67 thoughts on “The Bee Lady

  1. magpiesue says:

    Truly, there seems to be no end to your talents! Your pyrography is beautiful, and what a wonderful application of it. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m just so glad that I could put the photos of pieces I’ve sold to good use. I don’t have any of them any more, and this is a great way to reconnect with them.

  2. Again …. your never ending list of talents brings my eyes and heart so much joy.
    You are so so gifted my friend β™₯️

  3. kymlucas says:

    Love this. I’m sure you knew I would. As always, I am in awe of your artistic talent and skills. Your brother and SIL’s place sounds lovely too.

  4. I am sure they are planning to celebrate Honey Spas August 14th:
    https://quimperhitty.com/?s=honey+Spas !

  5. I love that I’m back on the blogs in time to see this Kate. You are talented! I love the spoon and bee and it makes a perfect label and a rather spiffing apron too. Your brother’s family surroundings sound idyllic as well.

    • katechiconi says:

      My decorated spoons were always popular – I did a lot with dog portraits on them, and flowers, fruit and native wildlife. The bee was always my favourite, though.

  6. Your decorated spoon is so beautiful and detailed. You certainly have a wonderful talent for pyrography. I do love the labels and apron. How wonderful to see your work being ‘worn’ in that way πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s really fun to see it! I miss being able to do the pyrography easily and without pain; these days, I tend to save my pyrography time for really special projects.

  7. Marty K says:

    You are one multitalented woman, Kate! The spoon is absolutely beautiful! Love that your bee will decorate merch. I wonder if your brother would be willing to share some photos of the orchard — it sounds idyllic, especially with the Tor in sight. Reminds me of one of my favorite Time Team episodes.

    • katechiconi says:

      I must ask him about it. I know that many of the trees are still small; they have lived there only a few years since he retired. I’m sure he has a list of what’s there. If I can, I’ll do a post about it.

  8. anne54 says:

    i love the way that your SIL’s talent for bees fed into yours, which fed back to her, and your brother, and has come full circle with that lovely apron! The other part I love is that generosity takes on a life of its own. And you are one very generous woman, Kate. πŸ’•

  9. Amazing, first of all the original spoon and then the inspired use of the image. But of course πŸ™‚

  10. Perfect logo with so much love, history and connection. Until I got to the bit where you said that the honey is not for sale, I was getting excited about driving up to Somerset to buy some honey from your family. that would be a another fun connection. πŸ™‚

  11. Wow, that is stunning. Is there anything that you can’t do? And not just do, but do so well?

    • katechiconi says:

      Ah, get along with you! I can’t knit. I can’t crochet, I can’t paint, I can’t do free motion quilting, I can’t weave decently, I can’t do posh dressmaking or embroidery. Plenty of stuff. And I can’t even do the pyrography very well any more as it hurts my hand if I do it too long…

      • You are one of the most creative people I’ve ever “met”! Hope you’re having a better week than last week, and taking it a bit easier. I’m sure Mouse is a good and faithful companion when The Husband’s off at work. x

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m actually feeling pretty good right now. I’ve been slowly building up my dog walking time, a bit each day, and I’m up to 3km + each day. I’m also severely modifying my eating habits and that’s helping too. Mouse is a real lovey, he’s quiet, affectionate and always ready for a game or a treat or a walk πŸ˜€

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    This design is lovely, and your sister is in a lovely spot- we went house hunting there too- even to a house that qualified for free Glastonbury tickets..
    I am impressed with your skill, and how lovely to be able to use your photos.

  13. tialys says:

    That pyrography design is beautiful and it makes the perfect little labels for honey.
    In our (endless) internet searching for a new house we have also ventured in the direction of Glastonbury so you never know, I might even get to see them in real life one day .

  14. You say you can’t paint but you can draw with a pyrography tool. I say I can’t draw but can produce motifs for embroidery or applique. It’s funny how aware we are of what we can’t do but maybe would like to be able to do. Paradise Hill, Glastonbury, Somerset sounds such a lovely address!

  15. That is gorgeous. There seems to be no limit to your talents! You could SO sell that design to beekeepers. (We are beekeepers, the community always loves a better label.)

    And I hope you are feeling better!

    • katechiconi says:

      The name was my brother’s choice, along the lines of Cat Lady! I believe I shall make the artwork and copyright available to her for selling, she’s very enterprising!

  16. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! That is just plain Stunning! You are a multi-talented person.

  17. Susan Nixon says:

    Wonderful artwork on your part, and great they have used edible landscaping, as well as bees, for a business, and for their own preparation for whatever comes. I really like the spoon, too.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think with my SIL in charge of the bees and vegie garden, and my brother in charge of the food forest, there are remote chances of starvation in that household… I’m glad you like it!

  18. claire93 says:

    is there no end to your talents?

  19. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    Is there any craft you haven’t done?! I’ve never heard of pyrography, but now I’m going to look for a whippet on a spoon!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, heaps! I only found out about it by seeing someone else’s beautiful work. It’s basically drawing and shading, but using heat to create the image and most of the trick lies in knowing when to stop! If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let me know. I might be tempted to pick up my tools again…

  20. My mother tried her hand at it years ago but I guarantee, she didn’t get farther than burning her name into a piece of wood. You are quite the artist with that tool. I know how hard it can be. I gave away her kit as I knew I’d never get around to giving it a go. Your original design has really bloomed. πŸ™‚ Love it!

    • katechiconi says:

      Some of the older kits use something akin to a soldering iron, and they can be very hard to use. I have one with a nickel cadmium wire stretched between two terminals and crimped to a fine point in the centre. It’s easier to achieve a fine result, but a bit harder to learn and use. I’m really thrilled to find a use for the photos of past projects πŸ˜€

  21. That looks GREAT! You are indeed quite an artist!

  22. mlmcspadden says:

    wonderful work and a great logo

  23. craftycreeky says:

    It’s beautiful, and highlights your talent when it can be enlarged so much for the apron and stiil look fab! How did he print it onto the apron?

  24. cedar51 says:

    How fabulous and the skills we often have shelved, that only come to light when someone else utilitses them…

  25. Everything about this is super delightful (apart from your hands being stiff. x) Thanks for sharing

  26. Gosh, Kate, you are so talented. I love your wooden spoon design and the way you’ve cleverly focused it into a logo. What a great idea. It looks terrific on the apron, too.

  27. Joanne S says:

    “pyrography” – I learned a new word today. The graphic is very nice!

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