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 mothers choose life for their 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.



  1. I am enjoying all the little bee things Im seeing around this year. While I am actually terrified of bees, I love the decor.

  2. I love it when you run with a theme Katie. It's all so very cute. Love the Mary Kay pitcher and the Beleek hone pot! Have a great weekend!

  3. Love your bee theme in your sunroom. Love yellow for summer too. Have a great Memorial day.

  4. The "Bees Knees" indeed! Love it all - the Mary Kay pitcher...the darling embroidery...and the pillow from Amazon! Cute overload!

  5. Home Goods has the cutest bee skep soap dispenser...just an FYI. I'm going to find one of those Bee signs at Hobby Lobby. Just what I need for a project.

  6. Love your bee themed decor. Will look for the instructions for the bee skep

  7. Katie,
    Bees fascinate me, but not enough to start my own bee hives. :) I do love seeing them buzzing around flowers and trees in the yard, but did not like it when getting stung when I walked barefooted in our backyard of clover as a child. Still, today I enjoy seeing and using bee decor. Currently I am collecting items to create a bee tablescape.

    Your collection is fun.


  8. Bees must be in this year -- I'm seeing lots of fun bee stuff but nowhere does it look as great as in your beautiful home!

  9. Katie, you have a knack for finding disparate elements that come together seamlessly. I like bees -- outside!! -- but your bees are really cute.

  10. First time seeing your blog, came over from Marty's. LOVE your garden room and the bee theme! I have several bee skeps and never thought to try making one...or 3:) Love it all.

  11. I adore this vignette, Katie! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!