My Bee Pins

Happy Saturday everyone! 

A little blog post for today to show you my bee pin collection and where I get hold of them (most on Etsy) and plus a special Jess & The Bee offer for you! 

Having started off building my pin collection with a bee pin from none other than The Manchester Bee Company, it seemed only right that I got hold of a few friends for my lonely bee! 

Rosebud Casson,a fantastic UK based pin artist, has released two designs – a honey bee (great value at £6) and Ernie the Bumblebee bee double pin set at £10, which are now part  of my collection and sit happily on the lapel of my coat! Check out her other amazing pins and handmade jewellery inspired by British nature. 

Rosebud Casson & her Ernie the Bee pin!

When I stumbled across a brand new Etsy seller a few weeks ago on instagram I dived over to her page to buy this stunning enamel pin of a simplistic bumblebee flat on a scalloped flower shape. It’s so simple and pretty, matching everything I wear! 

You can find this gorgeous pin in her Etsy store and enter a special  code to receive a Jess and the Bee discount on the shipping! The code is ‘opening10’ and is valid until 14th October. 

If you’ve seen any bee pins around please let me know! I’ve seen this one on Etsy and I’m seconds away from adding it to my collection!

Have an amazing weekend! 

Xox

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My favourite Bee Products

Hello everyone!

I’ve been really enjoying these bee-related products recently and thought I’d share them on here.

Treaclemoon are an amazing ethical brand, making really affordable bath &  body products in cute packaging, and available in your local Tesco.

Their honeycomb secret range reminds me of Crunchies and cake –  it’s deliciously scented and warming.

Paired with are two Library of a fragrance bee related scents, honey and beeswax. Honey is sold out I believe,  but take my work for it when I say it’s gorgeous and trademark sweet.

Bees wax does remind me of furniture polish, and for that reason would serve well as a room spray rather than a wearable scent to give a space that just cleaned scent!

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I already have one fantastic bee pin in my collection from the inimitable Manchester Bee Company but when I saw this one from Rosebud Casson  I had to own it! The wings are pearly and glittery and the gold and bronze detail on the abdomen is lovely.

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Finally, there’s this: this amazing Bee Mug from an artist Sophie Cunningham who knocks about at Maker’s Markets in Manchester from time to time. She’s absolutely brilliant, so check out her shop!

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I hope you enjoyed this post even half as much as I enjoy these bee items!

Love x

Jess & The Bee

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog. So many things have taken up my time lately, and more and more I found myself distanced from the blogger I felt I had to be to be ‘good at it’.

I’ve rebranded my blog to reflect that it’s a space just for me, though if anyone is interested in my ramblings, then they are welcome too. So, I hear you ask, Why Jess & The Bee?

Well, bees are just cool. They’re our biggest pollinators, symbols of hard working across the globe, and are the official mascot of the city I live&work in, Manchester.

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Female White-tailed bumblebee worker, with very full pollen sacs!

I moved into my home in August last year, too late to do the garden for summer, but this year I got my sleeves rolled up, planted a load of bee-friendly plants and I was gifted with the daily presence of bees of many species from thereon in.

I’ve seen (but never managed to photograph) honeybees, Carder bees, tree bumblebees, Early bumblebees, and of course the recognizable white-tailed bumblebee.

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A male Early Bumblebee
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Tree Bumblebee resting!

it’s not just because of bees (honestly).

I didn’t just want to blog jewellery or fashion or beauty. I want to blog about whatever makes me happy. So it seemed only right that my new blog reflected something that does just that.

looking forward to posting more soon.

For more bee snaps find me on Instagram – @iamjessicajj