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Busy Bumble Bees

About this design:

With Summer coming to a close here in the southwest, our garden is finally fading as the evenings are getting a tad cooler. The bees have been a great aid in pollinating our garden & I couldn’t help but make my last summer piece in praise of these hard workers. At the beginning of the season, hubby was using a small paint brush to pollinate all the flowers. He was so happy to finally see the bees arrive. One day I caught him telling them ‘what a good job they were doing’—if only I had captured that on video! So, here is my tribute to these busy, industrious workers.


Green Girl Bee focal (LB), African recycled glass, African recycled ring (LB), Jet carved round, yellow glass rondelles & lampwork bead, pink crystal rondelle, metal large hole bead, wood, black leather (LB), seeds, bead caps (flowered ones from LB)

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  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I just love the story behind this piece, the assortment of beads, and the pops of pink in the design. Perfect.

  2. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Too dang cute! Agreed, both the story and the bracelet are wonderful! I sat outside the other day and watched dozens of pollinators flying around some blooms near by. Gave me hope we have plenty of those babies! I, too, love the blacks and yellows with the pops of pink. Great job!

  3. Althea A
    Althea A says:

    I love this! We too had lots of bees hard at work in our garden this summer. Your bracelet really does a wonderful job of symbolizing bees. Beautiful!

  4. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Yes, this is a great tribute to those hard workers and I am sure if you ask any bee they would agree. The pink is unexpected and delightful….and I love the GGS focal. It’s definitely a fitting good bye to Summer.

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Your husband sounds like me, except I was chastising a bee for not doing his job, LOL. I never got a single tomatillo, although it produced a lot of flowers. I like this tribute to bees. The lampwork beads with the flowers is a nice touch to the piece.

  6. Melody F
    Melody F says:

    I love tis brightly colored bracelet and I have learned to welcome bees, and make sure they have a little watering hole that suits them. K Ralston, tomatillos have to be cross pollinated, so you must have two plants near each other, and they can’t be identical clones.

  7. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Funny story and beautiful bracelet. Love all the different components you used. Especially the lampwork with the flowers.
    It was 38 degrees here this morning. I love your photo of the bee on the clover.
    KR – Sorry to hear about your tomatillos (one of my favorite fruits).

  8. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beautiful bracelet and explanation! Here in deep So. TX people are just planting their gardens. We still are having highs from 95 to 102.

  9. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Beautiful Crystal! I love your mention to bumblebee’s. I have a huge butterfly bush -its about 6 ft tall and was covered with blue flowers this summer. Never did see a butterfly on it, but was covered with bumblebees. I don’t think they produce honey except for their hive, right? But all the cross pollination was alive and well. I had a lady in our community that has a bee hive- she brought me a jar of her honey with a thankyou for all the flowers I put out. Boy, it was delicious!

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Oh my, thank you all for such wonderful comments! I found this bracelet a challenge, mainly because of its bolder color scheme. You wouldn’t believe all the versions I went through until deciding on this one. I originally had clustered flowers on one end, but somehow it just didn’t work for me. It’s a bit daring…but I figured it could double as a vote for the home team? You know….Go Steelers!? :)

  11. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Crystal- we use to live in Pa. Big Penn State and Steelers fan. Even though we live in Texas now, I sure miss those beautiful Pa mountains. We lived a little town outside State College. Memory lane…….

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Yes, memory lane….Hubby’s cousin went to Penn State. We do miss the greenery & the changing colors of the trees; but I can say for a certainty, we don’t miss the humidity, icy roads, & big snow storms! I’ve come to appreciate that each area of the country has it’s own beauty.

  13. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Melody F. Thanks for the information. I only had a small container garden this year and only the one tomatillo plant. It grew big and green and healthy, and now I know why I got nothing. I was blaming that big Carpenter Bee, LOL. This year was a learning experience. Next year should be better.

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