Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hip! Hip! Holiday Weekend!

(Photo found on the HONEST Food Company blog)

Happy almost-Memorial-Day-Weekend, y'all!!

We hope you have lots of fun summer startin' plans this weekend including barbecuing, joke-telling, sunbathing goodness and, of course, a trip to your favorite paper boutique- Gus & Ruby Letterpress.

For the entire summer, we'll be open until 8PM on Friday nights as part of the downtown retail initiative, Shop Portsmouth Friday Nights. With lots and lots of local stores staying open late, Friday nights are going to be fabulous evenings to come downtown for some strolling the charming streets, shopping at local, independent stores and savoring at one of the many amazing restaurants here in Portsmouth.

This coming weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, we'll be open our usual hours but will be CLOSED on Memorial Day (Monday). So, be sure to stop by and say hello when you can!

Friday: 10AM - 8PM
Saturday: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday: 10AM - 6PM
Monday (Memorial Day): CLOSED

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today's letter is P.

P is for pretty, perfect presents and posh provisions new at the shop!

P is for Pinkerton Design and their fabulous new garden-inspired journals. How sweet are they? The perfect end-of-school gift for letter writing, documentation for the budding journalist or for keeping that summer diary.

P is for Paddywax and the incredible. eco-chic soy candles we just received! The Eco Collection from Paddywax has everything we love at Gus & Ruby Letterpress: beautiful and environmentally-conscious packaging, delicious scents (like my fave, Thyme and Olive Leaf!), and clean-burning soy wax. P is perfect!

(Candle photos courtesy of Paddywax and journal photos courtesy of Pinkerton Design)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time to VOTE!

Hi friends,

Whit and I are back from a fabulous trip to NYC where we found some totally rad new products for the store, met with some seriously inspiring people and generally went gaga over paper delights! I'll post a recap soon, but first, it's time to vote for your favorite wedding vendors for the New Hampshire Magazine's Best of Bride survey. And - we could really use your help!!

Please take a few minutes to vote HERE and write-in Gus & Ruby Letterpress for your favorite Shop for Invitations (Category #35). You only have to write-in answers for 5 categories to make your vote count and once you vote, you'll be entered to win a stay at the luxe Balsams Grand Resort! Pretty sweet, right?

We could really use your help to spread the Gus & Ruby word - so please, please, please VOTE and ask your friends and family to vote, too! Thanks guys, you're the best. :)

Have a great day!

Monday, May 17, 2010

A sweet giveaway!

(This is Cyd. Isn't she pretty? Photo from The Sweetest Occasion)

Greetings from NYC!! Whit and I are in the midst of a fabulous trip to New York for the National Stationery Show. We're having a blast meeting friends, old and new, and shopping up a storm. Dear amazing customers, get ready for AWESOMENESS heading to the store in the coming weeks and months. Woot woot!

As if that's not enough of a thrill, Cyd, the genius behind The Sweetest Occasion blog (one of our absolute
must-reads!) and a member of the amazing Smock team, asked us to guest post while she did her thing at the Smock booth during show week. Of course, we happily and nervously accepted. Duh.

In honor of this past Mother's Day (we love our moms - hi Mom! hi Becky!) and because we love babies, we're offering a fab birth-announcement giveaway on The Sweetest Occasion. Hop on over, check it out, then jump back here to enter.

TO ENTER: leave a comment on this post describing your dream nursery or your source of inspiration for a custom birth announcement. Entries are due by 8pm EST this coming Friday (May 21) and we'll announce the winner on The Sweetest Occasion on Monday (May 24). Hooray! We can't wait to see what you dream up.

Friday, May 14, 2010

We're going shopping!!

Hey folks! Happy Friday.

Whitney and I are checking off the last items on our to-do list before we head off tomorrow to NYC for the National Stationery Show. We'll be spending the next 4 days shopping for new goodies for the store, albums of gorgeous invitations to add to our collection, and oodles of inspiration for the paper-obsessed. We'll be meeting with some of our favorite vendors, fellow store owners from around the country and the It's going to be an exhilarating, exhausting and excellent trip and we can't wait!

During our absence, our amazing helpers, Krista and Liz, will man the store on Saturday and Sunday and the shop will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (May 17th & 18th).

Be sure to check the blog next Tuesday for a FABULOUS contest and give-away that we're doing with one of our favorite blogs, The Sweetest Occasion - where we'll be featured as a guest blogger!

We hope you have a most wonderful weekend and beginning of next week. Get ready for all sorts of new products, fabulous cards and pretty treats arriving in the coming weeks and months!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Emersonmade is in full bloom at G&R!!

(All photos by Brea McDonald Photography)

We've been waiting to write this post for about a week now, but we think the addition of these lovely in-store photos from the oh-so-talented Brea McDonald makes it well worth the wait.

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is proud to announce that we are one of a handful of boutiques nationwide that are carrying the a-maz-ing emersonmade fabric flowers and goodies and we're the only store on the Seacoast!! If you're wedding, design, cute-things, chic-accessories obsessed, like we are, it's very likely that you've already stumbled upon emersonmade - they've been featured on quite a few fabulous blogs (Design*Sponge 100 Layer Cake, Brooklyn Bride, and Elements of Style to name a few) already! Emersonmade is a small company started by a wife/hubby team and they are based, surprisingly enough, out of Somersworth, NH! All of the fabric pins, clips, clutches, bracelets and banners are all hand-dyed and hand-assembled and are absolutely to-die-for.

Whitney and I can't stop wearing them around the store - they are the perfect addition to any outfit. While we've only had them out in the store for about a week or so, we're already placing a new order (yay for patterned clutches!)! These puppies are flying off the shelf - stop by soon for pick-of-the-litter in our new shipment. A few of our favorite items and some ideas about how to wear them:

Pretty sure you gals out there know how to use and wear a clutch. But let me tell you, people, these clutches are just the most wonderful clutches I've seen in some time. The amazing, textural fabric flowers and bright bold colors and patterns make them a Spring/Summer must-have!

Flower Pins and Poppers
These hand-dyed fabric pins and clips are just the most fabulous accessory I've come across in ages. From an mid-week outfit pick-me-up to a lapel accent for your guy, they turn every look into something special. The roses, dahlias and poppy blooms come in tiny popper sizes (1-1.5" diameter), medium (3" diameter), large (5" diameter) and extra-large (7" diameter) and in an array of amazing colors and pin or clip backings. We're especially loving them as:

- Accents on wedding dresses (think a big red poppy bloom along your sash or clipped into your hair!)
- Fabulous bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts (Umm, hello adorable yellow rose pin on a handsome groomsman!)
- Clipped onto the lapel of your Spring coat for a pop of color (Friday purple poppy, anyone?)
- Favors for your wedding! (Come talk to us about having poppers and tiny buds made with custom-messages on fabric ribbon for your wedding or event!)

Wrist Corsages
These adorable wrist corsages, complete with vintage-inspired velvet ribbon, make adorable birthday gifts, bridesmaid thank-yous and happy-day-indulgences. I've taken to wearing mine with a cute neutral cardigan and letting it take center stage in my outfit. I can't stop feeling the luxurious ribbon, either. Fabulous!

Monday, May 3, 2010

We're on Style Me Pretty!!

(Photos by Carla Ten Eyck featured on Style Me Pretty)

We're SO super excited to have Gus & Ruby Letterpress custom invitations featured today on Style Me Pretty. We had the absolute pleasure of working with some super talented vendors to collaborate on this inspiration photo shoot. Hop on over to SMP to read all about the inspiration, design and shoot:

Inspiration to Reality on Style Me Pretty