Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Map necklaces by Cyn City

After several of you asked about these glass pendants, we ordered a new batch.

Available in both Ballard and Seattle styles, these make awesome gifts for college students, the recently moved, teachers, and anyone who wants to show off some local pride.

$24 each

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Custom Photo Gifts and Cyber Monday Coupon Code

Photo necklace
 New! Custom photo necklace, $28, order here

We're in the home stretch of accepting custom orders for holiday delivery. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our custom photo products.

Wallet with Original Image
 Custom photo mega wallet, $50, order here

We hand craft each of these personalized items to order in our Seattle studio.

 Custom photo keychain, $16.50, order here

To me, using old family photos or images of favorite pets is in keeping with that old-fashioned holiday season spirit. It's not about the stuff, but about the people and the memories.

 Custom photo checkbook cover, $27, order here

Don't forget, you can use any type of image on our photo products. This child's drawing above makes what might possibly be the most charming checkbook cover in the world.

Cyber Monday coupon code: Order any of our custom photo products on our website and receive FREE SHIPPING on orders placed 11/27/11 through midnight on 11/28/11. 

Enter PHOTO-FREE2011 when you check out.

Pretty Little Lockets

Pretty Little Lockets, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

Pretty Little Lockets $24

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Go Away Gray

Yellow scarf, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

Stare at this yellow scarf for awhile and you may soon forget the gloomy skies.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving to celebrate with our families. We reopen at 10 am on Friday, and look forward to seeing you.

We promise there won't be mayhem at our shop, but we are giving double the punches so you can earn store credit double fast.

Yellow scarf, super soft and itch-free, $19.50.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Friday Fun

Have I told you that from now until Christmas, we'll be open until 7 pm from Tuesday through Saturday each week? You can view our whole schedule here. There's more good stuff to be found in our monthly newsletter here.

I also want to let you know that we're having some fun this Friday. You can escape door-buster mayhem and shop locally with us instead. We'll wrap your purchases in extra special owl gift wrap (see above). More importantly, you'll earn double the punches on your Frequent Shopper Punch Card. That means you'll earn store credit to spend twice as fast!

Otis the shop dog hopes you'll be as cozy this week as he is in his holiday sweater.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sparkling Swarovski

I've been watching Project Accessory and drooling over the dishes of gleaming crystals available to the contestants on the show.

The name is famous, yet frequently spelled wrong. Swarovski crystals are the industry standard in luxe sparkle. You can read their fascinating history here.

The earrings above are a mysterious shade of green that Swarovski calls Olivine. The teardrop-shaped cut of the crystal is called briolette. These have a sterling earwire and cast pewter loops.

$26 a pair, crystal is 15mm, available in our store and online here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Infinitely Cozy

We've been sewing up these comfy scarves as fast as we can because they are selling quickly. It's scarf season in Seattle, after all.
Have you ever worn an infinity scarf? Ours is a loop of fabric that's fully finished on all edges. We make these accessories out of super-soft sweater-like knit fabrics.
You can wear an infinity scarf many ways, and you never have to worry about it coming untied or flapping around. We have this black and white print and several other patterns available for sale in our shop. At $30 these make great gifts for anybody who has a neck to keep warm.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thrifted Christmas

I've been perusing the aisles of Goodwill and local charity shops over the last few months looking for holiday decorations in my favorite shades of pink and aqua. The box above was a definite score at $1.95; Shiny Brite ornaments are highly collectible. I love the graphics as much as the pink ornaments.

How do you prepare for the holiday season? What are your favorite Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Festivus or Christmas rituals?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lead Time Schedule - Holidays 2011

Vintage Ornament Wreath 2010

Believe it or not, it's time to start planning your custom holiday orders with Laura Bee Designs. Our production schedule always gets booked, so we deliver orders on a first come, first served basis.

We're excited about the hustle and bustle that's starting in our shop, and want to make sure that we deliver all orders as promised and on time. We're open late during this busy season to make it easier for you to visit us. Check out our holiday hours here.

Here's our turnaround time schedule:

Orders complete* by December 15 must be placed by November 25.
Orders complete* by December 20 must be placed by November 29.
Orders complete* by December 23 must be placed by December 4.

*Please note that "complete" means ready to ship or ready to be picked up in the store during  business hours.

Ready to start ordering? Visit our website, or contact us at (206) 789-4044 to set up an in-store design appointment.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blue Bird Brooch is Back!

 Several people have asked if we were going to get more of these lovely pins in stock this year. Well, they time has come and they are here!
Hand-enameled in New York State, the blue bird brooch nearly glows. Since we only have four in stock, these will not make it on to our website. Never fear, you can order them right here by clicking the Paypal link below. $23 each.

Shipping destination

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Nerdy Production Moment

Infinity Scarves in Production
Our new infinity scarves have been selling quickly, so I decided to train Debbie "Scissor Hands" on cutting and prepping the tricky sweater knit material for me to sew.

While I stitched away on some bag orders, she got to work. A little while later I turned to see this perfectly pinned stack of scarves ready to go. She told me she, "has a thing about stacking fabric perfectly."

Like fluffy fabric pancakes.

Cozy Hairclips

Here's an example of handmade gift that's under $20. These little hair clips are sweet beaded felt flowers atop crushed velvet-covered tension clips.

Made in our studio, $16 each.