Nurse Tami / Sugs’ Shoppe, LLC  Image by  Gratuity Media

Nurse Tami / Sugs’ Shoppe, LLC

Image by Gratuity Media

On the creative side, I am a designer and artist. I mostly work with fabrics, sewing, and dying. I am tie dye obsessed (if you haven't noticed!) Now that I have my feet beneath me and feel more confident in my hospice position, I have started reaching for that sewing machine. So keep your eyes peeled for some fresh pieces in the Shoppe.  

Sugs Shoppe

Sugs Shoppe


DSC_0630 First and foremost let us discuss the name: Sugs' Shoppe. Sugs is a nickname that my husband dubbed me back in high school, Sugs is short for sugar. It's not pronounced like "slugs" without the L.

Now that we have that covered...

Sugs' Shoppe started in 2014, as a spin off of a company I had started with a friend years before called Juja & Stone (J&S). J&S began as a bag company. Basically one day... After staring at my husband's pile of "work jeans" with oil stains and stained white tee shirts I decided to throw them in a pot of dark green dye. After a few hours at the sewing machine I made my first clutch. Completely made of recycled materials. The company sprouted from there, I made more bags of all shapes and sizes, created floral pins, upcycled roses out of tees and wire hangers, tie dyed vintage clothing and gently used onesies. Unfortunately our company grew but our partnership did not, and we split ways as company partners.

Sugs' Shoppe began after I had my son, I was inspired to make him all things tie dyed and handmade. I made little felt moccasins to start and tie dyed gently used onesies that I thrifted. Bags went wayside. I ran my shop through Instagram @sugs_shoppe and opened my own Etsy. I sold infant & toddler tie dye and women's tie dyed tee, I made infant tie dyed ring slings, flannel and linen scarves that had hand crocheted edging, I bought second hand leather and continued making moccasins and pacifier clips. Even dove into organic essential oil infused bath products.

Then, something happened. In my personal life. I lost all ambition for my shop. I slowed down on posting online, became disinterested in making anything for anyone. Running my shop turned into more of a bother, than a positive, creative outlet.

Then, just when I thought I would be able to return to the joys of sewing and dyeing and all that jazz.. I up and got pregnant!

Pregnancy and I, don;t exactly get along. For one thing it sucks every ounce of my creativity out of me. For another, puking every hour doesn't leave much room for sewing and dyeing. Sugs' Shoppe went silent.

Fast forward... to January. Adler is laying on my chest, and I'm crying. Crying because I am on maternity leave for a very short six weeks. An unfair six weeks. I had to leave my son Graeme at seven weeks to go back to work, and I cried miserably every night I went in to work my midnight shift in the Emergency Room. I didn't want this to be how things went for Adler. He's my last baby. I knew that the first step to being home with my babies more, was to get my ass in gear.

Cue the sewing machine being moved into the living room, the fabric being rolled out on the floor while my toddler slept, the scissors busily cutting away... My creative drive came back four fold. I cut 20 bags, though I only sewed 9 all together for my launch, I'm still proud that I have so many ready to go and let's be honest, 9 bags sure is better than zero!

I decided to launch my shop the week of my birthday. I had my dear friend (and muse) Nichole come out and model the bags for me. I did quick edits, wrote up descriptions and uploaded them all to Etsy, finishing the Sunday before the drop. I worked my tail off to get these bags sewn and ready to go. My shop is finally back up and running and I feel like I have that drive to be my own boss again.


I sold two bags this past week. People may not think that is all that great, but to me? This is get up and do the Cha-Cha kind of news! I had over 500 views on my Etsy account on Monday when I dropped the bags, I had 140 people enter my birthday Instagram giveaway and have had numerous comments in regards to how cute my tote bags are.

Friends, this is my dream. To make things for other people. For people to enjoy a handmade item that I poured my heart into. It makes my heart all giddy when I see someone carrying my bags, or wearing my tie dye or using my bath salts.

If you haven't already, check out my shop, let me know what yu think, I'd be honored!

Peace, Love & Tie Dye

Tami Elizabeth

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