Friday, September 28, 2012

cozy little friday...

Afternoon guys and gals!

Liz here!
I know, LONG time no chat!
Things have been busy and bustling around the shop and I've been sending orders out left and right for new product that we'll be carrying this holiday season. Let me tell ya - Gus & Ruby will not disappoint in the stocking stuffer and gift department this year! And custom holiday card albums will be out for you next week.
Holy smokes time is flying!!

Today has been such a chilly, rainy day that all I can think about is getting home, getting into some comfies and writing a few love letters to the boy. Sounds like a mighty marvy idea, don't you think?!

 Oh, and we've been burning one of these AWESOME new Relish candles from Paddywax in the shop all day. They're the best - clean burning and 100% artisan soy poured in the U.S.A. Scents range from Gardenia & Tuberose (my fave) to Pomegranate & Spruce which I think will be a good fit for many of you who love that woodsy, fresh, early-winter scent lingering around the house.

Plus, how can you pass up the adorable semi-opaque jars they're in? I certainly can't :)

I wanted to leave you with a little bit of retail love before the weekend hits. Some of my FAVE newbies in the shop (although it's tough to choose these days!)

I'm all about practical little planners, and this one with spiral rings and a manilla envelope adhered to the front fits the bill. Great for storage and keeping yourself organized and on time - and what I love MOST about this planner is that it's perpetual so you can stop and start whenever you like!

For obvious reasons, I'm pretty obsessed with the new foil stamped greeting cards that just arrived in from Rifle.
Je t'aime for sure!

But when it comes to boxed notecards, Alee & Press has been winning my heart over in a big way! Alee & Press is a company whose wedding stationery line we've carried here at Gus & Ruby from the early days... and when she got in touch with us early in 2012 about a retail line we jumped for joy at the potential. Needless to say, she did not disappoint with her launch at NSS.

I'll leave you with this final gem.
I am a sucker for sweet little quotes and love notes (duh - I work at a stationery store!!) and this box of 365 Gathered Truths is definitely on my wish list. Oh Franny boy, are you listening??
The box is made of reclaimed wood, and it's contents are 365 individual handmade paper cards printed with love quotes and sayings. Talk about the perfect gift for an anniversary or wedding. I just love, love, love it.

Make's you wanna go shopping, don't it ;)
Miss and love you all - come visit soon!!
xo Lizzy

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A customized vintage-Maine save the date

Hello pals, I hope you're enjoying this September Wednesday. Thank you all SO very much for the fabulous response to our give-away on Oh So Beautiful Paper last week. We received over 140 comments/entries and there were some WAY cute traditions and memories in those entries.

Today, I want to bring you a super fabulous save the date that we worked on with our dear clients Katie & Tyler (hi, guys!). Katie & Tyler came to us by way of their planner (and our friend), Melanie, of Blissful Beginnings. They were in need of an invitation suite that reflected the vintage Maine style of their coastal (well, island, really!) wedding. They wanted something that conveyed the vintage summer resort look of their venue while also having a personal touch.

Right away, Katie & Tyler fell in love with the Victrola design (below) from one of our favorite albums, Bella Figura. They loved the vintage feel and detailed design but wanted to add a few more personal touches.

So, we found inspiration in their venue - the fabulous Chebeague Island Inn on Chebeague Island, Maine - as well as in the the Ferry boats that take you from the mainland to the island. The boats have become an iconic symbol for this island gem so it seemed fitting that we give them a starring role in the design. The result, featuring custom illustration of a ferry, was a save the date that perfectly set the tone for their Maine nuptials and gave guests a taste of what was to come. Pretty adorable, don't you agree?

(All photos courtesy of Bella Figura)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Holiday Card Give-Away!!

Happy Friday, friends!  It's a crisp Fall day here in NH and we're loving every second of it! And, while we don't want to rush the seasons one teensy bit, we are already starting to think about the Holiday season ahead.

And, today, we're getting into the giving spirit over on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog with a sweet holiday-card give-away! Head on over for all the details and to enter for the chance to win a set of custom-designed letterpress holiday cards. 

Ho-ho-hope you win ;)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Get a head start on custom holiday cards and SAVE!

We know y'all are just starting to dig out the sweaters and add Pumpkin Spice Lattes back into your rotation and that it might feel crazy early, but today I want to talk about the holidays. Yes - those joyous, hectic, goodie-filled days may seem far away, but they're right around the corner, people!  And, with the holiday seasons comes that yearly task of sending out your holiday cards & party invitations.

Getting a head start on your holiday planning not only cuts down the stress later on, but can save you $$ now, too! Again this year, our fabulous lines are offering some seriously awesome promotions if you order your holiday cards/invitations early. As always, everything is SUPER customizable: colors, fonts, motifs, patterns, pictures or no pictures....the list goes on and on. Check out the promos and some sample designs below and then stop on by so we can create something special for you and yours!

Order 75 or more holiday cards by October 15 and receive 25 FREE cards! 

Enjoy FREE 1-color return-address printing on your envelopes when you order letterpress (or foil stamped) holiday cards or holiday invitations through December 14th.

Receive 20% OFF your holiday order of 50 or more cards/invitations when you order by October 19th.
Not ready now? Receive 15% OFF your holiday order of 50 or more cards/invitations when you order by November 28th.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall Hours!

Happy Tuesday, friends.  It's a beautiful day here in Portsmouth today! And, while we know we have some warm summer weather left to enjoy, we are all pretty excited for the start of a crisp New England Fall. 

Cozy sweaters + apple cider (and apple cider donuts!) + snuggling up with your favorite guy/gal/pup/book = heaven to the G&R gang. 

And with a change of season comes a change in our hours.  Starting this weekend, we'll be back to our Fall hours.  Take note!