Goodbye…for now!

Hello friends!  We’re sorry to say that for now we must take a hiatus from the Ruby Press blog.  We started this blog back in 2008 and it has been instrumental in the meeting of many dear friends and making of many wonderful connections.  We still love blogging- don’t get us wrong!- but we are just so busy with our agency work and in the small amount of free time I have as a business owner and mother, I have been working on (and self-publishing) a book, which is due out this June.  Needless to say, my free time for blogging is now non-existent.  I truly believe that if you can’t give 100% to something, you shouldn’t do it, so for now, we will take a break.

To our loyal readers and contributors…thank you!!

xxMelissa and the Ruby Press staff

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{Image from here}


This is Oakland

For the past 10 months, I have been working on a book in my free time with a friend- the fabulous Kristen Loken- about this awesome (and often misunderstood) city that I live and work in- Oakland, CA. It’s called This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places and it’s a stylish, visually-driven, guide/travel book about the city…but it’s more than that really.  We are profiling the most innovative, interesting businesses around the city, as well as the people that make this city so vibrant.  Oakland has been called “The New Brooklyn” time and time again, and there’s a reason behind it.  I feel like the country is looking our way to see what’s happening and I hope this book will offer readers an insider’s view of the city.

We are still working on the book, which we are self-publishing, and just launched the Kickstarter campaign! Won’t you please come check it out- and spread the word to your friends?  With Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing and we have less than a month to reach our goals.  Thanks so much!  xx

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Cozy nights

Sure, it gets dark outside around 5 PM, but I think these shorter days aren’t all bad!  After all, they mean more time for yummy cocktails, a roaring fireplace, baking, and holiday festivities.  I am dying to make this gingersnap cocktail from PopSugar, read the new Mast Brothers cookbook and start decorating for Christmas!!

Drink-Gingersnap-Cocktailbook Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 11.16.23 PM{Images from PopSugar, Mast Brothers, and Terrain}

Sammy & Hayden’s Playdate

We recently had a super fun playdate with Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things {adore her!} and her scrumptious daughter Hayden {who’s almost exactly Sammy’s age!}.  They totally hit it off, of course, and had a blast at one of our favorite family spots, The Oakland Museum of CA.  {We’re members and go once or twice a month!}  Check out the toddler fun here!


Paper to Petal

My friend Rebecca Thuss and her equally talented husband Patrick Farrell {together they make up the photography/design duo THUSS + FARRELL} are releasing a new book tomorrow called Paper to Petal, 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand, and it could not be more inspiring!

Each tutorial is clearly and beautifully photographed and the steps are easy to follow…which makes even the most intricate paper flower feel a little less daunting.  I’m in  love with the simple “cheerleader” flowers and the slightly more complicated “Smiley’s mobile”.  With Castle in the Air nearby, which was also a favorite resource of Rebecca’s when creating the flowers in the book, what excuse do I have for NOT making these at home??

If you like supporting small, independant businesses, like I know you do, buy the book at Berkeley’s Castle in the Air when it releases tomorrow.  {Yes, they will ship it to you!}  And to hold you over until then, here’s a fun little video!

cheerleader flowers



Crumb Shoppe

I fancy myself a baker…I love baking cookies, cakes and pies almost as much as I love scarfing them down afterwards.  But as a business owner and mom of an almost-three year old, time to bake either happens at 11:30 PM or sadly not at all.  Enter Crumb Shoppe on Zaarly: a locally based cookie dough bakery that will ship scrumptious rolls of cookie dough right to my door.  Now I can go to bed before 1 AM and still get to snack on the dough, smell the cookies baking, and savor warm, just-out-of-the-oven cookies.  Heaven.

Crumb Cookies

Gibson & Flemming

Top San Francisco interior designers {and dear friends} Grant Gibson and Caitlin Flemming have rented booths at the Alameda Flea Market this Sunday {August 4th!} because their warehouses are overflowing with treasures and they have to make room.  Of course, their “closet-cleaning” means you get covetable finds from all over the world at sweet prices- think Moroccan rugs {that Grant brought back himself!}, bolts of chic designer fabrics, unique lighting fixtures, art, books and of course furniture.  {We’re kind of salivating over here at Ruby Press. I mean, you’ve seen their work, right?}

Find them at spaces #P11 and #P12 and get there early {it starts at 6 AM}, because seriously everyone is going to be shopping this sale.