Duluth woman's burlap crafts hit the Hollywood big screen

By KBJR News 1

June 27, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- One Duluth woman's passion for crafting is garnering international attention and her creations are getting some Hollywood screen time.

Her products will be featured in two upcoming movies, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Cameron Diaz and Robert DeNiro.

Burlap is Missy Luukkonen's specialty.

"I cut out the hearts, and I applied an appliqué, so they will stick,” Luukkonen, owner of Little Green Bean said. “I wouldn't even really need to sew them, but I do like to sew them in place so they are secure."

With an at home studio that looks as if it came straight out of Pinterest, one can see she has a way with cute crafts.

"I can be in here, 16-18 hours a day every weekend," she said.

Her Little Green Bean Shop on Etsy, a buy and sell craft website, keeps her busy.

"I ship to Australia, London, and England, she said. “I talked with a woman in Barcelona.”

Now, movie producers are placing special orders for unique products.

Luukkonen says she sold four burlap pendant banners with pink and blue hearts to a producer working on a Nancy Meyers movie starring Anne Hatahway and Robert DeNiro.

Another one of her products, a white burlap pillow with a red heart will likely be featured in an upcoming movie starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal.

It’s called Sex Tape and is expected to hit the big screen on July 18.

Riki McManus, Director of the Upper Minnesota Film Office says she'd be surprised if The Little Green Bean doesn't triple; even quadruple its sales after these big breaks.

"Having that kind of exposure to millions of people, especially when you've got that kind of acting power behind a film, than you know millions of people are going to see it," McManus said.

Regardless of a boom in business, Luukkonen says she and her family will be first in line for both films.

"I think we will all probably go just to see if we can spot the item, you now, if it ends up making the cut," she said.

The majority of Luukkonen's businesses is through the sale of Burlap Christmas tree skirts and stockings.

Visit the Little Green Bean site on Etsy.

Jennifer Walch
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