Friday, August 29, 2014

Burlap Love {Busy Bee Burlap: Product Review & GIVEAWAY}

Spring & summer are the seasons of weddings, right? Beautiful, sunny, absolutely gorgeous weddings. A good friend of mine was married during this time, and I was excited to be able to receive a personalized burlap print from Busy Bee Burlap, a new Etsy shop offering custom prints for all occasions. Fall weddings are just as magical, with the changing colors and many possibilities, and a burlap print would make a great gift.



I love the look of burlap for home decor. I love it even more when you can personalize it. What's really awesome about Busy Bee Burlap is that it's all 100% Risk Free, guaranteed! You get a beautiful, affordable, top-quality burlap print made just for you and superior customer service. They are absolutely delightful to work with. Plus, they offer complete satisfaction with a risk-free guarantee.


Let me tell you about the process really quickly:
* I told owner Mike that I was looking for a wedding gift, so he pointed me in the direction of some really great couples prints available.
* I chose the print I wanted, and gave him the names and year for customization.
* He responded with a three possible designs, different fonts. I chose which font I wanted, and the Busy Bee got busy!
* I received the print super fast. And it came out to be the PERFECT WEDDING GIFT!

The print comes with detailed directions for the best way to frame it. I quickly went to the nearest Joanne as soon as I could to choose a frame for it and make it gift-giving-ready. Here's the result:



I chose a wood frame with a rustic tint, which matched the burlap perfectly. The picture doesn't do it any justice at all. I was short on time, and the lighting wasn't great, but I hope you can tell how beautiful this print is framed.

These beautiful burlap prints make great engagement, wedding, anniversary, and housewarming presents. The newlywed couple I gave the print to loves it!!!

Now let's get to the fun Q&A session I had with Busy Bee Burlap owner Mike! 

How did you choose your shop name?
I wish I had a great story to share, but it is really quite simple. One night, Michelle and I were creating several designs to put on Etsy. It was late and we still had a lot of work ahead of us. She made a comment about us being “busy as bees”. The name “Busy Bee Burlap” immediately came to mind. I did some quick research to make sure it was available. It was, and that’s how we got our name.




What inspires your designs? What made you want to work with burlap?
We get our inspiration from many sources: our favorite Bible verses, suggestions from family, friends, and customers, and sites like Pinterest. If we see a design we like on another medium (such as wood signs), we change something about it to give the design our own unique touch.

Our work with burlap began as home DIY project. We wanted a framed “Family Established” print in burlap. After looking at several designs, Mike decided to make our own. After several attempts, he figured it out. Several friends and family members saw our print and said they’d like to have one of their own. We eventually decided to expand the number of designs and make them available on Etsy.


Do you offer a variety of sizes for your prints? How about custom colors?
We currently offer the prints in 8-1/2” x 11”, though we’ve received several requests for larger prints. We’re looking into the possibility of offering larger prints in the near future.

We’ve tried many color options – both burlap and ink. We’ve found that black ink on natural burlap works best. We do have a few designs that include color in small amounts, and we’re open to working with customers to create a custom design or to use different colors where it will work. 





As summer comes winding down to an end, describe your idea of a perfect summer date night (his & hers answers).
Mike: With 3 kids ranging in age from 8 to 16, any date night we get is pretty awesome! My idea of a perfect summer date night is going out for a nice dinner, and then hanging out and talking with Michelle for a few hours in a coffee house, or checking out the local music scene (we’re in Nashville, after all). We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary earlier this year, so my idea of a perfect summer date night is much different now than it was 20 years ago!

Michelle: My idea of a perfect summer date night would actually be during the day. I’d spend the entire day with Mike just visiting flea markets, antique stores and estate sales. I know…very exciting, right? We both really enjoy digging and searching for unique items at these sales – especially wood furniture that we can restore or repurpose. I’d finish the day with a nice dinner and dessert.



Connect with Busy Bee Burlap!

Want to order a Busy Bee Burlap print? Use coupon code 2JUSTBYOU to receive FREE domestic shipping. Plus, international buyers can receive $3 off with coupon code SAVE3.



Mike and Michelle are generously giving a beautiful custom burlap print to one lucky reader!
Valued at $19, you can win one by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends Wednesday, September 17th at 11:59 PM, EST.

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What do you like about Fall Weddings?
GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

*** Disclosure: We were given complimentary product(s) for the purposes of conducting an honest review. We were not compensated by monetary means. All opinions are 100% my own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 10 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



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76 comments :

Kimberly said...

I like that I don't have to worry about my make up melting off at fall weddings.

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

These make great gifts, and what an awesome giveaway!

trisha too said...

These really are a great gift idea, how fun!

:)trisha

trisha too said...

Wait, what? I clicked the thing and then saw the question--I like the weather, so beautiful that time of year.

:)trisha

Angie Hale said...

I love the fall colors, beautiful backdrop for a wedding :)

stephland3 said...

I love the beautiful warm colors and cool nights!

Marilyn Clark said...

Fall weather is perfect for weddings!

Jessy Simon said...

not too hot, not too cold. just right :)

Laura Mueller said...

I love the crisp fresh air

trillina palemi said...

These really are a great gift idea

Natalia Khon said...

They look so great! Never knew that burlap could look so nice!

Sarah Mustardseedmommy said...

The fall colors are so fun for weddings, and outdoor fall weddings are perfect.... fall leaves, cool weather!

spike said...

I had a fall wedding - the colours were beautiful!

Kristin Aquariann said...

I've only been to one fall wedding, but they provided autumn-colored shawls and delicious spiced apple cider to keep us warm while watching the outdoor ceremony.

katiecupcakes said...

Everything!! That's why I got married in the fall! The photos with all the autumn colors outside are gorgeous!! :)

Francesca said...

I love everything fall! I wish I had gotten married in the fall. Lovely colors to choose from!

AubreyLaine said...

I love the beautiful weather:)

My heart is here said...

I love the autumn colors on nature :)

Femme Fitale Fit Club said...

Fall weddings are gorgeous, the weather is great and my wedding was in the Fall!!!! :-)

Bekah @ re•solve said...

not sweating!

Natasha K said...

I love the autumn colors on nature!

Prince Snow Farm said...

I love that you can dress with layers for fall weddings….the air is magnificent!

Denysia Yu said...

I love the colors of fall plus with a wedding, you can do so much with the red, yellow, and orange colors! :)

Tammy said...

The beautiful colors

Diane said...

I love being able to wear a pretty dress without worrying how hot it's going to be while dancing around!

Oksana V. said...

I love the atmosphere of fall, colors, some sad shades and some poetry of it :)

Jai B. said...

I love all of the fall colors like reds and oranges

Leslie Richman said...

I Love the cozy food options!

Debbie said...

Oh how I wanted to have a fall wedding! I love the cooler temps and the colors.

SolDucky said...

The beautiful fall foliage in pictures!

Jennifer said...

I love the colors and the cool, crisp air.

Melissa said...

Love this feature! Burlap is completely underrated. I mean, it immediately lends itself to an accessible vibe. That is not to say schlumpy or dumpy...more: natural and organic. I'm going to try to weave in some burlap around here now!

Katy said...

I love the weather in the fall...so that makes it cool (yet not cold) for a wedding. I love the smell of the air and also the beautiful scenery (leaves etc.). It all adds to autumn charm which can make for a gorgeous wedding!

Wendy Mastin said...

Fall weddings are the best for color. I love color and I would definitely have a Fall wedding.

Suzanne Fleshman said...

I was married in the fall. The weather just feels full of love. I

Louida Martin said...

I love Fall weddings because the weather is prefect and I love the bold red, yellow, brown, and green colors of the leaves. #ProductReviewParty

mail4rosey said...

These are great, and they'd be awesome for most anyone as a gift too!

Victoria said...

These are a great gift idea. #ProductReviewParty

grace renee said...

I love the colors people use in fall weddings - oranges, maroons, beige, etc. (:

pippirose said...

I love that it's cooler in the fall. And the colours! It's my favourite season. :o)

eclairre said...

I love the beautiful weather:)

Sarah Hayden said...

I love the incorporation of nature and the natural elegance of fall!

Allison Haynes said...

I will be getting married next fall in Dana Point, CA. The fall season is perfect for my beach wedding because of the amazing weather!

Shannon F said...

The colors!! I love the colors of Fall! :)

Elaine said...

the weather

Darby Elizabeth said...

It usually is not too hot

Ashley said...

I love the colors of a fall wedding!

Leesa McClure said...

I like the colors of Fall and how autumn decorating can be used.

Sweetprincess said...

I really enjoy the colors of the season.

Kat said...

I love the crispness of the air and the guests being comfortable :)

Dedra Craig said...

I love the colors of course but mostly being in the south I love that it is finally comfortable enough to have a nice outdoor wedding that is not smoldering hot but not to chilly either. It is the perfect time of year for a wedding.

Hope said...

I love the cool evenings and sunny afternoons. Perfect to cuddle up during!!

Memories for Life said...

What I love about fall weddings are the beautiful colors! A love a country-themed wedding in the fall!

Judy Thomas said...

I love the colors of Autumn

Gotta Chop said...

maggie anders
i like the weather and the colors of a fall wedding.

Tony Mohrman said...

i love the changing leaves

kathy downey said...

I love the light cool winds and the amazing colors

Ken Ohl said...

the fall leave colors and the crisp chill in the air. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Katherine Bowles said...

I love the weather and the changing color of the leaves.

Ashley Kuntz said...

The awseome colors and the odd colors you can bring out and use successfully. I absolutely adore fall. My daughter's name is Autumn...cmon. Her b-day and my b-day are in the fall <3

La Vie En May said...

Everything! I love the changing colors of the leaves and it's such a beautiful scenery for a wedding. Plus, plum is a huge color during fall weddings and I love wearing that lip color around that season!

dorcontest said...

I love the colours and the crisp fresh new air... like new beginnings.

DOREEN LAMOUREUX

Bee W Bedard said...

I love all the fall colours

Penny Minding Mom said...

The beautiful fall colours.

Cathy Carrasco said...

Simply adorable

Angie Bailey said...

I love the decor of outdoor fall weddings, hay bales, pumpkins, the colors, falling leaves, and the weather. (Angie PreciselyMine)

Kambrea said...

I love the colors, the temperature, the smell of fall. We chose fall to get married because we love it so much.

Xergio said...

I love the magic

Sania Wasif said...

the weather :)

Stephanie LaPlante said...

The beautiful fall colors, fresh air & raining leaves.

whittenwins said...

Jen Whitten
The Colors, the D├ęcor, and the cool, crisp air!

amanda whitley said...

i love the decor and the feeling of fall weddings.

BabyElan said...

The leaves! They create such beautiful decor and gorgeous photo ops!

Laady Hanae said...

Fall weedings are awsom they are warm and calm

Tara said...

Love the colors of the changing leaves!

Ashley P said...

Fall weddings seem to be less traditional. Its cooler and more relaxed.