Bee My Valentine

I’m slowly learning, when you hand make your own wares you have to always be a few months ahead.

I was baffled when people on Folksy were saying they had started making products for Christmas…in June! Don’t get me wrong, I’m Mrs Christmas, but I couldn’t imagine painting snowflakes without some festive music – and believe me, Ed would be less than impressed if I was blaring out Jingle Bells for more than one month a year.

Apparently I’m a bit late already for Valentines Day, so I’ve had a little assembly line on the go to include a few loved up goodies, especially for the one area I always struggle to shop for. Cards.

Every year on the run up to Valentines Day, I wander round card shops picking up cards reading super soppy verses and seeing far too many ‘horny devils’ for my taste. I like nice cards, and I’ve had a go at making some simple and stylish designs.

I know not everyone will like them, but at least I will have one ready to give to Ed!


Looking Professional

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”

That saying is so true. Since starting Bumbleblue I have been totally focussed on the sourcing, designing and making new products, that other sides to a ‘business’ have been neglected. I’ve never studied business and have pretty much picked up most, if not all of what I know from working in home interiors and gift shops, and reading! The odd programme on telly has also been an eye opener – The most recent probably being the BBC’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’ presented by Theo Paphitis. (If you haven’t seen that, try and find it!)

Recently I have been trying to publicize myself a bit more. Facebook and my blog are amazing ways to share what I’ve been working on, what I’m thinking about and to see what other people think. Even the forums on Folksy are a great way of sharing links back to your other pages and blogs etc.

One thing that is always done last minute is my business stationary. My new stamp is working wonders, and I’ve now made stickers to finish off my wrapping with. My business cards however, have always been a bit of a burden to me. I knew what I wanted them to look like, but just couldn’t get there. On many occasions I was left stomping away from the computer with a load of failed attempts on the screen.It’s the computers fault you see, it stunts my creativity.

I was so stubborn and determined to create them myself that Ed, a trained and very successful Graphic Designer was often left baffled. Eventually last week, after  another evening of clicking away with different fonts and images, he stepped in.

“It’s nearly there Em, but why don’t we try this…”

That was the proverbial we obviously. Within mere minutes I was looking at a very professional looking business card. He made it look so easy! I’m so happy with them and they reflect my company perfectly.

Although for now they’re just being printed off my computer, they still look great. When funds allow I can get them printed properly.

Thankyou my clever Graphic Designer…

Bee-ing Productive

Sometimes, when you’re not looking for it, you can stumble upon something so perfect.

Every day on the walk home from work, I go past an art shop. Usually I walk straight past, and I don’t think I’ve actually been in since I was at Uni. I was just walking up to it the other day when the heavens opened and I darted for shelter. Feeling a little sheepish that I was hovering in the doorway to avoid the raindrops, I pottered in to have a browse.

I’m always tempted by paintbrushes, and as wiered as it sounds coming from a 26 year old, there’s something quite theraputic about shopping for paint. The dilemas of shopping for clothes just aren’t applicable to picking out a new paintbrush or adding a new colour to the paint pot collection.

So there I was, dodging the typical British summer weather surrounded by crisp white pads of drawing paper, rolls of card in a rainbow of colours, packs of tiny beads and ribbon bows displayed and waiting for a creative to come and turn them into a masterpiece. Next to the door was a stand full of wooden stamps and on my way past, I spotted a very perfect and very useful stamp.

My logo and company image is a bumble bee so I’m really happy I can have proper looking stationary without having to pay a fortune on professional printing. While I’m building up the pennies for all that, my little stamp can help me out! To think I only found it from dodging raindrops.