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 décor. 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,