Wednesday, November 30, 2011

p.s.

we've extended our holiday sale through the end of this week - using TINYMOOP upon checkout at www.moopshop.com or in our etsy shop will give you 10% off.

hope you're well and good! we're well and busy!!

xx
w.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Messenger no.4 - for iPads




Hey! Hope you are all wonderful on this beautiful weekend!  Just quickly writing to let you know we have a brand new Moop bag to introduce!  Messenger no.4 for ipads, in brown and gray.  Designed with a built in iPad sleeve made from 100% German merino wool felt.  The exterior is built with our favorite waxed canvas and fully lined in cordura.  You will love this small bag.

Also, just a quick reminder our TINYMOOP discount code is only valid through this coming Monday…so, get your orders in!  

Cheers,

Wendy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving: a love letter


I just want to quickly write and tell you all how thankful I am for you.  Over the last 5 years I have made relationships with people all over the world because of this incredible thing called the internet.  I have been able to build  a business that seemed like a total pipe dream because of the love and support shown from all of you.  You have listened to me as I worked through the successes and the trials of building not only my business but my family, too.  Anyone who runs a small business knows it becomes part of your life as well as the your family's life.  It defines who you are and how you do everything.  If you love what you do, this is a wonderful thing.  Moop has been such a great adventure and has introduced me to fantastic people the world over. I am continually humbled and wowed by the graciousness of each of you.  The stories you have shared with me about your lives, your lives with our bags and the things that you yourself are building, are fantastic.  I read every single email that is sent to me and I absolutely love to know the stories of the people who are supporting me…please keep them coming! 

I am every branch of this little business.  But, I have been lucky enough to find a few fantastic assistants.  Emily has listened to me celebrate, complain, cry, rejoice and grow.  And, I have been lucky that she has shared the same with me.  She's a super talented woman and I'm grateful to have her as part of my life.  Jessica is brand new and we love her already!  She has brought a brightness and positive energy to the studio and we are really enjoying getting to know her.  And, Marlene (who is my mother in law) is often the thread that pulls me back together when I'm falling apart.  She is so level headed and enjoyable, I feel very lucky to have been able to get to know her as a friend and a mother in law.  She is the best listener I know (a trait she successfully passed on to Jeremy).  Parker and Jeremy are my two biggest supporters and I owe just about everything to them.  They're my two most favorite people on the planet.  I love them with all my heart.

We interact with lots of people on a daily basis at the studio.  I have enjoyed getting to know them all!  Our UPS drivers - Jason (who was recently switched to a new route) was like the sunshine at 3:30 every day.  We loved chatting with him and love that we can call him a friend.  And our new driver, Nick, is so attentive he continues to offer the reassurance that our packages will make it from our door to yours.  Then there's Conrad!  Our accountant has brought so much peace of mind to our business and personal life - we have absolutely loved making friends with him.  I have a hard time keeping my regular interactions with people on a surface, business level - I love to get to know who people are, how they work, what they like…I see it as one of the great advantages of being a business owner.  There are so many other wonderful people we get to work with on a daily basis and I feel very lucky to have such great interactions.  So, this Thanksgiving, think of all those around you who help to make your life what it is.  I know I can't do everything I do alone.  I am so grateful for all the people that help me accomplish my goals and hope that in some tiny way, I am helping them with theirs.

It doesn't matter if you are in the US celebrating Thanksgiving or if you are in any other part of the world going about your daily doings - take a moment today to reflect on those around you.  There's a lot to be thankful for…you'll see, it'll make you smile.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday 2011


Hello!  If you are in the United States you are likely preparing for Thanksgiving - my most favorite of holidays.  I love bringing together friends and family for a day of relaxing, cooking, conversation and football.  At the Moop household, it is the calm before the frenzy.  A few days of solace, comfort and rest before we switch into overdrive, making as many bags as we can.  Every year, as daylight becomes shorter, our work days become longer.  It's a hardworking time of year for us but really we love it!  We shift our audio landscape to winter themed stories (we love to listen to David Sedaris and all of his riotously funny stories) and bundle up in chunky knitwear. 

The first year we moved to Pittsburgh, Moop was only Jeremy and I.  It was the first holiday season Jeremy had experienced working full time at Moop and the first holiday season where our studio was not in our home.   From late October to early February, we sewed and sewed and sewed late into the night, every day of the week.   We would pick Parker up from school and drive back down to the studio, where she would spend the rest of her day and evening and part of the night.  The studio is quite small…it's only about 700 square feet and houses our office, production space, storage and everything else.  That year we put a Christmas tree in the window, a folding cot in the back room and a crock pot on our desk.  We would let dinner simmer all day long, Jeremy and I would trade off helping Parker with homework and then we would eat as a family in the back room of our studio during short breaks from working.  Afterwards, Jeremy and I would get back to sewing and Parker would settle down with a drawing pad and colored pencils and we would listen to A Christmas Carol.   Parker would eventually fall asleep on the cot until we could head home around midnight every night.  It was an immensely exhausting time, but it was filled with fond memories of our little family of three, working to make holiday gifts for those around us while spending time together as we all adjusted to life in a new city.  

Because of the support from all of you, we've been able to hire a few assistants so our holidays are not quite as Tiny Tim as they used to be.  They are still a huge amount of work, but it means we get to take off for Thanksgiving and Christmas to spend at home with friends and family. Jeremy has gone back to teaching, art making and education project building and I have been able to add a few fantastic people to our studio.  We still listen to David Sedaris (it's tradition!) and if I can convince my assistants of its merits, we might also listen to A Christmas Carol.  Even though we have grown (and Parker no longer has to sleep in the back of the studio during the holiday season!) we're still the same - building every single bag, start to finish, in our small and cozy studio.  And, we will still run out of certain items as the holidays approach (we can only make so many bags!).  So, get your orders in early!  In hopes that you will, we've set up a special code for use at www.moopshop.com.  Simply enter TINYMOOP upon checkout for 10% off from now until November 28th.  Also, we're offering $5 flat rate shipping on all orders shipped within the domestic US and $12 flat rate shipping to Canada - from now until December 15th**.  

Many thanks and fondest memories,
Wendy & Jeremy


**Flat rate shipping offer applies to orders shipping within the domestic US and Canada. Orders will be shipped via UPS Ground Service. Flat rate shipping is available from Nov.18,2011 - Dec. 15,2011.  TINYMOOP discount applies to all orders, except Gift Certificates and is valid from Nov.18,2011 - Nov.28,2011**


Friday, November 18, 2011

Your new favorite website (and major procrastination tool)





I know Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is next week, but take a scroll through photos of Halloween past (really, of 80's past) on I'm Remembering.  This is like reliving my childhood.  I was a child of the 80's (born in 78) and I really really loved Care Bears (who didn't?).  These Halloween photos are great.  One year I was a mummy.  My sister dressed me up and did my makeup.  I looked so scary that I cried and took it all off.  I don't remember what I ended up going as.  Another year I was The Noid. My Mom made the costume for me.

**photos from I'm Remembering

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Moop bag giveaway!!



Hi Everyone!  We're hosting a giveaway!  

Yup. We're giving away one Moop bag to one lucky winner this coming Tuesday, November 15th. 

It's easy to enter.  Just join our mailing list!  

If you're already on our mailing list, then forward the email you just received from us to a friend and you'll be entered.  If you're not yet on our list, sign up and you'll be entered.

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to sign up!

The winner will receive any one bag of their choosing from our entire collection at moopshop.com.  

Have a super nice weekend and tell everyone you know!

Much love,

Wendy



**This giveaway is open to anyone, world wide.  No purchase necessary to enter. Entry is made by signing up for the Moop mailing list or forwarding the email you received from us to a friend.  Entries must be made by midnight EST, November 14th, 2011.  One winner will be announced at moopshop.blogspot.com on Tuesday, November 15th.**




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UPDATE!!! 
11.15.11 3:41pm
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And the winner is.....

Elizabeth I. in California!!

Thanks so much for joining our mailing list and telling all of your friends about Moop!  The response we had makes us super happy to know how much you love us!  We love you, too!!!



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Black Rhino






Isn't this one of the most incredible things you've seen?!?  The Black Rhino is an endangered species, suffering from severe poaching in Africa.  In an effort to save the remaining creatures, a relocation preserve has been acquired and the rhinos have been flown via helicopter to their new safe home.  They are put to sleep and blindfolded, then flown upside down.  It looks so scary and bizarre but is apparently the most humane way to transport these large animals.  I love when I am amazed by the world around me.  Humans do incredible things.

Learn more about the efforts here and here.
All photos from Green Renaissance.
found via The Short List and someone on twitter (where i learn about lots of things).