Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Shop of the Week - Jo Heckett

After a week of neglecting my blog due to my Prince's Trust workshop week (which was brilliant!!) I'm back to blogging!

The Shop of the Week feature is always my favourite and with Christmas coming up I've been adding tonnes of new favourites on Etsy to my 'hearted' shops and items. One of my all time favourites is Jo Heckett. I discovered her shop on Etsy over the summer and keep checking back because I love her porcelain items so much! If money was no object, everyone on my Christmas list would be getting their name in porcelain.

Not only has Jo got the cutest items, but she herself is lovely! You can find her on Etsy at and NOTHS at

Her facebook page is one of the best I've seen from a handmade seller, with lots of behind the scenes photos and plenty of updates! It's one of my favourites:

Sunday, 4 October 2009


I love getting a Treasury over on Etsy...I had one all prepared last time and my internet (which I'd been having such trouble with last week) disconnected just as the Treasury was due to open! Luckily I got one today, yay! Following my Colour Scheme Finds, I decided to elaborate on the brown coffee colours I found last week.

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

News from Ruby!

Following the feedback and comments I've been given from Etsy members and customers, I've decided to expand my little business and have signed up for the Prince's Trust Business Programme. The Prince's Trust, for anyone who doesn't know, is a charity in the UK run to help young people, with Prince Charles as the head of the organisation. The Business Programme is run to help get people aged 18-30 succeeding in running their own businesses.

I applied in Septemeber and was invited to an introduction session a few days later to talk about the Business Programme and what is involved. I begin a 4 day workshop on Monday, where I will get advice on bookeeping, legalities for small businesses, marketing etc. After this week, I'll be required to put my business plan before the Prince's Trust's panel, Dragons Den-Style and I'll get one-on-one sessions with a business mentor for the next few years.

I've heard such good things about the programme and hope to keep you updated via my blog.

In other Ruby related news, I've just listed some of my first Christmas Cards! It's getting to that time of year again! With the worldwide shipping I offer, I decided to get in early with the Christmas Card listing to give everyone enough time to get their cards before Christmas. I've got lots made up ready for the Made by Artisans Craft Fair and hope to get more listed on Etsy shortly!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Finds for the Home

This week's Finds for the Home, I've focused my search on houseware accessories...little things that can make a big difference to a room scheme. My most favourite items from those below include the hessian rabbit by Octavi and the chalkboard from KFMgallery...I could write all my little 'to-dos' on that!

1. Velvet and silk pillow
by Antracitproduction $38
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2. Bird and Flower Wall Decal Sticker
by ArtConductor $17
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3.Chalkboard with Vintage Frame
by KFMGallery $35
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4. Sweet Tree. . . Set of 6 Fabric Magnets
by PaperPumpkin $8.50
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5. Greta rabbit - hessian
by Octavi $15
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6. Romantic decorative wall art on linen hoop framed
by HAREandDRUM $30
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7. from the garden
by tinyshoppe $9
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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Colour Scheme Finds

For Autumn, there's nothing better than rich, sophisticated browns! My favourite shades of coffee, taupe and chocolate are the focus of this week's colour scheme finds! I especially love those gorgeous cashmere mittens by jaykayknits!

1. Cashmere Fingerless Mittens
by jaykayknits $50

2. The Year Round Wrap in Taupe
by hipknotz $78

3. Rabbit Art - Blackberry - Print
by amberalexander $18

4. Mims Nap Sack/Shoulder Bag in Schumacher Belgian Linen and Leather
by MimsMaine $130

5. Charleston. Smoky Quartz Large Wire Sterling Silver Earrings
by rachellucie $26

6. Felt Beaded Bracelet - Cappuccino
by fyberknitics $12

7. Modern Dots - Pillow Art - Original - One of a Kind
by sarahsmilecreations $35