"We are born makers. We move what we're learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands."

Marci Mae Toombs has been Cultivating Creativity in Small Business since 2001. She holds degrees in Apparel Design, and Merchandise Marketing. Marci is a Life Strategist with Certification in "Small Business and Personal Life Coaching in Excellence.", as well as "Time Management" Certification. To book a Life Strategies or Small Business Coaching Appointment, please email .In addition to being a business owner, Marci has also served on the Board of Directors for Old Pasadena's Business improvement district since 2008, Was the Chair for their Marketing Committee, and served on the Executive Board. Marci is passionate about community and the growth of small businesses. As of April 2017 Marci will hold her certification in Coaching with an Emphasis in Small Business. 

In 2003 Marci opened Pasadena's favorite Gift Shop, Lula Mae. Lula Mae has been named/voted

*Best Gift Boutique in Pasadena (13 Years in a row) by Pasadena Weekly Voters

*Top 5 Card Shops in L.A. by Los Angeles Magazing

*A Must See by the N.Y. Times Travel Section

*Top 25 Most Gifted US Retailers by Gifts & Decorative Magazine

*Best Crafts & Hobbies in Pasadena by Pasadena Weekly Voters


Lula Mae is a gift store that not only sells independently owned lines, but also hosts workshops to encourage more independent businesses in the world. Marci has instructed over 1,000 students, Workshops range from..


Healing Through Art

How To Start Your Own Business

Loom Weaving


Introduction Wholesale Sales


Cross Stitch


Book Binding


Quilting & Patternmaking

Lino Cut & Block Printing

Card Making

The Making of a Dream Catcher

Small Business with a Heart ( Hosted by Leadership Pasadena"

"To me, teaching a class holds the same excitement as a first date. Those yummy butterflies you get in your tummy, the anticipation. Nothing makes me happier than watching students bring more beauty into the world, watching their confidence grow in class, and seeing them smile. These workshops have my heart"

So many successful small business have emerged from Marci's, How to Start Your Own Business. She works closely in follow up to assist students through the entire process. to her "This is what it's all about."  - "Helping to cultivate more Small Businesses, and ensure that more and more people are waking up everyday to the job they love. The one we've helped them create. Their Dream come true. "

Click on Appointments to schedule a private craft workshop, learn how to start YOUR own business, a business makeover, or merchandising/branding instruction for your business. 

"I can't wait to sit with you and watch your dreams come to life."