Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday and Thanks

You may be on the go today shopping for holiday gifts. On our little corner of Ballard, we are thankful that so many of you continue to come back to us for your gift giving and handbag needs.

While we can't offer seasonal door busters or crazy sales, we strive to give all of our customers friendly service and good value each and every day. We all look forward to seeing you sometime in the coming weeks.

Don't forget, you can order on our website and then pick up your purchase in our store. You'll save on shipping charges that way, and we can also wrap your purchases for free when you pick them up.

(Photo by Sandi Heinrich)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

From Our Northern Neighbors

These beautiful silver-plated earrings are made in Canada by Foxy Jewelry.
With sterling earwires and a lovely organic pierced design, these earrings would be a great gift for your favorite earring-lover. $24 pair.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cat Out of the Bag

Okay, I could not resist the terrible title of this post. It's groan-worthy, I know. Anyhow, our customer Sandi sent this photo of her son's kittens Maverick and Crash snuggling up on her Laura Bee Travel Bag.

How perfect that their black and white fur pattern matches the purse! Still, I hope Sandi has a lint roller handy. What is it about cats and bags. Here's another cat on bag picture from a while back.

If these cuties have you all ready to snuggle with some felines of your own, take note. Our friends at the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee have two ultra-adorable kitten pairs available for adoption to good homes in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Please spread the word to anyone you know who's looking to adopt some lovebugs.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Button Thursday: Plastic Spiral Button

Plastic Spiral Button, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bring the Funny: Baby Shower Gift

Amidst all of the cute booties, diaper genies and practical onesies, every new mom needs some time to laugh and fantasize about the perfect partner. Enter this book, which we now offer for sale in the shop for $12.95.

You can see a short video about it here, and read a funny blog post here. The word 'Porn' in the title is merely tongue-in-cheek; these books are rated PG.

We also have a similar title, "Porn for Women," that similarly offers idealized versions the men in our life. Learn more about that one here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Orange You Glad I Made this Doris?

Here's a girl after my own heart. Our customer combined pumpkin microsuede and one of my favorite vintage fabrics to design this Doris. Here's a picture from her recent blog post about this bag.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kids Envirosax in Stock

We're now carrying these adorable kid-themed Envirosax. Slightly smaller than the adult version, these designs would be perfect stocking stuffers. We have styles in stock for both boys and girls. Also suitable for adults who love all things cute.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Intergenerational Clutch

A local bride brought us bits and pieces of wedding garments worn by the women in her family. Ashley worked with her to design this clutch.

It features oval-patterned white fabric from a grandmother's sleeve, tiny shell buttons from a great-grandmother's dress, and ribbon provided by the mother of the bride.

In a nod to future generations, the ecru silk is the same fabric used to make the flower girl dresses.

Friday, November 14, 2008

More Locket Love

I've posted about lockets before, and several people have written me wanting to know when we'll have more available. We've just received a batch of French-made lockets so I wanted to show you a picture of a style I haven't highlighted before.

The image above shows a silver-plated copper pendant with an Art Deco design motif. It measures about one inch in diameter, and hangs on a high quality 16-18" adjustable chain.

We have four of this style available at $40. I expect them to sell quickly. Now available on our website.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Button Thursday: Rose Leaves

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Party Pictures Part Two

The store looked bright and inviting from the rainy street.

A future Laura Bee customer?

Glam for Good clutches, each with its own description card.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Party Pics!

Beth (right) worked the crowd giving away our pinback button party favors. Left, a customer signs up for our drawing. Congratulations to the four winners of $25 gift certificates. (I've emailed those of you who won.)

Shopping baskets filled up quickly as customers browsed through all of our new accessories. We debuted over 10 lines at the party, and we still have great inventory to see, so come on by if you couldn't make the shindig.

Thanks to the whole LBD team who worked their magic at the party. And thanks to all the (many, many) people who attended. It was wonderful to see all of you.

I still have pictures to edit and post so visit again tomrrow.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Button Thursday: Crystal and Rose Gold

Vintage Brooch, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

I used this vintage brooch as an embellishment on a small shoulder bag. This bag will debut, along with the rest of our Glam for Good Collection, at our party this Saturday.

We’re donating a portion of the sales of each piece in our G4G collection to three Northwest charities that we value.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Party Debut #3: The Birds and the Beads

Local jewelry designers Paula and Karin craft beautiful, high quality jewelry from crystals, semiprecious stones using sterling silver and gold fill findings.

Their work is fashion-forward, festive and fun.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Six Reasons to Attend our Anniversary Party

Pink Coconut Cupcake, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

Reason One: Schedule and Save
Book future custom design appointments at the party and we’ll give you 10% off custom work you design at your appointment. (Appointments booked through November 26th qualify for this one night only special.)

Reason Two: Crave Guide Giveaway
The first 12 people to spend more than $50 at the party will receive the newest edition of the Crave Guide to Seattle. (A $20 value.)

Reason Three: Bee Bucks
Receive $1 in our play money for every $10 you spend at the party. Come back and spend Bee Bucks like cash before December 1st.

Reason Four: Door Prize Drawing
Enter our drawing for free gift certificates. We’re giving away four $25 LBD certificates. Receive a free cupcake button just for entering.

Reason Five: Glam for Good Collection
We'll debut a collection of extra special, one-of-a-kind bags. These purses have special vintage fabrics, embellishments and bonus details. We'll donate a percentage of the sale of the G4G bags to fantastic charities.

Photo courtesy of The Birds and the Beads.

Reason Six: New Locally Made Merchandise
We’ll showcase new work by three featured local jewelry designers.
• Crescent Moon Designs
• The Birds and the Beads
• Andrea Silverman Designs
We’ll also debut new lines of jewelry, paper goods, scarves, hats and our house-made accessories.

Last year many items sold out fast at this event, so arrive early for the best selection.