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.
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!
Exciting news RO Family! We've just been featured in Australian Gift Guide Magazine's Designer Profile!
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 GuideImages 4-10 featuring Ruby Olive styles:
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.
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
I just came across these gorgeous DIY floral "Pom Pom Vines" at oncewed and I think I'm in love!
I just adore how delicate the flowers look and love the soft pastel colour palette they've used - they would be so lovely for any outdoor party!
Anyway, while I'm on the garland train, I thought I'd share some more bright and charming DIY ideas, hope they get your creative juices flowing!
Here's a DIY project perfect for your Valentine! These super-cute loveheart pillows are courtesy of Design Love Fest and look like they'd be great to cuddle :)
We just used the pretty finished images. Find the whole tutorial here.
With the release of our latest collection CANDYFLOSS, we're celebrating the incredible visual richness and colour of the Summer carnival. Hope these inspire some fabulous daydreams!
All images from The Style Skinny Blog.
Here at Ruby Olive we've spent the Summer months reminiscing about childhood memories of eager nights at the fairground, fairy floss in hand and excited anticipation in our hearts. We were so struck by the veritable feast of vivid imagery that the carnival scene evokes, we couldn't help but create a vibrant, fun-loving collection in honour of this tradition!
The collection features our signature hand-poured resin beading in fun, detailed styles alongside artisan dyed-wooden designs for those with a bold heart and adventurous spirit.
Inspired by ferris-wheels, fairy floss, cupie dolls, and childhood memories of seaside fairground adventures...
…welcome to colourful CANDYFLOSS!
Shop this colourful collection here.
xo Ruby Olive
Here at Ruby Olive HQ we have just fallen head-over-heels for the gorgeous work of Melbourne-based artist Kirra Jamison. Here is a woman who is clearly not afraid of colour!
We're just mesmerised with the vibrancy and abstract quality of her work, which includes delicate, intricate shapes and images as well as bold and assertive blocks of colour.
All images from http://www.kirrajamison.com/