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Do you love hilarious greeting cards, gorgeous wrapping paper, delicate ceramics and to be surrounded by beautiful things? Do you love helping people find the perfect gift? Do you love working alongside fun, outgoing people who are passionate about the same things you are? If the answer is YES, then you need to join the Gus & Ruby family!

We are hiring a permanent, part-time retail associate. In this role, you’ll be helping our amazing customers fulfill their every stationery wish in our retail boutique in downtown Portsmouth, NH. You’ll be responsible for greeting customers, answering questions (and the phone!), completing sales, helping with merchandising / display and general storefront upkeep.

Details:
• The is a permanent, part-time position (18 hours per week with room to grow)

• Hours will be on Fridays, Sundays & Mondays (Sundays are firm, but the other days can be negotiated)

• Retail experience required
About you:
• You are self motivated

• You love stationery, design and celebrations

• You are outgoing and friendly

• You provide exceptional customer service

• You are a quick learner, detail oriented and a multi-tasker

• You think quickly on your feet

• You have a good sense of humor

• You love dogs and/or cats, coffee and/or tea and donuts (we can’t budge on this one)
Do you want this job?! We hope so! Email us your resumé and a few lines about why you think you’d be the perfect fit! We hope to have the position filled by early May.
We can’t wait to hear from you!
Samantha, Whitney and the rest of our Gus & Ruby family
hello@gusandruby.com // 603-319-1717

Posted by Gus & Ruby Letterpress at 10:38 pm

Pop-up Floral Shop at Gus & Ruby!

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we are making it easy to shop for your sweetheart (or bestie:)! Stop by the store next Saturday, February 13th (the day BEFORE Valentine’s Day) and pick up a gorgeous bouquet by Sweet Annie Floral + Design, at our pop-up floral shop. Not only will Katie have beautiful arrangements, she will also be selling some single blooms which you can pair with our best-selling ceramic bud vases. And while you’re here, plan on grabbing a few cards for the loves in your life! See? We told you we were making it easy:)

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2015 Gift Guides are here!

The holiday countdown is on so if you still have a long list of people to shop for, fret no more! We’ve put together 5 gift guides highlighting some of our favorite and best-selling products. And this year you can shop them all ONLINE! Hooray! All orders over $50 ship for free, no code required.

 

Click on the image above to see all of the products or shop them individually: 1. Trio of Raft Syrups, $40  2. Herbs Tea Towel, $18  3. Food Gift Love by Boston author, Maggie Battista, $25  4. Cocktails Calendar – letterpress printed and foil stamped, $32  5. Carry On Cocktail Kit, $24  6. Gold Pineapple Tumbler, $31   7. Gourmet Sea Salt, $14 8. My New Roots Cookbook, $29.99

 

 

GiftGuide-Pamper

Click on the image above to see all of the products or shop them individually: 1. 8×10″ Crane Print, $26  2. Tocca Hand Cream, $20  3. Blue Clay All-Natural Soap, $10  4. Clover + Vanilla Perfume Roller, $20  5. Rain Ceramic Mug, $28  6. One Rainy Wish Soy Candle, $15  7. The 52 Lists Project Book, $16.95  8. Locally-Made Artisan Tea, $15 each  9. Lilac Soy Candle, $22

 

 

GiftGuide-Trendsetter

Click on the image above to see all of the products or shop them individually: 1. Hand-Painted Ceramic Polar Bear, $32  2. Dip-Dyed Note Cards, $23  3. Monarch Writing Pad, $18  4. Bisous Bkr Glass Waterbottle, $35  5. Modern Ceramic Ring Holder, $18  6. Escape Canvas Bag, $99  7. Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, $30  8. Rotary Telephone Enamel Pin, $10  9. Rifle Paper Co. Folk Calendar, $22  10. Voluspa Huckleberry Candle, $26

 

 

GiftGuide-theLittleOne

Click on the image above to see all of the products or shop them individually: 1. Romeo Mini Bkr Glass Waterbottle, $28  2. Ladybug Print, $26  3. Handmade Giraffe Stuffed Animal, $48  4. Pretzel Rattle, $18  5. Carve-A-Stamp Kit, $30  6. The 50 States Illustrated Book, $30  7. Apple Knit Pillow, $60  8.  Sharing Society Sew-On Patch, $6  9. Alphabet Storage Hamper, $68 

 

 

GiftGuide-Stockings

Click on the image above to see all of the products or shop them individually: 1. Cobalt Cat Reusable Bag, $9  2. Junk Food Nail Tattoos, $6  3. The Tobias Fünke Magnet Set, $10  4. Rosa Pocket Notebook Set, $10  5. Pizza Slice Temporary Tattoos, $6  6. Heart Sunnies Enamel Pin, $10  7. Prosecco Rose Mini Tin, $10  8. Herbivore Botanical Lip Butter, $12  9. The Overlook Hotel Key Chain, $8  10. Rifle Paper Co. Set of 12 Pencils, $12  11. Wondermade Sugar Cookie Marshmallows, $10  12. BFF Enamel Pin, $10 

 

 

Posted by Gus & Ruby Letterpress at 1:16 pm

A Peek Inside Gus & Ruby Windows: Colorful Wisteria

Summer is here, the gardens are growing and our windows are lush! This window was inspired by the beautiful booms I’m seeing everywhere and the buzzing bees, our little city is feeling so alive. Below I’ll explain how to make these hanging paper wisteria and watercolor honeycombs.

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For the blooms you will need:

  • Tissue paper (3+ colors per color palette)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Watercolors, paint palette (or a plate) and a big fluffy paint brush

Below you can see the shapes I cut out to begin the process of creating the paper petals. You want them all to be a little different so there’s no need to get a template going for these. Just imagine you’re stretching out the shape of the number 8. I stacked about 5 pieces of tissue before cutting them to make the job go a little more quickly.

Cut out different sizes, you’ll end up forming them from the center, so again, it’s no biggie if they aren’t perfect. You could even just cut out a long oval shape if that’s easier for you! As you cut out the 3+ colors of your tissue paper, remember the lightest tissue should be the largest size and the darkest should be the smallest.

You’ll watercolor wash the lightest color tissue paper you’re using. I used the same light color for both color palettes, a color called French Vanilla. You could use white or any other light color that will pick up the watercolor pigment.

Grab a glass of water and your painting supplies. Decide which colors you’ll be using, I recommend sticking to either warm colors or cool colors. Pool some water on your paint palette and add color to create a wash to blot on the ends of the petal shapes. It will sort of flow towards the center as the tissue absorbs the water. Let these dry before you disassemble the stack of tissue, this is important! The tissue is super fragile when it’s wet, ya know? The other thing is that this part of the process is simply put, just not that pretty. Don’t fret, we’ll get to the beautiful blooms soon!

Just look at those scraps! -insert heart eyes emoji-

Once the water colored tissue has dried, gather it all up with the other colors. Sort everything out by size. Start with your littlest petal, take three pieces and stack them and rotate them form the center so you end up with a flower-esque shape. Pinch the center and twist to create your three-dimensional bloom. You can see what this looks like below.

Repeat this step with all of your petals, keeping them separated by size. Once you have a big ol’ pile of flowers in each size you can stop twistin’ and start stringing! String your needle and thread and make knot at the bottom of the thread so that the bottom bloom stays put. You might need to tie it a few times over.

Start by stringing the smallest and darkest blooms through the bottom (think of going in where you’d see a bumble bee buzzing). Add more of that color until you have a couple of inches. Begin adding the next color until you’ve strung about a foot and then finish it off with your water colored petals. Each long bloom should be different and unique! Add more of a darker color sometimes if you want, or make them all one color!

Below Samson-cat (my always-helper) is showing the blooms before they’re hung up. You can see some of the fun color fluctuation!

For the honeycomb you will need:

  • A sheet of foamcore
  • Watercolor paint and a brush
  • A pencil and ruler
  • Exacto blade and cutting mat
  • Needle a thread

First things first: go to town watercolor painting your foam core. I used lots of yellows and some orange. Let it dry, it might curl up on the sides when in dries. No biggie, you’re gonna cut it up.

Use your ruler and pencil to make a hexagon shape the size that you want each honeycomb to be. A hexagon is a 6 sided shape, a shortcut for sketching your own is to draw a quick circle and draw lines to create 6 even slices, then connect the outer lines: a hexagon is formed! …Or print this out.

Trace hexagons all over the backside of your foam core. Follow those lines with your Exacto blade until you’ve cut out all of your tracings. Make sure to protect your surface with your cutting mat.

Grab your needle and thread and stitch the honeycombs together. Hang then up each individually or from a dowel. Hello honeycomb wall, what a fun photo backdrop or party decoration for a summer event!

As always, it’s so fun to how you make these projects your own. If you instagram, hashtag #gusandrubyDIY so we can see your beautiful creations!

A Peek Inside Gus & Ruby Windows

At Gus & Ruby we adore all things beautiful. We love to focus on the tactile nature of the details, whether it’s the impression an inked plate makes into 100% cotton paper, or it’s a handmade bag where you can see the stitches that hold the fabric together. We fill the windows with our favorite products and custom work and we see the window displays as another creative venue, to make a beautiful space.

Lucky for me, it’s my job to execute the projects we daydream about installing in the windows. I wanted to start sharing this process in a new blog post that I’ll write after each new window has debuted. It’s so fun to connect with others who enjoy relishing in color palettes, textures, light, and beauty the way that I do. I can’t wait to hear from you about your own projects, tip, tricks, and things that you would love to see from us at Gus & Ruby!

One of my favorite things about dreaming up new projects for the windows is re-inventing things we use everyday, this time I used waxed paper and crayons. Below I’ll describe how to do it yourself!

You will need:
  • Crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Kraft paper
  • Iron
  • Scissors or a circle punch
  • Needle and thread
  • You will need a lot of crayons. I used 3 boxes of 100 crayons to fill our windows (keep in mind that you may only use part of the box of crayons). 
  • Pick out your color palette and take out all of those crayons. I chose greens and blues, but whatever palette you choose will end up looking lovely. Roughly separate all of your colors so that when you begin melting you don’t get a pool of brown.  
  • You will need to peel the paper off of the crayons and then break them down. There are a few ways to go about this. You could go for the tried and true pencil sharpener method, the chop on the cutting board tactic, or the easy way: the blender! Use your best judgement, not all blenders are created equal and I don’t want you risking your morning smoothie routine. 
  • I did use my blender (it worked like a dream) and pulsed the crayons for about 15 seconds and got a great powdery result.  I dumped all of my powdered crayons into the compartments of an egg carton for easy access later, but several bowls would do the trick!

Here’s when you start seeing what you’ll end up with!
  • Tear sheets of waxed paper into 6-by-16 inch sheets. Fold the sheet in half to make a 3-by-16 inch rectangle. 
  • Open your rectangle back up and sprinkle your crayon bits evenly across the wax paper. A little bit goes a long way, I used about 1/2 a tablespoon per wax paper rectangle. 
  • Fold your wax paper back to make a sandwich over the crayons, cover with kraft paper to protect your iron. Press the iron to melt the crayons. Let them cool and cut them into circles. 
  • String them together with a needle and thread and repeat!

And that’s it! The installed ‘curtains’ look so lovely with the light shining through. Stay tuned for the next window post. I’m so excited to continue sharing these oh-so-fun projects!