Florida-based The Wooden Bee makes lovely recycled wood creations. I love her wine cork coaster kits – what a great idea!
Bee has also been kind enough to offer a discount to Glue and Glitter readers! Check it:
I would like to extend a 15% off discount to our new online Etsy store (excludes custom orders, just inventory on etsy). Just put â€œGlue & Glitterâ€ in the â€˜notes to sellerâ€™ section & I will refund the discount through PayPal.
Here’s a little bit more about this awesome crafter…
1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
It all started when I was a little girl and my grandmother taught me how to cross stitch. I fell in love with the process of creating something handmade. First, I cross stitched gifts for my elementary school teachers, and then I made jewelry for my school friends. By the time I was ready to go off to college, I was taking my easel and paint set with me. I even got a job working at an art studio during my college years. Iâ€™ve just always been involved in some sort of art or crafting. I love all the opportunities it brings. Always something new to learn, always something new to create! One of the reasons I offer DIY products is because I want to give my customers the opportunity to save and create something themselves.
2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
I first became concerned with the environment when my middle school science teacher explained to us how much water would be saved if we simply turned off the water while brushing our teeth! That class made me realize how important it is to take care of the Earth and its resources. I am always searching for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I pride myself in using recycled products, not just recycled & reclaimed wood for The Wooden Bee, but in all aspects of life & business. I store beads and wire in recycled spinach containers, use plastic lids for paint trays, and pickle jars for paint brush storage. I even compost the saw dust from the sanding process for our garden!
3. What inspires you?
My family has worked in and around the home construction industry all my life. I have always been alarmed at what a large amount of waste it creates. I started collecting hardware, wood, and other things that would have otherwise found themselves as landfill space. The beautiful pieces I save easily inspire me to create something new and exciting.
4. Who are your crafty heroes?
My grandmother would have to be my crafty hero for teaching me to cross stitch and therefore teaching me the act of giving something handmade to someone. Itâ€™s why I love crafting.
Some of my recent crafty heroes would be Pamela Morrow and Kari Chapin. Pamela for encouraging me to get serious & to get online with my work. She had verbal words of encouragement, but mostly sheâ€™s my crafty heroin because she set an example. Watching the creation of her plastic fused boutique, The Only Girl, was very inspiring! Kari Chapin for writing The Handmade Marketplace. I read it at a time when I was on the fence about launching The Wooden Bee. It pushed me over the edge and I worked through all the red tape this summer to begin an eco-friendly Florida business!
5. Where can folks find your work?
You can purchase products at The Wooden Bee Etsy shop and at the Garden & Gallery, a great brick and mortar store in Alachua, FL. Contact me about custom orders and visit my blog to see a portfolio of my recycled wood.
Are you an eco-friendly crafter? If you’d like to be interviewed as part of the 5 Questions series, just contact me!