Monday, April 30, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flower Classes

Register for Felt Dahlia Class
We're offering two of our colorful and fun felt flower-making classes in May.

You'll leave the class with two completed dahlia pins and supplies to make four more.

I will walk you through the simple steps that convert flat felt into bold blooms.

Tuesday, May 8 from 7-9 pm
Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 pm

$30 class, limited to 8 people per class. Call our shop to register and prepay, non-refundable: 206-789-4044. Or email to register here.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mother's Day and Otis Dollars

We celebrate women on a daily basis and Laura Bee Designs. Mothers buy gifts for daughters, nieces share the design process with their aunts. Grandmothers send a little Laura Bee love to granddaughters in far away places.

On Mother's Day, we enjoy sharing our special touches with our wonderful customers and the other women in their lives.

Learn more about our latest gift ideas and merchandise in our newsletter here. Shop dog Otis has a special treat for you as well, to sweeten your shopping experience.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Introducing Glass Bubble Necklaces

After lots of tinkering and testing, I've come up with an entirely new version of our ever-popular bubble necklace.
 Now made with glass gems set in durable silver-plated bezels, these images glow in the light.
I've also developed several new images from my collection of antique ephemera. Each necklace hangs from a quality 18" silver-plate chain.

$26 each.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fun with Resin

necklace_fauxjade, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

I've been making silicone molds of some of my favorite antique buttons. Here's an example of a resin casting I did. It reminds me of jade.

One-of-a-kind cast resin necklaces, $36

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cherry Blossom Season

Veronica_blossoms, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
The cherry trees are blooming all around Seattle. This Japanese print was inspired by the season, and makes the perfect pocket panel for a Veronica shoulder bag.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Owl Makeup Bags

Owl Makeup Bags, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.

We're loving this new coated cotton with its quirky owl motif. These little pouches are great for makeup, power cords, or even snacks.

Lined in rip-stop nylon, $24.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April Newsletter: Spring Inspiration

ginkgo_harriet, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
Check out our latest newsletter here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Custom Photo Bookmark

Just in time for Mother's Day, we're introducing a custom photo bookmark. Supply us with a digital file or hard copy, and we will craft this one-of-a-kind personalized gift.

The one inch disk captures your image under resin. The silver-plated bookmark nestles into the spine of your novel, Bible, or journal.

Custom Photo Bookmark, $28 regular price, introductory price $21.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hello Quad Pocket Wallet

Our newest wallet is designed to neatly hold your stuff in a compact space. Mini wallet owners have long asked us for a wallet that can hold more, while staying small enough to fit in a a back pocket or small bag.


I put a couple of cards, folded cash, and receipt inside one of our inventory wallets to show you how the interior pockets function. Of course you can load each pocket with much more than is shown here. The wallet closes securely with two snaps.

Quad pocket wallet, $24. Available ready made and custom. 

PS - This is a great design for minimalist dudes too.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Pug on a Rock in a Park

Pug on a rock, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
Happy Spring from Otis the Shop Dog.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Stackable Rings and Instagram

We just got these sweet rings in stock and they fit perfectly into this walnut Mancala game board that I thrifted awhile back. Priced at only $3 apiece, they are designed to stack in endless combinations on your finger.

I took this picture using Instagram, the popular iPhone app that just debuted for Android. I like the fact that the quirky contrast elevates the shot into something a bit more interesting.

I'm not sure how much I'll use the upload function. I'm still loyal to Filckr. If you're on either, follow me! My handle is LauraBeeSeattle.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Ginkgo ribbon

Ginkgo ribbon, originally uploaded by Laura Bee Seattle.
The gray and brown version of this ribbon has been so popular that I decided to add this spring green version to our repertoire. Today I made three wristlets and three wallets using the ribbon. I just couldn't resist seeing in on a Laura Bee product.

As I made these items, I couldn't help but think how lucky and happy I am to get to make stuff for a living.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Hummingbird Locket

There's a magical, fairytale quality to this ornate locket.

To me, it looks like it belonged to an eccentric character in a Victorian novel. Perhaps its wearer possessed magical powers.

Hummingbird locket by Sweet Romance. Crafted in California with enamel and glass pearl details. $64.

Monday, April 02, 2012

It's a Special Saturday in Laura Bee Land

Ashley's getting married this Saturday. The store will be closed from 1-6 pm on Saturday, April 7 so that we can attend the wedding.

I know this may cause an inconvenience for some folks, but I hope you'll understand how important it is that we celebrate with Ashley and her family.

We will be open extra-long on Sunday, April 8. Visit us from 11-6 that day! You can see all of our open hours here.

(That's Ashley above, holding thread and zipper swatch cards.)