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

Pinterest Favourites!

Good morning!

Hope that you are all motivated and prepared for the week ahead!

I thought I would write a post to give a little bit of indulgence to one of my favourite tools – Pinterest. I love Pinterest! What’s not to love? It’s the perfect way to capture all of your mood boards, wishlists, makeup and fashion ideas and inspiration in the one place.

Colour

I have about 5 colour boards on the go, with one of my favourites being the mint colour board – featuring beautiful images themed around mint, duck egg, turqouise and Aqua!

Doors

What’s not to love about a beautiful front door? I always love to see a brightly painted door or an ornate glass window, and even pretty door knockers! They imply entrance to a place of intrigue and adventure, and some imaged I’ve found look as if the door could transport back in time!

Tea

I am throroughly British, and enjoy a good cup of tea. The finer the china, the finer the experience! I’ve got serious envy over some of these teacups and teapots – Mad Hatter eat your heart out.

Bees

As a bit of a nature nut, and a proud Manchester-dweller, I’ve taken on the bee as a sort of moniker and symbol of hard work and pride. Bee’s are beautiful and are suffused in imagery around not only Manchester, but the world around us.

Amazing Humanity

Sometimes we forget, in the midst of all the horrible things than are going on in the world, that there is some good in it, too. I created this board to remind me of that, and from time to time I do go on here and I smile and sometimes get a little teary, because Humanity can be beautiful.

I have many other boards as well, so fee free to come and check those out.

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ManBeeCo

Manchester Bee Company
manbeeceThe worker bee was adopted as a symbol of Manchester during the industrial revolution, when it was leading the way for the rest of the country in mass production techniques. In fact, you can find bees everywhere in Manchester City Centre to this day!

ManBeeCo is a Manchester-based company(obviously) and they create cool items inspired by Manchester’s history, and the symbolism of the worker bee.

Anita, the busy Queen of the hive at ManBeeCo, very kindly send me this cool bee pin (I absolutely love bees, I was so excited about this!) and a custom hotel room key keyring- they offer a custom service to have anything you like written on one, and in a range of colours.

I opted to have something made that incorporated both my blog name and some of that good old Manc cheekiness. I think I managed to nail it with “Thrifty So + So”. Thanks Anita, it’s awesome!

If you’re lucky enough to live in Manchester, you can shop their items at the exclusive stockist the Royal Exchange Theatre Gift Shop, on St Anne’s Square!

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I absolutely love the attitude of some of the designs! It’s so Mancunian- If you’re a proud Manc then there’s definitely something here for you at ManBeeCo.

Visit their websiteEtsy Shop or Instagram page!

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isn’t he adorable?!

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Thanks for reading xx