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ROSEWOOD CRAFTS, Rhes-y-cae, Flintshire
I have probably bought more online in the past 12 months than the previous five years combined.
But far from going directly to the big brands, I looked closer to home for solutions for birthdays, Christmas and special occasions. And I unearthed absolute gems.
From food and drink, to bespoke crafts and jewelry, we have a wealth of quality and talent on our doorstep.
A trader to appear on my radar recently via the wonderful Made in Cymru website – “unique gifts, handmade in Wales” – was Rosie Robertson, the creative heart of Rosewood Crafts.
The business started 20 years ago when Rosie lived in Snowdonia, but is now run from the family home in Flintshire.
We discover more …
What does the company do / manufacture / sell?
Rosewood Crafts manufactures and sells hand painted glass vases, tea lights and pictures, as well as stained glass decorations for the home.
“We cover a wide range of styles and designs, mostly inspired by nature – hares, squirrels, flowers and bees, beach huts, boats and mountains to name a few.
“The majority of our items are customizable and are designed to complement a wide range of colors.”
Rosie gets creative in The Shire.
What is your most memorable or proudest moment in business?
“I think my most memorable moment was the first professionally organized craft fair I attended with my father Richard around 2003 at Bodnant Gardens.
“We shared the cost of a table selling my glassware and its wonderful handmade wooden toys.
“This is where the name Rosewood Crafts was born. My name is Rosie and daddy making wooden objects. Special memories indeed.
“Proceeds from all of Dad’s sales have gone to various charities – Macmillan, Alzheimer’s Society, Claire House Hospice and more.
“My proudest moment was going from two work tables in my veranda to my own garden workshop, affectionately named ‘The Shire’.
“As a Tolkien fan I always wanted to say ‘I’m leaving for the Shire for the day’ and my wish has come true!”
Handmade items from Rosewood Crafts, this one with Moel Famau.
Strange requests or customer stories?
“I think my strangest request was to paint a pea pod with two peas inside. It was a gift to give to the friend of the client who she said they were like “two peas in a pod”.
“I have so many client stories that I have been both privileged and honored to be a part of.
“Candle holders are a popular gift to give in memory of lost loved ones, and robin themed gifts also remind people of a loved one.
“Golden wedding gifts and special anniversary gifts always come with a story.
“The Shire has been the home of laughter and tears. My husband Neil makes a boat on the Galway Hooker a traditional Irish fishing boat. I let you imagine the tales that provoke!
Is there anything else we should know?
“My father started making beautiful stained glass angels next to his wooden toys.
“They were a huge success and he couldn’t do them fast enough. Shortly before he fell ill, he passed on the knowledge of making them to my husband.
“When dad passed away, Neil continued to do them in his memory and always for charity.
“Upon retirement, Neil expanded his line of stained glass skills and decorations and now nothing is stopping him.
“Rosewood crafts continue to be a true family business, even my son contributed to some original Celtic knot designs.
“The first company to sell our work was the Theatr Clwyd gift shop. Now you will find our work in the Loggerheads Gift Shop, Woodlands Garden Center, in Mold, Afonwen Craft and Antique Center, Shaz’s Shabby Chic, Buckley and Slate and Things in Caernarfon.
“I hope we see people at a craft fair someday too soon, but you can also purchase items through our own Facebook page – Rosewood Crafts – and the Made in Cymru website.”
There is something very “nice” about supporting local or independent businesses, and it is a shopping habit, online or otherwise, that I hope will stay with us long after the pandemic.
It’s a win-win situation for any community. And if you own or gift something a little bit special, it’s never a bad thing.
• Rosewood craftsmanship
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