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?
This stunning copper washi tape was the perfect starting point.
Followed by a hanging reindeer decoration which you can enjoy year after year.
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!
Super talented lino print artist Jo Degenhart offered some of her amazingly festive postcard designs. I grabbed them quickly before she changed her mind!
I’m a big fan of paper clips! Creative Stationery created these incredible felt paper clips for us!
I then added a few more novelty clips!
A fluffy Christmas tree pen! These had to be wrestled away from my son!
Rudi wrapping paper, a gingerbread nail file and some reindeer droppings!
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!
I 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!
The kangaroo is made up of:
- head in white yarn,
- 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,
- 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.
If 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
One of eight different cacti and succulent designs. Again I have spares if you would like more. Find them in my online store.
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.
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!
Choice of five designs this time. They are so dinky that I couldn’t resist! Where will you pin yours?
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!
What’s in the 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…
Two different types. Perfect for sealing envelopes, decorating your planner… Just hide them from the kids!
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.
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!
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!
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
- 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
- Cast on three stitches using your preferred method.
- Slip 1, knit front and back of next stitch, knit 1.
- Slip 1, kfb, knit to end.
- 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.
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.
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.
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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.
The range and variety of resulting projects are amazing!
I 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!
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.
If you would like to add an image of your finished project please add it in the comments or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it to the slideshow.