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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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)

Art, Craft

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… Continue reading Butterflies, Books And Birdhouses, Oh My!

Art, Craft

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

Art, Craft, Home

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… Continue reading And Loving It…

Art, Craft

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… Continue reading Antique Birdhouse Plans

Art, Craft

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… Continue reading List of Kaisercraft Paper Names:

Art, Pin Up

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,… Continue reading Pin Up Girls

Art, Craft, Illustrations, Life


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… Continue reading Chalkboards

Art, Craft

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… Continue reading Stack of Books

Art, Craft

Etsy Success…Well Getting There Anyway!

  So I have been working on filling the Etsy store and getting it just right.  I have deleted a number of items, that I felt didn't fit and condensed it down to just 3 sections. It definitely takes a while to work out the kinks and make the store more pleasing to the eye. … Continue reading Etsy Success…Well Getting There Anyway!

Art, Craft

Here Comes Valentines Day!

Well it's that time of the year again.  Just thought I would get in early, so that any orders will reach you before Valentines Day.  Each of these little pieces are sent unframed and unmatted, and to be honest, it is much cheaper for you to grab a frame from your local store.  Very affordable,… Continue reading Here Comes Valentines Day!

Art, Craft, Home

Dear Artist: This storage idea is too good to miss!!

  Reposted this from July I think.  This is way too good not to repost every so often.  Simple to do.  A board, nails, clips and paint.  Your done.  Share to someone that is in need of this kind of help.  I am sure there are numerous uses for this. Have a great day! xx… Continue reading Dear Artist: This storage idea is too good to miss!!

Art, Craft, Home

Gotta Love A Butterfly <3

Recently I decided to try my hand at cake toppers, and when I say hand I mean machine.  I have already received quite a few enquiries about the wedding cake toppers.  It seems that people like to spend a lot more money on weddings than I did when I got married.  But even if you… Continue reading Gotta Love A Butterfly ❤