Celebrating International Women’s Day 8 March

International Women’s Day 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. At Rosy Rosie one of our greatest strengths are the other small businesses with whom I work because inspiringly they are mostly founded by and run by women – some are suppliers, some are event organisers, others are fellow stall/pop-up shop colleagues. All are hugely supportive, talented entrepreneurs who just get on with juggling family, life and running a successful business with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude. I find spending time with them exciting and they inspire me to emulate them. So today I salute, congratulate & celebrate you all. Thank you!

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More generally, today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity #PledgeForParity for whilst there is much to celebrate, progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

So please, today – both celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women but also take time to think how we can speed up gender parity. To find out so much more then see the International Women’s Day site.

 

 

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It’s Fairtrade Fortnight – 20% off our Fairtrade products!

It’s Fairtrade fortnight (Monday 29th February – Sunday 13th March 2016) & at Rosy Rosie we are celebrating with 20% off our Fairtrade products!

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. At Rosy Rosie we are proud to stock a number of Fairtrade ranges including Pebble (handmade toy rattles for newborns) & Lanka Kade (wooden jigsaws and play sets.)

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Pebble have been awarded the WFTO (World Fairtrade Organization) Guaranteed Fair Trade (one of only 20 guaranteed in Asia) and Lanka Kade – as well as having their own Fairtrade policies – complies with the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as set by WFTO.

Crocodile Jigsaw from Lanka Kade Wooden Barn Set by Lanka KadeMummy and Baby Elephant puzzle by Lanka Kade

WFTO introduced the Guarantee system in 2014 as a revolutionary new way to ensure fair trade throughout the supply chain. Only organisations that have been audited for the Guaranteed system are allowed to use the WFTO Guaranteed Fair Trade logo on their products.  If you’d like to know more about the system then have a look at the WFTO website.

Probably, like me, you are more used to seeing the Fairtrade Mark on your foods and clothing….

…..it’s a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. Products with the Fairtrade Mark must meet international Fairtrade standards as set by the international certification body Fairtrade International. These standards are agreed through research and consultation with members of the Fairtrade scheme, including farmers and workers themselves, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and labelling organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With one simple choice you can get farmers and workers a better deal – and that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

The UK’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 campaign website is now live at www.fairtrade.org.uk/breakfast. Why not take a look and see what you can do to make the world a better, fairer place?!

Meanwhile, if you’d like 20% off our Fairtrade ranges – then just enter Fairtrade Fortnight at the checkout…. Happy Shopping!

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Looking for Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration? Look no further!

Are you looking for some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? Well look no further as here at Rosy Rosie we’re all over the Mother’s Day present ideas (all handmade and therefore as individual as her!) *

First up are our own range of handmade scented soy wax candles – 29 different scents and in three different sizes – there is just going to be something that will appeal to your Mum!

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We present them all beautifully ribboned and cellophaned anyway but if you would like further gift wrapping then just tick the box at the checkout, add your gift message and we’ll do the rest! Why not take a look at the full range….oh please note that the last date to place your candle order will be the 3rd March.

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If candles aren’t here thing, then we also have a great range of leather accessories – all beautifully handmade from Italian leather and in some gorgeous colours. I find the leather purses the most useful – with that little pouch on the back for your cards.

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Or perhaps something from our range of handmade oilcloth accessories, a handbag – super practical and stylish design that is great in the British weather –  or one of our washbags from the same range?

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Whatever you are doing with your Mum on Mother’s Day – I hope you have a fabulous family day!

* Mother’s Day or ‘Refreshment Sunday’ as it used to be known – a break in the middle of  Lent for a bit of ‘refreshment.’

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Rosy Rosie Pop Up Stall | 2016 Events | Where to find us!

The Rosy Rosie Pop Up Stall is booked into lots of lovely Summer events all of which are really good days out for the whole family, so why not come along, say hello and have some fun!

Keep up to date by checking this Events page, our Facebook page, or sign up for our Newsletter (via our Homepage) to receive regular updates and see where we will be ‘popping-up’ next. Meanwhile if you are an event organiser and think Rosy Rosie would be a good fit for your event, then please do let us know via Contact Us

Oh and if you would like to watch a film of us preparing for one of our events (The Bedford Park Festival, Chiswick then just click here!!)

May 2016

Saturday 7th May | W5 Craft Market | 10am – 5pm | Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre |  Organised by Ealing based Eat Me Drink Me, this local market in the heart of Ealing features a number of quality craft stalls alongside some of London’s best street food traders.

Sunday 15th May | Primrose Hill Festival | Regents Park Road, NW1 | From about 10am-6pm | Great event in the heart of chic Primrose Hill. Fantastic, interesting shopping; good food and a Dog Show! Lots of entertainment for all the family! | Their website is Primrose Hill Summer Festival

Sunday 22nd May | Ibstock Place School May Fair, Roehampton | 11am – 3pm | Ibstock Place School, Clarence Lane, London SW15 5PY | Our first time at the this event – we loved their Christmas Fair and look forward to joining a fab line up. | See more on their Facebook Page

June 2016

Saturday 4th June | W5 Craft Market | 10am – 5pm | Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre |  Organised by Ealing based Eat Me Drink Me, this local market in the heart of Ealing features a number of quality craft stalls alongside some of London’s best street food traders.

Saturday 11th June | Green Days Craft Fair as part of the Bedford Park Festival | Acton Green Common – opposite Turnham Green Tube, Chiswick W4 | 11am – 6pm |  One of our favourite events of the year, the Festival itself runs for two weeks featuring a smorgasbord of brilliant events and initiatives. Each year it kicks off with the Green Days weekend. |  And you can watch a film of us preparing for the Festival?!

Sunday 12th June | Green Days Craft Fair as part of the Bedford Park Festival | Acton Green Common – opposite Turnham Green Tube, Chiswick W4 | 11.30am – 5.30pm | Their website is Bedford Park Festival

Saturday 18th June |  Kew Midsummer Fete | 11am – 6pm | Kew Green, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3AP | Another brilliant family day with a dog show, entertainment, traditional fun fair, good food and shopping! | Their website is Kew Fete

Saturday 25th June | Abbeville Fete | 12pm-4pm | Abbeville Road, Clapham, SW2 | Their website is Abbeville Fete

Sunday 26th June | Pitshanger Party in the Park | 1pm-5pm | Meadvale Road, Pitshanger, Ealing | Lovely community family day out – it’s our first time attending! | Their website is Pitshanger Party in the Park

July 2016

Saturday 9th July | St Margaret’s Fair | 12pm – 5.30pm | Moormead, Twickenham, TW1 1EB | Lovely community event with profits supporting local charities and schools | Their website with full programme of the day

Sunday 10th July | Northcote Summer Fete | 11am-5pm | Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 | Great celebration of the fab Northcote Road in Clapham, the local traders welcome stall holders plus lots of entertainment equals a lovely street party

September 2016

Sunday 4th September | Brentford Festival | 12pm-6pm | Blondin Park, Ealing | The event of the summer season – another fab family community event | See all the details of the fun on offer on their website.

 

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Valentine fun at Rosy Rosie

We had lots of Valentine Fun this year at Rosy Rosie. It started at Bubble London 2016 when we met the lovely people from Spun Candy, a British company who create traditional candy with natural ingredients (no added nasties) and we made our own candy heart!

Under the expert tutelage of the Spun Candy masters, I first selected my candy colours – white and red for Rosy Rosie natch – and then rolled and moulded the warm candy into a heart shape, inserted the stick and voila my own Valentine Candy Heart.

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Extremely easy and lots of fun, Spun Candy run lots of great classes that would make perfect birthday or corporate parties.

Here is the finished product….

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…sadly by dint of piling far too many exciting Bubble London brochures on top of the now cool candy, I managed to crack it but it still tasted DELICIOUS!

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Rosy Rosie finds ‘Good Stuff’ at Bubble London 2016

This week I was at Bubble London – the trade show for ‘all things children’ meeting existing suppliers and seeing what’s new.

It is a lovely show – extremely civilised and good looking – with over 200 exhibitors that range from the ‘big names’ through to small startups just launching their first collection. Predominantly exhibitors are baby/children’s fashion but there is also footwear, interiors, gifts, accessories and maternity collections on offer.

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It’s certainly grown and diversified since I first started attending – this year was clearly the year of footwear – I’ve never seen sooooo many shoes for babies and children! I stopped to chat to Daisy Roots who manufacture their gorgeous handmade leather shoes in Northamptonshire. As I admired their baby shoes they gave me a diddy shoe key ring….which mysteriously appeared on my daughters bag a day or so later?!

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Meanwhile I met up with our friends at Piccalilly, Pigeon Organics and Toby Tiger from whom we buy our organic cotton rompers, sleepsuits and accessories. I particularly fell for a couple of the lovely new designs from Pigeon Organics – all the fun of the seaside (think crabs and seashorses!) in beautiful colours with coordinating jackets. They should be with us in a few weeks time…

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I also spotted new launch Panda & Ping who manufacture their fun range of children’s bed wear here in the UK. I really loved their ‘Jumbo Blankets’ – 140 x 100 cm and made from thick jersey cotton in bright graphic designs including flamingos, giraffes and elephants. These two hard working mums are producing well designed practical products and certainly deserve their Highly Recommended accolade in the Rising Star award category!

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My favourite ‘find’ was British company ‘History Heroes.’ They produce entertaining card games that allow everyone to enjoy and learn about history! Based around the idea of ‘Who Am I’ and with five great themes – Explorers, WW1, Sport, Scientists and Children – they link up with various parts of the curriculum but also are just interesting and fun. I particularly liked that 20p from the sale of each Children’s set goes to the Rainbow Trust. They definitely meet the definition of ‘Good Stuff with a Good Story’ and we can’t wait to have History Heroes on board.

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 Finally, I also made a huge lovely candy heart…..but I might have to save that story for another post!

 

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Rosy Rosie buys ‘Good Stuff’ at Toy Fair 2016

This week I’ve been shopping – buying ‘Good Stuff with Good Stories’ at the Toy Fair 2016!

For me, one of the highlights of January is the Annual British Toy and Hobby Association Toy Fair at Olympia. It’s the UK’s only dedicated toy, game and hobby trade show and 270 companies exhibit thousands of products to visitors including retailers, buyers, media and the wider industry.

It is huge. And noisy! All trade shows have their own atmosphere and ambiance – many of the ones for children’s clothes for example are buzzy but civilised, like a lovely tea room.

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Here, there are so many animated products on demonstration, the stands are so bright (and occasionally downright visually noisy) and the walkways are constantly being cleared for the giant characters to parade (I saw Minions, Tellytubbies and the Twirlywoos.) – it is like, well, a giant toy shop!

But it is fantastic fun – the products are quite amazing and the companies all very enthusiastic to tell you all about them. It’s very easy for the hours to just slip away……

…of course I am actually looking for particular products – those that meet the Rosy Rosie ethos of ‘Good Stuff with Good Stories’- so as well as looking for fun toys – they must also have an ethical provenance; sustainable materials, fair trade, community projects.

All our favourite suppliers were there. Lanka Kade with their fair trade wooden toys. They have some great new floor puzzles and colourways for their popular Alpha and Number jigsaws. Oskar&Ellen, the fabric playbag and books company, were showing us their Zoo Book and their height charts which will compliment our existing rangesPlan Toys, the ethical wood toy company, have some fab rainbow coloured versions of our best selling green pull along alligators. And finally, Green Toys have lots of new recycled plastic products arriving in the next few months, including a Rescue Boat & helicopter and Barn & Pick-up Truck set, all of which we’ve ordered alongside stocking up on last years best sellers!

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Last but certainly not least, my favourite new ‘find’ from was Crayon Rocks. colour rocks

These are crayons made from sustainable soy wax (like our candles) and ergonomically designed to encourage a good ‘pencil grip.’ But – and most importantly for the little ones – they are beautifully soft so there is no ‘dragging’ and they come in the most gorgeous colours.

 

All in all a successful trip and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you over the coming months as they arrive here at Rosy Rosie!

 

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January for SME’s – enthusiastic new start or a bit of a slog?!

January for a small business – the month of enthusiastic new starts or actually a bit of a slog?! Personally I can find it more of the latter and because it can all be a bit daunting – I  always need a plan!

As a small business, I look back at the previous year truly thankful that, thanks to our lovely customers and support from a wide range of people and other businesses, we had another successful year. But then with January there comes the slightly sinking feeling that you have to do it all over again, with fresh ideas, new thinking, and renewed vigour and energy. So suddenly there is an overwhelming amount to review, think about, plan and of course actually do!

I find it easier to try and focus on just a few things – just to get back into the swing of things. I refresh the home page of the website – the Twitter and Facebook headers to get me in the mind zone of ‘new.’

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Then turn my attention to anaylsing stock – what sold and just as important – what did not! This is particularly important as January is also the month of Trade Fairs and buying and there will be more on that over the coming weeks!

Then I find my ‘Year to View Calendar’ – which I always buy in September – and start blocking out the year – first the children’s school holidays (!), then the Fairs/Popup events, then other key dates such as Valentine, Mothers Day, Easter and so on – as this is going to provide my ‘structure’ for marketing activity during the year.

By the time I’ve done that I find ideas are starting to buzz and I start to keep a notebook both on my desk and on the kitchen table to note down everything that pops into my head!

The challenge, as always, is going to be can I get everything done…..!

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Happy New York Year from Rosy Rosie

Happy New York Year to all our customers, friends, colleagues and family! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year?

Here at Rosy Rosie we enjoyed a different sort of holiday this year. Instead of slouching around at home eating mince pies, playing silly board games and catching up with friends – we jetted off to New York!

The weather was great; Cold (I bought a Bobble Hat!) but with beautiful blue skies so we were able to walk everywhere – often over five miles every day to see all the sites (Rockefeller Centre, Empire State Building, Liberty & Ellis Island, Guggenheim, Central Park, Circle Line Tour, Moma, Ground Zero 9/11 memorial – and many more!)

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We were particularly impressed with our little seven year old who managed wonderfully with all the walking – though we did set her up each morning with plenty of New York style breakfasts (pancakes)! Oh and rewarded both the children with a trip to Dylans Candy store – an amazing sweet shop. Heaven for children. Nightmare for parents and dentists!

Like any city, it is only by walking do you catch all the details of a place – and I entertained myself by spotting some New York ‘r’s for my Pinterest Board ‘R – my favourite letter.’

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New York was still in it’s Christmas finery – gosh those stores know how to decorate a window and how to use theatre and spectacle to entertaining effect – some of the best windows were Anthopologie, Tiffany and of course Saks which had a full scale light and sound show every ten minutes or so.

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All in all it was a great trip and since our return we’ve had lots of fun creating a family scrap book so we can remember it forever…..

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Rosy Rosie

Merry Christmas from Rosy Rosie

Before we batten down the Christmas hatches here at Rosy Rosie to eat lots of mince pies and play silly board games – I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope you all have a fantastic, fun and festive holiday – with plenty of cake, laughs and rest!

Thank you for your support in 2015 and may your 2016 be peaceful, successful and happy.

Until next year, all the best and bye for now, RRx

Happy New Year

 

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