I’ve had bees on my mind for a while now… Henry’s “B-10” first grade helped inspire the name for the class market project — the Bee Happy Bee 10 Market (and I used a bee as their trademark)!
…then we sometimes watch Aladdin (the original Disney animated movie). As most people know — Robin Williams is genius as the Genie! There’s a part in the film where he turns himself into a bee, and tells a very nervous Aladdin, “bee yourself” while he is trying to impress the princess… I love that message!
Now I am a busy bee — making bees out of vinyl and Swarovski gems that I find on the floor at Broadway’s Aladdin! So far I have turned them into magnets… but I don’t know what I am going to do with all of these bees!
I started out with buying some glittery vinyl, and I was going to try to make fun little bags (like clutches), but I don’t have a sewing machine (and I’d need special needles or something really good to sew vinyl)! With bees on my mind (and having bought these particular colors) I just started making my own bee body patterns and cutting out bee heads, and wings too…. I glued them together and added the gems. Also — I find subway Metro cards all over (free materials); they seem fun… so now I also have a hybrid of NYC bees.
With the ending of this school year drawing near — I made bees for Henry’s teachers & staff to go along with their gifts and cards.
The bees with bows went for the ladies, I gave teacher – Nick – a bee with a bow tie, and one paraprofessional always has stylish glasses… so I made special bee glasses for Ebony!
I tried arranging them on a blue canvas, but that didn’t look right. Since they have magnets on the back– they are hanging on my refrigerator, and my front door (it’s made of metal).
I happened to think all bugs are pretty cool. When I lived in WNY — I remember seeing all kids of interesting insects, I was out in nature every chance I could get: camping, hiking…going to nature preserves…. I also took “Outdoor Science” at Buffalo State College — one of our projects was to create a bug collection. I had to label them scientifically (and have a specific amount)! I was pretty desperate toward the end and started scooping them out of light fixtures and a friend’s pool filter (I hated to kill and pin these beautiful little guys).
So often humans see bugs as pests; and we kill them if they get in our way. Un-bee-lievable! But about seven years ago — bee colonies starting disappearing. Are pesticides to blame? What about our crops? Do we need to plant more wild flowers? We need pollination for our fruit crops, and other crops, right?
Get the BUZZ, and some real answers by clicking this Ted Talk here! Don’t forget to share with your children too! The short answer is YES, we need bees!
The BEE Movie (with Jerry Seinfeld) only got a 3/5 star rating… but Henry and some of his friends think bees are pretty cool now! You’re the bees knees, Jerry! (and since Jerry lives right around the corner maybe I’ll just drop off all of these bees at his building)!
Oh — by the way my bees are all different — because BEEing yourself is BEE-u-tiful! Let’s BEE friends… Get the BUZZ… BEE mine…. You’re cute as can BEE… Are you a Queen BEE? …having a baby? You’re a Mama to BEE….or a Daddy to BEE… now BEE sweet, and enjoy some nature today!
*Metro cards were cleaned and disinfected with a plant-based non-toxic yet powerful cleaner.