It’s 2018 already! Can you believe it? It’s time to hang up a new calendar so you can start marking all those important dates you have coming up this year. That special trip to Nicaragua, your cousins 30th birthday, and your favorite artist playing in a town near you! Those are hardly things you want to forget!
As always, Etsy never ceases to impress me with the quality of artwork they have. There are so many beautiful handmade calendars by so many talented artists it’s going to be hard to choose just one! Read more →
It’s a new year and you’re looking to clean-up your lifestyle a little bit. Bring some cleanliness and organization into your life with some new and fresh storage ideas. Afterall, a clean house is a clean mind! Check out the amazing artists on Etsy to see what storage solutions they have come up with for you. Here are 20 of my favorite fresh storage ideas to help you get started on your search!
Winter has come! A lovely site for those surrounded by snow, but sometimes it’s only lovely from a distance… Depending on where you live, winter can be tough. However, it can be a great time to catch up on some reading, to finish that puzzle on your kitchen table, and to drink way too much hot chocolate. So when you aren’t skating on the pond, sledding down the mountain or eating shaved ice, it’s best to stay indoors next to the warm fire with the people you love. (TIP: If you don’t have a fireplace, Youtube has some great fireplace videos that you can play on your big screen. It’s not quite the same, but it will do the trick!) So here are some awesome items from the artists on Etsy to help you stay cozy this winter. Read more →
Are you looking to transition to a sustainable future? How about a regenerative one? Well, you just might be interested in what the people over at PraxEco are doing. Andthebee got the unique opportunity to interview an up-and-coming company that has a vision of a healthy and sustainable future. They follow permaculture principles in their methodology as a company to support a diverse range of innovative, sustainable and regenerative projects. Continue reading to learn more about PraxEco and how you can get involved in the projects of the future.
Are you a creative person? Are your friends and family creative? Do you want to show someone how much you care by making them a gift instead of just giving them one? Or do you want to give the gift of a beautiful experience while doing a craft project together? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place! Here I have put together an amazing list of DIY gift kits that will surely be a hit over the holiday season! A ton of unique and fun ideas to enjoy the holiday season with the people you love, and to give a gift that your loved ones will truly enjoy. Read more →
Oh no! Secret Santa time again… That means shopping… That means consumerism and buying into the crazy Christmas related spending schemes. So are you looking for some eco-friendly gift ideas that won’t break your budget? A lot of people associate the words “eco-friendly,” “ethical,” “organic,” “sustainable,” etc. with the word “expensive!” But it definitely doesn’t have to be that way. With a little effort, you can find small business owners who are creating beautiful eco products without the high costs you may be used to. So I decided to take away some of your research time and help you get your Secret Santa holiday shopping over with while still supporting hand-makers and artisans. Read more →
Not long ago, andthebee was living in the remarkable Montreal. In fact! It was there where my blog began. During my time there I met a ton of local artists and I wanted to discover a way I could support them. I came up with the idea to write a blog to showcase some of the small businesses who were creating unique original items as well as the shops supporting local handmakers and Canadian artisans. Now, this holiday season many of those very artists have put out a selection of holiday-themed items! So why not support real artists this holiday season and do your gift shopping on Etsy. I have gathered 10 holiday gift ideas from Montreal based artists to get you started on your hunt. #supportlocalRead more →
The holiday season, once again, and the dread of shopping is overwhelming you. Consumerism is taking a toll on our current society, and it’s hard to feel good about purchasing from large corporations nowadays. So why not support the little fish? Real people who are trying to make a difference in how we create and produce. It can be hard to find these artists in your city or town and may take a lot of searching to find an ethical gift for each person on your list in the same store. Well, there is one store that DOES have it all… Etsy!Read more →
So you’ve completed your Permaculture Design Certificate. You’re probably full of emotions; sad to say goodbye to a group you grew close with but excited to apply your new permaculture knowledge in real life situations. But… What exactly are these real-life situations? And do you even feel finished with learning? Where can you apply this knowledge? Where can you get more!? Oh, the feeling of a lost little puppy is pretty normal, I think, for a lot of people coming out with their Permaculture Design Certificate. It happened to me (actually it continues happening to me), and I have spent a lot of time on research on how I can further my education in Permaculture, and where I can start applying and practising my skills. So here you have the ultimate list that can help you figure out what exactly to do after you complete your Permaculture Design Certificate.