The Fuzzy Bee is an online paper store created and founded by the lovely Marisa Woods. Marisa has a Bachelor of Arts in drawing from Providence College in Rhode Island and has been making cards since opening The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company in 2012. She runs her own blog and you can find her at various markets across Glasgow.
As most of you know by now, I have embarked on a new adventure to study Publishing in Edinburgh. As a result, I’ve been landed in a new flat with a new room to kit out. Being away from home is never easy: missing family and friends, being in an unknown place and, frankly, feeling a bit scared. One of the best things you can do to make a new room feel cosier and more inviting is to adorn it with prints and posters. I wanted to get a couple of illustrations to frame and put in my room that would make me smile in the morning or after a long day at University.
When I saw The Fuzzy Bee’s Nicola Sturgeon meets Gretchen Weiners à la Mean Girls poster, I knew I had to have some of Marisa’s amazing designs in my new home. She is a super talented illustrator, which you can see from the prints and cards she creates, and pretty funny too. All of the cards and illustrations are hand drawn using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop and they started simply as a way for Marisa to document different moments in her life.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s a big thing for me to promote small businesses and, in particular, Scottish companies. Marisa is based in Glasgow so lots of the humour is Scots – although there are tonnes of non-Scots products to buy for any other UK and International readers. Next time you are redecorating or buying a card: please try to source them from local, small businesses. It’s more personable, the products tend to be made with an extra helping of love and, of course, it supports the local economy instead of sending your hard earned cash to goodness knows where.
The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company Products
It was Marisa’s prints that enticed me to her store and you can browse a variety of awesome art pieces here. They make an amazing addition to your home and will have all your guests talking. I’m really digging the Little Map of Glasgow and Little Map of Edinburgh just now, which are great souvenirs for travellers or just lovely keepsakes for residents. For something Scottish, try the Haggis Print. For something inspirational, try this Throw Kindness like Confetti Print. For general awesomeness, try this Eat Pie for Breakfast Print. Prints vary from approximately £11-12 each.
Looking for something a touch more personal? I am not exaggerating when I say that The Fuzzy Bee Paper has greetings cards for everything. See for yourself here. There are ‘be my best man‘ cards, ‘happy anniversary‘ cards and ‘congratulations on your new job‘ cards. No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, there’s a card for it here and each of them is as witty as the one before. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few including the ‘I love your new digs’ card: perfect for anyone who is moving to new house or flat! There are loads general friendship/love cards like this You Do You card. They’re perfect for moments when you want to let someone know you care. Now that I’m living a solid two hour train journey away from my friends and family, a greetings card is a lovely way to let them know I’m thinking about them. Alternatively, buy yourself a few unique greetings cards and frame them for decoration like I have! They’re only £3 each so they’re a total bargain.
Marisa also makes lovely A6 note books like the one you can see in the picture to the left. The note book designs range from autumnal leaves and pretty flowers to sloths and tacos. Like I said on Instagram, it is a truth universally known that a nice notebook will make the stress of Uni that little bit better. They’re only three quid so go pick one up over on Marisa’s Etsy store so that you can be the Queen/King of Stationary in your next class.
The Beehive Box
Another amazing aspect of The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company is the subscription box that Marisa founded. Marisa teamed up with loads of other amazing and talented designers to create a special stationary box: The Beehive Box.
Delightfully curated box of locally sourced stationary and paper products from all around the UK.
It is a great way to keep up to date with adorable designers and be able to grab a Fuzzy Bee goodie from time to time. Their subscriptions range from the £8 p/m Worker Bee Subscription, £15 p/m Honey Bee Subscription and £25 p/m Queen Bee Subscription. I’ve subscribed already and I’ll be posting a blog about that in the future. It’s free shipping to the UK and it is also a great way to encourage and support local/small business.
What are you waiting for?
With Christmas coming up in the not-so-distant future, there’s never been a better time to go old-school and send your loved one a special handcrafted card; F.Y.I letter writing is also a great way to work on Breaking Up With The Internet. If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift for family and friends, try framing one of Marisa’s A4 prints or greetings cards as a unique gift for your fave person.
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