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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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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

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.

Pen

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

Stickers

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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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!