We're making new infinity scarves daily because they have been selling like crazy. We have dozens of colors and prints available for everyone on your list. My favorite is this mustard and gray sweater stripe. $30 ea. Order here.
These wood inlay Washington state necklaces by Seattle designer Amy Bengtson are great gifts for any woman whose heart is in Washington State. $40 each
Heather Lewis is the artist behind Crescent Moon Designs and she lives in the same neighborhood as our shop. We've sold her sterling and gemstone earring for years, and her delicate, colorful work appeals to so many different women. She just brought by a new batch next week, and I'm in love with these butterscotch and teal earrings.
Our Clara wristlet continues to be a popular gift. Its compact size and exterior back pocket make it functional inside a larger purse or on its own. $48, available ready-made in many colors and patterns in our shop. Or custom design one in our shop for the ultimate personalized purse.$48 each.
There is so much joy in the custom photo products that we make. Customers often tell us the story behind the meaningful images. The Becky bag above showcases a gorgeous wedding picture of our customer's parents. I love it with the Lollipop faux leather. The tweed makeup bag is her mother with her grandfather. Can you feel the love?
Checkbook covers and wallets can be compact ways to feature favorite images. The checkbook above is a gift for someone who misses her Springer Spaniel very much. The wallet is embellished with an image of a brand new kitten friend.
View our custom photo product options on our website here.
This cell phone picture is a quick capture of our celebratory window post Friday install. The curtains are made with commercial pattern tissue paper. Thanks to my husband Jeff for spray painting the paper mache letters in metallic gold and gunmetal. Kim did a great job engineering the window installation. Next week I'll get out the good camera to better show the details of this diorama.
We only do one snail mailer a year, and the party postcard is it! Here's the back of the card. I used a background of scanned canvas and a collage of velvet ribbon and sequins from the great Pugly Pixel downloads.
We also sent an e-invite via newsletter this week. Check it out here.
Our November 3rd anniversary party is fast approaching, and we're sewing up special bags for our annual Glam for Good collection of one-of-a-kind bags. We'll donate a percentage of the sale price to three of our favorite regional charities.
Chimp Sanctuary Northwest provides lifetime quality care for formerly abused and exploited chimpanzees while advocating for great apes. Located in Cle Elum, Washingtion, CSNW is home to seven chimps that were rescued from biomedical research. Visit their website to meet the chimps here.
Portland-based MercyCorps is dedicated to the mission of alleviating suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities around the world.
From their website, "We listen to locals and prioritize their most urgent needs. We fix
market gaps to drive economic recovery. We bring groups together to
negotiate conflict and strengthen civic participation. We think big,
start small and take responsible risks to find solutions that benefit
the greatest number of people."
Northwest Harvest provides over 1.7 million meals per month to its state-wide network of food banks and meal programs. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.
Seattle artist Amy Bengtson crafts jewelry from various wood species using a laser cutting technique. We're proud to offer her line of necklaces and earrings at our anniversary party on November 3, 2012.
Studio Assistant Wanted for Busy Retail Custom Shop
Designs is looking for the perfect addition to our team. We are a custom
handbag studio and retail store in Ballard. http:www.laurabeedesigns.com
We are looking for someone who
understands our brand and is excited about working with customers and executing
production tasks. If you
thrive under tight deadlines, excel at customer service, and are handy with a
rotary cutter, we’d love to hear from you.
shifts are 6 hours Fridays and Saturdays starting in early December during the
Christmas rush. We’re looking for someone who can jump in during the busy
season, then continue to contribute after the first of the year.
service including custom bag sales
materials including faux leather, fabric, and interfacing
receive incoming merchandise
Skills and qualities we’re looking
service and cashier experience preferred
complete repetitive tasks with accuracy and speed
I'm obsessed with fingerless gloves, and apparently other people are too. We gave great styles in our shop, and I took these quick cell phone pictures of the colors available in case you want to order these from afar.
Above, recycled cotton cable knit gloves. These are longer and slouchy. Perfect if you like to scrunch up your sleeves, your coat gets drafty, or you wear 3/4 length sleeves. $16.50 each. Lime, indigo, mustard and espresso (with contrasting trim shown).
Above crocheted cotton/acrylic blend. these have a sparkle button embellishment atop a flower. These are wristlength (short). $18 each, gray, black, turquoise, and forest.
Above, recycled cotton colorblock texting gloves. These are longer and slouchy. Perfect if you like to scrunch up your
sleeves, your coat gets drafty, or you wear 3/4 length sleeves. $16.50
each. From top, purpple multi, teal/pink multi, lime/coral multi, pink/espresso multi. If you would like to order these, just drop me an email with the colors you'd like to orderdesk(at)laurabeedesigns.com. I will send a Paypal invoice. Flat rate of $6 shipping on any quantity while supplies last.
Every year we have an anniversary party in early November to celebrate our customers. This year is extra-special because we're celebrating ten years. I can hardly believe it: A whole decade making bags right here in Ballard.
I can say for sure that I'm incredibly excited about the party this November 3rd and hope that you will join us. We have incredible new merchandise from local designers ready for you to peruse.
Right now I'm putting that excitement into making our annual Glam For Good collection of super-special one-of-a-kind bags. All year long I've collected unique vintage materials, and now they are finding their homes.
Take the horse brooch above. It is the perfect topper for this Olivia Clutch. The brown and black plaid fabric is part of a vintage kimono stash that I have. (More to come.)
To learn more about our 10 Year Anniversary Party, click here.
Back in August I visited the Bellevue Arts Museum to see an amazing quilt exhibit called, "Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley."
The incredible quilts were inspiring in their texture, color, and form. Most were made using fabrics reclaimed from worn clothing, feed sacks, and other sources. You really need to see work like this in person to truly appreciate the craftsmanship and detail.
The exhibit ends on October 7, 2012, so you have a few days to check out these inspiring works yourself. Learn more here.
We're celebrating one decade of our retail store this year, and I'm preparing for our big party on November 3rd. I'm still deciding on the postcard, window display, and other marketing details. I thought this image was apt, as the anniversary is a celebration of our customers, who are the key to our business. The ten year mark also unlocks our future.
Our Washington State neighbors are suffering through a tragic wildfire. We are sending our love to all affected, human and animals. Livestock and companion animals have been displaced, lost, and hurt. You can read the news here.
This dog was reunited with its owner after being found wandering and singed.
When tragedy strikes it's easy to feel helpless. My way of coping with
these thoughts is to figure out what I can do, in some small way, to contribute to the aid efforts.
I recently made this Travel Bag for our sales floor. It caught my eye this morning as I was thinking about all of the suffering animals and their caregivers. I would like to offer it for sale, and will donate $58 to the efforts to help the animals displaced by the Taylor Wildfire. Right now I have one made up and ready to ship, but will happily make more if there is demand.
It's no secret that Otis the shop dog digs having his picture taken. I swear I lift my Canon and he starts to pose.
So when I learned from my favorite blogging pug that his photographer human was coming to Seattle as part of her 1000 pugs tour, I signed Mr. Otis Bee right up.
We made our way down to the EMP at Seattle Center and waited with the other pugs. At 11:40 it was Otis' turn to play America's Next Top model.
He did a great job, and I was a proud Momma. Amanda, the photographer, was super nice and Otis was fond of her magical treat bag.
We were Amanda's last appointment before her lunch break, and she told me that the famous Puglet and his Dalmatian brother Dutch were hanging out nearby in her car. "Would you like to meet them?" she asked. I couldn't believe it! I was so thrilled, I think I acted like a crazy person.
That's me with Dutch and Puglet, who is such a supermodel he's even posing for Jeff's Droid.
For those of you who don't know, Puglet is quite famous for his modeling abilities. You can see some of his best work here and here. He treated Otis to a master class at the EMP building. (I wonder what Frank Gehry would think.) Amanda let Puglet off-leash and he scaled the wall and found a pose.
The dogs were BFFs by the end of the time together. Notice Otis (left) and Puglet (middle) in sync.
Thanks Amanda, Puglet, and sweet Dutch for a wonderful day. I can't wait until the book is published.
PS - 1000 Pugs is donating 20% off the sitting fees to the local pug rescue in each area she visits. That means Seattle Pug Rescue benefited from our antics yesterday!