Folks We Love with Rosie Kruckemeyer, owner of Tinker Shop
Rosie owns a sweet shop outside of Adelaide called Tinker and is a mama of two girls. We adore her and we think you will too...
Tell us a little bit about your journey and how you’ve come to arrive here.
I was born in Germany; I grew up in Ireland and immigrated with my family to Australia to find some sunshine.
The sunshine was found and felt, I soon had a strong Aussie accent and our new lives began.
We had spent years in the Irish countryside, my dad making furniture and my creative mum painting silk. My memories, perhaps mostly from photos, are ones I relay only occasionally but nonetheless memories I cherish.
Who’s in your family? Ages? Names?
I found out I was pregnant when I was twenty-two years old whilst living in Tasmania. I had always dreamed to be a mother.
My little Lila arrived. She held, and still has the kindest most magic little soul that has forever melted me and taught me softness.
It was six years later that I found out my next little moon was coming into the world.
Her name is Ivy, she is wild and wooly and clever. She laughs with wholeness and radiates pure heart.
Ivy is now five and Lila is eleven.
Tell us some of the most loved ways to spend the day with your clan?
We would frolic through a forest. We would breathe fresh air.
We visit markets, we visit beloved friends and family, we visit the ocean.
We go on bush walks; we make things, and cook together. We try to take the time to be present together, and then even a supermarket shop can feel like an adventure.
When you were a teenager what did you dream of? Do things looks different?
I found my teenage years hard; I was all over the shop. I was very unclear in many ways.
But yes, I always imagined a certain kind of life for myself and I am a big believer in manifestation. I have made the good things happen and I have made the bad happen too.
I knew it would never be boring, I knew I would want to travel with my kids and create interesting memories and stories.
What are some things you really believe in?
I believe in human connection.
I believe in authenticity. I believe its ok to be shy.
I believe that every living being in this world deserves to feel safe. To hold hope, to be free from violence and fear. To be able to express oneself in any way that is chosen.
I believe in kind strangers and I believe that we can all start to treat this planet we live upon with a heck of a lot more respect.
I believe in forgiveness.
I own a shop called Tinker just out of the city of Adelaide. Tinker is my third baby; honestly, this place is so sacred to me.
I opened the shop four and a half years ago after seeing a ‘for rent’ sign on a sweet little strip. At the time I was at university, juggling being a single mother and studying. Opening a small business seemed like an inconvenient thing to do but being a Gemini, my dreaming disregarded any sensible thought and into the shop I dove.
And lucky, I let my heart start to navigate.
Tinker was another key to creativity, to being my own boss, and to a place of self-expression.
It’s basically a shop filled with treasures I find, I make macramé jewelry using semi precious stones and crystals. I sell vintage furniture and second hand clothing. Also locally made products, made from natural materials and local artists sell their creations.
I forever enjoy an early Sunday morning treasure hunt and find joy in interesting objects with a trail of history.
What is the most challenging thing about being somebody’s parent?
Finding patience. And, setting boundaries when being authoritarian doesn’t feel so natural to me.
Being a parent is the most complex thing, trying to help a growing child keep his or her own unique character ignited whilst trying to help them to be adaptable people. Adaptable to what society will undoubtedly expect of them
A challenge I absolutely wouldn’t take back for anything.
To journey together is like nothing else.