Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Internet Inspiration

Being a bid of a foodie...or a fat little piglet to say the least, I love food art. I am really excited to share these deconstructed salads from Sweet Paul Magazine. I almost want to frame them and hang them in my kitchen!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Habitat for Insanity

Right now I'm in Florida, but before I left I had been making a few final efforts to make improvements around the apartment. A while ago I discovered an article  that described how bamboo steamer baskets made great lightweight and visually interesting shelving. I did a little research online and discovered that a few people had been doing the same thing.




I decided that this shelving idea might be the storage solution I've been looking for! I can't mount things into my wall and lord knows I've got a decent amount of tchotchkes that could use a home. These suckers hang up great with contact strips which is pretty much my only option.

So I went down to the local Asian market and picked up a few sizes.

A lot of people seem to snip out the centers or paint them, but I really enjoyed the plain wood and the pattern background from the steamer bottom. I decided to leave them as is.

I had these little miniatures that I painted to look like Ari and me from when we first started dating. Back then my hair was purple and he hadn't started shaving his head yet. They used to be dashboard ornaments on my car and since then they've been kinda hanging around with no particular home.

I put some super glue on the bottom just so they wouldn't get knocked out of the basket for any reason. If they were plastic or something I wouldn't mind, but if these ceramic guys fall they would totally shatter.

I'm excited about finding homes for the larger sizes I purchased and figuring out what tchotchkes I can find new homes for from around the house!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Movie Monday Answer

I apologize for the delay in posting this. I've been staying with my dad and almost never get computer access! I never had the chance to grab a computer to do yesterdays Movie Monday!

Last week's answer was...

This Is Spinal Tap

We had no one guess the correct answer which is funny because people guessed Spinal Tap for Hedwig and the Angry Inch!

For lack of time there will be no Movie Monday this week! I apologize for anyone hoping to win some sweet Morose Bee swag, but it will be up and running again soon!

Internet Inspiration

I love these little illustrations. They are just so sweet!

Check out more HERE

Saturday, June 18, 2011


As you may know, I'm going to be out of town for three weeks so I will be unable to ship anything until mid July. I've been thinking about a way to keep things exciting while I'm in Florida, so I've decided to offer a serious discount...
50% off when you enter the code VACATIONSPREE

That's right, 50 freaking percent!

The only catch is I can't ship anything until July 11th.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Flying In A New Direction

Many of my items are either 100% hand formed by me, made from molds, or fall in a creative gray area in between.  For the most part, your items are considered  handmade as long as they have at least been altered by you in someway. For example, you bought beads and wire from a craft store, but you strung them together into a necklace meaning the necklace was handmade by you even if the components of the necklace weren't. In my case, I always hand paint and assemble all of my items even if the ceramic pendant was made from a mold belonging to someone else.

I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a maker of "handmade" goods and how I want to represent myself and my company. I've decided that from now on, any supplies that I purchase will be towards the creation of products that I can claim more creative responsibility over. I will probably never stay 100% away from using molds as I don't really see anything "wrong" about using them, but when it comes to organizing my time and deciding what to post in my shop the greater influence I've had in the design of the piece means it will receive more importance in being posted to Etsy.

It's becoming increasingly more difficult to find ways to create products that are truly original, but my hope for The Morose Bee is that everything I put out into the world is done in a way that is genuine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Going Out Of Town

Just a quick notice!
If you would like to purchase anything from The Morose Bee that is time sensitive, please do so by tomorrow!
If you know you will be purchasing something soon, but cannot do so right away due to financial issues please contact me at themorosebee(at)gmail(dot)com and I will see what I can do to accommodate your shipping during the time that I am out of town.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Habitat for Insanity

I have loved scrap booking since I was about 8 years old. I think because I love hoarding and collecting little sentimental things so much and a scrapbook is a way to keep all those movie tickets, scraps of paper, and (of course) photographs neat and tidy and all in one place. I've spent several hours a day lately trying to get all my crap into a nice scrapbook that I purchased from Amazon.com 

So far it's made a huge difference to my little junk pile! Plus I love that my precious little siblings scribbles and notes are saved somewhere safe. I never realized how many pictures I had of them either! Being 13-15 years older than them means I get to watch them grow up rather than have them grow up with me. I almost feel like an Aunt. A very, very, very, over protective aunt! Ha! I can't wait to see them in a few days

Monday, June 13, 2011

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday answer was...

The Princess and The Frog!

Thanks to all of our guesses, but no one guessed the correct answer! Good luck this week.

Rules: take a look at these awesome Etsy seller's items, guess which movie title they all relate to, leave your guess in a comment with contact information. That's it! All correct answers will be eligible to win anything from The Morose Bee's Etsy shop.

etsy seller: hipsoul

etsy seller: AdeloCreations

etsy seller: WishingThorn

etsy seller: eweniqueparties

etsy seller: jenniesjunque

etsy seller: delphiniumsblue

Friday, June 10, 2011

Edible Crafts- My Vegan Staple

There are a few things that almost everyone always has in their kitchen. This ranges greatly from person to person, but everyone has their "staples" list. Three things I always have are tofu, various frozen veggies, and ready made frozen pie crusts. My ultimate vegan staple is Tofu Quiche. It's simple, easy to make, and delicious.

There are many varieties which have ingredients ranging from soy sauce, vegan sour cream, mustard, soy milk, nutritional yeast, various spices, vegan cheese, flour, and the list continues. In my opinion, there are not enough foods served in pie crusts! I love pie crust and it makes every meal 10x better!

Last night I didn't feel like going all out for cooking so I went up the street to a little vegan cafe and bought a half pound of vegan cheese. I mixed up my tofu with the vegan cheese, a squirt of mustard, a splash of soy sauce, a few dashes of garlic salt, dash of nutmeg, a few shakes of onion powder, 1/4 cup of almond milk, a handful of frozen veggies, and sprinkled the top with some bread crumbs I happened to have. Throw that bad boy in a crust and stick it in the oven at 375 for 35 minutes and VOILA! Delicious vegan dinner.

The best part is I now have left over vegan cheese and made a yummy breakfast bagel with melted cheese and leftover ingrediants from tacos we made the other night! Can't beat it!

What's are your kitchen staples?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Vintage Items

Just added some great new vintage items to the shop! Click here to check them out! I've been trying to make an effort to get more vintage items available as it's a lonely little section of The Morose Bee.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Movie Monday

Last week's Movie Monday answer was...

Revolutionary Road

No one guessed the correct answer, but it was a bit of a tricky one. Not exactly a super popular flick.

However, last week's winner has not sent me their e-mail!

If this is you please contact me so I can get you your prize!

Here are this week's clues for Movie Monday. Rules: check out the awesome Etsy items, figure out which movie they collectively represent, leave a comment with your guess and your contact info. All correct guesses will be eligible to win any single item you'd like from my shop!

etsy seller: punkybunny300 

etsy seller: twicetees

etsy seller: maureencracknell

etsy seller: HibouCards

etsy seller: PixieHearts

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sometimes DIY Makes You Wanna Cry

Earlier today I was catching up on the recent "scandal" between Etsy and Urban Outfitters on Regretsy about how a shop owner claims that Urban Outfitters ripped off her designs. A little research shows that many people were selling similar jewelry long before this Etsy shop even opened up and that her designs are not as original as she thought. I think that the shop in question has excellent designs that I have personally considered buying in the past and she just happens to have had the same idea as someone else. There's also plenty of evidence to show that Urban Outfitters is a questionable company lead by corrupt people regardless of whether or not they're ripping off independent designers ideas.

It all reminds me of when I was first thinking about opening an Etsy shop and had what I thought was the brilliant idea of making my mustache necklaces. After several months of talking and planning with my friend Nicole and making different versions of products, I finally opened up my shop with a few items including my mustaches.

Then one day I walked into Hot Topic to see a little cheap metal mustache necklace hanging in their accessories section. My gut reaction was OH NO! I THOUGHT I WAS SO ORIGINAL AND AWESOME AND I'M JUST A FRAUD!

When I got home I looked around online and Etsy to discover that not only was my mustache idea unoriginal, mustaches were actually TRENDY??? No Way..facial hair? Really? I honestly had no idea.

But here's what I realized...

I was the only person I could find making mustaches out of ceramic.

So I decided that my idea was valid. Yes other people are making the same thing, but they were made out of polymer clay, metal, plastic, wood, used skateboards pieces, etc. I came to my idea on my own, executed it in a way that I felt was my own, and have marketed it in my own way. I am the only person I can find with a Mustache of the Month Club.

There are volumes that are written about this subject and volumes more to go and this is just my personal opinion. The reality of it is that very few ideas are original, but you should never intentionality rip somebody off. If you have a profitable idea executed in a way that is all your own and is done with effort and care, it's still possible you may run into someone along the way doing the same thing. When you reach that point, the course of action  is all your own, but, PLEASE, don't be a dick about it.