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Quick run girlfriend . . .

27 Aug

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Only four days left on my crowd funding campaign! So far (thanks lovely contributors) we’ve raised nearly $250 towards a $1000 target. For those of you unfamiliar with my campaign here’s a quick run down, for the last two months I have been trying to raise a small amount of capital via crowd funding to produce a range of beautiful natural organic baby blankets. It’s been a very hard decision to settle on just four organic cotton fabric designs and I’ve changed my mind a few times when my choice was out of stock. I think now I’ve finally made up my mind with the four below!

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There’s only four days to till the deadline on the 31st August and lots of lovely rewards left for you to choose from. There is a new reward starting at only $1 which will get you a warm virtual hug from me. If you would like to choose another eco friendly reward, I have seven others to choose from.

I HEART YOU!
I’d like to celebrate and embrace you – my wonderful future customers – by thanking you in advance for being part of the growth of ‘Rock Ribbons’.

I have a wonderful collection of amazing rewards, stuff you can’t get just ANYWHERE else. Gorgeous handmade eco friendly items like natural glycerine soaps with essential oilshoneycomb and beeswax candleshandprinted linen tea towelscotton turkish bath towels and of course the lovely organic cotton and natural bamboo fleece blankets.

Warm hugs to you all
Deborah

Beautiful Bamboo Blankets Babé – By Deborah Batchelor

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New products in store :: Eco Friendly Retro Wooden Sunglasses

9 Aug

I have a fabulous new product in the ‘Eco Fashion Accessories’ section in store which I love wearing myself and I hope you will too? Introducing beautiful eco friendly natural grain wood and bamboo frame sunglasses for women with high quality spring hinges, round and smooth edges and comfortable nose pad.

All of the sunglasses in store utilise 100% UVA/UVB Polarized lenses. The difference between a standard lens and a polarised lens can be seen in the polarised lens’ ability to almost eliminate the glare that is created by the sun’s reflection on flat, reflective surfaces like glass and water. The polarised lens produces a more clear image, accurate image.

My handmade retro eyewear has been inspired by vintage styles of days gone by and the Australian outdoor life, long hot summers and enjoying life by the ocean.

There are three retro wood shades to choose from in store, Rich Rosewood, Dark Walnut and Black Bamboo. All of ‘Rock Ribbons’ sunglasses are handcrafted and use high quality materials, natural wood or bamboo, polarised lenses and stainless steel spring hinges.

I hope you enjoy wearing your ‘Rock Ribbons’ retro wood frame sunglasses this summer!

 

 

Now taking wholesale orders of our beautiful handcrafted moroccan poufs.

21 Jun

‘Rock Ribbons’ is very pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for wholesale orders (for Australian based customers) of our beautiful handcrafted moroccan poufs. There are twenty two leather colours to choose from and three fabulous faux metallics, gold, silver and bronze. These traditional artisan moroccan fine leather footstools are a must-have for any room of the house. So many uses around your home, they can be a footstool or used as extra seating, from the living room to the playroom. Each one of these leather poufs are individually hand crafted by artisans in Morocco using thirty five individual pieces of leather. They are all wonderfully unique, with subtle variations in the colour of the leather and will look beautiful and last for many years.

If you share our love of eco friendly handmade home wares and would like more info about stocking these super popular poufs in your own store. Please feel free to contact me more details.

Pouf Selection for Wholesale

A little bit of colour therapy to brighten your day!

19 Apr

After a bit of a break away from my beloved ‘Rock Ribbons’ blog, I think it’s time to get back into it and what better way than with a little bit of colour therapy from Pantone to brighten you day!

Check out these lovely shades below which you will see the influence of in store over the next few months. With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look.

Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette.

Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season’s cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colors within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.

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Ten tips to packing light for your summer holiday!

11 Feb

In 1940s films, glamorous characters board steam ships with an army of porters to lug their many bulky suitcases (all beautifully matching of course). But in today’s age of airline travel, that kind of thing would never happen (not for us normal folks anyway). Nowadays you are charged up $100 for checked bags on a domestic flight, gone are the days of packing every item of clothing that you might conceivably wear on your European vacation.

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I’ve had many a holiday (pre kiddie) with just carry on luggage. It saves on costs, time and makes things a lot easier. Here are my top ten tips for packing light for your summer holiday!

1. Make a list, and check it twice.
As you organise what you absolutely need, you’ll realize what you don’t need.

2. Pack a little detergent and a cheap camping clothesline.
If you can spare 10 minutes a night to wash your unmentionables and what you wore that day, you can save a lot of space in your suitcase. Washing your stuff in the shower, rolling it into a towel, squeeze out the excess water, hang it up to dry and in the morning, clean and fresh.

3. Start liking the layered look
Wear multiple layers of lightweight attire, which will trap air and conserve body heat. Large lightweight cotton wraps are are really great to travel with, cool in summer and warm in winter.

4. Make ‘repurposing’ your new buzzword.
You won’t have to pack as much stuff if you pick items that can serve double or triple duty.

5. Pack wrinkle-resistant items.
Certain fabrics simply hold up better on the road, and the latest generation of wrinkle-resistant synthetic blends are one example.

6. Go with a consistent colour scheme.
When everything in your travel wardrobe matches everything else, you increase the number of mix-and-match options. To change up a look include a few of your favourite coloured scarves, they don’t take up any space and are are great accessory.

7. Get over your shoe obsession.
Limit yourself to packing no more than two to three pairs.

8. Pack tight
The tighter and flatter you can get your stuff inside your bag, the more space you’ll have for more stuff. Rolling or bundle-wrapping your clothes, in which you wrap garments tightly around a central core object.

9. Think miniature
When in doubt, smaller is better. Don’t waste precious space in your toiletries bag with full-size containers of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lotions (and they are likely to be confiscated when going through security). Instead, pick up some sample sizes at your local chemist or decant them into travel-sized mini bottles

10. Pack a lightweight turkish towel
These make the perfect beach towel, bath towel, sarong and pareo. It is specially blended from fast drying cotton, does not mildew, doesn’t hold the sand like heavy wet terry towelling and easily rolls small to fit in your suitcase. Designed to be a multi-functional lightweight bath towel that seconds as a tablecloth, table runner and picnic blanket.

The point is: Be smart and pack light. You’ll save the extra costs on paying for checked luggage, you’ll save time having to wait for your luggage to come through on the airport carousel, you’ll save your back having to lug all the luggage around and you’ll minimize the chances of leaving something behind at a hotel.

P.S. But unfortunately I’ve found out, there is no such thing as packing light when you have children because there are an endless lists of favourites that need to come along with them when they go anywhere . . .

Fashion Friday :: Monochrome Magic!

1 Feb
the-night-circusTodays post has been inspired in part by an interesting novel that I have just started reading called ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
Is there anything easier and more classic than monochrome with a dash of red? It always looks timeless, crisp and translates into everything from fashion accessories to home wares.

A perennial classic, monochrome remains so eminently wearable in that it is both striking yet conservative, the ultimate in juxtaposition. This is a timeless trend which will never go out of style due to the elegance and simplicity exuded by the colours.

Some in the crowd smile knowingly, while others frown and look questioningly at their neighbours. A child near you tugs on her mother’s sleeve, begging to know what it says. “The Circus of Dreams”, comes the reply. The girl smiles delightedly. The iron gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own violation.

They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

Rock Ribbons – Meaningful gifts for thoughtful people.

Rock Ribbons Moroccan Grey Leather PoufBLACK AND WHITE AGATE LARGE COCKTAIL RING WITH ADJUSTABLE SILVER BANDOmbre lightweight summer scarfResin cameo brooch with glass cabochonRed and black infinity scarfRed knitted clutch purseAgate cocktail ringBlack and white infinity scarf

New products in store :: Handmade Moroccan Quality Leather Ottomans

18 Jan

These handcrafted Moroccan leather footstools are a must-have for any room of your home and our now available on pre order in the Rock Ribbons store. I have one in every room of my house including the bathroom because you know someone always wants to chat about something when you are trying to relax! These authentic leather ottomans have so many uses around your home, they can be a footstool or used as extra seating, from the living room to the bedroom to the kids playroom.

Rock Ribbons Moroccan Pouf

Each one of these leather poufs are individually made by artisans in Morocco and ethically purchased using fair trade. After sourcing and buying the goat skin, it is cut and hand painted or dyed, then sent to the outskirt of Marrakech to be stitched and finished with silk embroidery by local Berber women to show off expert craftsmanship and a result that is durable and will stand the test of time. There are five people involved in making each pouf and it takes up one day to complete it.

They are all wonderfully unique, with subtle variations in the colour of the leather and will look beautiful and last for many years to come. Below are all the colours I have in store but if there is a colour you love and you don’t see it here, please send me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Pre order you favourite colour now for just $120 and save $30 off the normal retail price! And to save even more, don’t forget 10% off your order just click on the coupon code box at checkout.

Meaningful gifts for thoughtful people by Rock Ribbons.


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