July 28, 2010

Editor's Choice: Beth Bradley from Sew News

Hello! I’m Beth Bradley, and I’m the Associate Editor of Sew News and Sew It All, publications that are part of the Creative Crafts Group family--and sister publications to Paper Crafts magazine. Even though it’s been more than three years since I started at the magazine, I still feel ridiculously lucky to get to do something so fun for a living. I’ve been a fabric and clothing junkie basically since birth, and actually started my career as a fashion designer. I love keeping track of trends, colors and new design ideas, so I religiously await Fashion Week each season and am constantly searching stores, magazines and blogs for fresh inspiration.

I’m absolutely delighted to be posting on Moxie Fab today and share with you what’s been inspiring me lately. Recently I had the pleasure of attending an artisanal honey tasting. Who knew there was such a beautiful array of colors, textures and flavors of honey? Just as I was developing this newfound honey fascination, I began noticing more and more of the honey-makers themselves appearing as a motif in fabric, jewelry and d├ęcor. I really like this trend, because honeybees have so many interesting associations as a symbol (Think: queen bees, the birds & the bees, busy bees, etc.), plus their yellow-and-black color scheme is quite graphic and eye-catching.

Here’s a sampling of some of the bee-lightful items I’ve seen.

French Country Pillow from SimplyFrenchMarket on Etsy:


The graceful striped fabric combined with the texture of the vintage-inspired bee screen print looks really fresh.

Honeybee Honey Pot and Creamer Set from Williams Sonoma:

This sunny ceramic tea set also incorporates the honeycomb pattern as a surface texture:

Bee-Utiful Gift Tag Set:


I love the play on words and that these mod gift tags play off the classic ’60s beehive hairstyle:

Geometric Stripe Pump from Alexander McQueen:

These super striking bee-inspired pumps would add lots of sting, I mean, zing, to a little black dress.

Kate Spade “Queen Bee” Necklace:


This bee got a very blingy makeover.

Family Folded Notecards from sweetbellacards on Etsy:


These cute notecards can be customized to account for everyone in your “hive.”

Look on the Sunny Side Dress from ModCloth:


The color palette subtly references bees and the ruffles pick up on another big summer trend.

Bee Rubber Stamp from norajane on Etsy:


These honeybee stamps remind me of cool old-fashioned zoological illustrations.

Honeycomb-Inspired David Hicks Wallpaper featured on Apartment Therapy:

While completely timeless, the honeycomb pattern also looks very modern.

And finally, a book recommendation:


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a great summer read. In addition to the engrossing plot line, it also gives surprisingly captivating insight into the art of beekeeping.

Even though our media may not be the same, I love the idea that all of us crafters can unite in our search for that little spark to get our creative wheels turning. I hope I’ve gotten a little “buzz” started around honeybees for you!

Buzzin' on by,

~Beth

19 comments:

Chriss Blagrave said...

Thanks Beth! Great photos and finds. I love the Bees trend!

kelly said...

good article! i have several older bee stamps...time to dig them out! and i have to join you in recommending the book... just read it and am passing it around! thanks, beth! ~k

Jen said...

I love the bee trend too! My hubby became a beekeeper a couple of years ago and now our family is obsessed! :)

Keith and Kim Kesti said...

Hi Beth! "Sew" fun to meet you. Har. har. Love all the inspiration in your post, I'm totally diggin' yellow lately as a matter of fact. And your book choice is an excellent one! Kim - Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Alicia said...

How nice to meet you Beth. Lovely inspiration and insight, thank you!

Andrea M. said...

Just wanted to say The Secret Life of Bees is one of the most moving, memorable books I've ever read. Thanks for making me think of it today :)

Lori said...

Super inspirational photos, thanks for sharing them!

Eveline said...

We have quite a lot of lavender in the garden and when we're eating in the garden the bees buzz around us to go to the flowers. There is constant movement. I love it. Love this bee trend too.
Eveline.

Heidi Van Laar said...

Oh I love how trends from fashion cross pollinate (bwa ha ha , sorry couldn't help myself)with paper crafting!

This is a great trend...thanks!

Sylvia said...

I had not seen bees for awhile. I am glad they are still a trendy thing! Cause I love them! Thanks for sharing today!

Anonymous said...

Love the bee pix and yes, honeybees are all the rage! and Honey is the new wine! Another book is Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper.

Natalie said...

I LOVE BEES TOO!!! I have some cute decorations in my kitchen that I've collected over the years... I'm thinkin' that WS honeypot and creamer are going to be MUST HAVES for me! So cute! Love it! Great post! :)

charli said...

Love that book and love that dress you highlighted!

Cathy H. said...

I've always loved the bee trend. I have a small collection of bee related things. Thanks for sharing, Beth. I really enjoyed it!!

Ann said...

Thanks, Beth! What a fun post! I was even inspired to make my own honeybee card: http://creativeantics.blogspot.com/2010/07/oh-bee-have.html

Helen F. said...

Thank you Beth, fab photos. I love my bee stamps~need to use them more :) The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful Summer read.

Lalo aka "missbliss" said...

LOVE IT ... wish I had better sewing talent but I suck at it :(
All that "sweet" bee stuff got my wanting to scrap me some yellow, black, and white :)

MissChicas said...

I am seriously diggin' the color combos and that gorgeous yellow dress...I'm alllll over it! Thanks for the inspiration...now I'm off to make a bee-inspired card just for fun!

Pink Heather said...

I've been meaning to pick up that book. I've heard it's excellent.