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

Gear4Geeks

I was really excited to find out about Gear4Geeks and be offered to do a collab with them on my blog.

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Any gamer geek ladies out there will know what I mean when I say that geekery in fashion is definitely very one sided. From band t-shirts to slogan tees from your favourite TV show, film or Game ; they’re either made to fit men, and therefore equate to us wearing a tent-like boxy t-shirt made of thick, robust and unflattering cotton, or they’re tailored with busty models in mind, if the slogan placement is anything to go by (I mean,I bet she doesn’t know her FFVII from her FFVIII amirite?!)

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Say it, Picard.

There’s a distinct lack of quality out there in the garments that are available, and often girls can’t express their passions for geekery in the same way it is so easy for men to do. (If you ask me if I borrowed this top from my boyfriend I will punch you in the face!)

Geark4Geeks are one of the few e-retailers out there who are offering high-quality and female-oriented clothing items. Batman, Disney, Harry Potter, Star Wars, to name a few, are represented here!

I chose a girly kitty dress, some awesome Mario colourful leggings and a Bambi vest to cover the whole range of what they offer.

Shoutout to Kallisti Jewellery for sending me this kickass Princess Peach necklace to match these leggings! Find her here on twitter, and on Etsy!

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The quality of these items is excellent, and I would highly recommend Gear4Geeks! – Browse their website for yourself!

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In case anyone was wondering, I’ve listed some of my favourite games of all time below – do we have any in common??

  • Final Fantasy (7-10)
  • Elder Scrolls
  • Mass Effect series
  • Devil May Cry
  • Bioshock Series
  • Fallout
  • Crash Bandicoot

Also I take Star Trek over Star Wars, My favourite Avenger is Thor, Vincent Valentine is a way better hero than Cloud Strife, and Terminator has so many plot holes I cannot even cope.

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Where we’re going, we don’t need plotholes!

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Xmas Gifts for a Sweet Tooth!

This post falls into so many categories for me, I’m so excited about it!

Firstly, SWEETS! Secondly, Small & Local & Handmade Business! tick, tick tick!

But seriously, this post contains two beautiful candy-related items from two different sellers which would make great Christmas gifts for a loved one or a friend – the best thing about it is that they won’t break the bank, and you’ll be supporting a small business in the process.

First up are these Retro sweetie boxes from A Sweet Creation, A Manchester confectionery seller who also specialize in events.

These boxes cost only £5 each, and can be ordered directly from their Facebook page by following the link here! Items come giftwrapped and with a blank gingerbread man tag to write out. They always respond super quickly to messages, so don’t hesitate to have a chat about placing an order.

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candy box!

Secondly, is a piece of jewellery almost good enough to eat!

If you have a female friend with a super sweet tooth and penchant for jewellery, then look no further than this ADORABLE miniature sweetie jar necklace, created by the very talented Caroline at Tiny Treat Boutique. Her pieces are exquisitely detailed and really reasonably priced. Go and have a browse of her Etsy shop for other pieces. You can get anything from hot dogs to cake! I chose this piece because I literally cannot resist a coconut wheel.

Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace
Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace

Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace

The detail is incredible, and the quality is brilliant. I love wearing this piece, almost as much as I love Pick n Mix!

Want more Christmas gift ideas for Booklovers? Or for that person who has geeky interests, ranging from insects to video games? Check out my Geek Pinterest board!

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Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers necklace

I don’t know about you readers,  but when I was little I remember watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and being mesmerised by Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers (a girl’s love for shoes starts early you see…).

Imagine my joy then,  when I came across this beautiful handmade necklace featuring the very same ruby slippers in miniature!!

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This piece is lovingly handmade by Cat of Two Penny Lane jewellery, with the motto of jewellery made for people cleverly disguised as responsible adults : hey that’s me all over!

Cat is offering a special discount to my readers,  so if you’d like to grab yourself one of these beautiful necklaces,  or perhaps something from an alternative fantom I.e Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit or otherwise, then pay her a visit and use discount code 10percent! (I’m hankering after this particular piece,  which is Bilbo Baggins’ front door on a necklace!!!)

Find her on instagram here or visit her website.

ruby slippers necklace from two penny lane jewellery

ruby slippers necklace from two penny lane jewellery

ruby slippers necklace from two penny lane jewellery

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Bernese Mountain Dog

Lovingly Handmade handbag Charms by MisHelenEous

Cupcake charms

Hello all!

Very excited to share with you some beautiful and specially made hand-crafted items from the wonderful Mancherster-based MisHelenEous! Mascotted by Helen’s late beautiful border Terrier Whiskey, and now by the adorable puppy Heidi, MisHelenEous is about as British Handmade as British handmade gets. She’s a crafty one this one!

Are you a Radley lover? Ever felt marginalised because although you kinda like Scottie dogs you’ve always been more of a, say, Collie person? Look no further! Helen specialises in crafting bespoke pieces – handbag charms/keyrings of our favourite dog breeds. As a cat lover (and all round general animal lover really) Britain is a nation of dog lovers and we love our pooches than much that their iconography blends easily into our fashion and into our home furnishings!

I chose this Bernese Mountain dog charm, because I of the opinion that the bigger the dog the better – but if Beagles, Welsh Terriers or Chihuahuas are more your bag, she’s got you covered! These would make fantastic gifts for friends and family (sorry to remind you but Christmas is creeping up!)

Bernese Mountain Dog

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hungry dog!
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Have dog, will travel

If dogs aren’t your thing, then surely a GBBO lover would appreciate this adorable cupcake? or perhaps this beautiful hand knitted rose brooch?

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CAKE!!!

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I never tire of saying that supporting small businesses is really important to me – these people are the foundation stone of our economy and of Britishness itself!

If you like what you see, or want to explore her other items (Doggie clothing, bunting and much more) please visit her Etsy shop or contact her on the details below!

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The Kitschenette – handmade Jewellery

I stumbled across Kirsty and her amazing shop Kitty’s Kitchenette on Twitter recently and was like,  ‘wow’. Cute, quirky cartoon based drawings turned into actual jewellery you can wear, and in whatever form you wish! Earrings, cufflinks, bracelets, necklaces and brooches!

Now,  I am a huge Gamer Geek to the extent that I obsessively play RPGs (role playing games) for hours – I can lose days if I’m not careful! I get so addicted to the story and absorbed in the characters!

Fallout is one of the universes which I’ve sank days work of game play into, and when I spotted this Nuka Cola bottle cap brooch (the wasteland’s currency, seeing as dollars as virtually worthless in the post apocalyptic 50s USA) I had to have it! Priced at £8 for the brooch and slightly more for a necklace.

Nuka Cola Cap Brooch from The Kitschenette! Nuka Cola Cap Brooch from The Kitschenette! Nuka Cola Cap Brooch from The Kitschenette!

I also couldn’t resist this ‘Raw Stone’ piece as a necklace, though it’d make an awesome brooch too! I just love the style of these designs.

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Raw Stone necklace from the Custom Collection priced at ~£10

Raw Stone necklace

Go and say hello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and visit her website too! You can discuss custom designs if there isn’t exactly something you would like!

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the kitschenette

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Daisy Blue Candles Review


Daisy Blue Candles Review
Daisy Blue Candles Review Daisy Blue Candles Review

Daisy Blue candles, made by Lorraine Forsyth in Scotland, are simple and elegant in design, and beautifully fragranced. One thing that never occurred to me until I received these two candles from DBC was, normally when we buy candles we have to give consideration to the colour of the tin, and therefore you are often constrained in using certain scents (Strawberry is invariably in a red or pink tin, right? And Fresh Linen is ALWAYS blue!).

Lorraine’s candles come in cool brushes steel effect tins, or clear thick glass, packaged in clean cut white androgynous boxes. The wax is a calming vanilla shade- no danger of any of her candles clashing with your interiors, thank you very much. The only thing that stands out is the tiny blue daisy logo of DBC on the labels.

Angel’s Kiss is scented delicately with strawberries and champagne, in contrast to the powerful punch packed by Ginger & Lime in the larger candle jar. Ginger & Lime would brighten any living space or kitchen with it’s fresh zesty scent, whereas Angel’s Kiss would soften and relax the atmosphere in a bedroom or bathroom.

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You can shop these scents and others (I’d love to try vanilla Rose, and Apple & Wild Mint!) on her website DaisyBlueCandles.com.

Readers of my blog can get a whopping 20% off candles if you enter Jess01 (that’s jess zero 0ne with no spaces!) at the checkout.

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Daisy Blue Candles Lime and Ginger

Holly's Lollies

Holly’s Lollies – Gourmet Candy Lollipops!

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Holly's LolliesHello there!

Bringing a culinary delight to you today that I am very excited about! Please meet Holly’s Lollies, the fantastic gourmet lollipop company! Holly started to make lollipops during a summer break from University, and they were so good she began to be unable to keep up with demand! Now with her degree under her belt, Holly is ready to focus all her attention on her Business (she also has a food blog, Mess Makes Food – Gosh, isn’t she a busy lady!)

I got my mitts on some of these lollipops to taste and review for you all – aren’t I the lucky one?! They’re beautifully wrapped with colour coordinated string, and have the beautiful logo on brown paper labels.

Pina Colada

My main passion when it comes to Cocktails (and also perfume!) A beautiful warm yellow opaque lolly with a coating of desiccated coconut. It tastes EXACTLY like a Pina Colada – Rum, Coconut, Pineapple- it’s all there!

Caramel Latte

My husband claimed this one instantly, though I managed to steal it for a moment to get a taste. The caramel has a distinct cinder toffee vibe to it- it would make a perfect treat for Halloween or Bonfire Night!

The other flavours are as yet to be sampled (I didn’t want a sugar overload!) but I’m so excited to try them, if they’re as good as the other two!

One thing my husband and I both liked was that the stick was plastic – paper can be cuter but when you’ve got a long lasting lollipop like this it can turn to mush – yuck!

  • Raspberry & White Chocolate
  • Elderflower & Vanilla
  • Magical Mango

THE ONLY WAY to get these ahead of the launch date of 1st September is to support Holly in her Kickstarter Campaign. From as little as £3 you can support her small business AND get your hands on a lollipop flavour of your choice! Whopee! I’ll definitely be supporting Holly – will you?

Visit her on HollysLollies.co.uk – you can subscribe to a mailing list to keep up to date with the company! Find her on twitter too.

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Holly's Lollies

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