Buzzing About The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company

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The Fuzzy Bee is an online paper store created and founded by the lovely Marisa Woods. Marisa has a Bachelor of Arts in drawing from Providence College in Rhode Island and has been making cards since opening The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company in 2012. She runs her own blog and you can find her at various markets across Glasgow.

As most of you know by now, I have embarked on a new adventure to study Publishing in Edinburgh. As a result, I’ve been landed in a new flat with a new room to kit out. Being away from home is never easy: missing family and friends, being in an unknown place and, frankly, feeling a bit scared. One of the best things you can do to make a new room feel cosier and more inviting is to adorn it with prints and posters. I wanted to get a couple of illustrations to frame and put in my room that would make me smile in the morning or after a long day at University.

When I saw The Fuzzy Bee’s Nicola Sturgeon meets Gretchen Weiners à la Mean Girls poster, I knew I had to have some of Marisa’s amazing designs in my new home. She is a super talented illustrator, which you can see from the prints and cards she creates, and pretty funny too. All of the cards and illustrations are hand drawn using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop and they started simply as a way for Marisa to document different moments in her life.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s a big thing for me to promote small businesses and, in particular, Scottish companies. Marisa is based in Glasgow so lots of the humour is Scots – although there are tonnes of non-Scots products to buy for any other UK and International readers. Next time you are redecorating or buying a card: please try to source them from local, small businesses. It’s more personable, the products tend to be made with an extra helping of love and, of course, it supports the local economy instead of sending your hard earned cash to goodness knows where.


The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company Products

Art Prints

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Nicola Sturgeon/Mean Girls Print

It was Marisa’s prints that enticed me to her store and you can browse a variety of awesome art pieces here. They make an amazing addition to your home and will have all your guests talking.  I’m really digging the Little Map of Glasgow and Little Map of Edinburgh just now, which are great souvenirs for travellers or just lovely keepsakes for residents. For something Scottish, try the Haggis Print. For something inspirational, try this Throw Kindness like Confetti Print. For general awesomeness, try this Eat Pie for Breakfast Print. Prints vary from approximately £11-12 each.

Greetings Cards

 

Looking for something a touch more personal? I am not exaggerating when I say that The Fuzzy Bee Paper has greetings cards for everything. See for yourself here. There are ‘be my best man‘ cards, ‘happy anniversary‘ cards and ‘congratulations on your new job‘ cards. No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, there’s a card for it here and each of them is as witty as the one before.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few including the ‘I love your new digs’ card: perfect for anyone who is moving to new house or flat! There are loads general friendship/love cards like this You Do You card. They’re perfect for moments when you want to let someone know you care. Now that I’m living a solid two hour train journey away from my friends and family, a greetings card is a lovely way to let them know I’m thinking about them. Alternatively, buy yourself a few unique greetings cards and frame them for decoration like I have! They’re only £3 each so they’re a total bargain.

Stationary

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A6 Notebook (Candle from MoBros)

Marisa also makes lovely A6 note books like the one you can see in the picture to the left. The note book designs range from autumnal leaves and pretty flowers to sloths and tacos. Like I said on Instagram, it is a truth universally known that a nice notebook will make the stress of Uni that little bit better. They’re only three quid so go pick one up over on Marisa’s Etsy store so that you can be the Queen/King of Stationary in your next class.

The Beehive Box

Another amazing aspect of The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company is the subscription box that Marisa founded. Marisa teamed up with loads of other amazing and talented designers to create a special stationary box: The Beehive Box.

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Delightfully curated box of locally sourced stationary and paper products from all around the UK.

It is a great way to keep up to date with adorable designers and be able to grab a Fuzzy Bee goodie from time to time. Their subscriptions range from the £8 p/m Worker Bee Subscription, £15 p/m Honey Bee Subscription and £25 p/m Queen Bee Subscription. I’ve subscribed already and I’ll be posting a blog about that in the future. It’s free shipping to the UK and it is also a great way to encourage and support local/small business.

What are you waiting for?

With Christmas coming up in the not-so-distant future, there’s never been a better time to go old-school and send your loved one a special handcrafted card; F.Y.I letter writing is also a great way to work on Breaking Up With The Internet. If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift for family and friends, try framing one of Marisa’s A4 prints or greetings cards as a unique gift for your fave person.

Whether you visit a market, subscribe to a stationary box, shop on their official site or browse their Etsy store, you need a beautiful Fuzzy Bee Paper Company design in your life!


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How To Turn Student Accommodation Into Your Dream Home

Starting University is daunting but moving into student accommodation doesn’t need to be scary. Once you’re done packing the bare essentials (pyjamas and loo roll), fill your suitcase with adorable bits and bobs to give your new flat that cosy feel.  Here’s some of my favourites:

Inspirational Quotes & Prints

One of the things I did to jazz up my new room was frame some gorgeous illustrations. Get on Etsy and search for prints that reflect your personality. It could be something witty that’ll make you laugh when you see it or something more motivational to get you in the studying mindset. If you’re into a Live, Laugh, Love quote then who am I to judge? Be careful sticking them on walls because some letting agents will kick up a fuss – avoid blu-tac and sticking pins straight on to a wall. If you have a corkboard that’s a great way to showcase your favourite designs and throw up some family photos too. I like framing my prints and resting them on bookshelves and desks. My favourite illustrators right now are The Fuzzy Bee Paper CompanyClaire Barclay Draws and Lemmon Studios.

Candles

You’ll know by now that I’m addicted to candles. I guess it comes down to that Danish lifestyle concept: Hygge. Candles will turn any empty room into a warm and fuzzy place to snuggle up and read a good book. I’ve written a lot about my favourite independent Scottish candle companies but here’s some to get you started. If you’re a book lover like me, invest in a couple of Meraki Candles. For something a bit more luxurious, try MoBros Candles and use my 10% off code: APRIL10. Other candles I love are Love Scottish Candles and McKelvie Candles. Please be careful because not all landlords allow you to burn candles. Find out if it’s okay and if not they still make for gorgeous decorations and smell gorgeous even when they’re unlit.

Books

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Books, glorious books! Nothing makes a room feel more homely than a shelf stacked with your favourite books. I like books that are worn and weathered from a loving reader who has pawed the pages so many times and a cracked spine from an overly zealous reading session. There’s a reason this John Waters’ quote is so famous…

If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!

Books are the life source of any room and you can completely personalise your space by choosing which books you put on display. At the moment, I don’t have many books in my new room but I’m getting there. They’re mostly to-be-read like A Court of Thorns and RoseHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Improbability of Love but I will be fetching a fresh copy of Jane Eyre because no bedroom of mine is complete until Jane and Mr Rochester are adorning the shelves!

Soaps, Lotions & Potions

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You don’t need to spend a fortune to have some luxury beauty products in your new home. Having some sweet-smelling, pretty soaps and lotions adds a special something to your room. Between the chaos of starting your course and moving out, it’s important to take time out to practice self-care. That means burning a candle and pampering yourself with your favourite beauty products. Like I said in the Top 10 Tips For Acne-Prone Skin, I love Liz Earle and I’ve recently been enjoying the amazing Wee Tree Soaps too. They are cruelty-free, perfect for sensitive skin and only £4. Investing in nice soaps and lotions makes your room feel more expensive and gives you the chance to unwind too.


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August 2016 Home Inspiration

Has another month really gone by? Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? August is over and I’m getting ready to move out of my family home into a student flat in Edinburgh so I’ll be on the hunt for lots of cheap and simple homeware ideas to decorate my new room. Last month I told you all about my favourite Scottish candles in July 2016 Homespiration: Candle Edition and I do have some more candle inspiration for you all in August alongside some other gorgeous goodies. Without further ado, here are my four favourite products from this month:

1. Semi-Skint Milk Money Bottle, £7.99

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I picked up this cutie from a local gift store, Gift Horse in Troon; I could not resist it when I spied it on the shelf. As a student, I am notoriously bad with my cash so if I can make saving my pennies look pretty then I’m more likely to get involved. This ceramic money box is shaped like a real 0ld-fashioned milk bottle complete with a dairy stamp so it adds a touch of vintage to whichever room you’re showing it off in. Also there’s a plughole at the bottom to retrieve your money so, unlike a lot of money saving pots, you don’t have to smash it to get your savings so you can keep it as long as you want!

Check out Angel House Newport or good ole’ Amazon for your own money saving milk bottle and get saving!

2. Love Scottish Candles, £10.00

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You can check out my full review on Loving LoveScottishCandles but to cut the long story short: these candles are gorgeous. Their Lavender & Camomile scent is the perfect bed-and-bath-time treat and there are loads more fragrances to choose from. Each candle is unique and has a strong fragrance so every one of your guests will be complimenting the lovely scent when they walk through the door. They come beautifully packaged in little gift boxes and each glass tumbler comes with a special Made With Love stamp.

Grab your own beautiful Love Scottish Candle on their website.

3. Light Box, £9.99

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I have been wanting my own lightbox for a while because they just look so pretty in your Instagram pictures. It’s all about the Insta aesthetic after all! So when I saw this in New Look for only a tenner, I had to have it. You can customise your lightbox with a variety of different messages for every occasion and event. I love how versatile it is and it has an amazing vintage Hollywood cinema vibe. You might have already spotted mine in Zina’s Vanity Femme Glow Dust Review.

Unfortunately, New Look don’t seem to be selling their lightboxes online but I recommend you check out their homeware shop right now there were SO many things I wanted to buy. Next time I get paid I will definitely be getting a few goodies from there like this Bronze Hanging Light Bulb. You can buy a similar lightbox here though.

4. Breathe Magazine, £5.99

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It’s not exactly homeware but it will look perfect on your coffee table. I just had to share this magazine with you all because I’m in love. It covers a range of amazing topics from wellbeing and mindfulness to creativity and travel. I have been reading it slowly, about an article a night, because I want to savour every last dreamy drop. There are so many hints and tips for living a healthy lifestyle and I’m not just talking about their piece on Top 10 Superfoods! They focus on a healthy mind too and inspire their readers to take up postitive habits like letterwriting, colouring, yoga and meditation. Like I said, it’s one for the coffee table and sharing with all your friends and family.

Check out their website and grab Issue 1 in your nearest quality magazine stockist. I can’t wait for Issue 2 already!

What homeware items are you loving? Autumn is near so it’s time to stock up on cosy candles and fluffy throws. Let me know your fave Autumn must-haves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Loving LoveScottishCandles

It’s been a while since I’ve introduced you all to a new candle. Autumn is coming which means it is time to invest in knitwear and cosy candles to get you through the colder weather. LoveScottishCandles is the latest on my homeware must-have list and here’s why…

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Based in Hawick in the Scottish borders, LoveScottishCandles is proof that Scotland are making the best candles you can buy. As their name and quaint labels suggest, their products are crafted with a lot of love. Attention to detail is high and lighting one of these cuties will give you the warm-and-fuzzy feeling that we long for as Autumn approaches.  They smell wonderful, come in a range of fragrances from country to luxury and are beautifully packaged.

What beautiful candles! The fragrances are all devine and last for ages, I can smell them even when they’re not lit. Burn time is great too. I get lots of compliments when I have guests round, they all ask where I got them from. Great little purchase.

LoveScottishCandles not only offer a gorgeous selection of candles but they have been posting updates of their current self-build on their social media sites so follow them on the links at the bottom to get some DIY inspiration, photos of Scottish landscapes and behind-the-scenes making of their candles. Their social media pages add a touch of personal to every purchase; I love knowing where and who my products are coming from. Too often we buy into nameless and faceless corporations and where is the fun in that?

Wow! What can I say other than these candles are a must! They are amazing, the fragrance’s are fabulous and linger when they’re not even lit, you walk into the room and you can smell the fragrance. A hard day at work , light one of these in the bathroom have a long bath , have another one in the living room and Wow totally relaxed and stress free. I can’t get enough of these its like the saying “a woman can never have enough pairs of shoes” well you can never have enough of these candles. Enjoy.

If you’re into floral scents, there’s Scottish Rose and Tiger Lily. If you like those muskier tones, what about Black Pomegranate or Fireside? Having a dinner party? Try burning Apple Strudel & Spice to welcome your guests to the smell of fresh baking. The fragrances have a high pay-off and you can smell it before you even open the gift box, which means all your guests will be complimenting you on the delectable scents. Browse the shop to check out all eight of the LoveScottishCandles’ scents.

I received the Lavender & Chamomile candle as a gift from LoveScottishCandles and I can’t get enough of the scent. I mentioned it in my recent 5 Tips For A Better Sleep blog because lavender and chamomile are both renowned for their relaxing properties which help to relieve anxiety. That means this fragrance is the ultimate snooze-inducing candle. Run yourself a hot bubble bath and light one of these before bedtime. You’ll forget all about your tough day at work.

The LoveScottishCandles website also shares with its customer insightful Candle Care instructions. This is a big thing for me. So many people complain about candles for not burning evenly or producing too much black smoke when, in reality, this could be prevented by looking after their candles properly. There is no point in investing in such gorgeous candles without keeping them in good condition. I am always getting on at my mum for not caring for her candles properly! Here’s a few of LoveScottishCandles top tips to getting the most from your candles:

  1. Do not burn candles for more than 4 hours at a time.
  2. When burning for the first time, burn for long enough that all the wax melts to the edge.
  3. Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch at all times.

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There is a reason LoveScottishCandles boast Handmade With Love on all of their candles. They are a delight and will add a special touch to your homes when burning. They’re inexpensive and their wonderful packaging makes them a wonderful gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself.

Follow LoveScottishCandles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular candle and DIY updates or browse their shop now.

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