Not too long ago I was on the lookout for a new diaper bag. My old one was worn out and just not doing it for me anymore. To change things up a bit I decided I would use more of a tote looking bag so I set off looking. This was right around the time my friend Tami released her beautiful up-cycled bags in Sugs Shoppe. I had been watching her journey of creating them for months and was just waiting for the day of their release. The moment they were, I fell in love with two of them. I knew I had to act quick, these babies are one of a kind and when they are gone, that’s it. After singing praises to Tami about her bags I showed her the two I was swooning over. She gave me a little background on one and my mind was set. I went with one with beautiful material hand weaved in Ireland! It came and I fell even more in love.
It is spacious, beautiful, and sturdy! I was pumped when Tami agreed to an interview! Keep reading to learn more about the marvelous things that she does…
Hi Tami, first off I want to know because I was not blessed to have discovered you on instagram until your shop was on a break. Tell us, what inspired you to open your shop in the first place?
I opened Sugs’ Shoppe after my son Graeme was born. I wanted moccasins and cute onesies for my baby but couldn’t afford buying them, so I made them. I no longer make moccs but they helped get me started!
How has Sugs Shoppe changed and transformed since its hiatus?
Since I returned from an extended hiatus, I have changed slightly from when I was open before. I have stopped making my own baby slings, and have focused more on my upcycled bags, Sugs’ Organics and tie dying all the things!!
Your bath salts are to die for. I’ve used cedarwood atlas epsom and it was a dream. What is your favorite?
My favorite has to be my new blend of Patchouli, Tea Tree & Chamomile. I’m a big, fat hippie & love me some patchouli!
Tell me about the creative process of making your salts and soaks. I’m quite curious!
I started making Sugs’ Organics after desperately wanting a detoxing bath that wasn’t putting more toxins into me! Most of the products I was finding were toxic, and expensive. So I bought my organic, simple ingredients and got to work!
You also recently launched your up-cycled bags which was a pretty big deal. How long of a process were these in the making? Tell us more about some of the fabrics you used.
I have been making bags since 2008. I started with a beat up stained white tee and jeans from my husband’s side of the closet. I took some dye that I had laying around. I dyed the fabric dark green and sewed in into a small handbag. I made bags for years and years. When I was pregnant with my son bag production slowed to a stop. When Graeme came along I decided to focus on other things. When I relaunched after having Adler I decided I needed to go back to my roots. So the bag lady returned.
Sugs Shoppe is so beautiful and unique, where do you find inspiration for your creations?
I guess my inspiration comes from the 70’s, free spirited and open minded individuals. I want to wear all the colors of the world on one tie dyed shirt and soak in patchouli bath salts lol.
Can we plan on any new Sugs creations on the future?
I just started my Sugs’ Beanies and have been wanting to do more women’s fashions. The bags will keep coming, new designs will come as time goes on. Ultimately I would like Sugs’ Shoppe to be a one stop shop, where you can buy all things organic, upcycled for mama & babe!
Where can we find you on social media?
As I mentioned above, I have also tried one of her bath salts. I was not kidding when I said it was a dream. I am not one to take baths. Don’t get me wrong, I love them! I just don’t seem to find the time to get away and take a bath. However, I am going to have to stalk up on Sugs Shoppe bath salts and scrubs to have an excuse to hop in the bath more often!
Tami has been kind enough to let me host a little giveaway! Head over to my Instagram at 2:00 pm MST to learn how you can win a Sugs’ Organic Orange, Cedarwood & Ylang Ylang Salt Scrub AND an Epsom and Dead Sea Salt!