laparg on Apr 23, 2015
extremely cute - i love him
Big Top Bags (formerly Embrace Imperfection)
In 2012, John decided he wanted to learn how to make his very own puppet. A long time fan of the Muppet show and everything Jim Henson, he told his wife that was his birthday wish and so they bought a pattern from Project Puppet, purchased the supplies needed and spent the entirety of his birthday sewing and cursing their way through two homemade puppets.
The next couple of years were spent randomly making puppets for family members, friends' children, and as a reward for contributing money toward John attending the Steve & Ryan Circus Clowning Intensive. After completing the intensive, he and Clara traveled full-time with the Kelly Miller Circus for two seasons.
Upon completion of their time on the road and having decided that in their mid-thirties and mid-forties they were finally ready to settle down, they officially established Ballyhoo & Co., an umbrella company representing their Hoopets (handmade puppets), Big Top Bags (handmade bags with real circus tent vinyl patches), Red Nose wallets (handmade wallets with real circus tent vinyl clown red nose on the front) and Pintura de la C(l)ara (face painting business).
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Clara Masters Sayre
Owner, Maker, Designer
Owner, Designer, Maker
He is a musician and professional circus clown (most recently, he was the producing clown with the Kelly Miller Circus).
She is a freelance writer, aspiring homesteader and seamstress.
They spent all of 2013 and 2014 living full-time out of their RV (affectionately named the IDRIS) and are looking to settle down in 2015 to build their business.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
If you don't have Paypal, we will accept a money order or a regular check (we'll ship your item after the check clears).
If you live locally, we're all about meeting up at a coffeehouse and exchanging money & purchased item to save on s&h.
Payment must be received within 3 days of purchase.
As often as possible, we re-use shipping envelopes/containers/peanuts, etc. We hope that you will do the same!
Is this a gift for someone? Let us know when you place your order and we will ship to a different address. Gift wrapping/hand-written card is an extra charge; please message us before placing your order for details.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
Items will ship weekdays only, schedule permitting. Custom orders will need 1-2 weeks to make and will then be shipped out. **HOLIDAY ORDERS: If ordering for Christmas, you will need to order by December 15th. Custom orders need to be placed by December 1st.
If you have a specific color, fabric, puppet or you’d like a bag made entirely of circus tent vinyl, please contact us with as much information as you can provide and the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on the item.
If you have a specific fabric that you already own that you want made into a bag, please contact us before mailing it to us. You will be responsible for the shipping cost of mailing the fabric to me and insurance/tracking is optional, but highly recommended.
If you have scrap fabric from your costumes, props, or a retired circus tent you’d like to donate to Big Top Bags, please contact us before mailing it. We’d love to have a wide assortment of circuses represented in these bags! Please also let us know if you give us permission to associate your name/circus with the fabric when selling the bags online.