Monday, 23 April 2012

In the beginning....

Well, thought it was maybe time to do a blog!

So a few things about Oakapple & Rose;

It's basically me (Ellie) and my Mum (Barbara) - who was until the purchase of an ipad last month, a Ludite.

I'd been selling some of my handmade things on ebay and getting in a few custom orders, so Mum asked if I'd sell some of her watercolours for her.

Wanted to think of a name that linked us together and as 'Barbie' seemed to be taken already (ahem) I hit on the names of our respective streets. Strictly speaking, Mum's street is 'oakwell' rather than 'oakapple' but a rose in a well would not have made a good logo.................

The O&R logo has been drawn by my husband, who has been a cartoonist in the past!

I'm actually rather fond of it.

Some of the first things I sold were my children's party bags, I used to make ones in different coloured fabrics until a customer asked me if I could personalise them, which I did. She placed an order for about 50, but was very patient at the time it took me to make them (thank you Roa).

Since then I am much more organised at making larger orders!

Part of a custom order for a lady who wanted various drawstring bags for her childminder.


  1. Thats really lovely. Well done
    Valerie x

  2. Well done on getting on the blogging ring! Just be aware that it can be very addictive!

    Loving the fact that you and Mum are working together to create your fantastic range of items, and as you know I am a huge fan of your Mum's wonderful paintings.

    Adore your bright and colourful creations, obviously the talent gene was passed on!

    Natalie x

  3. Yay, well done, it looks great Ellie!!! (Di Adien Crafts)

  4. I've always love the name of your shop, now I understand it's significance for you, Ellie! Great start to the blogging world. Well done! Look forward to your next post!

  5. Love the story of the name.
    Lu x