Happy birthday, Queen Bee! October 2, 2006

One of my all-time favorite indie companies is turning 10! Rebecca Pearcy’s stellar Portland-based Queen Bee Creations has been making gorgeous (and handmade!) vinyl wallets, bags, and accessories for a decade. I love her work so much that I own 10 pieces myself, believe it or not — I guess that’s one for each year she’s been in business! She rotates her designs and color choices regularly, but she always has an array of stylish modern, nature and rocker-inspired designs for you to pick from.

I first met Rebecca in 1999 when I ordered a 7-inch truckette bag from her, and she kindly offered to meet me at one of her shows (she’s also a musician) and deliver it in person instead of charging for shipping. Ever since, whenever anyone in my family asks what I’d like for my birthday or for Christmas, I send them a link to my favorite things on her site, and I’ve traded with her for my jewelry a few times as well. I can’t say enough nice things about Rebecca — she even played at our Super Crafty book release party last year! — and her work is so lovely and so well-made.

It’s hard to pick just one favorite piece to spotlight, so how about two? These wallets are so cute, I have to alternate which one I’m carrying. I picked out the whale as an instant favorite last year, and my friend Cathy surprised me with the cupcake at Christmas. I heart them both.

my two Queen Bee wallets

To get a jump-start on your own collection, see the very last page of the brand-new CRAFT magazine for a special surprise discount — a birthday present to you, really. But hurry, it expires November 12!

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