Hi Friends! Happy March. I've been working hard on all things Morose Bee these last few weeks including this new website, streamlining products, and applying to local craft shows. In lieu of all of the changes, I thought it only fitting that I upgrade and update my blogging platform. Blogging is such a crucial part of my creative process so I'm excited for these new improvements. I will probably backlog some of my old posts here as well.
In the meantime, check out all the new products in my Etsy shops and stay tuned for craft show dates!
Announcing a new swap on the blog with myself and Lizette!
With the Halloween Swap over, we decided to do something else to spice up the holiday season.
It will be a Christmas ornament swap and here's how it will work:
Each participant will be matched up with two people for whom they have to make an ornament.
Each participant will make three ornaments, one for each of your partners and one for yourself.
You can make three of the same ornaments or make each one different to match your partners' interests.
Then you mail out the ornaments to your partners.
In the end you'll have three new ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree! Two made by other people and one made by yourself!
Swap participates must be US residents only.
To sign up, e-mail me at themorosebee(at)gmail(dot)com no later than Saturday November 10th
You will be given the names and e-mails of your partners by Wednesday November 14th. From there you will contact them to ask for likes/dislikes and their address.
You should make and ship your ornaments no later than December 7th.
I'm very excited about this as my own tree is looking a bit pathetic. This was all Lizette's idea and I'm so honored that she shared the swap with me!
I've been meaning to post some updates about this for a while and I just hadn't had a free moment to upload my pictures !
So for the Halloween Swap that I did with Lizette, this is what I sent to my swap partner Mari! She is going as a witch this Halloween and I just so happened to be working on my witch pendants for my shop when she told me! It was just too perfect not to send her one!
She also mentioned something about dressing up at work, so I thought sending her a coffee cup for the daily grind would be a cute addition so she could have something wearable and something that was just sorta for fun!
You can also click here to check out my co-hosts blog, Lizette, by clicking Here.
and stay tuned for more photos from this swap as well as updates on future swaps!!!
These are the last of the photos that I have from my summer art programs this year. It's certainly bittersweet looking at these. I am relieved that it is over, but I also miss some of this kids very much and hope to see them again next summer.
Also, don't forget that tomorrow is the last day to sign up to join the Halloween Costume Swap! Make a fun craft for your swap partner based on their Halloween costume plans! I think it will be a lot of fun. To join, e-mail me at themorosebee(at)gmail(dot)com
I've decided to try breaking into the realm of wedding cake toppers. I had a bunch of gnomes and owls laying around for months and months and I was determined to figure out something to do with them. When I got engaged and started scouring the internet for wedding related items, it occurred to me that I had plenty of supplies readily available to make cake toppers. So...here's a little sample of what's new in the shop! All the items are made to order and can be painted in any color. I made my samples try to be as "traditional" as possible, but anything can be interchanged. Click here to check out The Morose Bee's Etsy shop to see the listing in full detail!
Here is what I sent for the Artist Swap to my two partners! It was great because Lizette and I have the same favorite artist Frida Kahlo! For my other partner, Chris, I discovered a totally new artist James Ryman. These pictures aren't great, but I'm excited about what I sent.
So the Artist Swap wrapped up about two weeks ago and everyone has finally gotten all of their goodies in the mail! It's been really exciting to see them begin to surface on the internet. If you participated, but haven't sent me any photos, I would love to see what you got/made!!! Here is the rundown of what I received in the mail. The items I made for others are soon to follow!
I received this awesome shadow box/art piece inspired by Frida Kahlo from Lizette from CreativityLizette who I hosted the swap with! I am really excited to display this somewhere, but I don't have a ton of shelf space in my current apartment so I haven't decided on a home for this just yet. You can check out her blog and see more photos and read more about her process!
Because we had an odd number of folks participate in the swap, I went ahead and took on an extra partner to even things out which was both extra work for me and extra fun! My second partner created something based on Oliver Jeffers. You can see more work from my second swapper here on his blog!
It's getting mighty warm here in Boston, the land of perpetual winter. I know that means it's getting hot everywhere else as well! As soon as it's starting to feel like spring, all of the sudden it's gross and muggy out. Ice cream is the perfect summer time treat and even now I still love the vegan variations! I really love jewelry that looks like the food I'm craving and what's in my shop is no exception!
I've had these ice cream necklaces for quite a while and just never seemed to get around to getting decent photos of them taken and posted to my shop!
Photos by Marcus Griep Photography
I'm partnering up with Lizette from CreativityLizette to do a craft swap! I am absolutely STOKED about this whole thing and I hope you sign up.
Here's how it's going to work.
DISCOVER A NEW ARTIST, GET INSPIRED, GET CREATIVE!
Each of us will pick a favorite artist and receive something inspired by them.
How it works:
You’ll each be paired up with a swap partner from one of CreativityLizette's Blog readers, you’ll email your partners and give them:
To participate email me at email@example.com with your name and contact email by April 30th.
On May 4th you’ll receive an email with the name of your swap partner and their email.
Artists swap pieces should be mailed by May 31st. You are welcome to include any extra goodies if you like.
Anyone is welcome to join this swap. So, be prepared to mail internationally.
This Christmas, my friend Rachael has the idea to do something different for our tree so we chose to create a tree inspired by art from Mexico. After looking at a bunch of artwork and ideas online, I got inspired to make my own tree topper! Here's how:
First I made a basic heart shape by wrapping masking tape around a wad of plastic grocery bags. Keep wrapping the tape around until you get just the right shape you're looking for. Then I took some plaster sheets and cut them into strips. I used these plaster strips for variety of random projects and they definitely come in handy for random crafts. Check them out online here. You only need about a foot and a half worth of the roll cut into about 1/2 inch strips.
And that's pretty much it! That's the awesome thing about plaster strips! They dry in any shape you leave them and you can use almost anything as your mold.
To finish mine off, I painted the entire thing in red paint and then used Mod Podge to put a photo of Frida Kahlo in the center the heart.
Our tree is a little sparse considering it's our first year with ornaments or anything, but I think I little Charlie Brown-esque tree is a cutie.
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