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Country Living?

Posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jenn, my beautiful talented partner in this blogging world emailed me this morning, "Any posts for this week?" I had been on a much needed four full days off, and was committed to getting my house, yard, garage, and self in working order. "Uh, no I don't." Dang, I have been thinking non-stop about work, but only in the year-end, inventory, bill-paying way...not in a creative or filled-up way.

While running errands, I stopped in Barnes & Noble for a magazine/book fix. This is a story of how my 'ah' turned into 'ugh'.


...And this is where my rant starts. If you ask Kathy, Kim or Jenni about my rants, they will roll their eyes like I am craaazy! They usually stop me before I get this far, but Kathy is away being a baby nurse, Kim is also enjoying days off, and Jenni is with her boys.

Anyways, I pick up the first magazine I purchased, Country Living, which is odd, because I haven’t bought this mag in maybe a year. I sit down to relax and read, and OK, here it comes...out of the first 38 pages, 23 of those are ads, and 11 of them are medically related! I look at the cover to make sure it wasn't a health related issue...nope it's not. This is messing with my relaxing, inspiring afternoon. Throughout the remainder of the issue, there are 12 more medically related ads for a whopping 23!


So as I am looking to be inspired but I am now stressed out about: lung function, COPD, joint damage, depression, heart palpitations, the flu, arthriitis, osteoarthritis, heartburn, cholesterol, etc. There is also info on a metabolism boosting powder for my 'bikini plan' (dang, I hadn't started to even think about my 'bikini plan!'). There is also vaginal cream (we wont even go there), and finally on page 129 of 134 pages, there is a correction tucked back there to straighten out a 'wrong impression' that Boniva may have given in regards to postmenopausal osteoporosis!! I realize that magazines must sell ad space, but this is decorating/recipe magazine. Come on, guys.


Ok, that felt good.

Kathy, Kim and Jenni, I want you to know that this was the edited version. You were fortunate to not hear the full rant.

January 12th, Book It!

Posted on: Friday, December 30, 2011


After a long winters nap, I decided that I had to have a meeting with myself. We were camping in our favorite space, in our favorite spot, so what better atmosphere to set up. The comute wasn't very long, so these wheels were perfect for the job.


The first order of buisness was the San Luis Obispo half/full marathon coming to town on Earth Day in 2012--April 22nd.

We have been involved with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society for about 10-11 years now and they have a group Team in Training that will take you from the couch to the finish line for 1/2, full and century rides. They are a group of people in different areas that are just like us--everyday people, everyday lives doing not everyday things, but amazing things.
You see, in exchange for the coaching, life changing events that they help us prepare for, we commit to raising funds for the cause.

Ask anyone who has been involved with this organization or one like it, it is a challenge and an attainable one if you have two working legs and feet. Everyone has a different reason for joining, maybe it is on your bucket list, maybe you want lose weight, or maybe your friends are all joining. For some of us...itt is much more personal.

We invite you to come to a meeting that we are hosting on January 12th, 5:30ish at The Rose. There will be people there to answer your questions, help relieve any anxiety and help you to get started.

There is a book that I will be quoting from that is written by John "the Penguin" Bingham.


More on him later--I always seem to revisit this book right before and during these running commitments--because he is me, and you.

If this isn't the time for you, the time commitment just won't work, you have a little one on the way, or maybe bad feet...there is another job that can keep you part of this event--a supporter, there are water stops along the course and we need supporters like you for that. The requirements are minimal. Think about it. We hope to see you there!

Ruby Rose Drive-Up

Posted on: Thursday, December 22, 2011

Since we are in a city that doesn't allow Drive Thru's, we have the next best thing tomorrow, Ruby Rose Drive-Up! That's right , tomorrow Friday Decembee 23rd, you can drive right into the parking lot that adjoins our store, and if you don't want to get out of your car and shop, we can run over and help you while you sit in your car. How's that for convenience?

Inside we will be serving hot apple cider and sweet Christmas cookies, so you may want to get out of your car. Either way we will be happy to see you and help you finish your holiday shopping,

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On the TWELFTH day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me!!! Twelve tee's a talkin'!


We wish you a very, Merry, Joyful and stress-free holiday! Thank you for loving Ruby Rose!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--eleven stories telling'!
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Posted on: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the tenth day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--ten sweaters wrapping!


On the ninth day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--nine frames a hangin'!

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Posted on: Monday, December 19, 2011

On the eighth day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--eight bags a holding!

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On the seventh day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--seven dresses flowing!

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Posted on: Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the sixth day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--six jewels a sparkling'!

On the fifth day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--five leather boots!

Posted on: Thursday, December 15, 2011

On the fourth day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--four knitted caps!

On the third day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--three plaid shirts!

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On the second day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--two cozy blankets!

100% wool blanket-$45 (left) // vintage woven saltillo blanket/throw-$95 (right)

Our Version of the 12 Day of Christmas

Christmas is approaching soon (how does it manage to sneak up so quickly every year?!) and there are two things that we don't want to lose sight of: the birth of the Baby in the manger...and remembering that "it's the thought that counts!".

With that being said, we here at Ruby Rose love the Christmas tradition of giving gifts...and you do too, right? Well, we are here to help.

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas (express)--Ruby Rose style!
On the first day of Christmas, Ruby Rose called to me--a swanky floral velveteen chair ($95!).


We may be starting this a bit behind schedule, but not to worry, we will catch you up.
Stay tuned for day two and three--coming up very soon!

Taking Some Time for Tea at Ruby Rose

Posted on: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

At Ruby Rose, we surround ourselves with "beautiful" junk, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as taking time out for afternoon tea.

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Our friend Tracy of Stewart & Clark has added afternoon tea time at her café, and we were happy to be the first to sample her Full Tea* menu.

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One of the teas was a lovely fragrant black tea called Miriage Freres--perfect for sipping out of a delicate vintage tea cup.


If you've ever been by Ruby Rose in the afternoon you will notice that we take our treat time very seriously. It's such a pleasure to sit down for a few moments and just enjoy sweet bites and each other. It's reviving, and in our case, it's a nice break before we attempt moving everything we moved out of the store, back into the store...before it gets dark.


Images by Jennifer Young of I ART U

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Full Tea: tea, savory, scones, sweets & dessert

Light Tea: tea, scones & sweets

Cream Tea: tea, scones, jam & cream

Guest Post by Kim: Hidden Treasure // SLO Toffee Company

Posted on: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Something I discovered years ago at a local Christmas Craft Fair was a special handmade toffee. I looked forward to buying bags of it for myself and as gifts, because it was so good, and I could only get it once a year... it was precious secret. Now mother/daughter Cindy Jones and Kristen Bender have opened SLO TOFFEE COMPANY and my dream has come true, it will be available year round.


I like to break it into small pieces to try and fool myself into thinking I’ve had about 6 pieces, instead of just 1...but those kind of mind games don’t really work on me so I don’t know why I even try. Cindy says people seem to like the white chocolate, but I don’t know. I’m a chocolate purist and the darker the better, so I tend to stick with the dark chocolate. But for those of you who do prefer white or milk chocolate, there is no need to disagree with me--she makes all 3 kinds, so we can all coexist in harmony while eating our toffee of choice.

We will be sampling the toffee at Ruby Rose on Friday and Saturday, so stop in and give it a try.

Who Knew?!

Posted on: Monday, December 12, 2011

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