Honey Bees, Love and Tee Shirts.

I did THIS post a few days ago about my tee shirt design that I submitted. (which I only need 2 more to go to print!) So I thought I'd take a day and post about honey bees! A little while ago I came across a post that basically said when honey bees die, we die. I thought it was a strange thing to say so I looked it up! I was shocked to find out that its actually true! (Well that is somewhat of a dramatic statement, but gets the point across.) So after reading a bit more I started to fall in love with the little insects! They're such amazing critters. Everything about the fascinates me from the way they colonize to the way they effect us. Did you know they dance to communicate?! The more I learn about them the more I fall in love!
Source: Bees For Days
Some really interesting things to read are HERE and THERE! (or THIS about solitary bees!) Basically its a bunch of problems from pesticides used to urban environments that are causing a drastic decline in honey bees. If you're like me you're probably thinking, so what? I don't like honey that much anyways. Honeys bee go beyond having delicious vomit and pollinate a lot of our fruits and vegetables. I'll be honest with you and say there are other ways to pollinate these plants, but nothing as cost effective and efficient as bees! Food costs would go up along with losing things like honey and bees wax. Also you have to think something as prominent as the honey bee disappearing really makes you think what kinda shape our planet is in?
Did you know certain types of solitary bees make mini hives from flower petals and mud? Beautiful isn't it?!
What can you do? Lots of things! Plant bee friendly plants, like THESE! Be mindful of the pesticides that you use in your yards. A lot of people want to get rid of bees, but they really aren't that harmful. They're generally nonaggressive and only sting when they're in danger. (Wasps on the other hand are a menace to society and the worst.) Sign a petition! Theres TONS, like THIS or THAT. Seriously if you're bored just google it and a bunch of different ones will pop up! Support your local bee keeper by buying local honey and bees wax products. Its the independent farmers that need the support! Also if you're really brave start a bee hive of your own! (I've always wanted one but don't have the time or space! Maybe one day!)

Phew! Think this post is long enough, I'm not done yet! Now that you know all about bees I wanted to talk about my tee shirt design! Basically I wanted to create something that makes people ask the question, "why do we need to save the honey?" So then you can tell them all the awesomeness you know about honey bees and the help they need! I've been doing a lot of bee drawings and doodles. So when Cotton Bureau popped up I was just too excited! If you know anything about me you know that I love screen printing and me and my sister use to have our own screen printing studio. I've a deep respect for printers! I would've loved to print this myself but we've put our inky squeegees on the self for now. Since I couldn't do that then this is the next best thing I've found. I really do love this company and think they're amazing and have a brilliant thing going on. (P.S. Heres a 10% coupon code! HY2M23CF)

Ok, ok enough ranting! Save the honey, love the bees!

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