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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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We want your Mail Art for our exhibition!

Posted by Dawn McLean on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

We want to have no room, no room on our party room wall!

Being a crafty bunch or people we have decided to revive the 1960s cultural movement that is Mail Art in a bid to have something innovative and unique for our party room wall. It is a decent size space so there will be room for everyone in our creative participatory exhibition.

Unfortunately we require a few simple house rules.

The theme is "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party"
Your design must be on an envelope or a postcard and mailed to t...

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My Knight in shining armour

Posted by Dawn McLean on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

I didn't need persuading to use Paul's PR agency

I’ve been a bit naughty and have written this blog without the other company’s prior knowledge but I wanted to shout out about how fantastic this company has been since I started my adventure that is Rosewill Cottage, in my own words.

Paul with his persuasive team!

When I was approaching open day for Rosewill Cottage, I started to look at PR agencies and quickly got discouraged by their all singing all dancing web pages which highlight...

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Ship Shape Shops

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, In : Rosewill Cottage 

The high street – From a different perspective

I had my eyes opened last night whilst watching ‘Titanic 100 Mystery Solved’ so I thought I should share my thoughts.

Titanic Charm available for £20 from Charmed.
Click the pic to go to their website.

My brother has been infatuated with this luxury white star liner since he was little and has always updated me on the latest theories but what this latest Titanic programme stated in its summary made me think about things a little diffe...

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The true beneficiaries of Rosewill Cottage

Posted by Dawn McLean on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Mumpreneur 

Let me introduce you to my lovely family...

"Rosie Ribbons" who simply wants to be happy and run Mummy's shop. I'm not sure what Sarah-Jane would think of that concept though. I love both of my children to smitherenes. Rosewill is a combination of their two names. The fine young fella in the background is my long suffering husband! Since I set up my shop I've hardly seen them, I work so hard to hopefully provide a better lifestyle for them all and as a thank you I have received a lot of white ...

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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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Mary Portas - Queen of the High Street

Posted by Dawn McLean on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : Mumpreneur 

The musings of a Mumpreneur....

Britain used to be a nation of shop keepers and those of us that are sticking it out through the most drastic times in retail history were waiting with baited breath to find out what Mary Portas would recommend in her high street report. I for one was disappointed with what I read, but there again I read it in a national newspaper and this was my big mistake. Mary's report is very insightful and amazingly optimistic. Just like me?!

I am by no stretch of the ima...

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Gemstone to watch - Anhydrite

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

Gemstone to watch


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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A Year in the Life as a Mumpreneur

Posted by Dawn McLean on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Mumpreneur 

With Rosewill Cottage due to celebrate its first birthday in October, I thought I should take you on a frank and honest account of my journey in the year in the life as a Mumpreneur.

I’ve learnt a lot over the last year. It wasn’t just a steep learning curve but an almost vertical climb instead, so where do you start?

In September, I had recently launched the new website for Rosewill’s Charms, my jewellery range which was featured in the Daily Mail after I designed some accessories and ...

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