouch
  • and knitted scarf.

The hood is stitched to the base of the head and then the head to the body. Don’t do what I did and sew the head on backwards. Oops! The ears are stitched to the hood and the arms to the top of the body followed by the pouch and tail.

Kira the Kangaroo not only calls for a tiny head and body but another even tinier one!  Her little baby follows the same basic pattern but on a minuscule scale. Once the pouch has been stitched in place, the baby nestles perfectly inside.

Kira the KangarooIf you talk to toy makers, most will tell you they don’t enjoy stuffing their creations.  I’m the opposite.  I love it!  The great thing about Lalylala’s patterns is that they require a good solid filling.  I hate floppy toys or those with stuffing poking out through the stitches.  I’m a tight hooker so this style suits me, even if it makes my hands sore!

I love the feeling of satisfaction when I complete an amigurumi piece. I can easily see how it can become addictive. Not only are they super cute but they don’t use much yarn and are a great way of using up oddments of your favourite hand dyed yarns.

Dirk Dragon

Last year I made Dirk the Dragon. He is slightly larger as I used a 3mm hook rather than 2.5mm. For both I used hand dyed sock/fingering weight yarn. Dirk has lots his scarf somewhere in Rowan’s bedroom! It’s green to match his cuffs.

Next I want to make Vlad the Vampire Bat! I’m going to end up with a rainbow of little chaps and chapettes and I’m very happy about that!

Buy your Kira the Kangaroo pattern here:  Ravelry      Etsy


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I believe in humans! – September’s Unicorn Stationery Box

Unicorn Box

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September’s Stationery Box was unicorn themed and I had so much fun putting it together! I worked with lots of other small businesses this month and found some fantastic items from talented designers and makers to share with you guys. Here is what was included and links to where you can buy more!

I’ll start with the smallest item! The pin badges. These came from Tessa the owner of a long time favourite shop of mine House of Wonderland. Looks like he believes in humans too!

You will have received two out of three of these gorgeous cards from Ohh Deer! Mark and Jamie work with illustrators to produce amazing stationery. I already stock a few of their designs and hope to stock a lot more in the future. Who will you send your cards to or will you keep them for yourself?

Unicorn Magnetic Bookmark

The amazingly cute and super practical magnetic bookmarks were from Sarah at A Little Dream Come True. I’m using mine to keep my page in my traveller’s notebook. You can use UNICORNSUB09 for 10% off when ordering!

These perfectly proportioned notebooks came from Bethany at The Rhubarb Tree. They will fit perfectly in your A6 TN or pop into your handbag for keeping your lists and notes in order. She has a full range of unicorn goodies including oven gloves! Pop over and say hello.

I bought one of these pencil cases for myself and knew you’d love them! There are seven different designs selected at random. They can also be used as a make-up bag if you are sorted for pen storage. As if!

Today page markets are a fantastic way of keeping track of where you are in your planner, organiser or reading. These were made especially for us by the amazing Stephanie and Cute and Quirky Design. Her etsy shop is opening on the 8th of October where she will have lots of other amazing items!

Sparkly Unicorn

I couldn’t resist these sparkly unicorns! I feel the need for a lot more sparkle in future boxes!

These amazing stickers are from Marta at Leona Prints. She designed them in this colour way just for us! I can’t decide where to stick mine!

Of course there had to be washi tape! How do you use yours or are you just a hoarder?

Unicorn charm

Last but not least, if you were a super star and paid for your box before the 12th September then I added a little unicorn charm to your box. These are great attached to the zip on your pencil case or to the elastic on a traveller’s notebook. I do have some spares so if you didn’t get one and would like one I’ll add them to the website.

October Stationery Box

October’s box is now open for signups! As it’s halloween this month I’ve decided on a black cat theme. You now have the option to set up a rolling subscription so that your payment is taken automatically once a month so you don’t have to keep remembering to buy your box. Don’t worry, you can cancel and rejoin at any time. You can still order one off boxes and gift subscriptions.

I love to hear feedback on your boxes so please do comment in the facebook group. I’d also really appreciate it if you can leave reviews on facebook, etsy and here on the website. As a small business every single order really does make a difference and I love every single one of you for supporting me in my dream!

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Give Me a Hug! – August’s Stationery Box

Stationery Box - Give Me a Hug

August’s Stationery Box (Give Me a Hug!) should be arriving on door mats from today so here’s a round up as to what was included.


Notepad - SLS Creative

Notepad - SLS Creative

These beauties are from SLS Creative. There were three different options: lined, plain or dotted.  They are A6 and spiral bound; ideal for shopping lists or quick doodles!

 Washi Tape


Two out of the three rolls.  I have a few spares if anyone wants to complete their set? How will you use yours? Have a look at my Pinterest board for inspiration.


A gel pen with black ink. You need to remove the tiny rubber cap which is protecting the super fine tip.


Sticky Notes

One of eight different cacti and succulent designs. Again I have spares if you would like more. Find them in my online store.

Cactus Seeds

I’m not very green fingered but I thought a ‘grow-a-long’ might be good fun! Hopefully these will become these:

See in the little green envelope for instructions and a few seeds to start your collection.

Key Ring

One of a choice of four designs. These would look great as a bag charm or to accessorise your pencil case. They are also heavy! Note to self, consider weight of contents of September’s box!

Pin Badge

Choice of five designs this time. They are so dinky that I couldn’t resist! Where will you pin yours?

Cacti Clips

Two from four designs. Practical as a book mark or page marker or fun as a decoration in your planner.

I also popped in a postcard and a pretty envelope just because I never know when to stop!

I’d love to hear what you thought of your box. Do pop over to our Facebook group to chat to other stationery addicts and to share photos of what you’ve been making prickly!  Tag #rowantreessupplies or #undertherowantrees on Instagram so we can all see how your seeds get on (prickles crossed)!

Order September’s Stationery box now if you haven’t pre-paid or signed up for a rolling subscription. All boxes paid for before the 12th September will receive an extra little gift to say thank you for making my life that little bit easier!

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Celebrate Good Times – Come On!

The last two months since the launch of Stationery Box have been massive here at Under the Rowan Trees. Earlier in the week, we celebrated achieving 1,000 sales in my Etsy shop and today we are celebrating the second anniversary of this website.

The first part of Sensational September has started already over on Facebook.  All you need to do to win a Luxury Mystery Box worth £25 is visit Under the Rowan Trees and Rowan Trees Supplies and like and comment on the pinned posts. Make sure you like the pages so you will see if you win and feel free to tag friends and share far and wide!

A winner will be drawn on Friday 15th of September and announced on both pages. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Make sure you sign up for September’s Stationery Box.  Everyone who signs up and pays by the 12th of September will get an extra little gift in their box!

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

What’s in the Flamingo box?

Flamingo Box



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