Friday, October 21, 2011

My 2011 Handmade Christmas Pledge

It has been a blast to be a part of the handmade community for almost two years now. Last Christmas, I was away right up until the day, so I was unable to do my present shopping online, or to support the handmade community.

This year, however, I am in Brisbane until the 23rd, so I am making the pledge to choose handmade this Christmas!


I will be buying most gifts, but will be making small and edible gifts for friends and family. I already have lots of ideas, and have sourced inspiration from Martha Stewart and Better Homes & Gardens Christmas/December issues.

I have a few ideas in mind, but have already bought some adorable Christmas stationary on Madeit.

All photos from

I am so excited to support the handmade community, and I hope others will do the same, too.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New earrings in store.

Yesterday I listed some new earrings into the madeit store. I've never worked with glass cabs before, let alone vintage glass cabs, but it was certainly a treat.

These sweet little gems sold up a storm at the Suitcase Rummage (despite the wind blowing multiple pairs around the place.) Fastened on surgical steel posts, these earrings are available to buy here!

Remember to enter our giveaway here. What has been your favourite birthday cake?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Birthday Giveaway!

My extra-awesome sewing machine birthday cake.

I celebrated a birthday at the end of September, and decided that it's time to give back to you all. (Plus, give one lucky winner the chance to score the new ruby&lo lace pouch and coin purse range, and new earring colours!

Up for grabs is....

You can win:
- Floral and lace standard pouch. Size 20x14cm.
- 3 pairs floral stud earrings in peach, mint green and dark peach (Spring colours!). Surgical steel posts and backs.
- Polka dot and lace coin purse. 13x10cm.

All you need to do is:
-Leave a comment below describing your favourite birthday cake. (Please leave a way for me to contact you if you win!)

For extra entries:
-'Like' the ruby&lo Facebook page (1 extra entry, if you have already liked the page you have another automatic entry!)
-Follow the ruby&lo blog (1 extra entry)
-Tweet about this giveaway (Up to 5 times, 1 extra entry per tweet)
-Blog about this giveaway (10 extra entries)
-Buy an item from the ruby&lo madeit store (15 extra entries per item you buy, between 03/10/11 and 17/10/11)

Entries close on Monday 17th October at 8pm AEST. Good luck!

EDIT: This giveaway has been extended until Wednesday 19/10/11 at 9pm AEST. Get your entries in!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

What I have been up to.

Long time no blog! But this time the ruby&lo is here to stay, treating you to daily doses of all things handmade.

It's been a crazy past few months, with ruby&lo in attendance to the Mathildas Markets, Suitcase Rummages and Bleeding Heart markets. I have been living life with the mentality of 'head down & keep sewing'.

I'm starting to restock the madeit shop, and am in the process of setting up an etsy shop! We will also be stocked in the Bleeding Heart store in Brisbane city, just in time for the Christmas shopping to begin.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for a special birthday giveaway and discount code in the coming weeks.

Bleeding Heart Market

Mathildas Market

Bleeding Heart Makr

Pretty new fabrics

Button earrings

Suitcase Rummage

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Long time no Blog!

I am the slackest girl around. Really. The last time I updated this blog was in March, after my first market. Apologies!

I'm going to try and get back into the swing of things. We're gearing up for the Mathilda's Market on August 6th in Brisbane, and I'm incredibly excited about that! I think it's the biggest (and most expensive) market I've ever done. I really will be attached to my sewing machine for the next 2 weeks.

So this was just a little update to say hi! ruby&lo are still very much in action, and you can find us at various markets around Brisbane and online here.

I'll leave you with my favourite photo from the Suitcase Rummage on July 3rd - button earrings! These aren't available online as of yet, but they are extremely popular at the markets.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stockist: Bloomsville Florist

It was an honour when Marcello of Bloomsville Florist emailed me and wanted to stock ruby&lo pouches in his store. As this was my first wholesale order it was definately a learning curve but I could not be happier with how things have turned out! Here are some pictures that Marcello has sent to me of the ruby&lo pouches in action.

Doesn't it all look great!? I am so thrilled to have my pouches in an interstate store, and it would be great if all of you Victorians (or people visiting) could check it out!

Bloomsville Florist
7/70 Doncaster Road
Balwyn North
VIC, 3104

Friday, March 25, 2011

Our First Market!

Hi all, sorry I have been so slack at blogging. Work has been kicking my butt and I was sewing frantically for the Suitcase Rummage that was held three weeks ago (I know, SO SLACK!). I bought along some friends to help me out and the day went off without a hitch - I made my first sale before we'd even finished setting up!

I was so nervous but obviously there was no reason to be! I had an absolute ball, and made lots of new friends. It was great to meet so many new people: especially Danielle of Once I Was and my friendly neighbour Sarah of Love and Two Guns!


Our next market is the Suitcase Rummage on Sunday April 3rd and the Marky Markets on Sunday April 17th.

Also, if you want to win a whole heap of awesome stuff, check out the My Girl Thursday March Giveaway, where you have the opportunity to win a ruby&lo Babushka pouch and Floral coffee cuff!