A DIY...Easter bunny pouches

Megan Stewart (RO Media Maverick) - Saturday, April 12, 2014

There certainly are some darn cute DIYs floating around for Easter!

Here's one we stumbled upon from Mer Mag that inspired an interpretaion from Probably Actually, too! 

We think they'd be great for helping the little one's with portion control!

...And if that's not enough, here's a little more bunny-themed inspiration we've stumbled upon x

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! x Ruby Olive

Links to images 1 & 2 (and the original tutorial) / 3 / 4

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A DIY... Fruit Pom Poms

Michaela Smith (RO Dream Fulfilment Specialist) - Thursday, April 03, 2014

Okay, so this might just be the cutest DIY project we have come across in a while (and thats saying something!). Who can resist some tiny, fluffly, brightly coloured fruit pom poms. We stumbled across this fabulous tutorial from Mr. Printables, one of our absolute favourite blogs and we just knew we'd be running to Lincraft for some neon wool! This one is particularly good for little ones too! 

Check out some of the cute-as how to's below. 

Check out the whole fruit salad tutorial over on Mr. Printables. 

All images from Mr. Printables. 

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Introducing... The Sahara Collection

Skye Anderton (RO Chief Dreamer) - Friday, March 28, 2014
Yep...it's arrived!  Our brand spanking new SAHARA collection.  We are just loving how it's turned out and we're hoping you do to.  

Originally inspired by sunset over the Sahara desert and the magically intense tangerine sun against the deep inky blue sky, soft-green prickly pear and scorched golden sand.  

HAIR & MAKEUP: Kate Kennedy
MODEL: Catherine
STYLING: Skye Anderton, Megan Stewart, Michaela Smith

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A Love... Cactus Watercolours By Afsaneh Tajvidi

Michaela Smith (RO Dream Fulfilment Specialist) - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Etsy is quickly becoming our new favourite site! You can find the most scrumptious, cute, colourful and amazing things.  

Our latest find are these completely adorable Cactus-themed watercolour prints by Afsaneh Tajvidi. Born and raised in Iran, Afsaneh moved to Canada to study computer engineering and web programming. Sitting in front of computers for so long led to back problems so Asfaneh moved away from the keyboard into a life of ART!  She makes lovely childrens artwork too, but our faves are these adorable cactus prints! 

Our new Sahara collection takes inspiration from the harsh yet beautiful desert landscapes. Cacti and prickly pears are a huge part of the landscape so it's no surprise that we are loving them right now! 

All images via JooJoo on Etsy. 
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A Lust... Noma Bar Prints

Michaela Smith (RO Dream Fulfilment Specialist) - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

There's really nothing like a fun, bright print to spice up a room. And recently we can't seem to stop lusting over Noma Bar! His tongue in cheek design and bold colour use make for witty prints that definitely make you look twice. 

His clever manipulation of simple icons gets straight to the point and always bring a smile to our faces. There's no wonder that he is one of the world's most in-demand illustrators. 

These are a few of our fave prints by Bar. 

All images via Outline Editions. 

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A Project... Rock Magnets

Michaela Smith (RO Dream Fulfilment Specialist) - Saturday, March 08, 2014

So we've all been hitting the beach these past few Summer months and now we're wondering what to do with all those rocks we've collected. And we've found the answer, this gorgeous and simple DIY from Alisa Burke. 

All you need is some rocks, glue, magnets, paints and a steady hand and you can create your own colourful and unique magnets. 

Check out the full DIY here. 

All images via Alisa Burke. 

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An Obsession... Charlotte Hardy Sofas

Megan Stewart (RO Media Maverick) - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Like all good colour-lovers, we at Ruby Olive have been known to go a little ga-ga for for vibrant, colourful furniture. There's something especially welcoming about a really cheerful print or pattern on a cosy couch, instantly brightening up a room and ready to be snuggled up on when it's cold outside.

So, it's probably no surprise that when we came across this divine series of sofa illustrations by South London based artist Charlotte Hardy, we could hardly contain our joy and enthusiasm at her gorgeous works!

Images from Charlotte Hardy's website....and there's plenty more to drool over!

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In the media... Ro in Australian Gift Guide Magazine!

Megan Stewart (RO Media Maverick) - Monday, March 03, 2014

Exciting news RO Family! We've just been featured in Australian Gift Guide Magazine's Designer Profile! 

We we're completely chuffed to be included - have a read of the lovely article about Ruby Olive designer Skye Anderton's inspirations and motivations below!


Ruby Olive designer and owner Skye Anderton describes her brand as being able to live two dreams. One is being able to create her own jewellery pieces and have customers enjoy wearing them, and the other is having her own family at the same time.

Since launching she has had two children and is able to combine business and family because of her strong support network, which includes four part-time employees.

It’s clear family is at the heart of Ruby Olive. The brand itself is named after Anderton’s grandmother and was chosen because it is both meaningful and the names of two colours. “She’s very chuffed although I don’t think she really truly believes... she’s a traditional dairy farmer in the north NSW region and she doesn’t really quite grasp having a brand or business named after her, but I send her little postcards and give her jewellery and she comes into the showroom and she gets a bit of a buzz,” says Anderton.

The culmination of an extensive career in jewellery and accessories design, Ruby Olive offers necklaces, brooches, rings, earrings and bangles. Anderton’s skills were first honed as an 18 year old making and selling pieces at markets. She moved to London at 22 and worked for a company as a buyer and in design and development for over 80 stores. This experience gave her the courage to start her own brand when she came home to Brisbane.

Anderton defines Ruby Olive as “colour, texture, distinctive designs”. Her pieces often seem like wearable art and have evolved to be more and more colourful, in line with customer demand.

“My inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. I was fortunate when I was living overseas to do a lot of travelling around the world so I guess I’ve just captured those in my memory and my photos. For example Rio in South America, I just think about the colours that I was feeling when I was there, then I bring in all the designs,” she explains.

“I guess what people don’t realise is every single piece has a little story and each collection starts from a story, it starts from a memory or vision or something which I’ve seen or want to see, so that’s kind of how the inspiration begins. When I take the pieces through to the actual design I think really carefully about how they’re going to be wearable but at the same time be a little bit quirky and unique.”

The pieces are made from sustainably sourced wood and resin by artisans in the Philippines. Anderton tries to be as eco-friendly as possible as it is important to her to preserve the environment. One of her past ranges was made out of recycled floorboards.

Collections are small and released every six to eight weeks to keep products fresh and new for both retailers and customers. This also helps keep fans interested and keen to see what’s coming next.

Ruby Olive has grown from just a couple of stockists in its first few months to between 80 and 100 stockists two and a half years later. Much of this business has come from word of mouth as Anderton is yet to exhibit at a trade fair. She believes the quirkiness of her products and their competitive price points make them attractive to retailers.

Consumers can also buy Ruby Olive jewellery from its website. Anderton has seen this area of the business grow from word of mouth “from people that stop other people in the street. They’ll send me lovely emails saying ‘I love your stuff, I just found out about it through a lady on the street and I couldn’t help but ask her where she got her necklace from’. So really, really lovely that we get a lot of business that way and I think that’s how it has evolved and grown organically, because we have had really strong word of mouth.”

Anderton’s goal is to continue Ruby Olive’s growth and reach as many people as she can with her colourful pieces. She will also look at expanding into other related categories such as scarves and bags and seeing how the market responds. If her success so far is anything to go by expect to see her creations on women everywhere.

“I always like to dabble in new things—I get bored very quickly if I’m doing the same thing, so I want to keep evolving and keep changing and keep surprising people, and being a couple of steps ahead because that’s what I like to do,” she adds.

Images 1/2/3 from Australian Gift Guide

Images 4-10 featuring Ruby Olive styles:
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An Inspiration... Claire Desjardins

Michaela Smith (RO Dream Fulfilment Specialist) - Monday, February 24, 2014

If there's one thing we love at Ruby Olive it's colour. And no one uses colour quite like our new favourite artist Claire Desjardins. 

Hailing from Canada, she is part of a legacy of artists in her family history. After working for many years as a graphic designer, in 2011 she put down the keyboard and mouse and dusted off her paintbrush. And the world is a better place for it! Her works have been featured around the world, most notably in association with Urban Outfitters, with prints on bags, rugs, bedding and home accessories. 

The fabulous use of bright colours, abstract designs and textured paints come together to produce beautiful paintings that come to life. We are absolutely LUSTING after these gorgeous canvasses in particular. 

Check out more of her work at Saatchi Art. 

All images via Claire Desjardin on Saatchi Art. 

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A Must-Have... Koromiko homewares

Megan Stewart (RO Media Maverick) - Friday, February 21, 2014

We just love handmade things here at Ruby Olive...and we're suckers for a cute ceramic any day!

Online design store KOROMIKO is the brain child of Tracey George, originally from New Zealand but now based in Texas. The central philosophy of the store hinges around celebrating independent designers hand-making their products to produce beautiful, unique objects.

The result is a gorgeous collection of carefully curated, functional objects for your home - here's a pick of some of our favourites x


All images from koromiko

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