Art, Illustrations

Greetings – A short history of the greeting card.

Apparently the history of the greeting card goes back to Egyptian and Roman times, clearly they had a different format though.  Papyrus and coins respectively and given at the start of the New Year. Greeting cards, mostly in the post card format, started to become popular in the mid to late 1800’s and were hand… Continue reading Greetings – A short history of the greeting card.


Satellite Gal & Co.

Creative people quite often become obsessed about what style they create or what famous artist their work resembles.  The easy answer to the “who am I like?” question is...wait for may want to sit are just like you! If you enjoy drawing stick figures, then draw stick figures.  If you enjoy doing photo… Continue reading Satellite Gal & Co.


Some Stuff I’ve Discovered Since Becoming A Mum

I have found:  When people say "it sticks to stuff like shit to a blanket", the people who say this are not kidding.  I have also found out that partial digested spaghetti bolegnese also sticks very well to a blanket...particularly at 2 am. I have found: A child can vomit into my ear hole when… Continue reading Some Stuff I’ve Discovered Since Becoming A Mum

Food, Home, Life

Beyond Recognition

Decided to try a new recipe tonight, cause God knows I've had it up to here (I just pictured my Mum doing the action)  of making the same 20 things for the last 6981 days. Time for something new, I thought. So off to Pinterest I went, found a lovely recipe for garlic Parmesan chicken… Continue reading Beyond Recognition

Books, Craft, Etsy, Food, Home

Ruby Canoe Cake Topper in Top Australian Cake Decorating Book!

Well, it would seem that is been a while since I posted anything.  Truth is I just didn't get around to posting anything.  I felt like I didn't really have much to say actually.  But looking back now I did have a few things to say and share and show. Late last year I was… Continue reading Ruby Canoe Cake Topper in Top Australian Cake Decorating Book!

Art, Etsy, Illustrations, Television

Plans for the Tardis

These Tardis blueprints or plans make excellent gifts for the little Whovian in your life!  I have sold quite a number of these beautiful prints lately and shipped them all around the world too.  The A4 and A3 sizes are printed on watercolor paper which give it an excellent vintage feel with the benefit of… Continue reading Plans for the Tardis

Art, Illustrations

How many things can Mrs. Alfred Wells stuff into her station wagon?

Vintage adverts are just beautiful.  I can't wait to have these printed for myself.  Why don't ads look like this anymore? I would love to see a video of the process of making these ads, I am not sure I get the full effect just by watching Man Men.  If you know where to find… Continue reading How many things can Mrs. Alfred Wells stuff into her station wagon?

Art, Etsy

Who Doesn’t Love a Bug?

I grew up in the 1970's in Australia and I was convinced that everyone's parents had owned a VW beetle or bug at some stage in their lives. I remember being a little confused about getting the groceries out of the front of the car instead of the boot, such a novelty!  We had (I… Continue reading Who Doesn’t Love a Bug?


May the Fourth Be With You

Sick of hearing about a movie that is decades old?  Sick of hearing about some conflict in a galaxy far far away?  Nope, neither am I!!  This weekend I have watched all the original trilogy movies, and I watched it a little differently this time around.  I watched it and judged the hell out of… Continue reading May the Fourth Be With You

Craft, Etsy, Home, Miscellaneous

10 Tips to help your New Etsy Store grow.

10 TIPS TO HELP YOUR NEW ETSY STORE GROW!   I have been selling on Etsy now for 2 years.  For the first 8 months I wasn't really serious about it and was trying to find my place, my customer and my product.  The one thing I do remember about the first few months was… Continue reading 10 Tips to help your New Etsy Store grow.

Art, Craft, Food, Home

Well, it's almost the end of the second month of the year.  Time flies when you're having fun right?  Time flies even when you're not having fun as's all relative.  February is a good month for us in Australia, it means the hot weather is starting to be less than the temperature of the… Continue reading


What To Draw and How To Draw It.



A little discovery I made on This is a small selection of the book, What To Draw And How To Draw It by E.G Lutz.  I think these illustrations are just fantastic.  If you have kids, these illustrations would be great for them to follow.  I remember those “easy” to follow “how to” instructions, you know the ones, the ones with all the bloody circles.  I’m sure they were great for most people but I found them very confusing.

So give these little beauties a shot.  Just love the hummingbirds and the owls!


So cute!


Just love the tails on all of these bird illustrations!


Things just don’t really change much, do they?  Even a hundred years ago, people liked to draw owls.  Ya can’t go wrong with owls, right?


Whereever you are in the world, have a great day/night.

(Tuesday morning for me.)

♥Ruby RubyRuby♥


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Art, Craft

Ruby Canoes New Etsy Shop!! Now Open!!

As my lovely daughter pointed out recently, I have not posted a blog entry for quite a while.  So here it is... I have been very busy lately.  Christmas orders, Wedding orders, end of school gifts for teachers.  So, as you can see, my Etsy Shop Ruby Canoe Design is coming along quite well.  So… Continue reading Ruby Canoes New Etsy Shop!! Now Open!!

Art, Craft

Retro Rocket Boy!

I've always loved rockets.  And how I wanted to be an astronaut, I particularly loved the idea of space camp...still do, truth be told.  Oh, how about adult space camp, where we get a 3 course meal at the end of the day and a bucket of wine...oh yeah!  (Take a moment to ponder the… Continue reading Retro Rocket Boy!

Art, Craft

New Etsy Listing For Halloween

New listing ready for Halloween.  We don't do much Halloween here in Australia, but the retail stores keep trying to make us do Halloween.  But it doesn't need to be Halloween to use these cake decorations. A few years back my sister got married so it was my task to organise the Bridal Shower.  My… Continue reading New Etsy Listing For Halloween

Art, Craft

Happy Birthday.

I made a wedding cake topper yesterday and had a few flowers left over and a few little bits of card as well.  Most of my off cuts go to the local Kindy but I really loved these colours together, so the local Kindy missed out this time around 😦 I was so happy with… Continue reading Happy Birthday.


Three Lessons in Life

STOP:  Sometimes you just gotta stop.  Stop doing that. Stop saying that.  Stop putting that off etc. COLLABORATE:  team up, get together, come together, band together, work together, work jointly. LISTEN:  Just listen.  Sometimes the answers are given to you but you just aren't listening.  Listen. The answers of life are found in a Vanilla… Continue reading Three Lessons in Life

Food, Home, Life

Where Is All Your Money Going?

Well, I have been MIA from my blog lately.  Had a little break.  I didn't go anywhere, but just wanted a little break from spending so much time online, you know what I mean? I spent a fair bit of time lately getting my house, therefore my life, under control.  The difference in just great. … Continue reading Where Is All Your Money Going?

Art, Craft, Silhouette Cameo

Kaisercraft Paper American Craft Paper

Ruby Canoe Design mostly uses Kaisercraft paper, which I love.  I have a huge stock of them in the studio and, maybe once a month, buy a bit more of the colours I need...until last week!  I was a little (a lot) horrified to find my local supplier is no longer stocking Kaisercraft and is… Continue reading Kaisercraft Paper American Craft Paper

Art, Craft

Paper Dressed to Impress

Been super busy this week, designing and cutting, cutting and designing.  So I decided to take today off and watch a bunch of Project Runway episodes.  And got all inspired! I really wanted to drag out the old sewing machine and the overlocker, but couldn't be bothered.  Instead I got a pair of scissors, paper… Continue reading Paper Dressed to Impress

Art, Craft

A Little Something For The Boys!

(If you are a boy and you click just because of the title...nup no boobies here honey!  Sorry! Sad Face! )   Well I finally got around to making some bout, boutin, boutinear...buttons holes for grooms and groomsmen!  This one is entirely hand assembled (at no time did I use my feet).  It is high… Continue reading A Little Something For The Boys!

Art, Craft

Hot Pink Butterflies

Here is another listing from the SCATTERFLIES range, by Ruby Canoe Design.  Ain't she pretty?  These Scatterflies are great to use at a wedding, toss them across the wedding tables, make your own back drops or garlands or even decorate some cupcakes with them! In the next few days (more likely weeks) I am thinking… Continue reading Hot Pink Butterflies


Psst! Have You Heard Of Scatterflies?

So, have you heard of Scatterflies?  Probably not, cause I just made it up.  I decided to do a new line of products for my Etsy shop.  Complete with proper big girl packaging. And here is the completed product. Scatterflies.  Hand punched paper cutouts of butterflies, dragonflies, and far.  There are currently 27 in… Continue reading Psst! Have You Heard Of Scatterflies?

Art, Craft

Vintage Greeting Cards

I really do miss receiving these kind of cards.  When we were kids my Mum always kept any cards we got from family or friends.  The cards lived in a large plastic bag in the middle shelf in the middle cupboard of the hall way.  Every so often I would drag out the bag of… Continue reading Vintage Greeting Cards

Home, Life

Mouthful Of Oil Anyone?

Okeydoke, here we go.  Sitting here typing away.  Two cats sitting on the floor looking at me like, well they are looking kind of concerned.  I have bulging cheeks. And there is a strange noise coming from my mouth. I am oil pulling. Soooo, have you ever heard of oil pulling (not that kind, out… Continue reading Mouthful Of Oil Anyone?

Home, Life

Eye Spy

What I see when I look out my window: Brown grass that crunches under foot (could do with some rain) weeds (could do with a gardener!) beautiful wrens (these beautiful wrens are fascinated by seeing themselves in the mirror of my car, this explains the poop in the side of my car...) double bar finches… Continue reading Eye Spy

Art, Craft


Amazing photo.  This defines dedication.  Seriously, just look at this photo for a few seconds and try to understand what we are looking at.  What dedication this man has. Scroll  Now, I just researched this photo a little.  When asked if this was real Kawika Singson replied, the flames are real.  However the flames appeared, not due… Continue reading Dedication

Art, Craft

Featuring: Diorama Man and Wild Girl

And you thought doing diarama's at school was a challenge. I took this photo when I was at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane last year.  Simply amazing isn't it? I saw this floating around Pinterest lately and wanted to share it again. By Nguyen Manh Hung, Click to visit I haven't posted much… Continue reading Featuring: Diorama Man and Wild Girl

Art, Craft, Food

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… Continue reading Most Views On My Blog Ever…

Art, Craft

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… Continue reading Budget Cake Toppers

Art, Craft

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