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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!

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

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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

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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)

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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!

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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!

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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…

Craft, Home, Life

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… Continue reading I Feel (Chicken) Cooped Up!

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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

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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, 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

Craft, Life

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… Continue reading Write A List, Check It Thrice Or More.

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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

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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!

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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!

Craft, Food, Home

Easy: How To Make Butter Tutorial

I was very lucky after Christmas and the local supermarket had marked down lots of units of cream.  So I bought about 5 large (600ml) containers.  I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with all that cream, but it was Christmas/New Year and we were having guests and some nice dinners. … Continue reading Easy: How To Make Butter Tutorial

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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!!

Craft, Home, Miscellaneous

Easy Do It Yourself Pet Bed

***I originally posted this in June 2013.  However due to its popularity I have decided to repost this one.  I made one for one of my cats, she knows it's hers and everytime I look at her curled up or sprawled across it it makes me smile.  So here it is...give it a shot, it's… Continue reading Easy Do It Yourself Pet Bed


Something New At Ruby Canoe

Check out the new additions to my Etsy Shop, and buy lots or even all of them if you would like.  Go on you know you want to!  If not just go and have a look and keep me in mind for any weddings or parties or such. Hope you had a nice New Year.… Continue reading Something New At Ruby Canoe

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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 ❤

Art, Craft, Silhouette Cameo

A Few New Additions To The Etsy Family

Tea Bag Butterfly Pack of 10 Giftboxed Wedding Cake Toppers 2 Bird Houses joined by heart garland Wedding Cake Toppers 3 Bird Houses Sorry short and sweet tonight!  Have a great day/night!  Ruby xx