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The world hates change....

Posted by Dawn McLean on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Rosewill Cottage 

... yet it is the only thing that has brought progress - Charles Kettering

 
So our bead fair season is well and truly underway which is lovely. I'm still quite new to bead fairs so I'm still learning the ropes really. The Scottish Bead Fair in Perth was a real eye opener and the customers as well as my fellow bead shop friends were amazingly supportive, constructive with their criticism and I have been invited back in August. Fab! I was at Doncaster Bead Fair on Sunday and it also was a great ...

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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over....

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, March 18, 2013, In : Rosewill Cottage 

... It turned into a butterfly!

I'm not going to apologise for the lack of blogging over the past few months as I'm sure you will appreciate that it has been a tricky start to the year for Rosewill Cottage but things are on the up!

Just to fill you in on the background I have now left Northumbria University so that I can concentrate on the shop full-time for a while. So in the space of three weeks I have had time to introduce a load of exciting new things!

 

We have the pleasure of being able ...


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Birthday parties are booking in a storm!

Posted by Dawn McLean on Sunday, January 20, 2013, In : Rosewill Cottage 

Our birthday parties aren't just for children

It's been great that we have received so many enquiries and bookings for our birthday parties not only for girls from as far a field as Ponteland and Middlesbrough but we have a lot more adult bookings which is great! Don't get me wrong I love teaching children but those parties are great in a different way.


Mel and her friends came into Rosewill Cottage at 7pm one Saturday in January and enjoyed great food and wine (courteousy of their fab hos...


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Touched by an Angel

Posted by Dawn McLean on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

An appeal for left over beads

I bet that if you're a beader, jewellery maker or scrap booker then you will have a stash of what my Mum would call odds and sods that you will never use but have kept just in case. Well I have a perfect home for them! We are renowned in the North East for being caring and kind but myself and Sue have been touched by a little girl's desire to help a friend this week.



Abigail is ten, we've never met her as she lives down south in fact we've only really spoken to her...


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Preview - Summer Gemstone Stock

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

New Gemstones are coming!......

I got word yesterday that our gemstone order had been shipped from the warehouse so now we're patiently awaiting for them to wing their way over the Alantic Ocean and sit in customs a little while. We're expecting to have the box of delights in the shop on Monday, 21 May 2012.

So in the meantime we have set up a preview folder in our online shop so you can see what we are excited about.

This year along with a few staples we have gone for the summery peachy pink...


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Rosewill Cottage makes it to the Top Ten!

Posted by Dawn McLean on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

...But we would love to be your number one!

I'm over the moon that my little bead shop which has been open for just over 16 months has made it to the Beads and Beyond magazine Best Bead Store award!

Voting closes on 1 April 2012 and we would love to have your support as we need to keep those votes rolling in like the waves on the beach nearby. Please click here to vote for us in the "Best Bead Store" category which you can find on the bottom left of the page and whilst you're there feel free...


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New Year - Tough Decisions

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, January 2, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

The Whitley Bay Bead Fair

Unfortunately I've had to postpone the Whitley Bay Bead Fair due to lack of time to dedicate to the event. I'm not the sort of person who can happily take money from people and think facebook will do the trick as far as marketing it.



So I've spoken with the bead suppliers who were going to take part and asked if they would like to do some guest slots at the shop instead which will be entitled "Spotlight on....". I'm amazed at the response. It's been fabulous. Hopefu...


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Gemstone of the week - Watermelon Tourmaline

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the WeekWatermelon Tourmaline


Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and can be given as a gift for an eighth wedding anniversary. It develops in one colour or sometimes a mix of colours and there are seven varieties:

Rubellite (red)
Indicolite (blue)
Chrome (intense green)
Bi-color (two or more colours )
Canary (yellow)
Paraiba (blue/green)
Cat's Eye (variety of colours)
Colour-change (changes from green in the daylight to red in false light)
Watermelon (posesses a green skin, white ...


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Gemstone to watch - Anhydrite

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Gemstone to watch 

Gemstone to watch

Anhydrite

Most people prefer to call Anhydrite by the name Angelite or Angel Stone but despite it's pretty sky colour, which is a base colour of opaque pale glacier blue with snow white flecks, this gemstone isn't really a popular choice of gemstone for jewellery designers at the moment.

Personally I prefer to call it angelite and I have made many pieces of memorial jewellery using this gemstone, often incorporating a simple locket.

The ladies I have had the honour of making t...


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Gemstone of the week - Demantoid Garnet

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Gemstone of the week 

Gemstone of the Week

Demantoid Garnet

It's no secret that garnet is the birthstone of people born in January but I wondered if I could find some unusual members of the garnet family because not everyone born in January likes the sumptious deep red colour of garnets.

Garnet is possibly a name derived from the middle English term 'gernet' which means dark red. They are perceived to be a stone stone of purity and truth. It is also supposed to be a symbol of love and compassion. If you place a piec...


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Have craft fairs had their day?

Posted by Dawn McLean on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : craft fairs 

I used to sell a lot of my jewellery from the Rosewill's Charms range at craft fairs but it seems that the craft fair is somewhat struggling in the North East at the moment. 

Customer's give the impression that they want to have extremely cheap items or actually non handmade items at all which is a huge shame giving the amount of talented people out there. So are craft fairs really delivering what customers want?

There seem to be more craft fairs than you can shake a stick in the run up to Chri...


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