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Just Bee You

Made this little wall hanging before New Year and it was going to be my first make of 2014 until I was sidetracked by my memories of Kuwait.

Creating and crafting allows each and everyone of us to be ourselves and that is how this piece came about. I wanted something in my craft room that, when I am searching for a particular item on my shelves, as my eyes wandered they would glance upon it and remind me “Just To Be Me”.

I saw this fabby post from the lovely Anne, which I am sure relates to most of us, and below is a quote from part of her post:


“This January I decided that it’s the perfect time to finally get rid of that guilt. I challenge you to find one of your former ‘shopping sins’, open the packet, stroke it one last time, and then USE IT!

So bring out all of those treasured hoarded items that you feel guilty for buying and put them on show – and make your secretly gnawing scrapaholic’s guilt go away. As simple as that”.


Anne’s post is referring to the new challenge at Our Creative Corner – No More Shopping Sins which is a fabulous theme for a challenge.

I did exactly as Anne suggested – I opened the packet, stroked it (hopefully not for the last time) and USED IT. Phew that felt good!! Well not really because I had already made the hanging but I would have done that if I had seen your post first sweets.

Sadly Anne I am not going to take the rest of your advice and bring out all of my treasured hoarded items as hubby will see just how much I spend!!!

Bought these stamps by Wendy Vecchi back at the end of October but never had chance to use. Again lots going on with paints, inks, molding paste, an EF but the best part was using melted bees wax around the edges. Covered the sentiment and the bee with wax also..

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A very dear friend gave me a bag with teensy little cotton reels in it. The bag was cellophane but it was stapled to a rather nice piece of brown card with a logo on it. I carefully took out the staples so that I could have the brown card, turned it inside out so that it was plain, stamped on it and glued onto my wall hanging for the string to go through. Chuffed to bits how it turned out.

“The bee is a stinging winged insect which collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey and lives in large communities.”


16 Responses to “Just Bee You”

  1. butterfly says:

    I love this, Shirley – what a great make, all that texture and yummy beeswax sheen! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison xx

  2. Donna Ellis says:

    What a great message for the new year, Shirl! And darling honeycomb flavors and colors – I can almost smell the honey and hear the buzzing! Beautiful textures! hugs, de

  3. die amelie says:

    What a lovely hanging, Shirl! And I am so happy that you like my challenge for a start off into the new year over at OurCreativeCorner! Thank you for joining in!

    Claudia x

  4. Carole Robb Bisson says:

    Bee_utiful. I really like the gauze and all the texture and colors. Blessings, Carole

  5. Terry says:

    Lots of fun details going on here, Shirley! Love the texture on this fabulous hanging! So many mediums I need to play with, but am always afraid????? Happy New Year! Hugs!

  6. Gorgeous hanging Shirley – it is brilliantly summery and bee evocative, with scrummy texturing. A lovely breath of fresh air. Nicola x

  7. Anne R says:

    Thanks for the shout out Shirl and thanks too for opening up that stamp set, it is fabulous (sadly I have only used mine once…). Love the wonderful colours and texture you have created too and your hanger is a great piece of recycling. That’s two of us that Claudia’s fantastic challenge has helped! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner this month. Hugs, Anne x

  8. Shirley says:

    Hi Shirley, Your wall hanger artwork is beautiful, the texture is wonderful, love it. The words are an excellent mantra. I’ve been going through all my stash again, I love to go through everything, re organize, give some away, and to try to use it all. I don’t need anything new for a while… a long while 🙂 I hope January is starting out wonderful for you. It’ extremely cold here with flurries. It’s going to be a long tough winter it seems, but it’s cozy inside to craft! Cheers, Shirleyx

  9. Astrid says:

    Such a fab make Shirl and the beeswax texture looks fabulous, specially together with that bee stamp of course. The colours and other textures are great too of course, a real beauty of a hanger! Great to see you take up Claudia’s great challenge and thank you so much for joining us over at Our Creative Corner!

  10. Brenda Brown says:

    Beautiful Shirley and you played with beeswax again, yay.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  11. Buttons says:

    Love your creativity on this Shirl and so glad you were brave and used those stamps. Thanks so much for taking the challenge with us at Our Creative Corner. Jenny x

  12. Silvia says:

    That’s a wonderful hanging, great texture on it. Love the bee.

  13. Chris says:

    This is beautiful Shirley, light and sunny, a promise of summer and I love the textures too! Chris xxx

  14. Hi Shirl! Hope you had a lovely festive season! I love what you created here and what a great idea for using those shopping sins on a make that speaks of your crafting identity. The colours and textures are so warm. It is so very beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Julie Ann xx

  15. coco says:

    Great great great, love your make, your – never used before – stamps, and reading you! 🙂 Also, I LOVE bees… To conclude I LOVE this project!!! Crafty hugs, Coco xx

  16. Avril says:

    Love all the texture on this – and I agree – things should be used, although sometimes it hard to make the ‘cut’
    Avril xx

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