Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Meet the Porter


We're back in full swing here at Moop. We finally have the new bags photographed and available in the shops. We've introduced a few new colors in the Market Bag. We have wonderful new material. High quality canvas with a soft brushed surface in perfectly neutral colors: Gunmetal Gray, Burnt Olive and Fog. (The burnt olive is just a tad lighter than our most popular brushed Sage...if you liked that, you'll love this!) If you're looking for a little spring vibrancy check out the Provincial Blue and the Rosewood. All are available with an adjustable strap or with a fixed strap.



We also would like you to meet The Porter. Our newest bag. It is very large, perfect for day trips to the lake or seaside book reading at the beach or pool side kid chasing in the burbs. It is lined in water resistant cordura and made from durable canvas. It snaps closed at the top with 4 durable snaps. It's pretty gender neutral making it great for boys and girls (I so wish boys would carry totes more often...boys, if you're out there, get on the boat! buy a tote! they're classy and completely 2008) (and i like boys who carry totes).

You'll also see a few of the Fraulein Totes are back. I will be adding some new colors soon. Likely the Rosewood Cord and Provincial Blue. If you're interested in one of the new colors, let me know...it may just move that up on my list of things to do. You can send me an email: moopshop {at} gmail {dot} com.

All of the new bags are available in either the Etsy shop or the Supermarket Shop (have you all heard how great Supermarket is? Check them out!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I am still here

I'm sorry it has been so long! Between getting sick last week and then falling horribly behind on orders and working on some new bags and trying to get the work space organized and cleaned up I have had little time to sit down and gather my thoughts. There's a lot going on, though!
And, to all of my dear wonderful customers, thank you for being so understanding! I love working for myself, but it means if I'm not working...then no sewing is happening. At some point, though, you have to give in and let your body try to recover...so, I slept for one full day. It's amazing how one day of lost productivity sets you back far more than one day....bah! I'm well now and working hard to be caught up. A huge batch of bags went out in the mail today and a few more will go tomorrow..so, if you're waiting for a bag it is likely in the mail.
I have lots to share, tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's always rainbowing here


Yesterday, I was completely holed up feeling like I just wouldn't make it to today (I managed...and I'm feeling much better). I worked all day while watching a steady (and lovely!) spring rain from the window. Parker and I decided to take an after dinner walk during a break in the rain. It was a mostly uneventful walk. Very short. But needed. Upon walking back into the house, we looked to the back of the apartment and out the window to see a double rainbow! I know you're thinking, oh, she thinks she's so smart, seeing double rainbows and all. Really, they happen quite often here. I think it's the shape of the valley we live in. Rainbows just fall in all the time. Still, I always get excited.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

boo for feeling sick

Oh, i felt this coming on a few days ago and simply ignored and ignored thinking, no...I'm not really sick. It's far too nice outside and I haven't been sick since working in that germy doctors office!
But, my immune system is being attacked and I am sick sick and it sucks sucks. So, Im trying to kill this sinus-infection-that-feels-like-the-flu-thing with strong tomato, garlic, parsley juice followed by orange, carrot, ginger juice. It is completely silent in here (a nice sound when sound makes you feel like your head is going to explode) and I want to crawl back into bed but, that would be completely unproductive so, I will spend the day answering emails and doing data entry (and apparently writing run-on sentences). It's glamorous, I know!
So, I apologize if you are waiting for an order....I'm a day or so behind.

**EDIT** uh, watch this instead. i just saw this on the Making it Lovely blog.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Newness Prevails



Hello, hello, hello! The new Duffel is finally in the shop. I must say, the adjustable strap is a huge improvement. I love this design. Now you can more easily wear it messenger style or purse style. It is available in three colors: brushed brown canvas, tan canvas and blue gray cordura.

You can find them in the shops:



Also new today is the rosewood corded canvas Market Bag. It has an adjustable strap and is made from my newest favorite material. It's so great, I kind of want to make everything out of it. It's very durable and ages quite well. It is available in both shops:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Juno, oh Juno!



A teenage girl gets knocked up, grows up and falls in love. Oh, how I cried and laughed and related to this movie. I know I'm a bit slow on the draw and everyone has been talking about Juno for months. I saw it for the first time last night and it was completely enjoyable. If you have not already seen it, give it a go...you might really love it!

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Duffel is almost back


I must be quick, I'm holding everyone here up from leaving for our weekend with a few friends and some apartment/loft/house/store front building hunting (always fun, eh?).

But, the duffel will be in the shop again on Monday and in three new colors, woo hoo!

Have a super weekend!

love,
moop :: wendy

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The original Market Bag

I want to publicly say thanks to Anda from Etsy, who did a great service to me this morning (click here for the link). It feels really great to get this recognition - I've worked hard to develop Moop and am proud of what its become. I've felt uneasy seeing many similar designs out there and its really nice to be credited for making the original Market Bag. I'm dedicated, invested, trained and motivated and have become a perfectionist since starting this small company of mine. So, you should know, when you buy a Moop bag, you're getting only the best!

I'm working hard to grow my company in a dynamic way that strives to address problems of labor within textile production through products that are beautiful, functional, extremely well made and produced in a way that I hope makes tiny steps towards making the world a better place. I still make each and every bag that comes out of here. I sew for long long hours everyday. I also research, source materials, answer emails, problem solve, photograph, design, troubleshoot, package, mail, model, manage the bookkeeping, tend house, raise a 10 year old (and a husband) (both of whom are wonderful in tending to me). I love what I do. And, as I grow, I hope to add a few employees who will also get to work in a fantastic, creative and rewarding environment. I'm so looking forward to the day I can employ other women with kids, and provide a daycare so kids can be with their moms. I was a very young (19yrs. old) single mom for the first 6 years of Parker's life and it's hard work folks. I can't wait for the time when I can help a few other people in the way so many people helped me.

So, I've edited this since my initial post this morning. Some time and some thoughtful comments have made me reconsider my feelings. I agree with you all, there's space for all of us - everyone participating together in this network of independent making needs and deserves support. This is how we'll all be able to grow as a community and maybe together we can do something more than make a few tiny steps! Sew, on we go.

Monday, May 12, 2008

it is time for blue



hello. hello. hello. there are two new bags in the shop tonight. one is an illustrious provincial blue and the other is an equally as stunning sand gray. they both are made of a new (and fabulous) material...corded canvas. this means it's super durable and will age the way you always wished your corduroy would. oh, i love this stuff!

you can currently find them in the etsy shop:
here
and here

and the supermarket shop:
here
and here

yay!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A conversation between Jeremy and Parker over dinner

Parker: Hey Jeremy, we saw a bunny on the bike trail!
Jeremy: Really, you saw a rabbit?
Parker: Yeah, a rabbit.
Jeremy: So, you saw a bunny rabbit?
Parker: Yes, a bunny rabbit.
Jeremy: You said you saw a rabbit!
Parker: That's what I said, a rabbit!
Jeremy: Oh, a bunny rabbit.
Parker: Fine, a bunny rabbit.
Jeremy: Was it Bug's Bunny?
Parker: Who's that?
Me: What! That's it, we're buying a television and getting cable.
Parker: Yay! Then we can watch that Thomas and whoever show where the mouse beats up the cat!
Me: Oh, man...what have I done?!
Jeremy: *laughing*

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The End of the Sage


Folks, that lovely vintage brushed sage we've been using for the Sage Market Bag is just about gone! There are 4 in the Etsy shop and 2 in the Supermarket Shop. You can find the Supermarket Market Bags:
and the Etsy Market Bags:
Then, the days of the Sage will be done...so, get one now!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A new clutch and a big mess

Sorry for the hiatus. We spent a lovely weekend exploring the city of Troy, NY then visiting some friends in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. It was a very nice weekend. Parker was outside the whole time. We live on the top floor of a huge building which means outdoor time isn't quite as spontaneous as living surrounded by land. So, the freedom of the out of doors was a big treat. She and the kids shoveled dirt, listened to frogs, trampled through the woods and they couldn't have been happier. Meanwhile, we hung out inside and watched Kung Fu Hustle. That movie made me laugh a lot. It is funny. If you're into that kind of thing.



So, aside from kung fu parodies and the wilderness, I have been sewing new stuff. I finally was able to photograph the clutch in all of the new materials. I'm particularly excited about the red cord. I only have scraps left from the red corduroy Market Bags, but the scrap piece is exactly the right size for the clutch. That was a great discovery. I'm sure everyone who owns a Market Bag in red corduroy will agree. They're super nice on their own, too! I have one I carry with me everywhere. It fits my wallet, checkbook, a huge pile of receipts, my phone, my Burt's Bees tin of hand balm, chapstick, occasionally some money and....what else, oh all of those annoying membership cards for the various grocery stores. I think I have them from every city I've ever lived in....all, still in my wallet. Anyhow, they will be in the Etsy and Supermarket shops tomorrow, along with a few other colors/fabrics.



Also, the studio is an absolute mess. I really must clean and organize. My work is messy...or I am messy (most likely answer). I know if I would just take a bit of time at the end of each day to clean up, I would be in much better shape. But, really, that's when I start making dinner and cleaning up the dishes from last nights dinner and sorting the mail (or piling it in big precarious piles on the counter) and reading the papers from school and checking the homework and answering emails and taking out the trash and sorting the recycling and feeding the cat and convincing Parker that, yes! she really must take a shower! then doing the bedtime reading (it's currently The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which is fabulous) and and AND it never ends...so, the cleaning of the studio just doesn't happen. But, it will this week because I'm having a hard time finding things...like, my scissors and the thimble I so wanted this afternoon while I was pinning that heavy cordura. Oh...tomorrow I'll do it.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Dan Deacon's dance party



Last night, Jeremy and I went to see Dan Deacon. And, oh..it was so fun.
I had not heard him before. He's from Baltimore. He's completely fun. If he's in your town, go and see him!