Friday, May 24, 2019

The Bees Knees/ Late Spring Decor

Hello, Friends.

We had a cold front and my British West Indies inspired decor seemed precipitous. 
It's all safely pack up in the garage waiting for warmer days.

In the meantime, I saw a tutorial on YouTube for bee skeps which, I thought was bee skip. Nope.
I stand corrected.

I had to make one.

Okay, I made three.
The garden room is the perfect room in our house for a bee theme.
My classroom used to be a bee theme and I had some of the cutest collectables but sadly they were all given away when I had to downsize my classroom. My first step when decorating with a theme is to round up everything that we already have.
There wasn't much but we had a precious child's watering can.

I picked this up at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. It's one of the best flea markets in Texas if not the country.

The next step in a thematic forage, are trips to my favorite thrift stores.
I found an insect book for 50 cents at the store that is run by the Methodist church.
All proceeds go to helping families in crisis. A good cause.

My favorite thrift store helps babies. 

This darling cream pitcher was distributed through Mary Kay.
I know nothing about why Mary Kay would be in the business of china but I thought this was cute!

 Crafting bee things was next on the agenda. 

For years, the kindergarten at my school had bee themed tea parties for Mother's Day.
The children always made flower pots for their moms. 
I recreated one for our secretary desk.
Hobby Lobby had bee signs on an end cap. Rather than buy one, I decided to make one instead. 
The embroidery was a kit from Joann's. It took about four hours to stitch.

Amazon yielded a darling pillow for under $7.00. 

My beloved books with antique graphics were the source for some art work. 

I had no idea that there was a bee nursery rhyme. 
"About the bush, Willie, about the bee hive. About the bush, Willie. I'll meet thee alive." 

The other graphic came from a book about anthropomorphized garden insects. Each chapter features an insect friend. The 1920's Japanese inspired illustrations are amazing.
 I photo copied this rather than dismantle the book. 
It looks amazing in the Adirondack picture frame. These frames are also called Criss Cross frames or Black Forest frames. You can find them at antique stores but they are also on eBay. They remind me of my grandmother. I adore decorating with them. 

The bee counters were found at the thrift store. I would have loved them for the start of school where we were learning to "bee kind". 
The bee skep salt shaker was found at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas.
It was a dollar. Cracker Barrel had some bee stuff but nothing struck my fancy. 

The hunt went cold. 
Until... The day after we went to Canton.
I had an appointment for the truck after getting rear ended. The collision shop was way up in north Ft. Worth. Since I was over there, I popped into one of my favorite antique malls. 
This 1950's pull toy by Fisher Price caught my eye. 
It was love at first sight. Perfect for my decor but perfect to commemorate the decade of my birth. 

 The booth right next store had this perfect honey pot. 

So, so cute and it's cuter than anything that was on eBay. It reminds me of Belleek china. 

This flower post reminds me of a honeycomb. 

That is it for this post. I hope you enjoyed our late spring decor in the garden room. 
If you would like a post on decorating in a theme, leave me a comment. 
I use different motifs so that it doesn't seem too obnoxious. 

Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend.