Plans for the Tardis

Tardis sepia framed, bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

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 thick (200gsm) long-lasting and acid free paper.  3 different colored backgrounds available. bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

Tardis, bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

The Tardis, bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

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

1959 VW Station Wagon a smarter way to go!  bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

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 such a video feel free to send me a link 😀

Love the very retro colors, and I just love those levitating people there.  The dog, a St Bernard no less, these dogs were very popular way back when, the nannynun type person, the one hundred children that Mrs. Alfred could clearly afford to feed and house and the friend.  Implying any friend wants to jump into a car with all those kids/dog/nannynun and picnic baskets.  Ah it was a simpler time.  Rather quaint though.

Now available in my Etsy store bigbluecanoe.etsy.com in a variety of sizes.  Many more VW available along with planes, patents, rockets, Lego’s, helicopters, star ships, firefly, Star Wars etc etc etc  Stay tuned for more uploads every week.  Prices start at approx $8 (US)

1959 VW Station Wagon a smarter way to go. bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

Who Doesn’t Love a Bug?

Cut away of a 1963 VW

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 think) a light green one, and my Mum taped a note to the dashboard to remind her that the blinker was on the opposite side to normal Australian cars.  (Yes not only do we drive on the other side of the road we also have everything else on the other side of the car too).  I loved the sound of that car too, who can mistake the sound of an old VW coming down the road, not that you see or hear them as much as we used to, which is a bit sad, but that is life I suppose.

So I guess that explains my love for VW artworks.  I found this little gem in an original owner’s manual, I’ve cleaned it up a little and added a few things and moved a few other things to create this beautiful print.  I can’t tell you how much I love this print and all the beautiful retro colours.  Makes my little heart leap with joy!  I have this available in my Etsy store along with a heap of other Volkswagen prints.  Previously I have only had blueprints for sale on Etsy but after finding these beautiful little beetles and buses I just had to add them too.

So why not pop over to bigbluecanoe.etsy.com and see what I have been up to lately.  And don’t forget about little old rubycanoedesign.etsy.com  and there is a third store in the works at the moment, which is a combined effort with my son, stay tuned!  😀

VW 1963 cutaway red

May the Fourth Be With You

speederbike

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 it.  Verdict…it certainly has aged well.  I really couldn’t pick on any of the movies, well, except the new bits which was only a slight irritant.  Just a fantastic set of movies that has held up perfectly (my 18 year old daughter agrees).

After watching Star Wars (yeah, when I was a kid no one called it a New Hope, so I’ll just stick with Star Wars) over two days I then re-watched the new preview of the new movie for about the tenth time and then watched a heap of interviews.  Most of them from Comic Con (or others similar), but I was fascinated to watch Mark Hamill talk about all sorts of things.  That interview went for about an hour and, if you like that kind of thing, was riveting.   I really think that Christmas is way to far far away for my liking!  So I suppose I will inhale all that YouTube has to offer until then!

Oh and of course the Speederbike from Return of the Jedi is a new listing in my Etsy shop.  Different sizes available and different colors also available.  bigbluecanoe.etsy.com

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!

millennium falcon

millennium falcon

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 well…it’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 sun.  And, with any luck we are able to venture outside (without melting) and get shit done.  Yay!

For the last month we have had rain and sunshine, and everything is strangely green, bright green, hurts your eyes green.  And boy oh boy is the grass/weeds growing rapidly.  The lawns are being mowed 3 times a week at the moment.  I think if I sat on the front steps and watched the grass I would be able to see it grow.

I’ve been a little busy this week making a heap of Wedding Cake Toppers in preparation for wedding season, which apparently is March April and May (keep reading it’s not all about soppy weddings, unless you like soppy weddings, then it totally is about soppy weddings).  I’ve made a heap of these last week, as they will be featuring in a Contemporary Cake Book, along with 3 or 4 others that I’ve made.  When it is released I will certainly do a post or four about it and my cake toppers.

These cake toppers aren’t specifically for weddings, I can change the wording and certainly change the colors for you too.  Click HERE to go to Etsy

Very exciting, gunna be in a cook book, do dah, do dah.

These look just beautiful.  And there is more to come over the next few weeks. If you have any special requests please contact me via Etsy or my Facebook page and I will certainly try to help you with anything.

Just a special mention about the paper I use if anyone is interested.  Recently my supplier stopped supplying the KaiserCraft paper I used everyday.  I was royally pissed off to say the least, considering I had invested many hundreds of dollars in keeping up a good stock level of many different colors.  I even contacted the suppliers head office (which I usually do not do) to ask what the go was.  Anyway, long story short, the KaiserCraft paper was being replaced by AmericanCraft paper.  I looked online and thought the paper would be identical as the packaging was.  But I was delighted by the new AmericanCraft paper.  Just beautiful to work with, and I highly recommend it. And the colors are so so beautiful, I used mostly AmericanCraft paper in the above photos.

Whilst I love my paper, is doesn’t come cheap, and I have found when you want to only sell quality items you can not cut corners.  These are a few of the things that go into the pricing of my products…

  1. This paper I use is not cheap, using a cheap quality paper produces lousy cuts and a poor quality finished product.
  2. When running paper through my cutting machine, I have the machine set to quite a slow speed and I also do double cuts (cuts twice), this produces a perfect cut everytime.
  3. When I send my products I like to package them thoughtfully, so that when you recieve your package in the mail it’s exciting and like receiving a little present, even if you did pay for it 🙂
  4. And then there’s all the other stuff: electricity, glue, scissors, pens, rulers, skewers, tooth picks, books, sheet music, dictionary’s, atlases, upkeep on the machine, bought designs, and about one hundred other things.

So, rest easy my friends when you purchase a product from me, you won’t be purchasing cheap and nasty, you will be purchasing well priced (for you and for me) items that are well made and a product that I love too.  Oh and don’t forget you can tell all your friends that you purchased your cake topper from a shop that has cake toppers in an actually real true blue cook book.  (Little hint: It’s probably Australia most famous cake cook book company) We all love bragging rights, right?

Anyway it’s almost 1 am so I should go off to sleep.

Have a good day/night!

Ruby xxx

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 what’s better than one successful (semi-successful) Etsy shop?  Two successful (semi-successful) Etsy shops.  Well that’s what I am hoping for anyway.

The new shop is staying with the canoe theme…Big Blue Canoe was born at the beginning of this year and I am extremely happy with the progress so far.  Getting heaps of views and a few sales, which is just great for a new shop.

Big Blue Canoe is stocked with Patent Prints and Blueprints.  These come in 4 different color choices, which you choose at check out.  Color choices refers to the background color.  Blue, Black, White and Sepia.  Also available in different sizes of A4, A3 and A2.

SR-71 BLACKBIRD

I’ve just added the Lego prints recently and these are my favourite so far.  So why not pop on over to Big Blue Canoe on Etsy and have a bit of a looky look.

Available:

  • PLANES
  • CHOPPERS
  • FIRE TRUCKS
  • RETRO DRESSES
  • LEGOS
  • ICE-CREAM CONE
  • AXE
  • GUITAR
  • VIOLIN
  • BRIDGES
  • and heaps of other things, both weird and wonderful!

Just click here to visit Big Blue Canoe

ASSORTED LISTINGS BIG BLUE CANOE

 

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 awesome Adult Space Camp…….).  Anyway, back to reality (Poop), I’ve been seeing quite a few retro rocket prints floating around (  <——Space reference) on Pinterest lately.  They are just adorable!  So thought I would find a great design and then make my own and put it up for sale in my Etsy Store.  It turned out pretty cute!

Since I have completed the photography for the Etsy listing I don’t really need the papercut anymore 😦 and I don’t know of any Williams.  So if you know a kid called William or if you own one and want this papercut (it is actually listed for $20 {Australian Dollars} in the Etsy store) just contact me and you can have it for $10 plus postage.  You can comment here or go to Etsy or my Facebook page..or email or twitter or instagram or telegram or send a pigeon if you like!

I will be doing a matching airplane papercut shortly, so if you want the William one and you have another cherub, let me know and I will put their name at the bottom and you can have both for $10 each.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY ETSY STORE.

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 sister knew I was planning it, so that part wasn’t a surprise, but as she was, and is, a life long horror movie fan I planned the whole thing as a Fancy Dress Horror Bridal Shower.  And it was spectacular.  She was quite horrified when she arrived after she spent 3 hours doing her hair and make-up and everything else, just to sit down and have everybody do her horror make up and then dress her up. Completely ruining all her good work.  However, a great time was had by all.

You should try a little something different for you next get together, it’s a riot!  🙂

 

This cake decoration comes with 3 rows of flags, one skull cut out and 2 sturdy paper straws.  All ready to be assembled and put straight onto the cake.  Easy Peasy!!

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 how this turned out and only did it for my own amusement.  So if anyone wants it, it is ready to ship on my Etsy store.  Is attached or not attached, to a sturdy squewer to pop into the top of a cake.  And if you really loved it, you could probably put it in a frame too!

I have listed about 20 new items in the last week or two, so if you haven’t visited my Etsy store recently or ever why not come over and have a little looky around.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY ETSY STORE.  LOTS OF GREAT STUFF!

After I made this one I made one for my sister.  She loves her birthday so much so actually throws herself a birthday party every year.  She is a wacky one!  I am totally opposite about my birthdays.  However it might be a bit of a sad birthday party this year as she just messaged me on Facebook that her beloved poodle had just died in her arms.  One of her furry babies is gone.  So sad for her.

RIP Polly Woodle! Luvs ya sis! xxxxx

Ruby xx

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 replacing it with American Craft paper.  A little bit of panic set in.  That is until I did about 30 seconds of research and, judging by the packaging of American Craft paper packs, it looks like they may well be the same product with different names.

After banging out a few panicky emails to my supplier they are getting new stocks in about 2 months time…ain’t no body got time for that!  😦  But they did send me a colour conversion chart and here it is for anyone that also needs it.

Kaisercraft American 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 glue, paper clip and one of the vintage sewing patterns that I recently scored, and made something I have wanted to make for a very long time.

I hope you like it!

I won’t be listing this item in my Etsy store, so if you are interested please comment here or pop on over to my Facebook page and shoot me a message. CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE

Have a nice weekend guys xx RUBY xx

 

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 quality thick paper/card attached to florists wire and the stems are then wrapped in twine for the rustic effect.

All colours are changeable and so is the twine.  Just suggest something and I will see what I can do!  It debuted in my Etsy store tonight at $20 a piece.  (One can take up to an hour to create, cutting, designing, waiting, assembling, and generally doing pretty stuff).  I am hope to do a wide variety of prices, starting from $5.  Discounts are offered when purchasing more than two and I can combine postage to make it cheaper.  Just message me and I will do an Etsy custom order for you and have it in the mail within 3 – 5 days, sometimes quicker.

CLICK HERE TO FIND MY ETSY STORE!!

I am also working on a range of Wedding invitations as well, so if you would like to keep up to date you can follow me here, go to Ruby Canoe on Pinterest, or find Ruby Canoe Design on Facebook and Etsy!  I am everywhere…and sometimes no where!

Thanks for stopping by, chat later alligator! xxx Ruby xxx

 

 

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 of posting a few tutorials on what to do with these things.  The first one is probably just some place cards and then we might move onto something a little more adventurous like backdrops.

So why not follow my blog or check out my Etsy shop to keep up to date on all the new products.

FYI:  Scatterflies are supplied in packs of 30 or 100 (pack of up to 300 in the works) and are priced at $5 (Australian Dollars).  Just click HERE to purchase.

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 cards and look at them (it was a while ago, and we had no internet and only 4 television channels to choose from, we made our own fun).

The above card was my absolute favourite card.  We had many of them kept safely in the plastic bag…wonder what happened to those cards? Anyway, they still sell these cards today and of course I have bought them for my own daughter for her birthday…once or twice.

Beautiful images.  Print them, frame them, love them.  Have a good day!

Ruby. xx

Dedication

kawika-singson-standing-on-lava-shoes-tripod-on-fire

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.

 

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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 to the lava, but an accelerate. 

Still a great photo.  And it was taken because he wanted a cool (pun?) photo for his Facebook cover.  Why not, I say.  But a few people have made up their own description, which is fully understandable.  Look at the photo, and caption it without knowing the “truth”.  And who is to say that what I typed, about the real story, is the truth.  Ah the internet.  You confuse me.

Reminds me of the old saying “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear” maybe it should be added to “and believe some of what you read on the internet”

Note:  Pop over to Pinterest and search for this pin and read the comments…humans are funny.

xxxrubyxxx

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 of my art work lately, because, well there hasn’t been any.  I have thrown all of my time and money into creating a successful Etsy store.  I still have lots to learn about it but I certainly know what direction I am going in now.  The Esty store is coming along nicely by the way.

I think I might have to start drawing again, just one a week and see where it goes.  My favourite still has to be Maxine.  I called her Maxine because I set out to pay homage to the greatest book of all time.  A book of which I own a hard cover version and a soft cover version.  A book that didn’t require a film, but got it anyway, not that it was terrible, just unnecessary.  A book whose story captivated many generations over many decades.

Where The Wild Things Are

Yes, when I drew Maxine I was actually drawing how I imagined myself in the book.  Because that’s how I read books.  I am the hero.  Do other people read books like that?  I remember the first time I read that book.  In my primary school library.  It had the same cover it does today, and on the cover where all those fancy gold stickers from all the awards it had won.  Did the stickers make it more special? I don’t know really.  What I do know is…

it….

is…

PERFECT

AND

I

LOVE

IT

the end

PS do you now the worst thing about having a little blog?

Thinking of a title for each post…

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 🙂

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

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?

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

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)

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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

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.  I watched many of the posts from the Etsy site…basically I typed into Google…How to be successful in Etsy…and wouldn’t you know it, there is a crap load of stuff.  It would be impossible to implement all of these things, and why would you anyway.  But I took what was applicable to me and ran with it.

The first thing I did was, strangly enough, stopped posting all of my own stuff on my facebook page.  I was a little too eager to share my new items with all (All 268) of the people who liked my page, and I also posted pictures of any sales I made too.  When I thought about it, I realised that it is not very interesting to focus on just yourself.  So I posted a pic of a cute puppy dog (I know, but it works) and a few little things for Australia Day.

The second thing I did was to delete a heap of my original items.  There was nothing wrong with them, but no one was looking at them and I certainly was sick of looking at them so out they went.  Now I include them as a free gift with every purchase.   Looks better and feels better

The third thing, I just filled in my profile and a little more info about myself in the bio.

And probably a few other little things too, that I can’t remember at the moment.  But after I did that I received 2 or 3 orders, a possible order for about 200 wedding place cards and…I received my weekly Etsy email with a few featured items in the email and OMG there in this email, that goes out to all Etsy Australia people, is one of my items.  The Mens Boutonniere

Clearly the more time I put in the better the result….who would have thought it was that easy…derr.

Luv Ruby! xx

Here Comes Valentines Day!

Hearts in an Envelope, sending my love. Valentines Day gift from Ruby Canoe Design, Etsy.

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, just $12, available through the Etsy shop, and looks so much better in real life too! Click Here For Etsy

Love Tree, Initials of family and your colours added. Ruby Canoe Design Etsy store.

And the Love Tree.  This one sells very well.  A great gift for engagements and weddings and (wouldn’t you know it…) Valentines Day!  Just $20 excluding postage, all you need to do is let me know the colours and the initials.  Click Here For Etsy

So here is just two of the selection from the Etsy shop, I have heap more little goodies awaiting a new home.  Oh and if you would like me to send it straight to the recipient, let me know via a message in Etsy, and I will gift wrap it and put a lovely little tag on it, just from you…saves you paying twice the postage, right?

Ruby xx

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 haven’t got much to spend I have priced these quite reasonably.  I have tried to create some unique wedding cake toppers and hope that this is just a start.   🙂

Anyway…So I have only been doing this work-from-home thing this year, and I must say it does take up a hell of a lot of time, but it really is worth it.  Although some days it does feel like you are talking to yourself or it feels like you are beating your head against a brick wall, but mostly it’s pretty good.  I say perseverance is my friend 🙂

Next year will, in fact, be my year.  Or our year 🙂 Let’s make the most of it eh?

Have a great weedend.  Ruby.  xx.