Saturday, April 30, 2011

Her Mother's Wedding

A customer brought us this amazing image of her mother and father's wedding. We transformed it into a glossy black photo notebook.

Maybe we should make one of these for Kate M...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mushroom Mania: Color Combinations, Video Style

I thought I would try something new with my handy smart phone. Here is a short video where I show you fabric and faux leather combinations.

(Please excuse the camera shake, I need to figure out a way to affix my phone to my tripod.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Hummingbird Necklaces by Luscious

Handmade in Portland, these special necklaces are available in cool antique silver, or warm old gold.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Buttons for Japan: Grand Total for Mercy Corps

Our button-making equipment in action in our studio.

Thank you wonderful customers for supporting our recent fundraiser effort: Buttons for Japan. Together we raised $2009 for Mercy Corps' efforts to aid Japan after the March earthquake and tsunami. That means we made 1148 buttons out of origami paper and shipped them all around the country.

Learn more about Portland-based Mercy Corps' Japan relief here.

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Oval Poppies Locket

French Oval Poppies Lockets - Gold or silver plated brass - $42 each

I post about lockets frequently on this blog because I love them so much. Something about the little compartment and the nostalgic designs make me happy.
French Locket- Gold with Swarovski crystals - $52 each 
We offer lockets online and in our Seattle store. Prices start at $24, and up to $65 for a deluxe enamel design. These necklaces are special gifts. Put a secret message, picture of loved one, or tiny drawing inside.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Resin Rose Rings

Recently we've received several shipments of exuberant rings. The carved rose resin versions above are chunky, fun, and adjustable. Plus, they are a nice price of only $12!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Glass Jewelry Handmade by Lisa Sparks

Glass artist Lisa Sparks is inspired by nature. Her simple sepia images are embedded in luscious glass chunks.
We have several beautiful necklaces and brooches by this Los Angeles based crafter. The larger pendants, such as 'Fir Trees' above are $28.
Sparks calls these smaller pieces her 'critter pendants.' Shown larger than actual size above, the mustang is under one inch square.
More Critter necklaces in juicy, candy colors.
I met Lisa at the Seattle Gift show back in January, and she is just as sweet as her designs. Her work is from the heart, and you can see that in each glowing glass lozenge.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Little Otis Video for His Fans

POed pug a video by Laura Bee Seattle on Flickr.

I've been sewing away and haven't been blogging as much as of late. I have some fun things planned though, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, here is a funny, short video of Otis the shop dog.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Black Bag, Six Ways

Recently a customer from California asked me to send her a few images of black bag options. She wanted to order a fairly neutral black-based Helen Hobo.

I pulled a few prints from our collection, and photographed them with both glossy and matte black faux leather.
These images offer a quick peek at our design process. You can see how simple changes, like matte (left) to glossy (right), alter the look of the combination.

Which bag would you choose?