Bee Blog / Best of British
Capturing the Last Days of Summer at a Scottish flower show:
With all the stunning colours of the blooms on show, I couldn't help but be drawn in to the local flower show when in Fife.
Giant, vivid flower heads filled the room, looking almost unearthly as they seemingly floated there in neat, long rows. As the shafts of sunlight shone down upon them, it had me wishing I had my proper camera with me, however the iPhone camera had to suffice:
Although I couldn't help but find polishing potatoes and carrots a little odd (surely?!). You can't help but admire this lot:
Although I have to admit that it did remind me a little of:
Here's an exclusive sneak preview of the marquee decor at the highly anticipated Crowe-Lyall wedding next weekend...
Beach huts, boats and sky blue spots make up the gorgeous nautical themed bunting.
- especially created by Quirky Bee for our good friend Miss Lyall ... soon to be Mrs Crowe.
We're chuffed to bits to be creating something special for such an important day!
In a 'Hello'-style exclusive, we have found out that the bride will be wearing a beautiful Angelina Faccenda dress, and the groom may well be wearing something picked up two hours previously in a last minute mad-dash to the Sunderland Debenhams...
Quirky Bee has always had a bit of a soft spot for our feathered friends. You may have noticed that a few of them have sneaked their way into our products. If we spot a bird in a fabric print, we're aways interested!
One our favourites is Prestigous Fabric's 'Berkeley Square' cotton duck:
It's a good quality, heavy cotton that has been featured in Quirky Bee's Kindle and iPad case designs, as well as cushions and a tote-bag.
Kindle/E Reader Case: £12.99 iPad/Tablet Case: £15.99 Tote Bag: £9.99
We also love Anorak's Bird and Seagull oilcloths.
And - new fabric just in :
Soon to be made in to items in our gadget case ranges!
Of course, we just had to sneak a bird design into our range of Thank You cards:
Stitiched Fabric Greetings Card: £3.49
So while on this theme, we've a few Folksy bird-related finds on a Saturday - who says it has to be Folksy Friday?!
Put your feet up and check out our favourite birdie items:
Noodle Bubble's handmade soaps
Lotus Blossom's Bird Card
Buttercup Design's Bird Brooch
Peony and Thistle's beautiful Vintage Bird Bunting
Alexandra McQuade's Bird Brooch
Some beautiful creations, I hope you'll agree. Now time for a tea-break...
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Cancelled flights? Grubby hotel rooms? Dicky tummies? And not to mention several tonnes of carbon per flight...
Not something you want for your holiday?
Rather than just simply booking that annual package holiday abroad this year - why not consider good old Blighty?!
Theres been a recent surge in us Brits plumping for 'Stay-cations' in recent years. And with good reason, if so many people from around the World are spending a fortune on coming to visit the UK, why not appreciate what you're lucky enough to have on your own doorstep. And not only that you can feel good that you've helped boost the income of those in the area you visit, and not travelled so far.
Quirky Bee looks at a few of our faves:
City of contrasts, the stunning Scottish capital has few rivals for scenery and character. One of our all time favourite destinations, it seems like there is more to see each time.
With more than its fair share of gruesome history, there's ghost stories around every corner and some fascinating buildings. Interesting bars and restaurants can be found at the Grassmarket and fabulous antique shop and tearooms at AnTeaques on Clerk Street. Don't miss The Dome on George Street, the Castle (of course!) or nearby Joppa Beach.
Traditional seaside town seeing a bit of a resurgence of late, with the new Turner Contemporary gallery. Turned used to love to paint the beautiful skies here because of the light, the sunset across the sands is still definitely worth a look.
Jellied eels are a traditional seaside snack, if you dare you can still try them at the London Pie and Mash shop. On Sunday's do do do get yourself along to the Vintage, Antiques and Food market! We couldn't drag ourselves away...
West Coast of Scotland
This is THE place to go for world-famous, stunningly dramatic scenery. Jaw-dropping views around every corner and great local hospitality. Hire one of the many cute little cottages, or perhaps you might like to relax in a rather grander lodge hotel.
We think that a trip to Glen Coe simply cannot be missed, or to the waterfall at Glen Nevis. Surprisingly there's many white 'Caribbean' style sandy beaches in this area - honest! Try exhilarating outdoor sports at Stramash, Oban, or for something more relaxing visit the Little Soap and Candle Company's tea room at Drumbeg http://www.drumbegdesigns.com/Shop-and-Tea-Garden.html .
Brighton should be visited for all those fascinating independent shops of Brighton Lanes alone. Never mind the glorious Brighton pebbled beach, or the riotous nightlife. Catch a show at the Brighton Dome Theatre and try a delicious smoothie at Utopia cafe. If you're there in November, you HAVE to check out MADE12 Design and craft fair at the Corn Exchange...
If we've convinced you, think about our sunglasses and gadget cases while you're packing, to stylishly protect all your precious goodies!
Our bunting's been proving popular, mostly the Union Jack variety of course, and all this bunting sewing has been making us feel the Jubilee spirit just that little bit more.
Enjoy the rest of the Bank Hol, from all at Quirky Bee! P.S - at least someone found a use for our bunting in all this wet weather!