So it's Friday evening.
A chilly, brisk evening - clear skies, beautiful sun going down here in Portsmouth... the kind of evening that makes you love living in New England (Or makes you hate it, as the case may be :)
I love this change in the weather. It makes me want to stay in the house - cook and bake - snuggle up and enjoy... and then take a stroll around town before bed. Something about bundling up that just really gets me going.
Today I had the chance to unpack and merchandise some really lovely new housewares and gifties, though... which now means that I'm on the 'i wanna renovate and redecorate my house' train. A perfect time of year to do so - get a little festive about it...
Most of these products are new for us at Gus & Ruby Letterpress. Everything from denim laptop cases to oatmeal soaps, and screen-printed burlap placemats to tobacco pouches :) We are really trying to get some beautiful new product in for you this holiday season; really raise the bar in terms of fabrication and design.
You want to hear more, don't you....
Well then here we go:
You'll see some of my favorite new stationery items from Loop, a Phillie-based company that produces organic and sustainable paper goodies that will literally keep you staring (and drooling). Elissa, the woman behind the hand-drawn designs of Loop is incredible, and her work just makes my heart go pitter-pat. The photog above shows her small jotters and larger lined and unlined journals. We also are carrying her gift wrap sheets and boxed notecards. This stuff is serious eye candy - all printed in a palette of grays and ombres on white stock - i love love love it all!
(photos courtesy of Loop)
Some other fabulousness that you should probably take note of are the super fun and whimiscal Thomas Paul textiles that we are carrying in the shop for the holidays. From fun, canvas eyeglasses cases, to those tobacco pouches and laptop cases I mentioned earlier - what I really adore about this company is that the products are hearty.
(photos courtesy of Thomas Paul)
Super sweet goodies right?! I just want to string those little printed, canvas chickadees all over the place :)
And how do you feel about bars of soap. I know - a little old school, right? But honestly, who doesn't dream of a big, bright bathroom with a beautiful bar of handmade, oatmeal soap and cozy hand towels just waiting for them at the sink! I certainly do... and if you've never had that dream before, you should put it on your To Do Dream List, because it's the best!
We couldn't pass up these 3-packs of soaps from Izola this year. Oh... and we have flasks now. Yeh, you heard it - 3 and 5 ounce flasks that are round and cute, and even the lightweight in me wants one. You should really get over here to check these suckers out!
(photos courtesy of Izola)
There's more to share... so I'll be back soon.
But for now, enjoy your weekend. Hunker down. Relax. Snuggle. And when you are looking for some inspiration, come see us at Gus & Ruby :)
Lots of love,