Thursday, August 27, 2009

Moop in The City Paper

The Pittsburgh City Paper just wrote a really nice article about Moop. It's in this weeks print edition and available on their website. Melissa was so nice when she came to talk with us and see our studio. Thanks Melissa! Hope to see you on Saturday!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Hello Pittsburgh!

As you know, we just moved to Pittsburgh - we're so excited about our relocation, this city, our storefront studio and our new community that we're throwing a party and we want you to come! There will be drinks, sweets, bags and some custom made Pittsburgh paraphernalia (by the talented Chanel of Junkprints). Join us, August 29th, 6-9pm at our new studio - 406 s. main st (in The West End)...feel free to email us for more details: info (at) moopshop (dot) com

Can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


You will find a nice surprise over at Cup Of Joe - see you there!


Monday, August 17, 2009


Thanks so much to Samantha for super nice write up about Moop! Maquette has quickly become one of my favorite daily reads. Follow her here: Maquette

Sunday, August 16, 2009

In Vermont

I'm going to get my baby girl from camp today. I'm so excited I have butterflies in my stomach! I can't wait to see her and hear all about her experience!

p.s. comments on the blog are fixed! i didn't realize they had stopped publishing until I logged in this morning - sorry!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It was a fine morning

I was having a rather leisurely morning. Jeremy left for the studio before me and Parker is at camp so I decided to take it slow with my breakfast of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and coffee. I did a little online shopping, wrote a blog post about refrigerators and Italy. It was getting on in the morning so I felt like I should wrap things up and get to the studio. I went upstairs, used the potty and started to brush my teeth when I heard a weird noise and realized the toilet was about to overflow...not just a little was going to flood my bathroom. Frantically (and foaming at the mouth from my toothpaste) I grab the old plunger we inherited with the house and started plunging. Until of course the wooden stick broke off and the rubber plunger part lodged itself in the hole at the bottom of the toilet and water (gross water!) flooded the bathroom and hallway of the upstairs. At this point, I had exhausted my knowledge of what to do when the toilet overflows so I threw the towels and bath mat onto the floor to absorb some of the gross water and ran downstairs to get my phone so I could call Jeremy to tell me what to do next. When I made it to the kitchen, I saw that the overflowing toilet water was now draining from the upstairs to the downstairs through the ceiling and into the kitchen. Did I mention the kitchen floor is carpeted? I also didn't mention that the kitchen (oh this LOVELY kitchen) also has a drop ceiling with ceiling tiles like you see in an office and that they were quickly absorbing the gross overflowing water. So I grab a bucket, stick it under the ceiling flood and run back upstairs with a pair of rubber gloves to try and de-plunge the plunger. Finally, water stops coming out of the toilet and I manage to get everything under control. I mop the floor, clean the fixtures, gather up the now sopping wet towels and head to the basement to put them in the washer. As I head down the rickety stairs, full of cobwebs and creepy things, to get to the washing machine (which does not have a dryer, mind you, because the one left to us with the house was gas powered..and remember how we have no gas to the house anymore?!!!??)...where was I..Oh! I head into the basement and see that it is full of puddles of standing water because it RAINED last night and this house is old so, of course, the basement flooded.

Remember how excited I was to buy a CLUNKER of a house?

**update, later the same day**  
I can laugh at this now.  Really it's quite funny.

i want this (i neeeed this)

When Jeremy and I were married we went on a working honeymoon (sickening, i KNOW! we never stop working!). We did a residency at the Ratti Foundation for one month in Como, Italy. It was an experience I will never forget. The people were great, the work was good, the town was amazing and the apartment they had for us was incredible. It was outfitted with the most stylist European appliances. One of which was this Smeg refrigerator. Now that we have a house and are planning a kitchen renovation (er...planning to build a kitchen..there currently is only a kitchen sink) I have been looking at appliances and refrigerators.

This is the one I want.

It's perfect.

Small, stylish, beautifully designed and comes in a variety of colors...I think I want pale blue...I always want blue!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Sunday Read

I found Keri Smith via a link to link to link on the internet some time ago..maybe it's been a few years...I can't really remember when. She's been one of those people whose words resonate with me rather deeply. Just this morning, she was brought back into the forefront of my thoughts via a similar route. I clicked over to her blog and read her most recent post, Tecno Rant - I relate to this in big and small ways. Jeremy, Parker and I embarked upon an unexpected journey several years ago when Jeremy and I first met (thanks Daniel!). So much of how we do things is embodied in Keri's writing about what happens when you work organically - not in the sense of pesticide free, rather letting things evolve and grow from what is there - responding to situations in the moment and letting things take you where they want to go. When Moop started, I had no idea it would grow into what it is today. People were interested in what I was doing, so I went with it...I'm still going with it and loving and listening to every step along the way. I do rely on current technology to enable what we do to grow (I practially sleep with my computer!) but, I do love it when I can break away from everything for some wandering, exploring, experimenting, thinking, living. We are currently renovating a commercial building and a house. A LOT of hard labor is involved in this process. Carrying loads of torn out drywall up and down flights of stairs may be dirty, but I love the feeling that comes from intense physical exhaustion...especially when you can see the labor going towards something that has potential to be amazing! In circuitous ways, hauling debris from demolition has helped me to see where I want to take Moop over the next few years. This move has been so good for me (for us) - I finally feel like I can appreicate how great it is to be a maker living in this current time. There are some exciting opportunities ahead, I hope you'll stick around as we share them with you over the coming weeks, months and years.

Friday, August 7, 2009


whoa oh whoa how i want this.
as if i didn't already love laser cut plywood.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A few new things

I just finished adding a few new bags to If you were around yesterday, and were following our flickr and twitter feed, you may have seen my annotated photo's what we added:

The Tote in rosewood corded canvas (yay!)
The Tote in sand gray corded canvas (double yay!)
And, The Letter Clutch in gunmetal gray! (why weren't we doing this already? thanks for the suggestion Traci!)

The Tote is the most useful bag. It will continually surprise you with the amount of stuff it will hold. The interior space has so many opportunities for organization, plus it's waterproof and washable. Just small enough to prevent you from carrying the kitchen sink, while still being able to hold a computer, a book, a clutch, a water bottle, a sweater and (if you're like me) your filing cabinet of receipts (this also makes a super useful diaper bag...without looking like a diaper bag).

The Letter Clutch is one of my favorite bags. I carry mine everywhere. I either throw it into my Letter Bag or carry it tucked under my arm. It's my favorite bag to carry when I go out because it holds everything I need with me (phone, wallet, etceteras) and it has an extra layer of waterproof cordura built into the bottom so if I set it down on the bar counter where some tosser just spilled his beer, nothing inside gets wet...and that makes me happy.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Beautiful Decay + Moop

We just about never agree to do giveaways because most of the time requests come from organizations we have no connection to, have never heard of or do not fit in with what we do. But, when Beautiful Decay approached us about doing something fun on their site...we said, HELLSYEAH! If you are not familiar with BD, then you need to sit down and spend some time exploring what they're about. They have long been forerunners in spreading the word about art, design and style. Their print publication (which you should subscribe to) is awesome...and in between issues you can keep up with everything they find on their website. And right now, we've collaborated on a contest of sorts. Find out how to win a Moop Market Bag by visiting their site!