Gift from Grandma (Giveaway Event)

Recently I made a weekend trip to visit my grandparents in Toronto.  They are in their late 80s, and both have heart arrhythmias.  So even though they appear active and well, a part of me is always scared.  I could never live with myself if something ever happened to them *knock on wood*, and realizing I was too self involved to make an 8-hour drive when I had a chance.  Therefore before work gets busy, I had to see them. 

Seeing them was great, and as always helped me put things into perspective.  I am reminded of what's truly important in life, and the problems I have all become so small.  Each time I take away something different from my visit, and this time I learned to cherish and find beauty in the simple things.  Sixty years of marriage later, they still show each other so much love and respect.  They live a simple life, they own nothing fancy, just the necessities, but they have many treasures.

It wasn't what they were showing me that was impressive, but it was seeing how they looked at things.  They have a school bus photo frame with 12 slots containing childhood photos of their children and grandkids.  They pull out that school-bus frame every time I visit, each time I am embarrassed at how dopey(though cute) we all look, but this was the first time I saw how they were looking at it.  My grandpa stood there with a silent pride, and my grandma with the most loving of smiles.  At that moment I thought "wow, this is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a long time."  But it was just the start.  They then continued to point out house decorations which were handmade by their lifelong friends, trinkets from their long ago travels, and then the beautiful garden my grandfather works on year after year growing stronger.  So with that, when I slowed down to look at things from their eyes, I was surrounded by beauty.

I'm also convinced the stars shined brighter that night when I drove back to NJ.  Sort of amazing what a shift in perspective can do.

Anyway, if you made it this far through my awful writing, thank you for letting me share the simple things with you. :)

And now who wants a gift from grandma Yang? (free earmuff! eee)

Last year I gifted a pair of Gloria earmuffs to grandma.  However this time when I visited, she told me she hasn't worn them at all because she went back to Taiwan in the winter, and it is too warm for earmuffs there.  The warmer weather is easier on their bodies, so they will be returning to Taiwan every winter from now on.  She gave the earmuffs back to me saying that she wanted me to wear them instead and keep warm, but I told her I already had one of my own as it is a design I personally liked and kept for myself.  So instead she asked me to give it to someone else.  It has been a little sad because over the years I've been noticing my grandparents gift away more and more personal items that could be useful to those around them.  They don't believe in being wasteful, and I admire that about them.  So to respect my grandmother's wishes, we will be doing a giveaway of the earmuff and I will happily mail it for free to anywhere in the U.S.

(Like us on facebook @moobury and share the fb giveaway post by 10/20/15 to enter, winner will be selected at random)

Now Offering Custom Earmuff Orders!

This post has been a long time coming.  I have worked hard, and Moobury is now fully open to custom orders.

So what pushed me to this?

In part this was due to demand, but the main reason is that the requests come from such a sincere place that they were hard to say no to.  On my Etsy store, I made it a particular point to advertise "does not accept custom orders" because they take a lot more time and effort to make, and the material costs are higher.  There are plenty of other sellers that do this, so I'll leave the hardship to them

...or so I thought.

I was extremely surprised when a buyer(Natalie) on Etsy sent me a private message for a custom request.  I tried to deter her with higher pricing and absolutely no refunds, due to the nature of custom orders.  However, her story that followed took me fabric shopping at three different store locations just so I can find her the perfect fabric.

Natalie was trying to replace her long time favorite earmuffs that recently broke, and after a long search could not find a pair to her satisfaction.  The story sounds familiar right?  Yep, we were "kindred earmuff spirits".  I related to her pain, and my heart ached when she sent me pictures of her broken pair.  I told her I couldn't completely replicate her old earmuffs, but we could work together to make something close.  And as you can see from the pictures of the polka-dotted earmuffs, we were both happy with the results. :)

This year I had another custom order where I again broke a rule.  I made behind the head earmuffs for men! *gasps*  Its not that I couldn't before, but for what is offered of men's earmuffs out there, I can't compete with the prices.  It also takes a surprising amount of effort to make by hand. (sigh, if only I were a machine)

Yet my friends Eric & HayJin (EJIN) have their anniversary coming up.  They are one of the cutest couples, and their couple selfies popping up on my fb newsfeed makes me go 'awwww' every time.  EJIN started their relationship in Peru when a large group of us backpacked to Machu Picchu together, since then they have been doing long distance from Chile --> NYC and then California --> New Jersey.  They chat everyday, and put in an extreme amount of effort traveling to see one another.  HayJin is in California, she doesn't need earmuffs, but when she visits the East Coast this November to celebrate her anniversary with Eric, she will.  And during that time, she wanted to have a matching pair with Eric to stay warm.  Their level of commitment to each other makes it impossible to turn down such a sweet request, so I set myself to work once again.

Thank you to the wonderful people above for giving me a chance to mend the earmuff-shaped hole in my heart with new earmuffs, friendship and love, and being a perfect example of it.

Even though I have done custom orders in the past, I have finally come to terms that it's a thing now. lol.  Therefore this is the official announcement that Moobury is now offering custom earmuff orders! Yay!

(Pricing start at $55, and go up based on material cost.  Mens earmuffs will only be offered in couple pairs, guy-girl or guy-guy combos.  My only limitation is I am unable to sew through leather by hand or make my women frames adjustable. For more information please contact us directly through e-mail or fb. Thanks!)

MooBowy Roadtrip

Last weekend Team MooBowy went on a roadtrip to Lake Placid, NY.  We hiked Cascade Mountain for five-hours in search of the perfect clusters of birch trees for a massive home photo gallery that I have been working on with Alex Zhang.  At night Bow-y and I (Moo-y. lol) brainstormed and crafted, and we are now estimating to launch/unveil our project at the end of October.

Yay to building friendships, beautiful scenery, productivity and good health/exercise!  One of those tiring yet refreshing trips.  For those that want to check out fall leaves, head up there in the next week or two. I bet its going to be even purttier!


Birthday Sweatshop!

Instead of doing a birthday party this year, I invited a bunch of friends over to help out with making Moobury earmuffs - with earmuff season fast approaching, I need all the help I can get to be ready for the black Friday and holiday season! 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and helped out! It meant a LOT to me! Moobury wouldn't be possible without you.