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Jun 24, 2010

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Roxana_bio.jpgRoxana Villa’s passion for the planet, its resources and gifts, is evident in her life as an artist — both in the visual and aromatic arenas. She creates whole, vital, organic perfumes with stories, which can be found in her Etsy shop, Illuminated Perfume. Her latest adventure and mission is to save the honey bee!

I was immersed, typing away on a blog post, when a gift from Aphrodite flew into my life. The golden package was a swarm of winged alchemists, honey bees, who arrived at our compost bin looking for a home. The week before I had watched the film trailer for Queen of the Sun, where French bee historian Yvon Achard says, “Beekeepers are chosen by bees.” Indeed!

Queen of The Sun Teaser Clip from Taggart Siegel on Vimeo

During art school I became obsessed with engravings found in vintage and antique books, particularly those having to do with alchemy and nature. The iconic image of the bee sang sweet songs to my hungry art spirit. In May 2004 my husband Greg and I were at our yearly attendance of the Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum. While strolling the aisles, drooling over gem-like bugs resembling miniature cars and African masks, Greg stopped at a booth and made a purchase. It was a small book titled Love in the Garden by Jean-Pierre Otte, filled with short stories of love and treachery among flowers and insects. The story that captured my heart was an enchanting tale of a little velvet-corseted bumblebee in “The Astonishing Deception of the Bee Orchid.” After reading this eight-page poetical fantasy I was quite keen on using the bee as part of the branding for my perfume company. The symbolism of the honey bee originates from their ability to work as an individual, and within a team, to create an intoxicating elixir from the sweet aroma of flowers.


I had a deep yearning to delve into beekeeping but knew nothing about it and really wasn’t sure how to begin. Then last August I read an article in the LA Times that led me to Kirk Anderson and his group, Backwards Beekeepers. Smitten with Kirk’s mission to save the bees, I attended a meeting at a member’s home. I was initiated into a new world — a new vocabulary — with words like “drone,” “caps,” “nuc box,” “bearding mode” and “trap-out,” just to mention a few. I was thrilled to finally be moving forward with manifesting another dream and learning a new skill set. Now, besides saving local oak trees, I’d be going on bee rescue missions!


The dream took some time to manifest, mainly because I couldn’t figure out where to put the hive. When the swarm arrived at the compost bin I took it as a sign and set the hive up there. Nature, in all her infinite wisdom, had intervened and put me on course. The location was perfect, as it was tucked away from people, received morning light and was under the eaves of the studio, which would provide a little extra protection from rain.

That first swarm departed, regrettably, which I’ve since learned is a common tragedy among beekeepers who practice organic, chemical-free beekeeping. The main premise of holistic beekeeping is to allow the bees to do what they do best. The group I belong to uses the word “backwards” because we rely on observation and natural practices, rather than pesticides and other chemicals, to keep our bees thriving. Like organic farming, holistic urban beekeeping is on the rise. Many believe that the small urban beekeeper will bring an end to colony collapse. Organic beekeeping encourages strong bees instead of strong pathogens, and feral and treatment-free bees will be able to thrive throughout the world.


I was devastated when my first swarm left, but a fellow member of my Backwards Beekeeping group said I could have her “bird house” bees if I came to get them. One of the more experienced members of the group, John Lyons, facilitated a “cut out” of the bees, which are now cheerfully residing in a periwinkle bee hive while my husband and I quickly immerse ourselves in the art of organic beekeeping. Luckily we have the Backwards Beekeeping blog and Yahoo group, along with our beekeeping bible, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping.

My bee guru, Kirk, explains that the bees’ problem, like most of nature, is man. There is quite a bit of misinformation being circulated in the media about the bees. The hysteria over “Africanized” bees is factually unsound, and the term itself is essentially useless in evaluating whether or not we can work with any particular hive of bees. I will do what I can in my little microcosm to affect the macrocosm. I invite you to do the same.


Our global hive needs some tending so that we may all evolve to “an illuminated state of floral consciousness.” As author Tom Robbins says,

“With an increased floral consciousness,
humans will begin to make full use of their
‘light brain’ and make more refined and sophisticated use of their ‘smell brain.’
The two are portentously linked.
In fact, they overlap to such an extent that they may be considered inseparable.”
— Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Thanks to Roxana for sharing her inspiring story of holistic, organic beekeeping.
Do you know of any urban beekeepers? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 7 years ago

    What an incredible story!

  • munieca

    munieca said 7 years ago

    Yayyy Roxana!!! Happy to see finally your article!! :D Congrats!!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 7 years ago

    So Great!

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 7 years ago

    Fabulously, inspirational and gorgeous images. I'd love to take a walk in your garden my dear! Thanks for sharing Roxana!! xo Jessica

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this incredible video! Is he 70 years old? I guess bees and honey are the fountain of youth.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    this is one of the most interesting etsy articles i have ever read! XO thanks to you & the bees! XO

  • PassionFlowerVintage

    PassionFlowerVintage said 7 years ago

    Love it!!

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 7 years ago


  • spiralla

    spiralla said 7 years ago

    Interesting. Love the pictures!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    There is something magical about bees... until they sting you that is... <3 Andrea

  • PipingHotPapers

    PipingHotPapers said 7 years ago

    Very cool!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 7 years ago

    An incredibly interesting article- loved it!

  • ArgentaCollaborative

    ArgentaCollaborative said 7 years ago

    Beautiful; love the bee print!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article Roxana!

  • bigapplevintage

    bigapplevintage said 7 years ago

    hahahhaha- that guy is HILARIOUS! "they like, they like"

  • bigapplevintage

    bigapplevintage said 7 years ago

    he definitely doesnt look 70 years old,nope

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Roxana, what a delightful surprise to see an article by you! My husband and I have talked about beekeeping, but haven't taken the plunge yet... hopefully soon. Thank you for all the wonderful information! :)

  • baltica

    baltica said 7 years ago

    I love the lockets! They are gorgeous!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the interesting article.

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 7 years ago

    Congrats Roxana! This is really interesting and beautiful article! :)

  • teamzvonik

    teamzvonik said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, Roxana! Congratulations!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 7 years ago

    oh so wonderful, Roxana! I have been completely and utterly terrified of bees since I was a little child but I know through wonderful people like you that bees should not be feared, but revered!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 7 years ago

    Incredible article and the main photo is GORGEOUS Roxana! Thank you for writing this- I can't wait to raise my own bees!

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 7 years ago

    BEEautiful story!

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 7 years ago

    Hooray to my dear friend Roxana! Loved your article and even learned quite a bit by reading it :) I look forward to seeing the fruits of your labors with your beloved bees and hope to one day soon come and visit you in person so I can see them in all their glory! xo,~Lori

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 7 years ago

    What an interesting and inspiring article! I LOVED the video, and the beekeeper in it is just too cute for words! And 70 years old?!?! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences Roxana!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    way to go! what a fabulous article, Roxana, congrats and thank you for sharing your inspiring story and work to help celebrate & protect bees :)

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    The video is awesome- I was waiting for that beekeeper to get stung and it never happened... must have been the mustache!

  • UnaOdd

    UnaOdd said 7 years ago

    Bees are a treasure! I always buy our honey from a local beekeeper and want to build an orchard mason bee house (I always find them nesting in my bamboo plant stakes!). Yay for bees!

  • kchulita

    kchulita said 7 years ago

    You have truly inspired me! I myself made friends with an incredibly gentle swarm who appeared suddenly around my own compost heap 3 years ago, and have since dedicated my plantings to those in search of nectar. To my dismay, they are absent this year. I feel that now I have a certain obligation to find a way to lure another group into the vicinity - I will look into the resources you suggest. Thank You! Kimberlee

  • UnaOdd

    UnaOdd said 7 years ago

    Meant to add... thank you Roxana for a lovely article!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    He brushed his mustache on the bee's! "...and they like, they like."

  • UnaOdd

    UnaOdd said 7 years ago

    Wanted to add...thank you for a lovely article Roxana!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiration! Fabulous article Roxana! I would love to make honey some day and be a backyard beekeeper!

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 7 years ago

    Wow, what loveliness! Super interesting read.

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    What a neat story! My mom loves little bees and wants so badly to have her own hive and be a beekeeper. I remember in Humanities class some time ago I was sitting and drawing a lady with a floofy honeybee in her lap while my teacher went on about how they are mysteriously dying by the thousands and no one knows why. If all the bees die, people won't last long..

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 7 years ago

    beautiful and fascinating story! Illuminated perfume is a lovely shop as well! I was surprised none of the perfumes or items were listed in the related items, definitely a shop to check out!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this! Bees have always fascinated me :) I just watched David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth, which had a great little section on bees. Now I must check my local library for Love in the Garden. Good luck with your bees!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! Also, all the featured items are very interesting and have a certain charm..

  • Silverdays

    Silverdays said 7 years ago

    well, That does it. I'm moving to the country and getting a herd of Bees

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    lovely article! my father -in- law was a beekeeper! we so enjoyed the fruits of his - and their - labor!! it is truly an amazing process!!

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the wonderful read!

  • justCHARMING

    justCHARMING said 7 years ago

    Well done, Roxana! Thanks for the article and the inspiration!

  • soradesigns

    soradesigns said 7 years ago

    wow, what a great article. thanks Roxana for including my bee necklace. Wen

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful article! When I am gardening and photographing my flowers, I am always fascinated by the intense activities of the bees as they gather pollen and nectar.

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

    honey is medicinal to those with hayfever allergies, and without bees, some of our flora and fauna would not exist. so wonderful to hear that Roxana and others are working to strengthen the hives. go organic! wasps are the ones that like me, don't know why. But they often come sit on my hands while I am working. They are pretty cute with their little feelers up close.

  • rafya

    rafya said 7 years ago

    interesting! Thanks you!

  • rafya

    rafya said 7 years ago

    interesting ! Thank you!

  • theredstone

    theredstone said 7 years ago

    What a beatiful inspiring article! it's so refreshing hearing about people who follow their hearts and passions and manage to be involved in something so wonderful.

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    what a superb and enchanting story of love and passion! thanks so much Roxanna for sharing it!! I wish you the very best of your hive caring and hope that your swarm stays and prospers. This is one of the very best factual and environmentally aware and important (storque) articles I have read! thank you!

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 7 years ago

    WOW Roxana it'f fascinating, thank you so much for sharing your fantastic experience.

  • WhiteEarthStudio

    WhiteEarthStudio said 7 years ago

    I love the video. Thank you for such an inspiring article! I'm going to buy local honey next week at our farmers market.

  • MissBird

    MissBird said 7 years ago

    Oohh!! amazing Roxana!! Excellent article!! congrats! :)

  • KiraFerrer

    KiraFerrer said 7 years ago

    Roxana you are an inspiration! Wonderful article about a fascinating subject!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    i love the bejeweled bee necklace! and it already sold. crongrats!

  • oatkacreekstudio

    oatkacreekstudio said 7 years ago

    I just ordered some beautiful perfume from Roxana and I can't wait to get it. Although I make perfume myself, I couldn't resist her beautiful photos and products~~Roxana - thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  • earlypinkelevator

    earlypinkelevator said 7 years ago

    I highly you pick up and read the book, BEES and their KEEPERS by Richard F. Trump, 165 pages; ISBN 0-8138-0214-8. This delightful book is all about beekeeping through the ages and environmental issues. It also goes into bee’s lifestyle, how they make honey and beeswax and the bee colony as a living organism. A very interesting book with some very revealing details! ~Rudy at EarlyPinkElevator and

  • earlypinkelevator

    earlypinkelevator said 7 years ago

    I highly recommend you pick up and read the book, BEES and their KEEPERS by Richard F. Trump, 165 pages; ISBN 0-8138-0214-8. This delightful book is all about beekeeping through the ages and environmental issues. It also goes into bee’s lifestyle, how they make honey and beeswax and the bee colony as a living organism. A very interesting book with some very revealing details!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    great photo's and article honey is so good for so many things :)

  • aptrick

    aptrick said 7 years ago

    i wish i had room for bees

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring Roxana! I wish you much success with your bees!

  • westernartglass

    westernartglass said 7 years ago

    I enjoy the imagery conjured from Roxana's text and Yvon's word and mustache play are wonderful--I like, eh? Organic+bees+holistic=orgasmic! I'm still wondering where feral marshmallows play into the scheme of things...

  • aroluna

    aroluna said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story Roxana!!! A delight! I love honey and love buzzing bees since I was a little girl ...this is an inspiring article!!!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 7 years ago

    What a great article!

  • LoverlyVintage

    LoverlyVintage said 7 years ago

    I have been thinking about keeping bees for some time now and your article has inspired me to delve a little deeper. Thank you for what you are doing and best of luck.

  • IndieKins

    IndieKins said 7 years ago

    I have been involved to varying degrees since I was a little girl, and is a "heirloom hobby" for both my mother's and father's family. I have always loved it, especially when it is honey harvest time. This article encompasses how I feel about and try to practice beekeeping- loved it!

  • CsCharms

    CsCharms said 7 years ago

    I love your article! I also liked the "brushing by mustache" in the film trailer! Do bees really like that? What fantastic little creatures they are!

  • JustBakin

    JustBakin said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful!

  • FARStudios

    FARStudios said 7 years ago

    Oh I love it! I've been to the library several times just for book son bees and bee keeping. I'm going to join up soon I hope. Long Live the Honey Bee!

  • decoratethediva

    decoratethediva said 7 years ago

    That was amazing... thank you! ~Renee

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this inspiring story! I gained much respect for the art of organic beekeeping while once volunteering at an organic bee farm, Aroha Organics located on the South Island of New Zealand. The head beekeeper Nath had such passion and love for his bees -it was impossible not to respect both bee and beekeeper as you watched them dance together. Now, years later as an organic farmer, my respect for bees has deepened. Thank you for spreading the love of organic beekeeping!

  • beesandme

    beesandme said 7 years ago

    Wow what a great article. wish I could do beekeeping but I live in a big city! Thanks for sharing your story :-)

  • positiveflow

    positiveflow said 7 years ago

    Very interesting article. Enjoyed it alot.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    This was very interesting to read. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • UsagiRabbit

    UsagiRabbit said 7 years ago

    Awesome article and I loved the video. I hope I have that much energy when I'm 70! Thanks for sharing. : )

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    that bee purse is so cute!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    Interesting, informative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 7 years ago

    BEEautiful article!! lovelove

  • shabra99

    shabra99 said 7 years ago

    I love Roxana's work. Congrats and thanks for sharing your craft!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

    thanks for the info- i will take the plunge one of these days too! ...right after i become a Falconer (dreams, dreams, and more dreams...)

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 7 years ago

    Lovely article and great pieces:)

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    how would we live without bees? so glad you are looking after them :)

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 7 years ago

    Congrats to Roxana on a wonderful article! I plant varieties of small flowering plants that are intoxicating to bees; Monarda, Lavender and letting weeds flower are just a few tricks to lure bees to the garden. And no pesticides~ we need to protect our bees!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    lovely amazing lives of bees--I hope we take better care of them!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Fantastic Roxana! I adore the little bee hotel! I want one for my garden.

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this! I am reading up on bees and plan on having them at my home within the nest year or so! thanks for the Tom Robbins quip...he is my fave of all time!!!!!!!!

  • CrystalRainJewelry

    CrystalRainJewelry said 7 years ago

    Oh, thank goodness for you and your story. I have been concerned about the bee's too. I am glad there is a group to help nourish them back. Thank you Roxana

  • retrolabs

    retrolabs said 7 years ago

    wonderful article! my brother has bee hives and also rescues hives.

  • Mostlyeclectic

    Mostlyeclectic said 7 years ago

    This video is awsome. You can clearly see the special relationship between the man and the bees and he's 70? What's his secret?

  • xtinavox

    xtinavox said 7 years ago

    For more beekeeping inspiration, you might see the 4th book of the Georgics by the 1st century BCE Roman poet Virgil---it's definitely about 'pesticide-free' practices.

  • bijouXstudio

    bijouXstudio said 7 years ago

    I'm always amazed by the many ways we enter this wide world of crafting. bees inspired you and the love of history and metal inspired me. thank you for sharing and your images are beautiful!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 7 years ago

    Excellent and inspirational, I love bees!, congrats!

  • winkinpossum

    winkinpossum said 7 years ago

    Great article, great subject. My husband and I used to raise bees, a most magical and enchanting experience. Now my niece has taken the reigns, and is doing quite well with it. She has five hives going, all very healthy. Last year, (her second season), I talked her into entering some honey in the Tunbridge Worlds fair in Vermont. well she got third prize, vowing to win this year. She's so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I can relate in so many ways. I'll be looking for that film.

  • LemonLollipop

    LemonLollipop said 7 years ago

    to BEE or not to BEE My dad was a beekeeper. I loved when he smoked the hives (makes the bees more docile) and got his suit on. Loved the video of the Frenchman nearly nude, so smart, they don't get stuck in the clothes! The media does seem to "demonize" bees which leads people to thinking of bees as scary or aggressive. The honeybee is a rather peaceful worker devoted to perpetuating the hive community!

  • MaisyandAlice

    MaisyandAlice said 7 years ago

    I absolutely loved reading this Roxana, very inspiring!

  • GwensArtDreamscape

    GwensArtDreamscape said 7 years ago

    I just LOVED this post. Enjoyed it immensely!

  • Quirks

    Quirks said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed this article (and the lovely featured items) so very much. Thank you.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    beautiful and interesting article!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Roxana, this is a fantastic article and let us all know a bit more of you, thank you!!! My hubby wanted to keep Bees, but he was not chosen, well, up to now....:)

  • StarBags

    StarBags said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, Roxana! That French Beekeeper is so funny btw :)

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 7 years ago

    What a fabulous article and facinating life! Bees in your garden, is a reminder that the earth is still alive :-)

  • anakim

    anakim said 7 years ago

    fabulous article, Roxana! thank you for sharing it with us.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    I'd love to keep some bees but I live in the UK and don't really know where to start! I love bees we have regular fluffy visitors to our garden.

  • NiuTaller

    NiuTaller said 7 years ago

    Congrats in this great article Roxanna!!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on such an interesting article Roxanna. I adore the Beekeeping Birdhouse!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring article! I enjoyed the video!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    very interesting article good luck with the beekeeping!

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 7 years ago

    Lovely to read.I have always,always wanted to keep bees. One day.

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 7 years ago

    Viva le bees

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! I used to keep bees in the 80's. My friends and I would go from house to house to harvest our honey.

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 7 years ago

    My husband and I have often talked of keeping bees! And guess who else keeps them? Neil Gaiman :)

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 7 years ago

    Congrats on a great article !!! Love honey !!!!

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 7 years ago

    Congrats on a great article !!! Love honey !!!!!

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 7 years ago

    roxana-- your bees are as lucky to have met you as you them. i feel a sense of relief knowing that there is a ripple effect growing of caring, loving people here on our earth who understand the importance of protecting and nurturing our wildlife in a responsible way. bees play such an intricate part in helping to maintain the balance of our fragile world-- thank you for spreading the love and caring for them so beautifully!! a wonderfully inspiring article! XO!

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article Roxana! watch the video makes me a little scared ......:)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Great story! I can't wait to have a bee hive someday!

  • divinedepth

    divinedepth said 7 years ago

    I am profoundly impressed with this simple line and the idea in it: "I will do what I can in my little microcosm to affect the macrocosm. I invite you to do the same." YES! I teach middle school in a very old building, and each spring we had bees arrive, which would have been fine except that they chose to create a hive in the eaves just outside the main exit to the playground. Too many kiddos combined with bees is a bad plan. In past years, the powers that be would call the exterminators to come spray them. Horrified by this turn of events, we found a local backyard beekeeper. Now, each year that the bees return, he simply comes out and gathers them up. To thank us for calling instead of killing, we are treated to annual jars of delicious local honey. All of us can do SOMEthing!

  • FancyBoutique

    FancyBoutique said 7 years ago

    Amazing article! Thank you!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • barrofsoap

    barrofsoap said 7 years ago

    wonderful story!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    Wow, Roxanna, thanks so much for this article. It's very inspiring and was a super read. Sometimes we think about doing a small bee hive in our yard too and you've re-ignited that spark. Cheers!

  • theBeadAerie

    theBeadAerie said 7 years ago

    A wonderful article, Roxana! I was introduced to the mystery and romance of bees in the novel 'The Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd. They're intriguing little creatures, and I admire you and your husband for your dedication in rescuing them. Brava, well done! xoxo

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels said 7 years ago

    Great Food For Thought. Loved Jitterbug Perfume.

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 7 years ago

    this is truly spectacular - and such a pleasure to read. Thanks so much Roxana!

  • SweetmadeSoap

    SweetmadeSoap said 7 years ago

    I love bees! I wish I could keep them but my husband is deathly allergic....Luckily for me one of his buddies at work is a great bee lover and keeper and provides me with all the beeswax and bee products I could possibly think of! Best wishes with your bees!

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 7 years ago

    You have to admire people that want to make the world a better place, and have an artistic vision to go along with that... kudos to her!!

  • masaoms

    masaoms said 7 years ago

    It's so amazing, congrats for such lovely article!! ;-P

  • mirasolfarm

    mirasolfarm said 7 years ago

    Roxana, I see in you a kindred spirit! We, too, clumsily "keep" three hives of bees the old-fashioned way, trying to learn from them the art of thriving - as individuals, as a collective whole - on this small planet. Thanks so much for putting your great efforts into poetic words.

  • soap

    soap said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 7 years ago

    I loved the French beekeeper clip! I'm posting again because I forgot to add a (sub)urban beekeeper I know. There are many others in my region just outside Philly, this is just one. Two Gander Farm in Berks County, PA doesn't have a website, but you can read my notes about the workshop we held last year and see a video of him showing the hive.

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling said 7 years ago

    Roxana, I love your shop and your spirit! Great article!

  • SheepishYarns

    SheepishYarns said 7 years ago

    holistic beekeeping sounds like a truly inspired idear, i hope more people take it up as bees currently need all the lucky breaks they can get

  • bonjourfrenchie

    bonjourfrenchie said 7 years ago

    I love that a theme is kept, keeps me around to see what's next!

  • bluebeeinatree

    bluebeeinatree said 7 years ago

    Oh I can't wait to see that film! Thanks for sharing your experiences with these beautiful creatures.

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  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 7 years ago

    I am fascinated by bees and bee hives so thanks so much for this article! And great finds I must add!

  • PaperPhine

    PaperPhine said 7 years ago

    I've been thinking about becoming a beekeeper myself for a long while now or at least getting my own hive and put it in with a friend's hives... It's just amazing what these little creatures can do and of course having one's own honey doesn't sound that bad either. But living in the city at the moment I guess I have to postpone the idea till I (and my atelier) move somewhere greener...

  • masaoms

    masaoms said 7 years ago

    Amazing!!! Here is my blog it forward bees post! ;-P

  • designMatter

    designMatter said 7 years ago

    Perfect:)) Congrats!

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen said 7 years ago

    We put up a Mason Bee house this year without much luck, but I am excited to see such a renewed interest in all things bee-related. As a former environmental restorationist, I try to find every way I can to attract pollinators of all varieties. Growing native flowers are one of the best ways even the unambitious can help out. These little guys really are important not just on the larger scheme of an ecosystem, but even to modern farming practices. Thanks for this article!

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    All will be lost without the bees. NJ is making a huge effort to save the bees. No bee, no pollination, no food. Great and timely article.

  • michellepryorart

    michellepryorart said 7 years ago

    I'm a holistic/natural beekeeper in Texas and it's wonderful to see others who are lettting bees do what they've been doing for centuries. Thank you!!!

  • Korkalot

    Korkalot said 7 years ago

    Beautiful. Bees are one of my favorite insects, and I love finding new bee-themed products on Etsy. Thank you for highlighting these wonderful finds!

  • DiamondAntiques

    DiamondAntiques said 7 years ago

    beautiful photos!!

  • bosscakes

    bosscakes said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully written article with great media attached. Kudos!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    so awesome!!

  • earthangelsarts

    earthangelsarts said 6 years ago

    We are going to start some hives off this summer. A holistic course on bee keeping in March in Kent, England. What first amazed me about the queen, is how she mates! A SPIRAL flight into the air with the bees following her, and mates with as many as she can. The spiral is seen so much in nature, like the magical Golden Mean spiral. Something very sacred to life.

  • CaeruleusLady

    CaeruleusLady said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring story. I found it very uplifting.

  • yvonanov

    Yvona Nov from yvonanov said 5 years ago

    Few weeks ago I've read the book "The Shamanic Way of the Bee". It inspired me so much that I don't know where to start. Reading your story was very uplifting too. Beautiful written. Thank you.

  • murphymae

    Murphy Adams from MurphyAdamsStudio said 5 years ago

    Lovely, thanks for this beautifully written article. I read this after reading about the featured shop today. We have been urban beekeepers for years, with 12 hives around our very small house and many more throughout the neighborbood and beyond. My husband has started a side business putiing in hives for people and training them beekeeping basics. Everyday is filled with fascination!

  • luvitaly7

    Trisha Aquino said 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing...

  • jillmcshaw1

    Jill M said 4 years ago

    I know this post is old, but this was very informative. I have been interested in natural bee keeping since hearing about colonies of bees disappearing. We removed some ugly overgrown shrubs from our yard, and then I remembered how much the bees had loved them, so we planted a nice herb garden in its place to bring the bees back. Our only problem now is the suffocating pesticides and herbicides many of our neighbors choose to use. Bees and their keeping are so fascinating. Thanks Roxanne!

  • TwinAntiques

    Debbie Krusen from TwinAntiques said 3 years ago

    Roxana: So happy to read your account of keeping bees. I have an affinity for them because my birth name is Deborah, which is Hebrew for "bee." Things with the image or form of bees are attracted to me, like the pretty colorful table cover I purchased when I was in Provence years ago, only to discover bees in the design when I got home! Best wishes in all of your endeavors, including the wonderful perfumes you create.

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