Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Zine About Bees from Hollie McManus

I love bees. I really do. Although I love bees in general, my favourite are the big, fat, fuzzy ones that seem almost too big and awkward to fly and collect pollen. Lovelies like this one make me tempted to pat them when I spot them on my flowers. Doesn't he look all fuzzy and cuddly?

I was the very fortunate recipient of the cutest mini-bee-zine EVER from Hollie McManus. Hollie is yet another hookup from my mail art godmother, Jessica Gowling.

The mini-zine, measuring in at only 2.5" x 3.75", is a combination of hand-drawn and digital illustration with information about bees (and how very important they are to us) along with activities like a wordsearch and a colouring page. According to Hollie's note, this zine is only a snippet of a larger book she created while in university.

Two perfect details to top this all off are the bee sticker sealing the envelope:

and the flower stamp:

... J


  1. What a sweet little book! I like the tile background you photographed on, too. :)

  2. Thank you! The tile background is from a little entry-way side table I made with my hubby. Broken tiles on an old table that was initially intended to hold our aquarium.

  3. Jess@Brown Paper BunnyMay 21, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Wow, this is quite possibly the cutest zine I've seen! I'm a big bee fan, and a bigger honey fan....and bees seem to like me too, they are always flying into my hair and getting tangled and angry and stingy (wasps too), but I still love them. :)

  4. The British sure know how to make a beautiful stamp!


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