I will never forget the day that I showed the class I worked with our first ever bee bag. It was the forget-me-not blue bee and I must admit I was a little nervous of their honest critique! I said that I had been a ‘busy bee’ designing and creating something special which I hoped they would enjoy…
…Gasps of excitement and whispers filled the classroom carpet in anticipation as I carefully unveiled the blue forget-me-not bee. They all wowed, clapped and all hands went up at once for questions. It fascinated me how interested they were as to how the bag was made-“did I use lots of Sellotape?!” being one of the memorable questions! “Do you have a bag to give to each of us” being another!
They also had inquisitive questions such as how did I make the handles? How did I stamp the logo? As I explained that it had taken a lot of time and explained all the stages-first I had to put my creative hat on-for which they all joined me in our imaginary hat! Then I had to get my sharp pencil and start to sketch and think about what I would like my bag to look like-all of the elements-the handles, the lining, the logo design-even the use of a ‘net’ which we had covered in Maths previously suddenly made sense! I saw the sparkle in their eyes, there was not a sound as they listened intently absorbing the information and taking note. Then one of the girls put up her hand and said, “This afternoon I am going to design a handbag and give it to you tomorrow!” It made me feel proud to have inspired them.
It was a magical moment when you could physically see the list of possibilities buzzing around in their minds-all they could achieve excited them!
The ideas they came up with from them on were truly inspiring. I was given so many variations of bee bags and bee linings which I am sure I will use on future You Me and Bee ranges!
I feel that with the world we live in now and given the huge trend of influential ‘kid bloggers’ it is so important to embrace personality and identity. Even more so from a young age so that we can develop strong and independent individuals who know who they are, we can do this through the use of positive and inspiring role models…bees! If we start from a young age it just makes the development smoother. Teen groups also love our bags as they are not like usual high street bags. Even ladies have purchased our bags as they love the design and want to support UK bees. I know my friends and family are all hoping for a You Me and Bee bag in their stocking!
Thank you for taking time to read this… Becky