♥ About

Welcome to My Rose Valley

I am delighted to have you here. Come in - come in!

I am Annette Ciccarelli, a Swedish creative and graphic designer living a simple homespun life in the Swiss country side. I have three kids and I am married to my soul mate Jay from the U.S. The world has been our home for a long time but since 2007 we are settled here in Switzerland.

As long as I am able to create I feel alive. I love to make quilts, crochet and sew and I never get bored of mixing fabric, colors and patterns, improvising and coming up with my own design ideas. 

I juggle my time between my part time job in an office and my crafty business My Rose Valley that offers not only this blog and free patterns and tutorials but also local Crochet Workshops, a Yarn Shop, an Etsy Shop with my own designed crochet patterns and handmade creations.

The dream is to become a full time crafter and designer one day. Write crafty articles, make books and run craft classes in my own interior design shop, which would be filled with not only yummy crafty supplies, but also unique handmade creations and Scandinavian design. Keep dreaming and dreams will come true...

So why My Rose Valley?
Well, it is actually an almost direct translation of my maiden name:
Rosendahl [rosen - rose/dahl - valley].
My Rose Valley
is also the name of my favorite place to be; Rosendalen - the Swedish cottage in the archipelago of Stockholm -  a place I often return to, to see my family and to reconnect with my native roots. And naturally so, My Rose Valley is now my happy place even in cyber world.

My aim with this blog is to share, inspire and learn with you. I write about my crafty journey and my simple life in the country with pit falls and highs. My Rose Valley helps me to see the good in everyday life and I love to connect with all corners of the world here.

I hope you will feel comfortable here and come and visit often. Think of this place as a cute Swedish red cottage. (Another dream of mine... I think I will paint our shed red to make that dream come true...). Keep your shoes on. Or walk around bare feet. :D Sit down. Drop a line for a chat to let me know you have been here, those messages of yours are really the greatest feed back of all. ♥♥♥

Annette Ciccarelli

Please do respect that the contents of this blog is all mine. Nothing can be lifted, copied or used without my permission. © Annette Ciccarelli 2009-2013


  1. Its so nice to hear of someone who loves creativity as much as I do.

  2. Tus hijos son preciosos y me encanta la gente creativa, me gusta mucho aprender cosas nuevas. un salludo

  3. Your site is just wonderful. I have been crocheting for 35 years and I have learned so much from your excellent pictures and examples.

  4. Your blog is very nice, full of ideas and colors for sure come back more often. Hugs

  5. Hello Annette, what a wonderful heartfelt blog you have. Your passion for your family, your creativity and your life shines through so brightly. Thank you for visiting me at MyOcean Bliss and enjoy the rest of Blog Boss (isn't it a wonderful class!)
    Kindest regards

  6. Hello, Annette.
    Your blog is sutch a cosy place... :o)
    Best wishes from the Czech republik,

  7. I saw your blog and loved your work! Hugs from Brazil!

  8. Hi Annette,
    what a wonderful blog you have. It really looks like a perfect Swedish little corner of the web. And the stuff in your Etsy shop is wonderful too - I would be very tempted to buy if I did not share your love of crafting and make this kind of thing myself ;-)

    Many greetings from Germany

  9. I've just discovered your blog, you create such a beautuful things :-)
    I love it!
    I will visit your site with pleasure :-)
    regards from Poland

  10. I have just discovered your blog, and I really enjoyed it.

    Greetings from Oregon, USA.

  11. Today, a slow day at work following Christmas, I would have been bored to death but instead was delighted to come across your blog! I am new to crocheting, and have been looking for new ideas and inspiration, which I happily found in your site. Thank you for sharing your creative passions with the rest of us- I have subscribed and will be back often! Keep up the great work and enjoy! :o)

    -Lara (Seattle, WA, USA)

  12. I just came across your blog.......through a post about your Sweet Heart Crochet pattern on FB. I am SO going to make some of these for our Homeschool Valentine Party this coming week! So nice to meet you!! --from VA, USA

  13. I just found your blog today and have spent most of the day going back a few years. I am so very much enjoying it and love all that you have shared with us. Thanks so very much. Have found much inspiration!

    Angie (Texas, USA)

  14. Love your blog site, I am a caregiver for my husband and use what little extra time I have each day looking for fun things to make...........enjoyed your little hearts. We are in the mountains of Western North Carolina, USA and I am mother of 3, grandmother to 15! Always challenging myself to make unusual things for them, most difficult thing so far was a Lime Green VW with silver thread tires, my 3 yr old grandson loved it.......Have a beautiful day................

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  16. Such beautiful creations, I hope your dreams come true!


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