Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mailing List

I have been thinking about starting a mailing list for months now, and today I have spent tweaking the benefits and bonus' that subscribers will benefit from!

- The email newsletter will only be sent out once a month (no spam!)
- A monthly special or discount for subscribers only.
- First looks at new ruby&lo products - before they even hit the stores.
- Tutorials!
- Interviews
- And my favourite - each subscriber will receive a ruby&lo product within the month of their birthday!

Come on, free stuff!? That should be enough incentive to sign up to the mailing list. Add your details in the box below.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

(Drawn) February Giveaway

Using a random number generator ( the two winners of our February giveaway have been drawn!

In first place.....comment number 21 - Zoe from A Giraffe In A Scarf!

In second place....comment number 42 - Michelle from Michelle Art and Photography!

Congratulations to the both of you. If you could please send me an email to and we can go from there!

Thank you to all 47 of you who entered - stay tuned for my March giveaway!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Three People I Owe My Life To (My business life, that is)

When I first started ruby&lo, I had no idea what to do. I was selling from an eBay store (rip off much!?!) and was managing to do everything with my business while completing year 12. I went head first into everything, and while it seemed okay at the time, I really wish I had done things differently. But it was with the help of three lovely ladies that I managed to stay on my feet and run my business!

1. Jessica Van Den

Jess runs a bunch of successful stores, has her own zine, and has too many awesome websites to name! It was Jess' free Crafting a Business series that really helped me get things moving & to do it all properly. My favourite (and most helpful!) post from Jess was her amazing wrap up on how to keep your crafty business organized. Jess is also speaking at the BrisStyle Social Media event this April, and I am SO excited to learn so many new things. Every post on her website is helpful and inspiring - I encourage everyone to check out this talented lady!

Follow Jess Van Den on Twitter! 

2. Dannielle Cresp

This lady is my savior. Every single time I have a problem or rant on Twitter, Dannielle is there to answer my questions, pat my back and tell me to get on with things! Dannielle has posted a number of great reviews on a number of great books that help with starting a crafty business. You can view these posts here, here and here! It is with these posts that I have vowed to invest more time into reading into how I can grow my business, and not just from the internet! Dannielle features indie businesses on her blog every Thursday (and secretly it's my goal in life to get in there one day!) Dannielle never fails to post 5 days a week on her blog, and you are sure in for a good read!

Follow Dannielle Cresp on Twitter!

3.Tricia McKellar of Wonder Thinking

Tricia is the only person out of the three that I have never spoken to. Her website Wonder Thinking was great for me when I decided to take the plunge and grow my business further. Her post on writing a business plan has helped me to really sit down and write goals and dreams for my business. The all important time management is written to perfection in this article that really inspired me not to procrastinate and waste so much time. Every article Tricia writes makes you really think about what you are doing with your shop; from finding your niche, or learning the secrets to etsy, she has it all. A very worthwhile blog to check out!

Thank you to the three women who have helped me grow my business so much. Three lovely ladies, three very valuable people.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Giveaway!

I think this is the most excited I have been about a giveaway in a long time. Mainly because there is going to be TWO WINNERS of this giveaway!

Up for grabs is....

The first place winner will chose one of the new ruby&lo Valentine's Day necklaces, and their choice of one of  the pouches. (Included in the first prize place will be 2 x Fat Quarters of my favourite fabric, and 2 x vintage button bobbypins.) The runner up will then receive the pouch and necklace left over. Yay - two winners!

So how can you win?

1. Follow the ruby&lo blog (If you already follow, skip to step 2).
2. Visit the ruby&lo madeit store and choose your favourite item.
3. Comment here and tell me which ruby&lo item is your favourite!

For bonus entries:

- Tweeting about this post (write a separate comment with a link to your tweet).

- Blog about this post (write a separate comment with a link to your blog).

- Like our page on Facebook (write a separate comment telling us this).

This giveaway will be drawn on Tuesday 15th Feb 2011 & the winner announced soon after.