The Bee Bag
The Bee Bag features a lightweight and compact handcrafted design- perfect for a run to the Famers' Market or a night on the town. Can be worn as a crossbody, clutch, wristlet, or as a modern twist to the fanny pack. Hand cut & hand sewn in Minnesota!
Sam was kind enough to sit down with us, and share a little about himself
The Mindful Market Company : How did you get into the bag business/leather business?
Sam Waddle: It’s funny because I fell in love with a bag I found online and the price point was too high for my budget. I got a crazy idea that I could make the bag, so I priced out the materials and through trial and error and a whole lot of YouTube I was able to create a similar product.
MMC : How long have you been in business?
SW : I started making leather goods 3-4 years ago for myself. Then I started getting requests for custom bags from customers and here we are!
MMC : What was the first thing you ever made? What is your favorite item to make?
SW : The first item I made was a leather tote for my cameras and photography equipment. Totes are by far my favorite item to make.
MMC : Is this your full time job? If not- what is your day job?
SW : The Waddle Workshop is one of my many part time gigs. I seem to have my hands in a few different ventures. I do have a full time job working for a local healthcare system in the education department.
MMC : Any advice for anyone wanting to take the leap and try to make it doing what they love?
SW : Just do it! I started out making bags to cover the cost of materials for my own wishlist, almost like a hobby. I encourage all people to feed their passion, do what they love. As an artist, I get lost in my workshop when I am creating. It keeps me grounded and allows me to be creative. It is a wonderful thing when you can do what you love daily.
MMC : Here at The Mindful Market Company we strive to bring a sense of mindful living to our customers. What does Mindfulness mean to you and how do you stay mindful?
SW : Being mindful to me is simply being aware of each and every moment. Being present in the life that I live, life is not defined by my past or what may be my future, but what is happening here and now. The way I stay mindful is to practice the art of contentment. Being content with who I am, blessings that I have, and where I am in life allow me to live my best life.