Monday, April 6, 2015

Gus & Ruby Letterpress at BHLDN Wedding Fair!

Next week, we'll be packing up lots of beautiful invitations and heading down to BHLDN Chestnut Hill to join some of our favorite industry friends for their annual Wedding Fair. We are just thrilled to be involved (you know we are BHLDN-aholics!) and can't wait to chat with brides and grooms about all things wedding. We'll have lots of beautiful samples to show you, a fab DIY stationery bar where you can create your own noteset and an INCREDIBLE giveaway contest that you won't want to miss.

Visit here to register for the event - you won't want to miss it. See you soon!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Peek Inside Gus & Ruby Windows

At Gus & Ruby we adore all things beautiful. We love to focus on the tactile nature of the details, whether it's the impression an inked plate makes into 100% cotton paper, or it's a handmade bag where you can see the stitches that hold the fabric together. We fill the windows with our favorite products and custom work and we see the window displays as another creative venue, to make a beautiful space.

Lucky for me, it's my job to execute the projects we daydream about installing in the windows. I wanted to start sharing this process in a new blog post that I'll write after each new window has debuted. It's so fun to connect with others who enjoy relishing in color palettes, textures, light, and beauty the way that I do. I can't wait to hear from you about your own projects, tip, tricks, and things that you would love to see from us at Gus & Ruby!

One of my favorite things about dreaming up new projects for the windows is re-inventing things we use everyday, this time I used waxed paper and crayons. Below I'll describe how to do it yourself!

You will need:
  • Crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Kraft paper
  • Iron
  • Scissors or a circle punch
  • Needle and thread
  • You will need a lot of crayons. I used 3 boxes of 100 crayons to fill our windows (keep in mind that you may only use part of the box of crayons). 
  • Pick out your color palette and take out all of those crayons. I chose greens and blues, but whatever palette you choose will end up looking lovely. Roughly separate all of your colors so that when you begin melting you don't get a pool of brown.  
  • You will need to peel the paper off of the crayons and then break them down. There are a few ways to go about this. You could go for the tried and true pencil sharpener method, the chop on the cutting board tactic, or the easy way: the blender! Use your best judgement, not all blenders are created equal and I don't want you risking your morning smoothie routine. 
  • I did use my blender (it worked like a dream) and pulsed the crayons for about 15 seconds and got a great powdery result.  I dumped all of my powdered crayons into the compartments of an egg carton for easy access later, but several bowls would do the trick!

Here's when you start seeing what you'll end up with!

  • Tear sheets of waxed paper into 6-by-16 inch sheets. Fold the sheet in half to make a 3-by-16 inch rectangle. 
  • Open your rectangle back up and sprinkle your crayon bits evenly across the wax paper. A little bit goes a long way, I used about 1/2 a tablespoon per wax paper rectangle. 
  • Fold your wax paper back to make a sandwich over the crayons, cover with kraft paper to protect your iron. Press the iron to melt the crayons. Let them cool and cut them into circles. 
  • String them together with a needle and thread and repeat!


And that's it! The installed 'curtains' look so lovely with the light shining through. Stay tuned for the next window post. I'm so excited to continue sharing these oh-so-fun projects!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is here and it's time to dye some Easter Eggs!

Happy Spring Everyone!


We have this great all natural egg coloring kit in the shop, made in Portland, ME. It includes a few eco-crayons to try out relief coloring, 3 colored dye packets (with instructions to create up to 3 more colors), and a wire egg dipper. The natural dyes are made from gardenia flowers, curcumin, annatto seeds, beets, red cabbage, and purple sweet potato. We gave if a whirl and it was so fun and easy. 



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Facebook giveaway happening now!




Holy cow - we reached 5000 likes on Facebook! You guys are the best! 


To celebrate and say THANK YOU to all our amazing fans, we're holding a giveaway! 

Warm weather is approaching and that means it's time for adventures! One lucky person will win this fun striped weekend duffel bag- perfect for all the Spring and Summer trips to come! 

To enter all you need to do is visit our Facebook Page and add a comment to this post telling us what you like most about spring. And if you share this post you'll be entered twice! Giveaway ends Saturday March 7th at 11:59pm. We will announce the winner Monday March 9th!



Friday, February 27, 2015

New Arrivals from your friends at Ban.do!

Is the never ending winter for 2015 finally driving you mad? The calendar says Spring is under a month away, we all know it is going to take a lot longer to actually start feeling that way outside. While I can't do anything about the weather, I do know something that is going to help your mood. 

It is nearly impossible to feel gloomy with this fun spring collection for Ban.do! This design group for L.A. is inspired by disco balls, confetti cannons, and fizzy cocktails and it shows is everything they make. They do girly-girl to the extreme and remind you to have fun, ok?

Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you have to carry boring accessories! 




This stripy duo is perfect for a weekend getaway or a day at the beach! 



keep your phone, sunglasses, and lip balm all save in one place






Clockwise: phone case for iphone5/5s or 6, seafoam pouch, pencil pouch, lilac pouch

 



26 rose gold bobbies in cute travel case...a girl can never have enough bobbies, ever.










koozies & tumblers for all the tastiest drinks of summer

you'll never be lost in a crowd with this canvas heart weekend duffle


iPhone 6 case and iPhone 5/5s or 6/6+ backup phone charger so you keep you instagram update 24/7


(above photos courtesy of Ban.do)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let's getaway!

We don't know about you, but here in Portsmouth it's safe to say we'd all leave the snow behind if we had the chance! Whether you're day-dreaming of a swift jet-set, planning your upcoming spring break or you're just going to take advantage of your next free weekend, we collected some of our faves for your next vay-cay.


The Escapist
From top left to right:
  • Rhodia leather-bound notebook in iris: a lovely spot to write all about your adventures. 
  • Peter Pan: this cloth-bound gem is an excellent and quick read... perfect whether you are jetting off or simply letting the classic tale take you away on an adventure of imagination! 
  • Laney lunch tin: pack up lunch and set off on a living-room picnic.
  • Forestbound's Escape utility tote: if you are, indeed, setting off for adventure - this new bag is sure to set the tone for travels abroad.
  • Yellow Owl Workshop camera pennant: this snappy necklace hangs at 30", is made of 22k gold and is a perfect accessory to the real deal. 
  • Social Preparedness Kit: with 6 blank cards and 6 thank you notes with envelopes, this kit has everything you need to thank your hosts, nice-to-meet-ya to new pals, or to write home to your BFF if she isn't already adventuring with you!



Sea-Worthy
From top left to right:
  • Hand-in-Hand lip balm in sea salt: super hydrating lip butter from a stellar company (they save 50 square feet rain forest, give clean water and a bar of soap to children in need with every purchase). 
  • Herbivore Botanicals sea clay soap: so you'll smell absolutely divine as you sail off. 
  • Baggu nylon dopp kit: a jazzy catch-all for all your little things. 
  • Sea Bag whale tote: the best easy-breezy ocean-going tote made of recycled sails.
  • Mast Brother's sea salt chocolate bar: for energy, of course.
  • Star chart matches: to light your way!



The Day-Tripper
From top left to right:
  • Porcelain geode necklaces: stunning gold-dipped necklaces that you'll want to wear your whole trip. 
  • Herbivore Botanicals lip butter in blood orange: refreshing and yummy balm made from the best ingredients to cure those Winter chapped lips.
  • The Hive Studio's calligraphy kit: the perfect new project to undertake on your getaway!
  • Dotted cross-body bag: a hand-silk-screened canvas bag with a leather strap that is oh-so-comfy and the ideal on-the-go bag. 
  • Shinola notebooks: the best place to practice your calligraphy or jot notes from your day out. 
  • Kinfolk: always good for inspiration or to curl up with at your local coffee shop.

Tell us where you're going next; we want to hear all about your adventures!

Monday, February 9, 2015

We're having a Valentine's Day pop-up Candy Shop!




Valentine's Day is coming right up (it's this coming Saturday, folks!) and we can't wait! This year, we're having a pop-up candy shop full of all your favorite penny candy, darling letterpress tags and beautiful ribbon. Stop in and fill a bag with sweets for your sweetie, grab the perfect card and top it off with a thoughtful gift and you'll certainly give Cupid a run for his money. 

The pop-up shop will take place Friday and Saturday (10am-6pm) so whether you're a plan-ahead type or a last minute kind of Valentine, we've got you covered!

Check out a few of our favorite Valentine's Day cards and gifts below and check out more cards HERE. We hope to see you soon!

The perfect card: 








(Cards, top image to bottom image: Oddball Press, Gus & Ruby Letterpress, Sugar Paper, Rifle Paper, Mr. Boddington's Studio, The Social Type)


And some lovely gifts
 For an at-home spa day:

  

For a romantic meal: 



For a cozy weekend in the mountains: 



(Gifts, top image to bottom image: Herbivore Botanicals, Hand in Hand Soap Co., Kinfolk Table, Mason Shaker bar set, Baggu weekender, Rifle In Bloom books)