Maker of the Month: Rose & Willow

Every month we like to celebrate a maker we stock (or makers we just love anyway). This month we're taking a look at The Willow Tree owner, Amber Turnbull's, stationery company, Rose & Willow.

We asked her a couple of questions about Rose & Willow:

1. When did you start Rose & Willow? And what made you start it?

I think it was May 2015. I don't really know... I always liked drawing and a friend at work asked me to make a birthday card for her Mum, because she was struggling to find one that was just right. And it kind of went from there as a hobby and I kept making things for friends and family and then grew into a business.

2. How did you pick your business name?

I wanted something to fit with leaves and flowers as that is kind of my signature style. A lot was already taken but Rose & Willow fit really well.

3. What's the worst mistake you've made?

Not putting in enough time and effort. I let it go because things were pretty hectic with the shop and everything else. I think I give up a bit too easily.

4. What's your most helpful tool?

Instagram - it always has been. It's a creative platform, it's visual and there are friendly people on it. Not just people who like and comment but people that actually go that extra step and purchase from you.

5. Where do you see Rose & Willow in the next 5 years?

Hopefully as my second successful business. So that I can take a few days a week away from the shop to dedicate to Rose & Willow as a successful stationery company.

6. What's the one piece of advice you'd give to anyone else starting or running their own creative business?

Stick at it and don't give up. There will be people who make negative comments and put you down but if you enjoy what you're doing ignore it and carry on.

7. If you were stranded on a desert island, what's the one thing you'd have with you?

Plain paper and a pen. I know that's kind of two things but you could do all sorts - noughts and crosses, draw things, make paper plane, light it to make a fire...

 

New In: Meri Meri

We have been waiting to share this one with you guys and it's finally time! Meri Meri is available in store and online and we wanted to share a couple of our favourites with you.

We may or may not have already nabbed those cactus stickers and the beautiful tassel paperclips for our stationery cupboards!

These tassels are the colours that make our hearts sing. We think it would look perfect above a daybed or at any party.

Another party must has to be these pastel fans. Those little gold glints are so luxurious and add that little twinkle to make it extra special.

And this mini bunting would be perfect in a little one's bedroom!

That's our favourites pretty much covered! Make sure to come in or browse the online shop to find your own!

In Action: Messy Marbling Fun

Our very first marbling workshop was SO much fun. Even The Willow Tree worker bees couldn't help but get involved!

We started by practising on sheets of paper to introduce everyone to basic techniques. This allowed everyone to experiment with different patterns and colour combinations.

Then, things stepped up a gear as we marbled plant pots and mugs!

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Everything that was made during the workshop was taken home and everyone seemed super happy with their new skill

Coming Up: Handmade, Vintage, Food and Craft Fair

Our tummies are tickling because it's only 4 more sleeps for our big Summer fair! We only have so much space in our shop, so we wanted to get all of the local talent together and celebrate each and every maker that we love.

We have some Cheltenham-famous makers, some delicious food, live music and even a yoga session running on the day to make it a real day out! There's no better location in the Summer than the Pitville Pump Rooms.

We will be ready from 11am and finish at 4pm, so make sure you get there in time and don't miss out on all the fun!

In Action: Plants Make People Happy

One of the things we want to do is show you guys all the fun we've been having on our workshops. Each workshop is made so special by the people who come along and we absolutely love passing on the skills we've learned to others!

Last week we held our first Cacti Terrarium Workshop and had a lovely time. Here's a few snaps from the workshop:

And here's the finished products all in a row! If you want to make your very own terrarium and learn how to best look after your prickly friends, book here for our next event!

New In: Raspberry Blossom

Hello!

We were meaning to get this blog started sooner but we have been swept off our feet busy recently. 

For those of you who don't know, this is the official blog for The Willow Tree, a homeware, gift and card shop in the heart of Cheltenham. We stock local artists and makers and some independent brands from a little further afield. 

So we wanted to start the blog with an introduction to one of those brands. We have just had Raspberry Blossom arrive in our brick and mortar shop, and they are now live in our online shop as well - here's an example for you!