Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Moop on TreeHugger!

We were so excited to see our little business featured on the pages of Tree Hugger this morning!  We have worked hard to build a business that tries to embody everything that sustainability means - for us, labor practices are a huge factor in sustainability.  We work hard to create a comfortable, respectful, supportive, flexible and creative working environment for everyone who joins me in the studio each day.  This carries on to the interactions we have with each of you.  We thoroughly enjoy getting to know our customers and we like to know that all of the work we put into each bag will be appreciated by those who carry them.  We feel our working environment plays a large part in why each of you are interested in supporting us.  And, your support in our business - a business that started as the labor of one - has been able to provide jobs to three other people. Job creation is an important factor in sustainability and I'm so glad to see someone like TreeHugger acknowledge us for that! And even more happy to have the support of all of you!  This planet is full of good good people and when we all come together to support each other, good things happen.  Gah! Could I gush all over you any more?!  I'll keep saying it - you all are really wonderful!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Be Thankful

Hello on this lovely Monday,

If you're in the business of making things then you're likely feeling like me - incredibly thankful for all of the wonderful people out there who have made the decision to support tiny businesses like ours this holiday season.  We are always blown away by the generosity of our customers this time of year and by the incredible connection made from the shared love of useful bags.  I can't tell you the number of emails I've received from happy supportive customers who have been using our bags over the years…you all are really the best!  Those of you who receive our newsletter and read the blog know that we've had a sale going on all weekend.  It ends on Tuesday (code: GRAYFRIDAY), but in thanks for your support and for telling everyone you know about Moop, I've made a new code to last all this week.  From now until Friday enter BETHANKFUL for 10% off your entire order at www.moopshop.com or in our Etsy shop, moop.etsy.com.

Remember to place your orders early to ensure holiday delivery: 

Domestic US orders are shipped via UPS Ground service - approx. 1-5 business days in transit
Orders to Alaska, Hawaii, PO & APO boxes are shipped via USPS Priority Mail - approx. 3-5 days in transit
Orders to Canda and the rest of the fabulous world are shipped via USPS International Priority Mail - approx. 7-14 days in transit
And for all of you who wait until the last minute, we do offer expedited shipping...inquire for shipping quotes.

And, perhaps consider supporting a few of our friends handmade businesses this holiday season:

Find fantastic scarves from Necklush.
Find the hippest hoodies at Junkprints.
Find the sweetest holiday ornaments at FilzFelt.
Find the loveliest illustrations for your home by Kim Rosen.
Find the best music by Owen.
Find the tastiest treats from Whimsy and Spice.

Thanks for being awesome and happy holidays!



Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hello and Happy Holidays!

We are super pleased (and really excited) to announce the new Waxed Canvas Carrier in gray and teal! 

And, The Waxed Canvas Letter Bag in the same great gray and teal.  We'd be lying if we said this wasn't our new favorite color combination...because it is!

Find it in all of our shops.  And, if you missed our newsletter that was sent yesterday, you can read it here.

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Samantha Hahn + AphroChci

Just saw this beautiful pillow collection from Samathan Hahn and Aphro Chic.  So right on.  I am a huge fan of Samantha's illustrations and am excited to discover Aphro Chic's chic home wares collections(shop here). Plus, they garnered some pretty awesome press about the collaboration, way to go ladies!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Better-Maid Donuts

There is a donut shop on my way to the studio that has been in operation for many many years.  Jeremy remembers going there as a kid (it's been there since long before him) and told me about it for years before I finally had the opportunity to go there.  I stopped on my way in this morning to get a Friday treat for everyone at the studio.  I arrived at just a few minutes before 8am and they were down to their last dozen donuts (of which, I took half), the guy that walked in after me took the rest and they closed up for the day.  In just under 2 hours they went through 70 dozen donuts. 70 dozen! That is a lot of delicious donuts going out into the Pittsburgh world.  It was a great way to start my day - I had a perfect pumpkin donut to dunk in my coffee as I answered morning emails.  If you're in Elliott, look for the little pink building with the best hand-painted sign and an open sign that will only be on between 6am and 8am Tuesday-Saturday.  They're only open until they sell out...and sell out they do!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The newest Moop bags are the bestest Moop bags.

We are excited to introduce you to our newest line of Moop bags - Waxed Canvas. We discovered waxed canvas and knew right away it would be the perfect material for our line. It is durable, natural and time tested - the most luxurious material we've ever worked with. We pride ourselves on making the best canvas bags you can find and these are the best we've ever made!  Each and every waxed canvas bag takes on its own unique character, no two are alike. The distressed quality of the fabric comes from working the material as we build each bag. We will be making these in small sets to ensure the highest level of craftsmanship. We've applied our unique attention, focus and understanding of waxed canvas to create these most finely crafted, durable, daily use canvas bag.

We'll be offering three styles in the waxed canvas:

The Waxed Messenger
The Waxed Letter Bag

and one brand new bag:

The Carrier

We've been carrying these with pride for the last few weeks and are completely thrilled to begin sharing them with you.

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