Wednesday, 29 September 2010

2010 Autumn Collection

Autumn/Winter is finally here and i couldn't be happier.

Introducing... Wool, Cashmere, Leather, Tartan, Fur, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Boots..... ahhhh i hate how we've had to wait so long to wear this again. Autumn/Winter clothes are definitely the best, all the textures and layers... beautiful.
I always feel the shop looks much more luxurious during this period, the lighting is always so warm and inviting....BRING ON THIS COLD WEATHER.

Anyway the reason for this post wasn't to gush about my love affair with the changing season but to inform you of the new Autumn collection. There are some lovely pieces in so come and grab them while they're still here.

(Ps. Anyone else notice how much the black checked 1950s dress pictured below looks like the new Prada collection? Wizard).


Thanks to the very talented James McCarthy these posters were born. Keep an eye out for them as they'll be posted around Carlisle and the surrounding areas very soon.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


A swell little snap that i had forgotten all about from when i was in print last week.

In other news Ruby Blue will be the home for some lovely new autumnal bits and bobs as of next tuesday, so come and have a peek while it's all still crisp.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Sundays Are Mine.

Just a little note to inform you of my new little blog... Sundays Are Mine.
Check it out if you have some free time :)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Screen Printing

So this week i went screen printing with good personal friend and good friend of RB Lydia Leith.
I've never done screen printing before but always wanted to have a go, luckily for me i had Miss Leith's expertise on hand.

I've always been happy and proud of the fact that the Ruby Blue carrier bags are all hand stamped before they house your goods and hold your hands, in a way being as unique as the merchandise purchased. However, although they are lovely as they are, for a while i've wanted them to have a bit more impact.... So off i trotted to the screen printers, about 100 bags in hand, because what's better than hand stamped carrier bags?.... Hand screen printed carrier bags of course!

Below are pictures of the journey.

Much more hard work than i thought, especially when you have to print each bag 4 times!
But who cares how much work went into them when they look this flippin neat right?!
Get yourself one before they all go, as at present they are limited.
Many thanks to Lydia for her assistance and hard work.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

My Best Car Boot Buy EVER!

Last bank holiday monday i went to a car boot sale, which is usually very good. However this time it was a little disappointing, i managed to get a few good things but on the whole it wasn't as good as it normally is.
Casually looking at a stall that was very good (mainly because it was held by a dealer) i somehow got chatting about an old film projector that he had, initially not interested because i already have one in the shop.
He opened up the box to show me it and rainbows and sunbeams shot out.... inside was a film reel of the Queen's Coronation, along with the receipt from when it was purchased back in 1953, i clutched my heart fearing it had stopped beating. Well that sealed the deal, i had to buy it. My parents have collected Coronation memorabilia for years, we literally have hundreds of pieces, and out of my brother and sister i'm the only one who has taken an interest in it.
So below are some awful quality pictures of the projector in all it's glory.
I just love the Queen, and now that i own this, i can probably just die!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Weekend Staff

I have a weekend off, leave the shop in the capable hands of a friend, and this is what happens..... Little critters.

Friday, 3 September 2010


As previously blogged about, my bedroom is pretty much my favourite place of all time. I'm still to experience the type of feeling i have when i'm in there somewhere else, and to be pretty honest, i don't think i will.
My fireplace area is one of the best in the room i think, and this is why. This picture was taken a little while ago on 35mm film, still my most loved format.
My skull and taxidermy collection is coming along swimmingly, i've still got a long way to go before i'm fully satisfied with it, but for now i'd give myself a B minus.

Thursday, 2 September 2010


This week saw the arrival of a few new bits and bobs (more to come) above are three delightful bags that i doubt will be in stock for very long. I'm still not sure which is my favourite, maybe because they look so good all together.

Then below are these completely super duper roller skates. Maybe we could have a roller disco? Then again i've never really been one for skating, my eldest niece had a roller skating party a few years ago and needless to say i spent more time on the floor than on wheels. Mebs not then eh!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Savage Vs Salvage

Once upon a very hungover morning, i decided to take a trip to a local salvage yard from which my parents have recently purchased some new back doors for our kitchen and some 1930s stained glass panels.
This place was seriously amazing and got my banging head all a flutter with display and merchandising ideas for the coming autumn winter season.... which i'm totally jonesing for by the way.
Anyway i decided to take a few snaps because it was such a beautiful morning.
Pinch, punch, first of the month.