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!!



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.


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


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:


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

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

Sherlocked and Loaded and Ready To Weep.

Yep, I am absolutely terrified.  Terrified of Sherlock spoilers.  Terrified it is all going to end.  Terrified that there will be no more.  I can’t read the news, I can’t trawl Pinterest, I can’t click on links in my Facebook news feed etc etc etc.

The masterpiece that is Sherlock has me completely hooked.  There is nothing about this classic television that I can pick on.  Oh apart from the fact that there will never be enough Sherlock.  I’ve finished watching the first two episodes of the most recent season, and just one to go.  Sad face.  My prediction for the season ending will be tears and plenty of them.  (Oh God will it be the series finale??)(Do not tell me!)

Is it the end?

Weather Update:

Just an update on the extreme Brisbane weather, apparently we received 27000 lightning strikes over the 2 hour period until the storm moved out to sea late this afternoon.  There has been localized flooding and various storm damaged.  One person has survived being struck by lightning and is recovering in hospital, I hope all goes well for her.
This weather event seems to have cooled the city, which we desperately needed, as our state (and other states this week) have endured temps up to 49 degrees celsius.
Excerpt taken from a quote given by:
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said Amberley, Peel Island and Grantham bore the brunt of the extreme weather, as large storm cells “collapsed”.
Mr Narramore said the “collapsing storm cells” did not circulate air like tornadoes, but expelled huge amounts of wind, similar to tornadoes.  “When the core of the storm collapses you get this big push of air,” Mr Narramore said.  “A lot of storms in that part of the world showed this type of signature behaviour.  “That is part of the storm collapses, it kind of hits the ground and pushes out the air in front of it.  “And you get this really, really strong wind – you get this 20 or 30 seconds of really strong wind and then it just drops right back.”
The only advice I could give to anyone when you experience extreme weather, be it rain, hail, heat or snow (or whatever special extreme weather you have in your region) just listen to the warnings given, and follow instructions.  Also give a thought to your pets and/or native animals, sometimes they need a helping hand from us.  As you can see when they get desperate they don’t care who you are.  For our native animals during periods of extreme heat it would be great to leave out some shallow containers of water out (and away from your pets) so they can help themselves if needed.  (Be cautious as they are still wild animals, cute furry wild animals, but still wild).
So, it’s early (very early…3 am early) Tuesday morning…must remember to get the boys to put the bin out before 6am 🙂 …and I can hear the cicadas doing their thing outside, but the air is very still, and I don’t have the air conditioner on (for the first time in about 5 days).  It seems that the ferocious storms have cooled down everything and we can have a few normal days.  Yay.  Going back to sleep now 🙂  Night Night…Oh and they aren’t called koala bears…just koala’s, not bears 🙂

Ruby xx

Some Very Active Summer Storms

Around 7000 lightning strikes in the storm that just went through.  I was looking out the lounge room window when I saw a lightning strike about 500m away.  Very impressive.  This strike was followed by two others in almost the same place.  Followed closely by massive thunder.

Just such a crazy storm.  Stradbroke Island has had a large fire burning for a few days now, I hope that this will help them.

Luckily I have heeded the warnings recently, I moved the car under cover, tidied up the yard, moved loose items, and protected the animals.  Do you have a storm plan?

Stay safe.


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.  But still 5 containers of cream??  And I really hate cream.  Seriously, even when I have to decorate the odd Pavlova (the Pav itself is not odd) I usually substitute the cream with vanilla yogurt, which is yum, you should try it…and if you have never had Pavlova, you should try it…yum!

Anyway back to the cream issue.  It is the 3 of January and I had one bottle of cream with the used by date of the 5th, and it’s 9 o’clock at night… so I said to myself “self! I think it is about time I made butter” so here is what I did…

  1. Pour cream into the mixer.
  2. Turn mixer on.
  3. After a few minutes, when it is a bit watery you can drain the buttermilk and save for pancakes.
  4. Add about a quarter teaspoon of salt (optional) mix for 20 seconds more.
  5. Drain more buttermilk.
  6. Put on fresh toast and add some jam.

I didn’t take any photos of the making of the butter but just imagine…

a picture of cream here…

now imagine…

a picture of lumpy yellow cream here, with watery stuff all around…

and here is some butter, that I made for $1.13 and it is really really nice.  Um I also added some toast crumbs for effect.

It is really simple, you don’t need anything fancy and you only really need one ingredient.

Have a great day or night.  Ruby Ruby Ruby xxx

Easy Do It Yourself Pet Bed

Easy Do It Yourself Pet Bed Tutorial Included. Ruby Canoe Design

***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 very easy and lasts for quite a long time, I have added a little bit of stuffing in the last month but that’s it. Easy 🙂

The above picture is actually from a McCalls pattern.  I saw this picture on Pinterest and had a good look at it, sorted it out in my cluttered brain and then proceeded to make one pet bed complete with a top blanket…and I did it in about 15 mins for about $8.

I just know you wanna know how to do it…it is soooooo simple.  So I am going to show you how to make a cheap and easy, no sew, pet bed.

  1. Grab yourself 2 contrasting coloured fleece blankets, I got mine for about $4 each.
  2. Lay them on top of each other on the lounge room floor, making sure you haven’t attracted the attention of pets, because they WILL try it out by sitting right in the MIDDLE of your material.
  3. Cut an appropriate sized circle…mine was about a metre across (3 feet) I just sketched mine with a black marker.
  4. Now cut fringes all around the fleece circle.  Make sure they are about 4 cm (about 2 inches) wide and  I cut about 10cm (4 inch) in from the edge.  Be sure to keep both pieces of material together, they pretty much stick together anyway, so I didn’t even pin them.
  5. Now tie almost all of the fringes together, leave about ten untied.
  6. Find an old cheap pillow laying around and cut it open and stuff that stuff into the pet bed.
  7. Tie up the remaining fringes.
  8. I also added an extra bit of material on the top to act as a little blanket, cause it has been cold and I feel bad about them being cold.  So,  I cut a semi-circle from the left overs and gave it a fringe and tied that on too…I just have to lift up the little flap and Maat The Cat jumps on in.

Da daa, easy peasey!  Seriously it is so very easy to make.  This is something you could make with a very young child as well (supervision is essential, scissors: Ouchy mama).

I have also, previously, made a scarf with this tieing technique…so I suppose you could also make a reversible scarf with the two different colours tied together.

Anyway give it a shot and let us know how you did.  Please feel free to share this post or reblog if you would like, we don’t want our furry children to miss out! xx

PS Have you seen some of the lovely new additions to my Etsy shop, the listings might have changed quite a bit since last time you were there, so why not have a look 🙂 Click here.

And Happy New Year! xx

Australia is Melting…

   Well it just hit 45 degrees celcius…for those of you that don’t use celcius, that would be 113!!  Ouch.  The roads are literally melting too.  I had to take a trip to the shops earlier and there are some wacky clouds forming on the range (Great Dividing Range)  hopefully no more hail though.  And, of course, I just finished typing that sentence and heard the first thunder clap.  Here we go again!

Stay safe 🙂


Ironically the above sculpture is titled: Hot With A Chance Of A Late Storm!

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.

30 Ideas For Your Unachievable New Year’s Resolution

Well I can’t believe the year is almost over again.  It really sneaks up on you doesn’t?  So many things can happen in a year.  Births, deaths and marriages and all that goes in between.

And every year a few of us leave it until the first of the year to change something about ourselves we don’t like….or something we really really like but shouldn’t.  Why do we leave it until then?  Why can’t we change things on the first of a month or a Monday (not as if Monday’s have enough things against it), or even when you wake up.  It’s never too early or late I suppose.

Some things we might want to change or to do:

  1. Diet
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Be more organised
  4. Change jobs
  5. Get a better job
  6. Be more daring
  7. Make new friends
  8. Get rid of crappy friends
  9. Learn a language
  10. Improve your education
  11. Travel more
  12. Travel less
  13. Be more caring
  14. Sleep more
  15. Sleep less
  16. Declutter
  17. Drink less alcohol
  18. Be more frugal
  19. Stop wasting money
  20. Start a hobby
  21. Buy from small businesses more…like Ruby Canoe 🙂
  22. More time in the garden
  23. Less time on the computer
  24. Call family more
  25. Tell someone special how you feel about them
  26. Learn to the entire Thriller dance
  27. Donate blankets at winter (to homeless humans and RSPCA)
  28. Donate food
  29. Go one month without buying fast food (including drinks)
  30. Do something you have never done before

Chances are we won’t check off many things on our own resolution list, but maybe we can do just one.

Best of luck!

Ruby.  xx.