It has been very difficult to get back to "normal life" (if there is any such thing ;) after our pentecost break in Italy. We had a very good time, and once we got back home, the inspiration required to get my blog-posting under way just didn't kick in for a while.
But now, shortly before the longest day is over, I'm back with a monthly close-up! A small reminder that summer is coming -after two weeks of almost non-stop rain over here. I'm thinking of flower-fields, ice tea and a lazy afternoon in the hammock. What would that be without the gentle humming of bees in the background?
Searching for "bee-material" I found that most fabrics, patterns or prints with a bee theme tend to be designed either with children in mind, or with classic, heavy napoleontic brocade as an inspiration. As I was looking for more grown-up and modern interpretations, things took a little longer. But I got there in the end, and here's my round-up:
First, a stamp and some beautiful hexagon tiles: The stamp is from NoraJane's Etsy shop (she has a great collection of animal stamps anyway), the tiles are made by McCheek. She made a ton of them for her own bathroom and they aren't in her shop at the moment. But maybe, if we ask real nice, she might do a couple of them again, right? The colour combination is great and as they are handmade, each glaze is different. I love that. They would make a lovely mosaic on an iron (side-)table.
The Cavallini eraser is just one of those small things that turns a dead-normal (and sometimes frustrating) activity like erasing into something pleasant. At least for people like me. You know, the ones who enjoy hanging around in an art supply shop, and go Oh! and Ah! over the calligraphy and ink department.
Enjoy your summer!
P.S.: And as we're talking about bees: Commercial exploitation by human beings is breaking them up these days. Like chickens, pigs or cows they are kept in masses as part of big business. You can find some more info here. Save the bees!