Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Stockists: Introducing Clementine

If you live in West Seattle, consider visiting shoe store Clementine. Our newest stockist, this store carries gorgeous shoes and accessories. Linda and Diana sent over this picture of one of our coin purses and mini wallets styled with a mod shoe by Glory Chen.

Friday, December 26, 2008


Some very sweet customers treated us to nice little surprises this season like candy and Christmas cards. Thank you!

December 26th - We're Open!

I'm excited to say that I made it here in one piece and we're open today!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Be Careful What you Wish For or Why We're Closed Today

Photo Courtesy of My Ballard, a terrific neighborhood resource.

While many of us East Coast transplants have often wished for a white Christmas here in Seattle, the current winter wonderland has lost a bit of its luster.

Thanks to the dedicated staffers of LBD, we've been open every day during the terrible road conditions, with the exception of Monday which is our normal day off.

However, today we will not be able to open. I had earlier fantasies of listening to Christmas Carols while offering tea and sugar cookies to last minute shoppers. Alas, my little front wheel drive Ford Focus is just not up to the task of traversing the hills between my home and the shop. It's too far to walk and the bus system is pretty much defunct.

Weather allowing, we will reopen on Friday, December 26 and we'll resume our normal hours. Call us first at 206.789.4044 to make sure we're there if the weather seems dicey.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Chanukah

Photo courtesy of Epicurious.

I didn't think to bring my camera home before the storm hit so I haven't been able to capture the icicles, snowdrifts, and
snow pug moments.

This snowed in time has me craving comfort food. Maybe I can get Jeff to make some latkes in honor of Chanukah.

Hopefully I'll be able to get to the store tomorrow. In any case, staffer Debbie can walk to the store. She'll be open so stop by if you have some last minute holiday shopping to do.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Day Update: We're Open!

Intrepid Ballard resident and Laura Bee staffer Debbie just opened up the shop.

Swing on by until 6 tonight. You can get some holiday shopping done in between snowball fights.

(Ashley and I are snowbound...)

Baby It's Cold Outside

Swaddled Pug, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

Otis loves to be swaddled in his fleece blanket.

Guilt Trip Face, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

This is the face that gets us to do his bidding.

(I took both of these pictures within five minutes of each other. Doesn't he look puppyish in the begging image, and like a little old man in the smug pug shot? He needs some Just for Men on his choppers.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Button Thursday: Sparkle with Velvet Leaves

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Yummy Trees

Don't they look like gumdrops? I can't wait to make my own! Danielle Thompson designed them and posted a free tutorial here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Stocking Stuffer: For the Beachcomber

As winter days turn short and cold, many of us dream of summer twilight spent strolling along the sand looking for shells.

Here's a beautiful gift to remind you of summer vacation. These pewter magnets are cast by hand in Nova Scotia. We sell sets of three packaged in sage green gift boxes for $16.

If shells aren't quite right, consider birds, dragonflies, or fall leaves.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Bridal Party

Summer bride AnneMarie sent me this happy photo of her attendants with their Luxe Clutches. That's AnneMarie in the center with her Edith handbag. Thanks AnneMarie! It looks like your day was lovely.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

December Special: The Golden Ticket

I've always wanted to redesign our gift certificate so that it could be neatly tucked into our popular mini wallet and given as a special present. Just in time for Hanukkah and Christmas 2008, I've finally finished this project.

For the month of December, buy a gift certificate valued at $100 or more, and we'll package it for you in this rose gold mini wallet as a special premium ($14 value).

We've been making the mini wallets since 2003, and customers have been stuffing them with gift cards ever since. Last year a mom came in with three Jamba Juice cards to stuff in mini wallets for her babysitters. What a great idea!

Click on photos to enlarge them.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Local Artist: Andrea Silverman

Bird necklace, $42

With all of the emphasis on shopping local this holiday season, I thought you might enjoy meeting some of the local designers whose work we are proud to offer in the store. First up, silversmith and jewelry designer Andrea Silverman.

Glass flower necklace, $48

Andrea meticulously crafts her beautiful pieces one at a time in her Ballard studio. The above necklace showcases a vintage Japanese glass stone, which Andrea set in a handmade sterling silver bezel.

To me, the hallmark of good craftsmanship is finishing in places that aren't immediately obvious. Case in point: Look how beautifully the necklace is finished on the back.