Sunday, April 29, 2007

Once Upon a Time..

Our old doorway looked like this:

When we acquired a second unit in our building last September, this was the door we inherited from previous years of neglect. The '70s era yellow bottle glass sidelights were particularly unattractive.

Right away Jeff changed the side windows to standard clear. We designed a bright new sign and installed it before Christmas. The windowless door itself was a bigger project.

The strange size of the door opening meant that we couldn't buy a premade door. Lucky for me, I am married to a professional woodworker who makes doors from scratch! Above is a shot that Jeff took in his shop of the door in progress. Many hours of work and many pieces of pretty wood later, Jeff installed our door.

Not only does this door let in more light, but the grain of the wood also sparkles in the sun.

One more time for emphasis:

Thursday, April 26, 2007


These just in...more magnets from Found Image Press. Themes include vintage Seattle imagery, fashion, and Laura Bee Designs!

Isn't she glamorous? Stick her on your fridge, locker, or filing cabinet. Available in our shop for $4.50.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Leo Loves His

Our customer Erica sent us this cute snap of her dog Leo eyeing his new treat bag AKA our Happy Dogs Zipper case. Erica told us that she adopted her dog from a local shelter. Lucky Leo!

We love receiving pictures. Do you have any shots of your Laura Bee Designs products in action? Send 'em our way and we'll post them here on our blog. (Send images to laurabeedesigns(at)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

More History

I told you about our tags here. Since that entry we've gone through our muted fall labels. As you can see from our newest additions, things have been busy around here. The current tag has a rasberry background with mint green lettering...very fresh and juicy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Above the Store

We do all of our shipping upstairs in the studio apartment above the shop. Right now we're shipping many wholesale orders to stores around the country. The bins above are full of wristlets that are waiting for bangles before we ship them to Oregon, Michigan, and Nevada.

Shipping supplies aren't pretty, but here's a sampling: the trusty tape gun, business cards, fray check, scissors, and paperclips. We wrap each shipment carefully in colorful tissue because we know how fun it is to receive a sweet package in the mail.

We make all of our bubble jewelry and hairpins in the apartment too. I bought the little 'school lunch' trays at a grocery supply store. They're perfect for moving around groups of tiny items as glue dries, etc.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

While we were in Vancouver....

Otis spent time with Ashley.

Running in Shelton.

Strutting around Greenlake.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Calling All Dog Lovers

As you can tell by looking at this blog, here at LBD we love dogs - small dogs, big dogs, mutts and purebreeds. Of course, we love Otis most of all since he's our mascot! We've decided to introduce a special quarterly charity project to raise money to help all of the pooches out there who are less fortunate than Otis.

We will donate fifteen dollars from the sale of each zipper case pictured above to a dog rescue organization. (Retail price $20.) We've chosen Seattle Pug Rescue as our inaugural charity for this program.

This entirely volunteer group takes in pugs and pug mixes, gives them medical treatment if needed, and works tirelessly to find new homes for each little wrinkled canine. In 2006 they placed more than 60 abandoned pugs in new, loving homes. I encourage you to check out their website to read more about their work.

To purchase the Happy Dogs Zipper Case in our web boutique click here. Also available in our Seattle store.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Bridesmaid Clutches (from last year)

We made this collection of bridesmaid luxe clutches last fall for a terrific bride. My favorite approach to a group like this to is use a strong unifying color palette to make one of a kind bags for each attendant.

These bags feature rich silks, some vintage buttons, and the wonderful red, orange and chartreuse color combination that reminds me of my own wedding.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Weekend Getaway: Vancouver BC

Edmonds, Washington train station. 7:30 am.

View from the train window just outside Vancouver.

A charming corner near Stanley park.

I couldn't resist a fabric store visit.

Look at these dreamy trims...