Monday, January 30, 2012

New Scarf Styles

Our handmade infinity scarves continue to be popular with customers of all ages and fashion sensibilities. We make fresh batches twice a week with new fabrics.
Above, a painterly bird print in slate blue with gold and brown accents. This is a lightweight, exceptionally soft fabric. $30

Geometric Scarf
The black and cream geometric print is a thicker fabric that pairs perfectly with winter jackets and cozy sweaters. $30

Our current best-seller, this scarf has quirky vintage-inspired colors - aqua, espresso, butterscotch, and white. $30

The fabric is as soft and lightweight as your favorite cotton t-shirt. $30

Monday, January 23, 2012

Color Therapy: New Fabrics

This is the time of year when gray skies and gloominess can get to us. I find that colorful fabrics and bright hues can cheer me up. The print above is our newest coated cotton. The material sheds water and wipes clean making it perfect for a makeup bag, wristlet, or any every day, heavy use purse.
Here's another cheerful fabric. This is a lightweight knit that we're using to make our popular infinity scarves. This large-scale floral looks amazing wrapped around your neck, the color and pattern brighten up your face.
 Here is the same print in bold hot colors. Fuchsia, orange and turquoise are sure to spread some color therapy when you wear a scarf made with this fabric.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Our Cabin Fever Cure - A Sale!

We're having a sale on two of our most popular items this weekend. Learn more and get the latest in our newsletter here.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Clara Three Ways

Our bestselling new design in 2011 was our Clara. Sold as a wristlet with a strap or bangle, the Clara protects your smart phone, and keeps your essentials close at hand.
For 2012, we've added a third handle for the Clara - a cross-body nylon cord. Those of you who find wristlets and clutches too fussy, this option is for you.
Of course the detachable wrist strap remains popular and functional
All three Claras share her defining feature, the exterior zipper pocket.

Claras in Graphite premium faux leather, $48 each.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Learn to Make Felt Flowers While Supporting Your Cause

Charcoal Gray Dahlia
I've always wanted to have crafting workshops in my store, but I've never quite figured out what to teach. Yesterday, listening to news stories marking the two-year anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti, I hatched a plan.
Dahlias for Haiti
You may remember our Dahlias for Haiti project, where we made nearly 700 of these felt flowers, and you our wonderful customers bought them for $12 each? Together we raised almost $7000. I think these little flowers can continue to give to many great organizations via how-to classes.
Dahlias for Haiti
I would like to teach you how to make these fun, happy flowers in workshops at Laura Bee Designs. I will donate 20% of the class fee to the non-profit (501c3) of your choice! These flowers are easy to make and can be used to decorate all kinds of projects. Wouldn't a workshop be a fun way to celebrate a birthday or brighten up a gray winter day?
Dahlias for Haiti
Here are the particulars:
  • Classes will be two hours, hosted at my store on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, to be scheduled via email (orderdesk (at) or phone (206) 789-4044.
  • Class fee will be $30 per person, with a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 10. (Larger groups can be accommodated, as can off-site classes.)
  • 20% of total class fee will be donated via check directly to the non-profit (501c3) of your choice within two weeks of the class date. If you aren't sure of a non-profit to support, we can tell you about some of our favorites. We need to know the name and contact info for the organization before the class date.
  • Classes are for adults only (over age 13).  (Kids classes may be considered in the future.)
  • Students will leave class with completed flowers plus materials to make more at home (6 flowers total).
  • No special skills are needed to make these flowers except basic manual dexterity with scissors and hand-sewing needle.
I will work up some fine print regarding payment terms and cancellation policies, but those are the main points. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a workshop!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Premium Faux Leather: Graphite

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The smoky black of graphite serves as the namesake of our newest premium faux leather. This material has the same matte base with subtle sheen as the tip of your favorite No.2 pencil.

Here is a Clara wristlet made with Graphite and topped with our black and old gold floral ribbon. Super soft and supple, the material is understated yet expensive-feeling.

This picture of the back of the Clara wristlet shows the soft pebble finish and sheen of Graphite.

Clara wristlet, $48. Features exterior zipper pocket (great for cell phone) and detachable wrist strap.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Like the Purest Water

swarovski_aquamarine, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
Like the purest water, these Swarovski crystal earrings are clear blue and dance in the sunlight. $26/pair.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Year, New Ribbons

We started using these new ribbons on holiday season inventory, but I haven't yet shared the trims with you. The rich ribbon above has the holy grail combination of black and brown, making it extra versatile.

This narrower ribbon reminds me of a men's tie. Shades of green, bronze, black and brown combine to create a menswear sensibility.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy 2012 to All Friends and Family

Otis in a new sweater, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
We'll get back to regularly scheduled blogging in the coming days.