Thursday, 1 October 2009


Well what do you know!  Hosting the first giveaway and it's from the super talented rubyclover.

If you've never visited her shop(s) before you're in for a real treat!  Style?  What to expect? I've been racking my brains trying to think of how to describe her creations. Eclectic  is close but even that doesn't come near to describing the wealth of creations this lady makes - and when she is in the zone you can expect lots of new items daily. Imagine one of those olde time variety stores (without the old time smell though!) where you go in and ooh and aaah and get lost in a myriad of memories and fantasies as you uncover each new piece.

But Ruby herself describes it best in her profile:
I've been creating things for myself and others for ages. My inspiration comes from bygone eras (1920's through the 60's mostly), trips to Ireland, old timey sailors, flappers, french accordian music, beatniks, burlesque and occasionally Crown Royal.

I make all sorts of different things such as customized wood boxes, wall hangings, ornaments, coasters etc. I specialize in collaged family heirloom boxes and Irish inspired stuff. 

What she doesn't say is that she is a lovely lady with a sparkling and bubbly personality and  infectious smile!  I had the pleasure of meeting up with her in Chicago where she introduced me to the Beat Kitchen and the scrummiest thai pizza!

Anyway!  The Giveaway!  Ruby is giving away a trio of quintessentially Irish photo cards:

Two were taken on a trip to Castelerea, Co Roscommon - like this pony happily munching away on grass and oblivious to his impending immortality online:

And this wonderful photo of a colorful greengrocers shop front.  Yes we still have lots of small independent retailers and some great buildings in bright colors:

The final card is some wee Irish sheebies taken on a lovely sunny day in Inishowen, Co Donegal:

So how to win these?  Well first off visit Rubys shop - then post your favorite items from her shop in the comments here.  i'm saying favorites cos trying to pick just one will be tough!

For a 2nd entry visit her blog and sign up as follower

Want a 3rd entry? Tweet about this giveaway.

Fourth entry - sign up as a follower to this blog.  Winner will be picked on the 15th Oct noon GMT.  All names will be put in a hat and my greenworks partner will pick a lucky winner out!

Oh and in case you didn't notice the lovely Ruby is having a Giveaway as well - for one of my brooches ... basic rules are the same.  Ah - twice the fun! :)

Good luck and thanks for entering!