Fiddle Leaf Fig Inspiration and 15 Pretty Planters

Fiddle Leaf Fig
I have a love/hate relationship with these green beauties. I love them and they hate me. ūüėČ No really. I’ve had three plants now and they keep dying, despite my tender loving care – scheduled waterings, a sunny spot next to the window and a gentle leaf polishing with coconut oil. I’ve tried everything. Maybe it’s my house…maybe it’s not enough sun. Who knows? Some day I’ll figure it out, until then these pictures will keep me dreaming.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig

And here are some fun potting ideas too! I stick mine inside a ceramic pot and¬†woven grass basket at home. These cute planters extend beyond the fiddle leaf fig…think snake plant,¬†cacti, rubber trees, palms etc. There are lots of indoor plant options that would look stunning in these pretty planters.
Pretty Planters
1. palazzo marbleized planter / 2. glisan hanging planter / 3.fiddle leaf fig ceramic planter / 4.cement planter / 5.brass planter /  6.riviera pineapple copper planter / 7.mamba basket / 8.drum white planter/  9.blue swirl planter  / 10.drip pottery / 11.zen white planter / 12.napa round planter / 13.conway basket /14.Joya Basket / 15.danube planter grey marble

Pictures: grancedore, theinspiredroom,  domino, heatherkincaid, domino 2


The Lace Studio Wedding Dress Necklace : Giveaway

Lace Studio Necklace
I have admired Liz Cater’s jewelry for quite awhile now. I posted about her fabulous idea for wedding dress necklaces back in 2013. What a wonderful way to remind you of your special day. Liz will encase a piece of your wedding dress lace in a clear waterproof resin and sterling silver backed pendant to wear as a necklace. But this idea expands beyond just wedding dress lace. Any special material will work… a hospital baby cap, a piece of your past loved ones favorite shirt or tie, military uniform or any¬†piece of cloth that means something special. I love it Liz! A necklace that reminds me of a moment in time, my very own time capsule. It’s something that I can look down at and feel all warm and fuzzy when I remember that day. Thank you!

I caught up with Liz a few weeks ago for a meet-the-artist interview! She is so nice and offered to send a¬†GIVEAWAY¬†kit to one lucky Bit of Bees Knees reader! And a shoutout to all you guys¬†out there…Valentine’s day is just around the corner and I think this would be the perfect gift for your lovely lady.

-GIVEAWAY RULES-

The contest will be held on my INSTAGRAM at the time of this post and runs until January 23rd.
1. Like this picture and tag 1 friend in a comment below.
2. Check out @the_lace_studio on Instagram and like one of Liz’s pictures.

That’s it! Contest runs until January 23rd! I will notify the winner via private Instagram message the night of the 23rd for your shipping info.¬†

The kit is for the 20mm sterling silver necklace, so a little bigger than the one I’m wearing (mine is 15mm, or dime sized, and the 20mm is nickel sized) and retails for $85. ¬†I will mail the lucky winner a necklace kit from The Lace Studio. It comes with complete instructions on how to send in your material, pick a background color and mail it back to Liz (stamps included). Any material can be sent in!

Lace Studio Necklace

Meet the Artist

L I Z Z   C A R T E R

What inspired you to make jewelry?  

I was inspired to make lace jewelry from¬†my own wedding. ¬†I asked my seamstress to save any lace she cut off during alterations with no real plan on how to use it, I just knew I didn’t want it to go to waste! ¬†After searching for gifts to give to my family for helping me plan the wedding I fell short, the typical robes and monogrammed cups were great, but didn’t seem personal enough. ¬†I started with the idea of putting the lace in a locket, but really wanted it to last a lifetime, and that’s when I started experimenting with resin. ¬†It took many different processes and resins before finding what worked best, but now that I have the basic process down, the ideas are limitless, and I really enjoy encasing all types of materials in resin now, it no longer has to only be lace. ¬†¬†

What do you enjoy doing in your off time?  

In my time off I enjoy hiking and yoga, and spending time with family. ¬†My son is 11 now and it’s a really fun age. ¬†

Where can you be found online (websites, social media etc)?

I can be found at thelacestudio.com, on Facebook (facebook.com/thelacestudio), and Instagram (@the_lace_studio), I’m also still on Etsy where I started in 2011 at lacestudio.etsy.com. ¬†

What is the most rewarding aspects of starting a handmade business? Do you have any tips?  

I love that I am able to be creative and work with my hands. My favorite thing is hearing the stories behind the material that I work with. I am honored that my clients let me be a small part of that story, and that I can help keep that story alive by creating something they can wear everyday.  I am so grateful that I am able to work from home with flexible hours, it allows me to put my son on the bus every morning and be here when he gets home from school.   My tip to anyone who enjoys creating is to go for it!  Even if it starts as  a hobby and not your full time job, you never know where it will take you unless you try.
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Gift Guide for Her

Christmas Gifts For Her

Let the holiday countdown begin! We spent the weekend at the cabin enjoying a hike and the first snow of fall/winter! I needed a snow storm¬†and the town Christmas tree lighting to kickstart the holiday-feels. December is just days away and the gift-giving season is here! This is a little “Gift Guide for Her” your mom, sister, friend etc. Last week I posted a “Gift Guide for Him”¬†to give you a few ideas to run with! Happy Holidays!

Mango thick sweater / Anthropologie opal earrings set / ChloBo mid knuckle ring / Tan floppy hat / Kate Spade eyewear / Aerin Fragrance Coffret / Estée Lauder Gardenia Tuberose / Egyptian Magic face oil / Aesop skincare / Flower Balm Lip Tint / African Black Soap / Herbivore body cleanser / Herbivore Coco Rose / Novica cotton hammock / Turkish cotton bath towel / Trapp Candles No. 7 Patchouli Sandalwood / Kate Spade Pillow / Brass Pineapple Tumble / Anthropologie Cheese Board / Olive wood cheese board / Teal Blue Agate Bookends / Geometric glass terrarium / Sur La Table Twig Spoon / Rustic Wooden Ladder / Organic Hawaiian Spirulina / Navitas Naturals Organic Pomegranate Powder / Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug Cinnamon Gold / Tava Vanilla Bean Ghee / Luxardo Cherries / Montagne Bleue Signature Tea Blend from Paris

Gift Ideas for Him

Gift Ideas for Him

I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree next week! The holiday season is upon us and with that comes gift giving! It can be hard to find the perfect gift for your guy… so I‚Äôll be posting gift ideas for both men and women this week. The Hub helped me curate this one, so here are some fantastic gift ideas approved by an actual guy!¬†Great gifts for the men in your life (husband, brother, father etc). Links are listed below.

And Enter Here for a chance to win $75 towards a wooden watch by Jord. There is still one week left to enter the contest! Ends Dec 3rd! Just enter you¬†email — super easy! Good luck!


This Bar Saves Lives X A Bit of Bees Knees | Giveaway

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This Bar Saves Lives is making its debut in all California Starbucks! This is great guys…REALLY GREAT! These yummy bars actually do save lives. Here’s how it works. For every bar you buy, their non-profit partner makes a life-saving packet of food. Then they send that food to where it’s needed most. Boom. You helped save a child’s life. How cool is that?

This Bar Saves Lives has partnered with Edesia¬†and Action Against Hunger to provide malnourished children with vital nutrients needed to treat and prevent stunting ‚Äď a condition caused by a diet lacking in essential calories, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals ‚Äď which not only affect a child‚Äôs growth, but also their lifelong health and productivity. 2.6 million children die from severe acute malnutrition each year. And ‚ÄúThis Bar Saves Lives‚ÄĚ has distributed 1,000,000 bars and counting! Let‚Äôs keep it up and save more lives!

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GIVEAWAY!

We‚Äôve got a GIVEAWAY contest for you (on my instagram)! In celebration of their launch at Starbucks, This Bar Saves Lives is giving away a box of bars and a $10 Starbucks gift card¬†to a lucky winner at random. I will notify the winner via¬†insta message next week. Contest ends the night of November 16th! US citizens only please. By entering you are confirming that you are 13+ years of age, agree to Instagram’s terms of use and release Instagram from any and all responsibility. Here‚Äôs how you play:

#1  Follow @thisbar  on Instagram
#2 Tag 2 friends  (in a comment below) to help spread the word on This Bar Saves Lives and ending world hunger!

That’s it! Have fun friends! I wish you luck!

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This Bar Saves Live РWe eat together.  A yummy snack for you and life saving meal for a child in need.