I first spotted Angry Lady Bug in Therapy at Kahala Mall. Her iPad covers are bright and cheery and the canvas prints she chooses are reminiscent of Marimekko circa the ’60s – and you know I’m a sucker for that! Then I noticed her hand made tissue holders in equally cute prints (just $9) at Therapy and thought, “Ah ha! I need to know who this Angry Lady Bug is,” and get her into my Holiday Gift Ideas line-up.
It turns out Angry Lady Bug is Shannon Ellis, 29, of Kaimuki. I caught up with Shannon by phone during a well-deserved (and long awaited) vacation to Las Vegas and Disneyland. She is a former case manager for the mentally ill who loved her job. However her life took a sudden and sharp turn when she became a foster mother to her sister’s children, now ages six and eight. (She and her husband will adopt them in February.)
“I realized I had to find a job that I could do at home,” Shannon said. Although she had never sewn before, she thought that sewing would be a useful skill and could perhaps become her new business. She bought a sewing machine and began studying sewing techniques on the Internet. “I just looked up zippers and figured out how to do it,” she said with a chuckle. She began making simple items such as bibs, burpees and crayon roll snuggies. Now she has graduated to all sorts of items: fanny packs, tissue holders, iPad sleeves, pouches and others. She sells them in Therapy, at craft fairs and online at angryladybug.com.
Lots of the Angry Lady Bug merchandise is under our Holiday Gift Guide budget of $35.
Oh, and the name? “Angry” is used in the sense of fierce, motivated, determined. Lady bugs remind Shannon of her beloved father and small kid time, “When lady bugs used to land on me all the time. They have just always done that,” she said wistfully.
Shannon hasn’t always been a crafter, but she has certainly shown her flexibility and creativity in finding a career that allows her to be the mother she wants to be.
– Paula Rath