Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Wedding Escort Card Ideas

When it comes to weddings, one of the fun details to design is the escort card display. We love seeing creative ways to incorporate the couple's personality or wedding details into the escort cards and a winter wedding provides so many opportunities to infuse a little interest into the display!

 (photo courtesy of 100 Layer Cake)

A simple sprig of rosemary or evergreen is just the perfect touch to add to beautifully calligraphed tags.

 (photo courtesy of Wedding Chicks)

You can never go wrong with a little gold spray paint (or any other metallic color)! Choose pine cones, succulents, or anything else your heart desires and spray away! Tuck simple cards into these beauts and you've got yourself a gorgeous display!

 (photo courtesy of Something Turquoise)

Why not do double duty by having the escort card also act as a favor for your guests? You can find inexpensive containers at any craft store and then add salt and rosemary to seal the deal. Quick and easy and oh so beautiful!

 (photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty)

If your wedding is around the holidays, create a festive display with tags attached to gorgeous ornaments. Not only is it a wonderful wedding favor for your guests but any ornaments leftover can serve as a nice wedding keepsake for you and your beloved.

 (photo courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes)

If you're having a small intimate wedding with just your closest friends and family, bundle up cozy blankets with twine and name tags for your guests. The warm blanket will be just the ticket for those chilly winter nights and will last for years to come!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's a wrap!

If you are anything like us, oftentimes the gift wrap is just as important as the gift! We have a stellar selection of wrapping paper, gift tags, ribbon and accoutrements to help you turn a lovely present into a visual masterpiece under the tree!

(photos above courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.)

 (photos above courtesy of Waste Not Paper)

(photos above courtesy of Smock)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Everything is as good as gold!

While most stores are full of the season's brightest reds and greens this time of year, I can't help but notice a little extra sparkle all around Gus & Ruby. You'll find gold accenting everything from our beloved companies. Take a look at some of our favorite gilded goodies!

clockwise from top: handpainted ceramic coasters, decorative wooden arrows, stapler, 
glitter washi tape, letterpress desk calendar, boxed note set

slip cast porcelain feather ornaments with14k gold luster

temporary tattoos

handmade clutch

left to right: recycled canvas bucket bag, notebooks, stickers

11"x14" artprint

Recycled sailcloth tote bag by Seabags

Where the Hear is... 13"x18" artprint

porcelain necklace on 16" 14k gold chain

moon phase bottle 

Currently Coveting: Large Calligraphy Inspired Designs

One of the things we love most about stationery design is that it's always changing, each wedding season bringing new trends and fresh ideas to incorporate into your invitations. We especially love the idea of taking a classic element, such as calligraphy, and adding a new twist to it, making it feel fun and unexpected. One of these little twists we have been head over heels in love with is featuring the names in large calligraphy or a calligraphy inspired font, creating a huge statement! It's your big day so why shouldn't your names be the highlight of the invitation design?

(photos above courtesy of Bella Figura)

(photo above courtesy of Dauphine)

(photo above courtesy of MaeMae Paperie)

(photo above courtesy of Smock)

(photo above courtesy of Studio R)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Let's fly a kite!

I know it's hard to imagine on cold, drizzly days, but the sun will shine again soon and there is almost nothing better than flying a kite on a crisp, sunny day.

We are so super excited about the hand-stitched kites from Haptic Lab that we have in the shop this season. Can you even stand how incredible the ship kite is? Even if you didn't fly it, it would make one heck of a hanging piece of art in a room!

And if a traditional shape is more your jam, these bright, patterned beauties are sure to delight. What a fun gift to unwrap this holiday season, don't you think?

(all photos courtesy of Haptic Lab)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Festive Mini Wreaths

Is it just us or is anyone else in the DIY craft mode this time of year? Are your floors covered in glitter and paper scraps, too? We completely understand. Our hearts go pitter patter at the sight of any handmade details that are easy to make and don't end up breaking the bank. One particular crafty detail we're coveting right now is the mini wreath idea, perfect for your holiday decor or even a winter wedding!

You can find a tutorial for these sweet wreaths right here. We love the idea of gathering several different sprigs to use for your wreaths and then adding little embellishments like berries and simple twine.

 (photo above courtesy of The Sweetest Occasion)

Imagine creating a festive escort card display with the mini wreaths for a wedding! You could tuck the names in amongst the needles as shown below or create a little tag and tie it around the top of the wreath. Super easy and super darling!

(photo above courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon)

Extra points if you have the mini wreaths double as wedding favors. Not only are they a nice handmade gift but they're also adorable to hang in your window or on your mantle to display all winter long! A win win in our book.

(photo above courtesy of Martha Stewart)

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 Gift Guide: For Friends & Family

To round out our annual holiday Gift Guide, we're talking about the perfect present for that special friend or amazing family in your life that supports you day in and day out. We know you want to gift them something perfect for the whole family to show them just how much they mean to you. So, we set out to fill the shop with fabulous things to make it easy for you to do just that. Here are a few of our favorites to get you inspired, but you know we have SO much more in-store:

1. Chinese checkers ($24)
2. Ceramic wobble planters (set of 3; $34)
3. Hand-dyed dog leash and collar (various colors; $43-$63)
4. Gold-lustered handmade porcelain decanter (various colors/patterns; $68)
5. Pantone mugs (various colors; $17)
6. Sailing ship kite ($44)
7. Plenty More cookbook ($35)
8. Foodie Dice tumbler set ($38)
9. Single-origin tea & raw honey ($15-$17)

Check out our other Gift Guides:
2014 Gift Guide: For Him
2014 Gift Guide: For Kids
2014 Gift Guide: For a Grab Bag
2014 Gift Guide: For Her