For Modern Moms and Busy Babes
Thank you for visiting! I am a one-woman show, backed by the loving support of my wonderful husband, Marcus, my daughter Lily, and two adorable pets - a energetic Irish red setter named Oscar and a Dutch Lop rabbit named Louie (who by the way are best friends!). Growing up in Buffalo, NY, USA, I was surrounded by a family of artisans. Mygrandmother painted and drew,my mother a graphic designer, while my father was quite the chef and had always been, along with my brother, an entrepreneur in some form or another. I always felt I had an artsy soul - after all, it was in my blood!
It was when I started to take some jewelry making courses that I ultimately found myself craving the ability to be more hands-on and creative with my work. In the classes I learned to shape metals, wiring techniques and the basic elements of jewelry design. I made my first piece - a sterling silver polished ring. Though it wasn't perfect by any means, it was a stepping stone for me in starting my own business in another country different from my own!
I knew I had absolute passion for color, design, and most of all jewelry for many years while working in marketing.
In my spare time I would find a way to develop my ideas into a tangible items while learning the in's an outs of being a successful entrepreneur. I taught myself further techniques on my own, making many gifts for friends and family along the way, and seeking out only the best materials and jewelry pieces through trial and error. Addtionally, I continued to design and even collaborate with jewelry makers to bring my designs to life.
So after moving to Sweden with my husband and discovering that people really enjoyed my items, a unique line of jewelry was born!
I set up my first online shop on Etsy in 2012, and then opened up my second store on my website in early 2013. All of my items are prepared and packaged here in my home studio and shipped right to your door. I try to, wherever possible, to use eco friendly materials, such as my recycled packaging, recycled fabrics and sustainably managed wood. I truly enjoy the entire process - from the making and design work, to the photography and even the sometimes long hours working on budgets and sales projections (thank goodness for my business degree!). Each and every piece you buy from me goes to support my family, so I appreciate your business as a customer!
While I still work in marketing on the side, I have found I have a true passion! My hope is to have all of my products not only reflect my own sense of style and fashion, but to evoke a personal style in everyone that owns one of my items. To me it's not so much about following the latest fashion trends, but finding a balance with your overall look that makes you feel comfortable and above anything else, happy.
Update - 2016!
I started dreaming up Bumble and Bee in Spring 2016. I realized that I my current jewelry business was missing something! After becoming a mom, I wore my jewelry less often, simply because my daughter would want to pull and tug it, put it in her mouth and it was just impractical! Not only that, with so many small pieces it was unsafe. I wanted to incorporate something that was important to me and since moving to Sweden I have had a growing appreciation and heart for the forests and nature. I decided that wood could be "that thing" that I could incorporate into my jewelry as it was completely safe for my daughter and even could be sourced locally.
All my products are handmade by me in my home studio, using the very best materials, including 100% recycled fabric yarns - leftover remnant from the textile industry and natural wood mostly from a local wood producer here in Småland. No two beads are the same as they are beautiful with imperfections and varying color tones. The wood is gently sanded, soft to touch and completely safe and natural - perfect for keeping your little babes busy and occupied. The yarns are stretchy and durable, and the colors and prints will look great on mom....or even if your not a mom!
I hope you will take a moment to browse and see what's new in the webshop!
Thank you for reading, and, as always, feel free to send me a note, a special request such as a hand written card with your order, or just say hello at: firstname.lastname@example.org