Most Views On My Blog Ever…

So, I need about 40 more views today to achieve this months goal.  The goal, this month, being to obtain the most views on my blog and to obtain the most view of my Etsy shop and to achieve the most sales on my Etsy shop…

Results:

Etsy Shop:  Most views achieved 2110 views.  Most sales achieved!  Apparently if you treat your Etsy shop like a shop you make a little bit of money!  Who would have thought that huh?

Blog:  The most views I have received was in May last year.  So I picked this month to try to top that, completely forgetting February has 28 days.  Cursed you February.  A pox on your house Feb. Just 40 more views.  11.5 hours till the end of this Australian day.  And if you are reading this you have helped so here is a picture of an ice-cream.  Enjoy and Thanks! xx

Picture from bighoneydog.com^ great picture too.  NomNomNom

Budget Cake Toppers

Budget cake toppers.

So, with the budget cake toppers, I just supply the cut out paper and you arrange it.  You also save with postage as well.  The wooden sticks are not supplied so the paper cutouts go straight into an envelope, lovingly cuddled by some thick support cardboard, and off to your place…all for the low low low price of $5!

 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE CAKE TOPPERS

🙂

Film Strip Cake Topper (I’m tired and couldn’t think of a witty title)

More cake toppers…topper.  Order any colour combination and do with it as you will.  Put pictures in the film strip, cut out some hearts and glue them in, write in it, stick some flowers in the film strip, so many options.  This cake topper is actually from the budget range.  Guess how much?

$5. Only $5 for this little one.  At my Etsy store (yes, as usual) so click HERE

When I do little budget ones like this,(which I love to do, and sell quite a bit of) it gives me ideas for some more expensive ones.  Thinking of making little 3D paper cameras and having them as cake toppers.  Or hanging a paper camera (complete with camera strap) underneath this film strip.  I really have to make some time for these kind of things.  Maybe next week…Maybe…

Ruby sleep now…zzzzzz xx

Butterflies, Books And Birdhouses, Oh My!

 

  Two newbies at the Etsy store.

Butterfly Cake Topper is only $7 for one

Birdhouse and Books are $20

I am taking orders for these Birdhouse and Books Cake topper for Graduations.  It doesn’t take too long to make them but I have received a few orders already.  So send me an email or comment or go to Etsy and place an order as soon as possible 🙂  Custom orders taken.

Have a great day all!

Ruby.

No Cake Decorators Were Harmed In The Making Of This Stunt Wedding Cake!

I wanted to revamp the Etsy store recently, so I decided to make a wedding cake…as you do.  Not just a wedding cake, but a stunt wedding cake.  Not for eating…although the icing is pretty damn good! (So I am told!)

So I have created a whole heap of new cake toppers in the last week.  And these are just two of them.  So why no take a look at the Etsy store and see if you might like a little something.  Don’t forget that I take custom orders all the time.  Just need to ask.

More cake toppers to come in the next few days!

Stay tuned 🙂

Click Here For My Etsy Store

Don’t forget you can Pin from Etsy and share to your Facebook page as well 🙂

Extra Extra Read All About It!

I kinda miss the days of clipping cool articles…I suppose that is what Pinterest is all about these days…that sounds really old doesn’t it?!

Remember clipping magazine photos and articles.  I remember I had a large scrapbook and I seem to remember I clipped a photo of the couples from ABBA.  The I cut a zig zag between each couple (because they split) and wrote something very very lame above the pictures.  Looked pretty weird.  Weirdo.

And Loving It…

Well I actually made myself a little something last week.  &!  A paper cutout of and ampersand with a nice little spray of flowers.  🙂  Simple and lovely.

When I actually go window shopping I always admire the big & that some specialty shops have on display, do you know the ones I mean?  Big tin rusty &’s or &’s with lovely little lights through them, or just the typography &’s.  So I made my self one.  & I ❤ my &.  I actually made it to put into, of all places, the bathroom.  Why the bathroom, just because.

Just thought I would share my new little addition.

Have a good day/night xx

Life Time Tolerance Of Cat Videos Reached…

One of the advantages of having a twenty year old son is the exposure to an abundance of cat videos.  Yay. <=== Sarcasm. (I do love my dear cats, all three of them, I love the purring, the welcoming parade that I encounter when I wake up, the daily cat races up the hall way and over the lounge, the fur balls from my long-haired lovely…description: looks like he turned inside out… mostly they are pretty great).

Found this beautiful print on Etsy a beautiful shop called Oh Dear Molly!, click here to take a look

Currently I am being tortured by a cat video done by engineers.  Cat yodeling.  Cat laser fight.  Which really has just proved to me that men never really grown up.  (No offence guys, but you know for however long you live you will still want to play with Lego’s and you will still like trains and will always want to look at boobies).

The cat yodeling was quite funny.
On relection I think there is still room for more cat videos.

Have a great day/night!!

Ruby

x

I Feel (Chicken) Cooped Up!

I think I am a farm girl at heart.  I love animals.  Pretty much all animals.  And when you live in suburbia dreaming about farm life, the life you might hope to have one day, you inevitably end up on Pinterest.  Okay so what I mean is everyday I end up on Pinterest.  And what do you find on Pinterest?  Chicken coops!  You just knew I was going to say that didn’t you?  Even in suburbia you can have chicken coops you know…just go easy on the roosters if you do!  No one likes a rooster in suburbia.

Chicken coops come in all shapes and sizes.  The most amazing one I have seen is one on a blog call The Fancy Farm Girl, a chicken coop from heaven…very special.  So that one is top of the wish list, but I have also found others that are pretty cool as well.

The Fancy Farm Girl...Go and visit this lovely page :)

The Fancy Farm Girl…Go and visit this lovely page 🙂

Oh, and if you are thinking of buying chickens cause it looks like fun, please think again.  As in all animal purchases they are living beings and require and deserve care.  So if you can not provide adequate shelter or feed or all those other things required for survival, don’t purchase.  I don’t have chickens because I can’t provide for them as needed.  And I would be one of those crazy people who would bring them into the house, in the AC, when it is stinking hot…and lately they would be inside a fair bit.

Made from pallets and recycled wood!  I’m pretty sure you can get used pallets for less than $5 and the other bits and pieces needed can be purchased from a second-hand shop I suppose.  And don’t forget about Ebay for some of these sorts of things.

Who would have thought about an old car body for chickens?  Not me…nice to know though.

Even on the inside, you can recycle .  Buckets! Awesome.

Okay, so this is ridiculous!  How amazing is that.  A tin roof made from cans!!  Who thinks of doing this kind of thing?  This person, clearly!  I think the pictures demonstrate how to make them.  Probably should wear gloves and I think making this roof would be a little challenging but worth the effort.  Luv it!  (after much searching I have found this on Instructables.com)

Don’t forget your chicken sky light!

❤ ❤ ❤ Leadlight windows ❤ ❤ ❤

Maybe one day.  The dream is to move to Tasmania, where it is nice and cold, and buy myself a farm…nice dream to have too.

I even have a picture, taped to the back of my front door, of 3 white chickens in a rustic kitchen, inside a renovated church…it’s all about goals!

Have an eggcelent day!

I crack me up…sorry.

Ruby xx

 

Antique Birdhouse Plans

Some cut little birdhouse plans.  I am pretty sure that if you print these you could just add a few tabs when you are cutting these out and have yourself some little paper birdhouses.  Or you could print them out and make yourself some wooden birdhouses.There are quite a few patterns for birdhouses floating around the internet, but I will always be drawn to the old original drawings.  These would even look lovely framed.

A few years ago I found an old birdhouse in a 2nd hand shop, for $2.  Score!  I glued scrapbooking paper around the outside walls and gave it a Little Golden Book roof.  Pretty cute!  I really would like to do that again one day, but this time it will Little Golden Books all around and on top.  Give it a try, little or large birdhouses.  Which one?

Why Didn’t I Think Of That??

I don’t go to the beach very often but…holy moly that is an awesome idea, a fitted sheet!! Unbeleivable!…Why didn’t I think Of That??

Paint brush storage, awesome again…Why didn’t I think of that?

An apple slicer to cut up potato wedges!  Now why didn’t I think of that?

Wow.  Why didn’t I think of that?  …(I did and use it, it’s awesome)

Love this idea! (Go to themedapicture.com for more)  Why didn’t I think of that…I have been making sandwiches for a long time, kinda feel a bit stupid I didn’t think of that!

Why didn’t I think of that!

Oh so in love with this…only 2 rules for this one in my house

  1. No socks on these stairs
  2. Must have a blood alcohol level below 0.05 or you are not permitted to use these, because you will fall to your death!

If you like hit the “like” share or comment, and have a great day!

List of Kaisercraft Paper Names:

A very long list of Kaisercraft paper colours, for those that need it!

  • Coconut
  • Licorice
  • Smoke
  • Elephant Ears
  • Steel
  • Mineral
  • Eggshell
  • Coffee Bean
  • Chocolate
  • Mocha
  • Cookie
  • Latte
  • Vanilla
  • Forest
  • Moss
  • Khaki
  • Olive
  • Fern
  • Avocado
  • Willow
  • Aloe
  • Toffee
  • Spiced Pumpkin
  • Cheddar
  • Sunshine
  • Buttercup
  • Tangerine
  • Papaya
  • Burnt Orange
  • Blush
  • Fuzzy Peach
  • Burgundy
  • Cherry
  • Tomato
  • Scarlett
  • Watermelon
  • Bubblegum
  • Lollypop
  • Candy
  • Musk
  • Ballet
  • Wine
  • Grape
  • Blossom
  • Lilac
  • Lavender
  • Peacock
  • Bluebell
  • Island
  • Navy
  • Marine
  • Denim
  • Sapphire
  • Ocean
  • Blue Haze
  • Sage
  • Sea Foam
  • Duck Egg
  • Pistachio
  • Lagoon
  • Sea Breeze
  • Spearmint
  • Apple
  • Splice
  • Asparagus
  • Green Tea
  • Spruce
  • Sprout
  • Robin Egg
  • Mist
  • Brey
  • Neptune
  • Powder Blue
  • Frost
  • Blue Jeans
  • Violet
  • Flamingo
  • Rouge
  • Rose
  • Plum
  • Curry
  • Rustic
  • Cantaloupe
  • Salmon
  • Camel
  • Peddle
  • Stone
  • Wheat

Just received my latest shipment of Kaisercraft premium paper, and I search high and low for a list of the names of the paper, just so I could do an inventory list.  Found bits and pieces of lists, got them all together and there they are.  Not many people will need the list but those of us who do might appreciate this list.  I think it is all of them.

Have a great day.

Ruby.

Pin Up Girls

I was on Pinterest the other day (shocker I know) and I was looking for pin up girl pics, not that difficult to find really.  I was specifically looking for a good pic for my business cards.  It was really quite weird when I found a very lovely pic, she was fully dressed, everything covered, no boobage what-so-ever…but there was a few comments attached to it.  One person, who is completely entitled to her own opinion (even if it is wrong) totally lost it over this pic.  Ranting about how disgusting it was and indecent and blah blah blah.  I just find it strange that people with these kind of attitudes find it necessary to tell everyone about it.  And in order to comment on a Pinterest picture you actually have to click on it and make it much bigger, if you are so offended by such a picture why click on it?  Really!  I have seen some pictures on Pinterest that I was a little unimpressed with, but I just kept on scrolling.  Problem solved.  If you don’t like something on TV, turn it off.  If you don’t like something or someone on Facebook, block them.  Don’t like a website, don’t go there.  A friend is causing you stress, don’t be friends.  Someone pisses you off on the roads, turn up the music and smile and remember you aren’t the dickhead in this situation (hopefully, and if you are the dickhead, stop being a dickhead).

Having said all that my beautiful business cards are on their way.  I got them from Zazzle, and really hope they turned out well, they should arrive early next week.  (Another item checked off my list,…remember the post from a few days ago?) I ended up using one of their many templates, the one with a Vargas girl on the front.  Love me a Vargas Gal.  Alberto Vargas was just brilliant.

Boobs^ if it offends just keep scrolling…

This is the picture I’ve picked to put on my business cards. So pretty!

Have a great day! xx

Chalkboards

Really in love with the chalkboard effect of recent years.  It used to be all hand drawn and now most of it is digital.  Which makes it way more accessible I suppose.  You can get your own things done, invitations, announcements and everything in between.  These are ones are available from Donna at Bubba Beanz Photography.  These items ship to anywhere in the world.  So just pop on over to Bubba Beanz and have a good look at the beautiful chalkboards.  Prices available via the link.CLICK HERE TO VISIT BUBBA BEANZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Write A List, Check It Thrice Or More.

I have a little business starting to kick off, a little, on Etsy.  Finally.  So much work goes into these little things.  Many hours and lots of money too.  But finally, finally starting to reap the rewards.  I was starting to get so busy a week ago that I couldn’t sleep due to all the crap my brain kept trying to organize (at 3am).  So at 3 am last Sunday night I got so sick of thinking I grabbed my laptop and started writing a list…which was titled 47 Steps To Success.  Which I immediately regretted the number of steps, 47 is a hell of a lot!

I wrote little things and big things, from organizing the paper work to picking a font for the business.  It was really freeing too.  When I finished I immediately fell asleep.  It has given me direction and enabled me to treat the Etsy shop like a real shop, because it is.  I have set actual work hours and days off, goals for sales etc etc (and 42 other etc’s).

Since I wrote this list, sales have increased by 200%.  Evidence my friends.

Sometimes if you can’t sleep you just need to get all the shit out of your head.  Write a list.  It works a treat for me, could work for you too, you never know!

Early Start

Well, I have been out and about since about 6.30 this morning.  Busy busy busy.  It is such a beautiful day today.  Hopefully the hottest days of summer are over.  The skies are clear and there was a very slight chill in the air at 6ish.  Welcomed relief.

Went for a short walk with the kids, enjoyed the surroundings and took in the view. Just such a nice time of the morning, and I am so not a morning person.  I was thinking, while driving to school this morning, about how lucky I am to live where I live.  I started recalling all the animals I have seen just this morning.  Yeah it’s a long drive to school, and there was nothing on the radio.

I have seen :

  • One hoppy plover
  • One Slobbery Welsh Corgie
  • 3 Blue Heelers
  • One Border Collie
  • One Hawk
  • 50 odd Bouncy Kangaroos
  • 7 Goats
  • 1 Shetland Pony
  • 8 Horses
  • 3 Llamas
  • 4 Sheep

The kangaroos were really cute just bouncing through the paddock next to the road.  Love that…the part where they are in the paddock and not on the road.  On the road-bad.  In the paddock-good.

So I have just received a heap of orders via Etsy, which is awesome and keeping me very busy.  I am doing some beautiful birdhouse boxes for a wedding and a birdhouse wedding cake topper.  I really can’t wait to see the photos from the wedding.  Anyway, gonna have a nice cup of coffee and get started.  Have a nice day!

Elvis; One Night

Okay so it has been a while since I had an Elvis post, well, probably since Elvis month (August).  You know the month where I watched every single Elvis movie and concert and reviewed/research them…probably a month my family is not likely to forget any time soon.  How much Elvis is too much?  I don’t think I will ever know.

Just wanted to share this rare little find.  One Night Of Sin, a little sexier than the one we are all used to.  But if you are always interested in hearing something “new” from Elvis, you may not have heard this one.  Hope you enjoy.

Courtesy of Adem Presley YouTube Channel.  It’s worth subscribing if you are a fan 🙂

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Blast From The Past…

Well yesterday I found an old old old diary that I had written when my kids where little…from the beginning of the year 2000!  Have you ever written something down and re read it years later and then you realize how lame you actually were/are?  Well I am super lame…apparently, just in case the previous posts didn’t give that secret away.  I was going through a poetry stage, when I say poetry this is a very loose term!.  And the subjects were my wee little kids.  So at the risk of appearing more lame than usual…here is one of them:

Why?

My Kids:

Why can’t I?

Why can’t she?

Why can’t he

Why does it do that?

Why is it called that?

Why do I have to?

Why did you do that?

Why does the world turn?

Why can you see the moon at day time?

Why do things fall when you drop them?

Why do people do bad things?

Why has that man got a bunch of flowers?

Why can’t we fly?

Why is that dog wagging his tail?

Why are we here?

Why do we have to go to school?

Why does Dad snore?

Why do we have Christmas?

Why do I have to eat vegetables?

Why did my toy break?

Mum:  Because.

Kids:  Why because?

Mum:  Just because.

Kids:  Why just because.

Mum:  .

And that my friends is just how lame I was…am 🙂

Join me in my lameness and post your own ridiculous poetry for all the world to see…go on do it! (My prediction is no one is going to post any poetry…but that’s cool, I am quite comfortable in my lameness, luckily)

Have a great day.

Ruby C! xx

Challenge For The Week: Stay On Target!

The challenge for the week is to stay focused.  Very difficult.  Me trying to stay focused..lol.  This is what is going on at the moment:

(And yes I secretly say this to myself sometimes, in the voice too)

         I am using my laptop on the lounge, TV is on and a Friends episode is on…but it is muted, my son is making himself pizza for breakfast, he is listening to some swing music by Caravan Palace (if you haven’t heard them before they are really worth a listen), he is asking me where things are in the fridge (have a Mum look !!) then there’s no ham, can I use bacon?? Yep you can!  Do I cut the fat off?  Yep you can!  I just throw that in the bin right?  Yep you can!  You aren’t going to make something out of it are you? (I am on a recycling kick at the moment and we are all about using everything)  However I feel he was being a little facetious there.  Then the complaints about fatty bacon, and then the cats decide it’s time to run up and down the hall way, which ends when one lands on the lounge and the other sits and looks at the victor for 27 seconds and then walks away, presumably to have a nap, cause they are cats, and after running for 3 whole minutes they need their 20 hours sleep.  On the upside, it gave me something to write about!

So being focused is difficult as it is in any household.  But being a Mum helps, you tend to block things out when you’re a Mum, until things get quiet that is, or until there is blood.  So happily there is no blood, and plenty of noise…

So that’s my first post of the week.

Have a great day all!

Ruby Ruby Ruby (said in Cary Grant’s voice as in Judy Judy Judy which he didn’t say but you know…just go with it).  xx

Oh and on a really crappy note…I was genuinely upset to hear of the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  I just keep shaking my head over that sad news.  A lot of people are going to see his photo on the news and say “oh that guy died”  but many many many other people knew what a fabulous actor he was.  Brilliant actor, and I don’t say that very often.  I have followed his career since it started and I am very sad and disappointed when I think of the many future roles and beautiful performances we have missed out on.  This news is just shit 😦

Stack of Books

Just last week I was asked to join a new handmade wedsite…It specializes in Australian made wedding items.  I won’t give out the address as yet, because it hasn’t officially launched yet.  (But if you are reading this and you sell handmade wedding items made only in Australia and you would be interested in this just email me and I will send you in the right direction …sharon@rubycanoe.com)

All products shipped worldwide!

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

When I was filling in all the relevant info for my profile, one of the questions was about learning new things and new techniques.  It got me thinking and I headed over to the great oracle (You Tube) and just typed in paper flowers.  I watched a vid on paper roses, but towards the end of the vid the woman doing the tutorial showed us what she did with the off cuts when she was finished making the roses (out of book pages).  Little tiny books!  Then I thought I might just try something a little different.  I Googled images of Book Wedding Cake Topper and couldn’t find any for references.  So this is what I came up with and I just love it so much.  My sister then suggested they would be awesome for Graduation cakes as well.  (Why didn’t I think of that?).  I have just listed my first Book themed cake topper for just $25!  There is seven handmade miniature books with three paper roses and book ribbon on top.  It really is special!  You can find it by clicking HERE

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

Etsy listing Ruby Canoe Design $25 Stack of Books Cake Topper Wedding/Graduation/Birthday

.Have a great week all!

Ruby xx