Thursday, July 17, 2014

An audio interview

In February I wrote about the fantastic entrepreneurial resource put together by Jen & Omar from These Are Things and Chris Guillebeau from The Unconventional Guides - I contributed an audio and a text interview to the companion and Chris just released the audio file of my interview.  If you want to hear me talk at length about how I started Moop, why I value process and how an art practice informs what I do then download this to your itunes library and listen to it on your drive somewhere.  It's about an hour and the audio begins a little jumpy but, comes together fine (it was recorded via a Skype interview).  And, if you love it, you should consider purchasing the guide.  I purchased my copy a few months ago and spent a week listening to every interview and reading the guidebook from start to finish.  If you have little to no experience and want to start a business, this is a super great resource.  If you think you have a lot of experience, you will likely still learn a lot from this publication.  I am always looking to learn from those around me, never believing I have all the answers.  We all come to conclusions via a collection of daily experiences - ones that involve our relationship to the world around us which in turn, forms who we are.  There is much to be learned every day so, keep yourself open to it. 
You can purchase Designed to Sell, here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Some Begins

Dear Pittsburgh, 
Tonight I will be at 707 Gallery to celebrate the opening of my sis-in-law, Jamie Boyle's, new exhibition, Some Begins. She and Meg Shevenock, long time collaborators, are showing their newest body of work. It will be beautiful. You can read their statement here.
My favorite line: Say it with today on the bus i sat next to eternity and it was very kind and it saved me a window seat.
Hope to see you there! Also, stick around for The Night Market where you can pick up wares from the likes of Tugboat Printshop and Reiko Yamamoto Studio. It’s a beautiful day for wandering around the streets of downtown Pittsburgh.
See you there!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


This has been the summer of my dreams.  For the first time in many years, we took our first real vacation.  One that did not involve work or presenting at a conference or meeting with suppliers or installing a show or having a pop up shop.  One that allowed us to hang out on the beach, drink daiquiri's by the sea, eat oysters prepared every imaginable way, paddleboard to a tidal island, wake up early to wander the beach looking for shells, read books in the sand and jump on hotel beds.  Only to return home to gorgeous weather perfect for canoe trips around our favorite lake.  Our garden is flourishing, our chickens are growing, we have several building projects underway and our new summer bag has accompanied me everywhere - The Shopper no.1- I'm currently carrying one in natural and one in gray.  Things are good.  

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Shopper no.1

HELLO!  We just released a new summer bag!
The Shopper no.1available in five colors, including one made with recycled plastic soda bottles.  We’ve been taking this with us everywhere.  It’s a large, no nonsense bag good for a variety of things…especially summer beach trips, poolside hangouts and weekend car travels.  
We’re taking this to summer parties and sunshine this weekend, hope you are, too!   Enjoy these great days!
Wendy & co.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tiny Clutch no.3

We just released a new Tiny Clutch no.3 in slightly heathered orange.  100% merino wool felt, German milled, water resistant, shock absorbent and adorable.  Choose your wrist strap color.  These little clutches are the perfect size for your phone, keys, mad money and all the little things that inevitably end up in a well traveled bag. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Date Night

Jeremy and I try to have a date night at least once a week.  We both work long hours - we always have.  And, while I feel like we spend a lot of time together, it’s not unusual for one of us to fall asleep on the couch, mid-sentence only to realize the next day is about to begin and we'll be in the same state by the time it's through, too.  Days are busy! I’m sure all of you can relate!  So, we always try to have a date night once a week.  If we're not at a local dive bar, we're likely trying to make a date night at home (which means no sitting on the couch or we'll fall asleep).  Since moving to the country and now that it’s summer, date night at home is often in the backyard around the campfire pit.  This was the scene on Sunday night.  This was two days after the 100 year honey moon which we couldn't see because it was overcast.  But, this night's moon was so bright that everything was illuminated.

We want to see you!

Hello Friday the 13th!
We want to see you!!  We are having an in studio Pop Up Shop next Saturday and we want to showcase everyone who carries a Moop bag!  We've been working on a wall mural and we want to pin your photos to it.  If you have images of you with your Moop bag, anywhere in the world, email us with your photo attached and we’ll add it to our map.  I’ve received some incredible images over the years and I can’t wait to see where else you’ve been with our bags!  
If you’re in Pittsburgh, come to our studio next Saturday, June 21st, 1-3pm  for the Pop Up with us, DeadBuryDead, Yelp, the Mac and Gold truck, The Waffler and our huge wall map!  It’s going to be a great day.
Enjoy your weekend!!

Wendy & co.

p.s. We're also doing FREE SHIPPING this weekend at! use the code: MOOPPHOTOS for free shipping to the US and Canada from now through Monday, 6/16/14

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Yelp + Moop + DeadBuryDead + Food Trucks

We're so excited to have teamed up with Yelp Pittsburgh to make a fantastic event in east Carnegie. We'll be setting up an in studio pop up shop with our bags and Dead Bury Dead t-shirts, complete with a few local food trucks and local brews.  We're super excited and have been tidying up the space. Jesse is almost finished with a new wall mural that I can't wait to share with you!  Come for bags, t-shirts, food and booze.  We'll be doing a small demo at the very beginning so, if you wanna catch it, come at 1pm.  It's going to be a good time! We're looking forward to seeing you there!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 21st, 1pm-3pm
Yelp event page here.
Our address (there will be signs for parking as you're arriving):
Moop HQ
100 Rosslyn Road
Carnegie, PA 15106
See you there!!! 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Stansberry Children's Home

My dear friend, Julie has devoted her life to service. We did our undergraduate work together at George Mason University (I've written about that experience here).  She and her husband left Northern Virginia to run a children's home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia about 9 years ago. I think they thought they might be there a year or so...instead, they have built their life and family around the things that mean the most to them. The children's home is having a fundraiser - they are always in need of financial support to keep their programs running. You can read more about their philosophy of co-living, farming, education and recovery through community here:
If you have it to spare, please consider donating to an incredible organization run by incredible individuals.

They're cycling from Santa Cruz to Sao Paolo, Brazil for the World Cup!
Wish I could have joined them for the ride. Instead, I donated.