Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Deadlines

While I was curled up in a ball last night with a bottle of chardonnay and watching Gossip Girl for the first time (I know…late to the game. And, yes, of course I started at season 1 episode 1) after the 12th day in a row if 12+ hours of manual labor, I really had no real thoughts…I was in total Blair, I mean BLISS! bliss.  I was in total bliss.. ok. yes, i have watched too much of that show.  But, seriously! I have also sewn as many bags as I possibly can each day and my neck hurts so cut me some slack…I can watch mindless bad t.v. and still be a good person. Anyhow, did you see the new photos of Addie with The Letter Bag?? (god I loved Sunday’s photoshoot) all of this is also a very long way of saying, I left the studio late last night and arrived here really early and as much as I hate to do this, I think have to cut off holiday orders because this will continue to be my schedule for the next 12 days.  Orders can still be placed on the website but, we can no longer guarantee delivery in time for Christmas for orders placed after 12/10.  We have so many in queue, we’ll be stitching these long days until the last day we can ship and have things arrive in time.  
Thank you a million million million for all of the orders!!! Now, back to work!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Moop just got prettier + some news

Good Morning, Monday!  I spent all of yesterday working on a much needed update to our website imagery. You know the feeling when you need to reconnect things back to their origins?  I had let the representation of what I do with my days slide too far away from my studio.  So, I scheduled a last minute photoshoot in our new space and it turned out exactly how I wanted. 
The last many months have brought an overwhelming amount of change.  All change that will lead to positive things but still, quite a lot to balance.  Sunday’s photoshoot was a reminder that good creative energy comes when you let yourself be aware of it, responding to it when it shows itself. I wasn’t planning on writing an emotional email this morning but, as you all know, Moop is not just a business for me, it is what shapes and influences my entire life.  And, when I have a lot going on, it’s hard for me to shelter one from the other. So, a quick rundown: My amazing incredible husband and I have decided to split up. This has been difficult and emotional but, ultimately a mutual decision that we both know will be better for all of us. We care for each other deeply, but it’s where we need to go to reach whatever the next stage of our lives are. At the same time, my lead assistant of three years left Moop for another job.  I am super happy for her, but that news paired with the studio move and the start of our holiday production season has made things more than a little crazy around here.  I am also in the process of moving to a new house with my daughter, back in the city and closer to my studio (eek! It’s super cute!)..that happens next Tuesday. This will eliminate a 3 hour daily commute, but until then, moving is tiring and consuming…especially for me at this moment in time.  No biggie, though, we'll just sling a few mattresses on the floor and live out of suitcases until mid-January. Oh, and also! we’ve had such amazing press over the last few months…that combined with your incredible support means our holiday production is in full swing as we head into our most successful holiday season to date.

So, we really are sewing and sewing and sewing, working as hard as we can!  But, all of this…this beautiful mess of change and evolution and forward movement is all good…really good.   I guess this might have been better suited to a “2015 is going to be awesome” email but, I felt the need to share this now instead.  I can’t thank you all enough for your support - you’ve helped me build a small business that will be here for a long long time.  We have lots of big and exciting things planned for 2015… I cannot wait to share with you, but I really can’t cram anything more into this long message.
Many many many thanks and a million hugs and kisses and tons and tons of Moop bags,
p.s. Click through to see the new site!

p.s. Our holiday turnaround time is closer to 5-7 days now so, our previously published deadlines may not apply...get your orders in as early as you can and we're gonna be making as many  bags as we can to get them to you in time for holiday delivery.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Moop + Tugboat + Reiko

I am so excited to invite you all to my studio for a holiday pop up shop with Tugboat Printshop and Reiko Yamamoto on December 13th, noon-5pm.  We'll all be there so you can do your holiday shopping.  Here's a link to a few details and the facebook event page here.  Also that day, Commonwealth Press is hosting a holiday sale in their studio so, come to Moop HQ, then head over to Commonwealth..or vice versa.  Can't wait to see you all then!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Hello!  I have a Thanksgiving hangover (or a hangover because i joined my little brother on a bar crawl last night..who knows which) but, just wanted to give you a quick holiday shipping guideline for all of the Moop bags that you would like to give as gifts.  Every Moop bag is handmade and handwrapped and that sort of stuff takes time so, please plan accordingly.  We're currently on a 2-3 day turnaround from the time you place an order to when your package ships out the door. (this will change as the holidays approach..we're just a few people sewing all of our bags!)
And, don't forget, our Black Friday sale is still going on!  10% off with the code: MOOPBF from now until Dec. 5th.
xoxo and Advil,

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sale

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!  
This is my favorite holiday of the year.  I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 9 of the last 10 years.  It is one of my most favorite things to do.  Bringing together my friends and family to spend a day watching football, sitting around the bonfire, setting off fireworks and sharing conversation over elaborate food, fancy cocktails and pie brings me lots of happiness.  This year was an all day affair filled with lots of cooking, cocktail making and zero stress.  My last three months have been incredibly overwhelming and all I wanted for christmas..I mean thanksgiving, was a stress free day with those who mean the most to me.  And, well, my wish came true.   I hope yours did, too. 

Many many many thanks for an incredible year.  To celebrate friends and family and business and a life of making things and stress free days and well, everything!, we’re having a holiday sale!  
10% off your entire order from now until December 5th with the code: MOOPBF

Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to support your favorite small businesses this time of year!


p.s. here’s a list of some pretty great things from the last few weeks:
  • I was profiled in The Atlantic. yes..the one that writes real news stories! You can read it here.
  • We released the new and instantly popular Envelope Clutch no.1. You can buy it here.
  • We teamed up with two of our favorite friends: Tugboat Printshop and Reiko Yamamoto Studio for a holiday pop up shop on Dec. 13th.  You can read more about it here.
  • One of my favorite blog posts about the power of making things. Read it here.
  • Clyde (our studio kitty) has moved to my house where he thinks he is king and has usurped our house kitty, Mouse (who was previously the Queen).  Sometimes he’s a real jerk, like the other night he bit my ear because I wasn’t giving him enough attention.  Other times he’s a real deal snugglebug.  He is also so confused by the chickens who get to wander freely outside.  He wants to eat them. There is no link for that story.  I just wanted you to know.  He’s all well and good and has taken to home life like a champ.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A story about Moop!! In The Atlantic!!!

I cannot even begin to describe the avalanche of crazy that has happened in my life in the last three months.  More has been served up to me than I ever thought I could manage...but, I'm holding it together (might have cried when the UPS driver arrived suuuper late yesterday so maybe not as well as I think but, you can't win them all).  This avalanche has been a mix of good and bad...bringing me to the extremes of both.  One of the really exciting things was a series of meetings and interviews I did with John Tierney and Deb Fallows from The Atlantic.  I wrote about the first mention a few weeks ago here but, this article is about Moop!  How I began, where it is and where it's going.  Moop is not just a business for me or a project or a side thing, it is my lifestyle and my entire livelihood.  It means everything to me and dictates most every aspect of my daily life.  It is deeply personal and it feels good to have that noticed in such a major publication.  

If you have a few minutes, you can read it here.  

And, big thanks and high fives and hugs to John and Deb.  Such great people.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A new bag!

Did you see we just released the Envelope Clutch no.1?  It is a zip top clutch perfect tucked under your arm or tossed inside a larger bag.  We're offering it in my favorite gray waxed canvas lined in teal, our new oxblood waxed canvas lined in silver and our popular tan waxed canvas lined in Thread® recycled plastic soda bottle fabric.  All are water resistant, all are great.  Find them here.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Have you been reading this amazing new series of articles in The Atlantic?  It's called American Futures, it is written by James Fallows, Deb Fallows and James Tierney.  Their focus is cities across The US who are rebuilding in interesting ways.  They've written about Burlington, VT (a city I love), Columbus, OH (the city I went to grad school in), a few other places and now Pittsburgh, the city I live and work in!  Even better, we are mentioned in the most recent article with one of our fabric partners, Thread (they make our recycled fabric).  There's more to come but, in the meantime, those are definitely my arms in that last photo, and bags we made in our studio...using my arms...and Gena's and Jess's, too.  And, well, my arms and Moop bags in The Atlantic is pretty rad.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We are hiring!


Hello! We are hiring!

We are looking for a great person to assist with packing and shipping orders.  If you love to wrap presents, write thank you notes and have a strong attention to detail, you will do well in this position.  We have a very small and close knit workplace so it is imperative you are comfortable in a small working environment.  Computer work is not too complicated but, you must be comfortable with a desktop computer and shipping software.


experience making things

strong attention to detail

ability to follow instructions

self motivated independent worker

strong work ethic

interest in small manufacturing

must have some experience with fabric (sewing, cutting, pressing, measuring)

must be comfortable with a computer

comfortable using cutting tools and industrial equipment

comfortable working in a very small environment (2-4 co-workers)


previous packing/shipping experience
neat handwriting (you’ll be hand writing thank you notes)

experience in a production and manufacturing environment
background in art and/or design

interest in handmade community and/or small independent business


Part time (10-12 hours a week to begin, more during our busy season)

10 am-2 pm, 3 days a week

This is an entry-level position.

Looking for the right person to start immediately.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Space

Good Morning, Wednesday. This is my new landscape. The studio has been moved and we are slowly getting back to production and shipping out orders from the last 10 days. There's a lot of 'where's the such and such?' and adjusting muscle memories to the new space and finding better ways to organize. But, I love it here.  Feeling pretty grateful to get to work in a space like this.