My week (or two) in pictures

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Saturday, October 30, 2010 0 comments

Cycling on the Strawberry Line, with lovely sculptural pods and plants in the hedgerows. A perfect sunny Autumn day.

Just off the Strawberry line, a gorgeous 13th Century church at Puxton, with a heavily leaning tower. Beautifully kept churchyard but sadly the building was locked so no nosing around for us.

Amazing autumn colours and some much needed fresh air and woodland at Westonbirt arboretum

A Griffin garden ornament at a reclamation yard in Tetbury. Had the most amazing ham, egg and chips for lunch in eccentric little cafe in the town centre. Yum!

Down to Somerset on the train to see my parents, took this picture just as we crossed a bridge, captured in a blur

Catching up with friends and bandmates Holly and Al, celebrating Al's birthday. Amazing food at Sergios and too much wine.

Postcard winners

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Monday, October 25, 2010 0 comments

The two winners of the recent postcard giveaway are Evelien Gheeraert and Beatrice Hitchman. Congratulations to you both. Evelien, I don't have a contact for you, could you please contact me so can get your cards to you. Thanks!

Sample sale update

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4 comments

There are six silk scarves remaining in the sample sale
Tree silhouette reduced from £75 to £50
Stencil chrysanthemum reduced from £75 to £50
Dandelion clocks reduced from £75 to £45
Stencil Noir reduced from £75 to £45
Vida birds reduced from £75 to £45
Plum seedheads reduced from £75 to £45

Sample sale

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Monday, October 18, 2010 2 comments

The sample sale of the silk scarves is now on at Red Ruby Rose. Only one of each design is available so this is a limited-edition sale. Items are listed in UK pounds but as always I ship internationally. This sale is only available on my own site, my Etsy shop will only have the full price scarves.

The silk scarves

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Sunday, October 17, 2010 4 comments

Morphos butterflies silk scarf

Vida birds silk scarfTree silhouette silk scarf

My new collection of silk scarves are now on Etsy. This first batch are printed onto heavyweight silk twill which has a lovely weave and shimmer. There will be a few to follow in crepe de chine and silk satin, I'm still undecided as to which finish I like best, so for starters I'm trying all three. There are ten designs in total and I will also be offering a sample sale of several of the designs on redrubyrose.

One thing I've discovered is that silk scarves are very tricky to photograph! I wanted to keep the photography as simple and clear as possible but the fluidity of the fabric makes them a challenge compared to the clutches. It's a learning curve.

Do you have a favourite?

Swan lake

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Sunday, October 10, 2010 2 comments

One of my favourite cycle rides in Bristol is the pill path which is traffic free and runs alongside the river Avon and Leigh woods. When I first started cycling again earlier this year I was woefully unfit and would wobble along for a couple of miles and come home in a heap. Slowly my fitness has improved, I'm still pretty crumby but at least now I can cycle to Pill and back without collapsing. One of the best things about this route is the lake at the end of the river path, perfect for a rest and also for gawking at the large flock of comedic chickens that reside in a big plot next to the water.

Yesterday was the first time I saw the swan. Looking very serene in the photo but she came across to hiss and honk at us.

In contrast to the lake, I quite fancied going on the cycle lane over the big motorway bridge at Avonmouth. The whole concept of a cycle lane on a huge bridge next to a roaring motorway seemed odd. It was a cloudy murky day yesterday and the whole thing was surreal.

Postcard giveaway

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Wednesday, October 6, 2010 8 comments

I've been meaning to list these postcard sets for ages, it was on one of my 'to do' lists and then I completely forgot all about them until I was searching for a particular purse frame earlier today. They are now on sale on Etsy and my own website (woo-hoo, I'm enjoying saying that!) in dollars and UK pounds respectively.

These images were created using a variety of traditional photographic processes including photograms, polaroid, and pinhole photography. If any of the designs look familiar it's because some of them have featured on my textile designs for the clutch bags over the last couple of years. There are eight designs and these A6 cards are printed on heavyweight 400gsm silk card, blank on reverse with small title/logo.

So... to the giveaway. I'm giving away two sets of cards and all you need to do is either add a comment to this post or 'like' my facebook page. The two winners will be drawn at random on the 15th October. Good luck!

The new kid on the block....

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Monday, October 4, 2010 4 comments

May I introduce my new Red Ruby Rose website. Well hello my pretty.

This has been in the pipeline for quite a while. Starting off as an idea on the back of an envelope, then a rough design mock up, and then lots of procrastinating and chin-stroking.

I'll admit I did have reservations about starting my own shop. I currently have an online presence on three shopping sites. The main being Etsy, listing in US dollars, then Not On The High Street in UK pounds, and also Dawanda in euros. With all with ever shifting currencies, varying commissions, and different visitors, where would my own site nestle between all these and could I really juggle yet another online shop, especially one that would need extra work to generate new footfall?

I came to the conclusion that it would be lovely to have my own shop listing in UK pounds, but that it would have to be very simple, both for the visitor (no need to register, easy checkout) and for me from a listing and maintenance angle. After looking round, asking the advice of knowledgeable friends and scouring the web to see what other independent designers and makers were doing, it seemed that Big Cartel was the solution; a simple, customisable shopping cart with a small monthly fee and no commission.

It is, hands down the simplest and fastest interface for listing items. Photos upload swiftly and the whole listing process is done on one page. Quite refreshing!

Customising Big Cartel from the standard template turned out to be slightly more complicated. Long story short, Tom Neal of imaketees took my rough template idea and ran with it. All kudos to him, I highly recommend his work.

So, here it is, aka I'll slowly build up the shop inventory and they'll run alongside my Etsy listings but there will also be offers and items exclusive to my own shop in the run up to Christmas. Please do take a peek if you have a moment, I'd love to know what you think.

Apples and pears

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Sunday, October 3, 2010 3 comments

I love the little apple tree in our garden, it's ancient and wonky with mistletoe growing in the boughs. It was stormy last night so today I picked the best of the windfalls and the biggest ripest fruit on the top of the tree. This wasn't quite as easy as I first anticipated and I had a blonde moment when I decided to stand on a kitchen chair, only for the chair leg to sink into the soft ground and for me to wobble off. So, I grabbed the stepladder and stirred Robbie from his post sunday lunch doze to hold the ladder whilst I balanced atop with apples raining down on his head.

There are only so many apples we can eat. I've kept a few aside to store and popped round with a basket to friends and neighbours. It'll be endless apple pie for the forseeable future.

As for the pears... they're bullet hard still. Maybe I could try poaching them, or is it still too early to harvest them?