Sunday, October 28, 2012

Party Preparations

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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glam for Good - Charity Spotlight

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."

Learn more about MercyCorps here.

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.

Learn more about their great work here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Party Arrival: Amy Bengtson

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.

Learn more about the party here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We're Hiring!

Studio Assistant Wanted for Busy Retail Custom Shop

Laura Bee Designs is looking for the perfect addition to our team. We are a custom handbag studio and retail store in Ballard. 

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.

Available 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.

Job Duties:
Customer service including custom bag sales
Cut handbag materials including faux leather, fabric, and interfacing
Price and receive incoming merchandise
Fabric and materials organization
Other duties as assigned

Skills and qualities we’re looking for:
Customer service and cashier experience preferred
Ability to complete repetitive tasks with accuracy and speed
Quick learner
Strong manual dexterity
Rotary cutting and/or fabric/sewing experience preferred
Ability to shift between tasks easily and smoothly
Willingness to take on assorted tasks as needed  to maintain and run the store
Pay rate $11 per hour, direct deposit. Generous employee discount on merchandise.

Please email a resume with a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit with Laura Bee Designs. Please, no calls or drop ins. Email:

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Texting Gloves...Going, Going....

 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) I will send a Paypal invoice. Flat rate of $6 shipping on any quantity while supplies last.

Glam For Good 2012

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.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Textile Inspiration

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.