Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Snack Hound

So far we've sold sixteen of the 'Happy Dog Zipper Cases,' so that's $240 that we'll donate to Seattle Pug Rescue.

As you can see above, the snack hound is still offering the bags for sale, both here and on our website through the end of June. That means there's still time to get one for your favorite dog lover!

Thanks to all of you near (Ballard) and far (Massachsetts) who've supported our cause! We're excited to help the pugsters in need.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


That's Ashley helping a customer up there in the newspaper. This article appeared last Saturday on the business section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

That's me sewing a custom order in black and white. You can read the text of the article here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Playground Morning

Though it was a bit damp and dreary this morning, Ashley and I headed up to the neighborhood playground to shoot some pictures. We're working on some fall bags and preparing images for a new website.

Here's an Amy bag that's available in the shop now. It's a good example of an interesting way to combine brown and black in your accessories.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Buttons and Chocolate

I brought my new 1.25" button making equipment along with me to Adams Elementary School last week. It was the annual Arts in Career day, and I was back for the second time talking to the kids about design, handbags, and creativity in the workplace.

Of course, making buttons was the hit of the day. I gave each student a blank template to color, and they helped me with the button pressing process too. I wanted to give them a chance to make their own 'customized accessory.'

(To thank us for our time, the Adams crew gave each speaker a yummy See's Candy truffle. How sweet.)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lucky Day

While Otis and I weren’t able to attend the pug gala, my Saturday was filled with surprises. We knew it would be busy with Mother’s Day gift-buying. (Lots of endearing dads visited us with kid(s) in tow asking for H-E-L-P.)

Surprise #1: A visit from a feisty Boston Terrier named Wednesday.
Surprise #2: I was able to sneak out of the store to stop by little John B’s 2nd birthday party.
Surprise #3: Button sale extravaganza.

For a few years I’d heard rumors of a local button sale held in a nondescript brick building, open only by invitation. Luckily, two generous store customers were kind enough to give me the specifics this year, so off I went for an hour or so.

Photos inside the sale were verboten, but I did take these snaps of my haul back at the shop. The buttons for sale are carefully mounted to colored cardboard, and are sorted by material and look. Needless to say I was drooling over the bounty.

The salesperson told me that the shows, which also feature apparel, often have more buttons. Is that possible?

By the end of the day, a customer visiting from Ohio had already chosen a carved wood button from the new loot to top her green and brown Phyllis flap.

Happy Mother's Day!

Circa 1978, from left to right: Daisy the dog, Laura Bee, Susannah B., and 1952 Buick.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Wrinkled Agility, Etc. (Seattle Pug Gala)

The Seattle annual Pug Gala is tomorrow! This pugapalooza is the biggest fundraiser for Seattle Pug Rescue. Featured events will be Pug Agility, Costume Contest, Pug Races, Pug Massage, etc.

To learn more and for directions, click here.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


This silk skirt was made entirely by hand in the 1920s. While the beautiful embroidery remains intact, portions of the garment have started to come apart.
Our customer brought us this skirt and asked us to transform it into a purse. Ashley worked with her to select accent microsuedes and lining fabric.
Ashley did an incredible job cutting, pinning, and sewing this one of a kind purse.

What a great way to breathe new life into a textile with a mysterious history.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

It was a Happy Monday

This cookie jar, spotted in a local antique mall, is such a cheerful guy.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Listen Up! It's a Contest

Hey blog readers! We want to post your pictures of our products in action, and we're willing to bribe you to get said pictures.

Email your pics of Laura Bee Designs goods and we'll enter you into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to our web boutique or retail store. Entry deadline May 31st.

Email your photos with your name and other pertinent info to: laurabeedesigns(at)gmail.com

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Trophy, Bliss, and Yelp

I’ve discovered a new addiction. The reviews of local business on Yelp.com have me completely obsessed. Have you visited this site? It features consumer write-ups of all sorts of enterprises. Anyhow, on Sunday night I was surfing around looking for day off/Monday haunts when I stumbled upon Trophy Cupcakes.

Located in the charming but underutilized Wallingford Center, this place was dreamy. Jeff and I shared a Triple Chocolate and a Red Velvet. Rich, moist, as good as the best cake I’ve tasted. Points for charming d├ęcor too.

Next on our agenda was Bliss Soaps on Capitol Hill. We used to buy all of our soaps from Phil at Bliss when he had a little cart in Northgate Mall. I just recently rediscovered my Bliss when I learned that he'd moved to a storefront.

These cupcakes are another type of treat - they are bath fizzies topped by bubble bath. I especially love the little handcrafted roses on top of each cake.

Reading all of the Yelp reviews (good and bad) and visiting these two great small businesses got me thinking about why I like certain stores and cafes. What gets me jazzed are those places where you can see passion in the enterprise. Quirky, fun, random passion.

The kind of place where someone has said to themselves, "This is my dream," and has hung their shingle and part of themselves out there to share. It can be scary to put yourself out in the world like that, where you know you'll be judged, compared to others, and nitpicked. The businesses I love do their work with confidence and joy.