Hello to you! Hoping everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend, and if you were taking a holiday from the internet, I hope you’ll take a few moments to peek at yesterday’s Inspire Me Monday post by Rhea Weigand. I’m still reeling from how neat her card it was!!
We are ready to reveal a newly remixed digital stamp set for you, one that focuses on the buzzing beauty of nature. My sweet little vintage bee skep originally was situated among a mix of wildflowers, and now it is home to the honeybees collecting the nectar of cottage garden foxgloves and cosmos. May I introduce you to: Sweet Simple Things.
This digital stamp sets comes with one small “You’re so sweet” sentiment that would be nice on a tag for the outside of a card, and a beautiful one for the inside by Laura Ingalls Wilder, “It is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones, after all.”
What is a bee skep? Well, they are only about the most ancient forms of beekeeping, with a history going back to the year 500 in Ireland. They are made from straw, and are basically a basket, except upsidedown. I learned some fascinating facts about skeps just by doing a little Googling. (Here’s a link that was quite interesting offering some bee skep history.) My introduction to bee skeps came from seeing them illustrated in British illustrator Sara Midda’s enchanting book, In and Out of the Garden, growing up. My mother framed two of the illustrations for our upstairs bathroom, and I enjoyed peeking at them every time I turned on or off the light. :)
I am enchanted by the cards made for today’s release — the Instant Gardeners brought this image to life with such artistry and bright summer color! Who would think that a humble line drawing could end up looking so bountiful and downright delightful? Just WOW! I’m continually amazed. Won’t you come see?
This new digital set is available now in the Power Poppy Shop! Have a wonderful day, my friends! I’m off to the garden to continue to shore up the straggling tendrils of the tomato plants that seem to be taking over everything in their path — it’s our first year growing them, and they were started from seed by Lulu in her bedroom windowsill in very early spring. I’d better go read up on tomato plants...