If I’ve heard it once – I’ve heard it a dozen times: once you start taking yourself and your business seriously others will too.This is the first step – giving the old blog a face-lift and buying the domain name BeeofDesign.com. When this blog started a few years ago it was to share my career goals, get to know other creatives and to push myself to get out of my bubble. So please join me on the next leg of this adventure over on the other site —-> Bee of Design
photo by Kimberly Genevieve
styling by Rebecca Buenik
Hey! I’ve got some exciting news to share… Bee of Design is participating Nue Market: an experiential pop-up shop to discover handmade objects + artisanal goods for the well-curated life/ May 10-11th at Space 15twenty. Not only will I be selling some of my leather wallets I am teaching a macrame plant hanger workshop! Eeek!!!
The workshop is on May 11th and you’ll learn how to do basic knots used in the art of macrame to make a groovy plant hanger…. the bonus? You get a limited edition cork planter hand-lathed by Melanie Abrantes. So what do you think? Would you join me in learning this new craft and walking away creatively satisfied?
Please come see me and a bunch of other amazing artist in a few weekends at the Nue Market!!
Spring is in the air… can you feel it? To celebrate the new season I wanted to share with you a shoot I styled for the Vintage Table Company’s new website.
This all white table top really makes me want to run to the store, fill my house with all sorts of flowers and throw a fancy dinner party.
Photographer: Becky Hill
Flowers: Recycled Love Story
Stylist: Rebecca Buenik
Last weekend my boyfriend family came into town. Now, I have a question. How long do you have to date before they become ‘boyfriends parents’ and more like in-laws? My man and I have been together for 7 years… so I think the time has come. The fam came in from New York & Detroit respectively and we did our best to show them our version of LA.
One day we took everyone up to Malibu to see the ocean and to eat fresh seafood at Neptune’s Net. To be honest, going to the ocean is a rare for us. We are east side LA people plus the sun and I really don’t get along so well. It was so fun capturing moments between my man and his family (the pic above is of him and his papa).
It was so nice to get out of the everyday routine and not feel guilty about it. Nature does so much to shake up your creativity. It was a nice little break but now I am back into the everyday grind.
Organization isn’t my strong point. There, I said it! It’s not that I don’t crave the look of a well-kept house but all the pencils, yarn pieces and never-ending crafting supplies it becomes hard to keep it all straight. Plus, I very much an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ type of individual. That’s why it when ever the ‘cleaning process’ starts I end up starting and then abandoning a half-dozen projects from the treasures long-lost.
My sort of solution? Lots of fun vintage mugs and containers to hold everything neatly but in plain sight. Sorted in some degree. All colored pencils in one, all little annoying sewing pieces in another. It’s not a sound science but it has been working.
Canvas totes have also become a go to of mine. I stuff them full of all the materials, inspiration and started projects then hang them in the closet for easy access. This also allows for making on the go- either it be a friends space or simply my sofa.
Hello all – I would like you to meet Pyper America from Next Management. She was certainly an energetic little sprite in the studio with photographer Kim Genevieve and I. Taking every opportunity to work whatever prop she was handed. She was a treat to style.
Model: Pyper America
Photographer: Kim Genevieve
Hair: Jenny Calderon
Makeup: Tanya Bures
Stylist: Rebecca Buenik
There is no work of macrame, fiber art or weaving that hasn’t had me swooning recently. Maybe its knowing the amount of time and love that goes into every knot or maybe I am really a hippie at heart. Be it vintage or contemporary; I want it all. The only problem is finding the right piece for the space before it’s on someone else’s wall. Well, as I do, I took to my own devices and made a fiber art wall hanging for myself. The inspiration came from a prized piece of Disregarden‘s rental collection. No amount of begging to my dear friend Jessica could persuade her to sell. What you will need:
- 1/2 inch nylon rope cut into 6 x 25″ pieces
- 3 colors of bright yarn with a metallic color of choice
- Plastic grid cut 2.5″ tall and 3.75″ long
- Needle with a big eye
- Fabric glue (not necessary but helps keeps yarn in place while wrapping)
- Start by cutting your nylon rope into 7 x 25″ pieces
- Thread your needle with the first color yarn, about 10″ from one end and thread through. This will leave you with one short strand on one side and the rest of the spool on the other
- Start wrapping yarn around towards the middle part of the rope for 5 inches.
- When you have wrapped 5 inches fold the rope over at the center and continue to wrap the thread around the both pieces of rope
- Add different colors of yarn as you wrap down the rope. Starting the same way, by threading the yarn through the rope, wrapping it for a few inches
- End each color by knotting of the yarn around the rope and snipping the ends
- Leave 4 inches of rope unwrapped at the bottom
- Repeat on all pieces of rope keeping the color blocking the same on each piece
- When all the rope is wrapped, stitch pieces onto plastic canvas at the top and bottom
- Tie a piece of yarn across the back of the plastic canvas so you can hang it on the wall!
What do you think? I really love how vibrant the colors are, they really pop in the space of mainly wood and neutrals. The plastic canvas reminds me of the old ladies at my childhood church who would make tissue box covers out of it. Have you ever seen that? Maybe the next DIY? Hmmm… ha.
DIY and styling by: Rebecca Buenik
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