Tuesday, 23 December 2014


ending the year with a new website, and so the Lila Ruby King blog is ending at this current location, and moving there as well.
you will find all Lila Ruby King news and updates now here.

thanks for visiting this blog over the last few years, I hope you'll like things over at the new location!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

christmas shopping dates

my christmas items are back in stock again, including my chirstmas cards and the very popular reindeer gift tags. remember to keep in mind the recommended dates for shipping if you want your items to arrive in time for christmas.
orders inside greece should be placed by december 15th
for orders inside the EU, place by december 10th
and for the rest of the world, I recommend orders be placed by November 28th.
as always these dates are just guidelines I always recommend getting in early to avoid disappointment.




Monday, 6 October 2014

temporary tattoos



just for fun, temporary tattoos, now available in my online shop.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

new product - multiple language gift card



something new, adding to my first word-sleuth gift card, the multiple occasion gift card, I decided I needed the multiple language birthday card. in this word sleuth, you can wish happy birthday in 17 different languages, Danish, Dutch, English, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Welsh.

as always the cards are printed right here in greece on recycled cardstock, with recycled kraft paper envelopes. you can find them now in my online shop.

Friday, 25 July 2014

beautiful bow ties


the talented boys at Bond & Burlington have used some of my fabric designs in their newest collection Forest Colony - inspired by some of my themes. the colours are so playful and fun, the details so lovely.
You can check out the full collection over at their facebook, or visit their online store here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

lila ruby king purses



something new I've been working on, purses made with my own Lila Ruby King fabric. I am really pleased with how they've turned out, it was nice to finally use my own fabric to actually make something. I came up with special designs or altered existing fabric designs for the outer fabric so that the fabric made only for use on my purses . the lining is also my own fabric.. they have hand stitched details, and offcut leather pockets and pull tabs.  there are only a limited amount available, as I only see myself making a few of these each year. you can find them now in my etsy shop here.



Monday, 23 June 2014


just had my first set of temporary tattoos made, much fun. these are professionally printed, and have a filter to make them look like real lived in tattoos.  in my etsy shop now.


Friday, 30 May 2014

seabird mobile

 something new, my seabird mobile. they come in a pack of two - with the option of making a third bird, that can be cut from the instruction page, if you are feeling crafty. they are printed on eco friend kraft card, here in athens. find them in my etsy shop, and selected stockists.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

band posters - the acfields


some of the work I've been doing for aussie band, the acfields, to have ready for their upcoming album release. can't wait to see these printed on the various merchandise they'll be producing to have available at gigs and on their website. I love their work, so it was really exciting to help them achieve their vision for their brand. you can visit their website to check out their music and visit their shop for merch.


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

shop open - painting commission

 back from vacation, online shop now fully open again. when I rediscover the surface of my work desk I will be able to get to work on new things. that would be nice.

I did get finished my first commission for a painting from my new series, for a client who wanted a mixture of greek and australian influences. looking forward to getting started on some new pieces, if anyone else is interested in commissioning a piece, feel free get in touch any time.

Friday, 4 April 2014

on vacation

I am on vacation until may 10th. until I get back my etsy shop will be selling only my pdf files, which are available for instant download. the rest will be back as before when I return. I'll still be available if you have any questions, so email me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. all the best and happy easter.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


new tees. this adventure includes one new design, one old design in a new colour and tees for boys.
I am discontinuing one colour, the black seabird on blue tee (below) unless too many people contact me in true desperation in which case I might be persuaded. but for now, I only have a few of these sizes left.
the rest of the designs are all available in my etsy shop here, I hope you like them.





Thursday, 27 March 2014

new stockist - andros island

I have a new stockist on andros island, in the town of gavrio, the shop is To Logari, a book and gift shop. they have a collection of accessories and paper goods, and lots of hello greece postcards. check them out if you're lucky enough to be visiting!

To Logari book shop, Gavrio, Andros. Greece.

Monday, 24 March 2014

new project: supermarketmagnets


ready for show and tell (and sell) my newest project made in collaboration with ceramicist mitsy / ArtMind - SUPERMARKETMAGNETS! we had a lot of fun putting together a shopping list which I then got to draw up. a bit like michealangelo's. he was ordering tinned tuna and tampons for sure.

mitsy did all the decal work, and finishing. great job I think! the magnets are now available in mitsy's etsy shop here, sold in sets of four. your fridge is waiting.



Thursday, 6 March 2014

copying ickyness

So here is the short story. this design, my singing birds / reinbirds, is probably my most copied design. and it has happened again recently, and it upsets me every time. I don't want to write who did it and show their stuff. I just wanted to put it out there, that this is my design, the first design I ever listed and sold in my Etsy shop in 2007. I just felt the need, to put it out there. these are not good copies, and I hate the idea that people might think they are my work. blah.
I thought another european based artist Stephanie from Petit Plat put it really well, why copying is wrong, in her blog. if you are unsure about the whole idea of copying you should have a read here.

and as a final message to the person(s) who put up a tutorial on their blog on how to make my exact design, hence letting everyone who comes across it believe they are allowed to make and sell my design: thank you so much. you've given me a great idea of my own, I'm thinking I'll make a tutorial for my blog called How to be a Crafting Jackass.
the top photo, shows my first ever sold item on etsy, I called my birds the four chickens back then, september 2007. heavens above what an awful photo, it's a miracle this card sold. on the right, in 2009, when I added antlers for a christmas theme. I also did horns for a halloween theme. that was an epic fail, looked like a bird with three beaks. lets not talk about that design again.
below, these are my singing birds / reinbirds in their current form, gift tags and note cards. I don't make a lot of these designs anymore, they're very time consuming for such a simple thing, but they're my very first commercial design, from the earliest days of my business, so I am very attached to them.

Monday, 3 March 2014

new stockist - baco milan

it's great to have the chance to work with a new shop in a new city, and lila ruby king items, can now be found in italy! visit the lovely Baco shop, in milano, who now have a range of my accessories and keyrings. 

piazza risorgimento 4
20129 milano

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

weekend painting

I never manage to find the time to do any painting, so I'm making an effort to set aside a few hours each weekend to get my gouache out. painting is a nice weekend activity.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

new project

mitsy - aka. ArtMind - and I are working on a new, mini project. still in very early days, and that involves me drawing lots of household items. I've discovered that drawing an egg that looks like an egg is a lot more difficult than it should be in theory.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

etsy feature

 there's a little feature on me on the Etsy blog today, as part of their Quit Your Day Job series. this one, they really wanted to focus on artistic collaboration, and as you all know, I have a serial collaborative partner in Mitsy from ArtMind. it was really nice to get a change to talk about our work together, and how it comes about. 
I also talked a bit about my experience selling on Etsy, and ideas I have for people just starting out. I really don't see myself as any great expert, but I have been doing this for awhile now, and experience does count for something I suppose! You can read the article here, thanks to Julie at the Etsy team for doing such a great job putting it together.


Thursday, 16 January 2014


firstly, happy new year, we're only 16 days in, I'm not too late. starting off some new projects for the new year, kind of easing myself in with a new set of colour in collaboration pages, now available for download in my Etsy shop, this is set number 7. I am also updating some of the older sets, and so far set number one is all fresh and shiny looking, and I'll slowly get to the others. so I hope you'll enjoy that one, and the new set, this one includes bones (I hope I got them all!) tulips, sea monsters, narwhals and greek pots. happy colouring!