Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bee Things: Ink + Paper = Happy!

Starting off our new weekly series of member spotlights is Bee Things! I’ve always been a fan of their bright, happy prints and modern design sensibility, but when I started to learn more about them for this post, man, was I totally wowed!

Husband and wife team Shay Ometz and Jeff Barfoot started their shop back in 2007, turning their shared interest in illustration and screen-printing into more than just a hobby. They have a successful Etsy shop and product in several local and national stores, they have been featured in many publications and blogs, and – oh yeah – they both work full time! Jeff is a designer at RBMM and Shay is a photo art director at Fossil.

So what keeps them going? “We are inspired by each other and our surroundings. We create everyday, all day. When we get home from our day jobs we get the kids fed and to bed and then we collaborate on bee things,” says Shay. “It’s a wonderful creative outlet for us and we love working together as a team.”

Not only is their work full of creativity and color, but check out their Mid-Century Modern house in East Dallas! Oh, the bookcases…. and all the gorgeous prints…. be still my heart! Their home has been featured in ReadyMade Magazine, DHome, and design*sponge. They have two adorable boys, Calder, 4 and Milo, 2; as well as two weenie dogs Bumper and Juno.

Bee Things specializes in art prints, cards, tees, and snack/gift sacks and totes. They plan on adding printed tea towels and a new line of prints soon!

Want to get a ‘Bee Thing’ for yourself? Check out their etsy shop for prints, tees, snack sacks and even wallpaper for your iPad! My fave is the Weiner Dog limited edition print… heehee!

Bee Things is also going to be selling their wares at the Spring Bash – yippee! They also have items available at We Are 1976. Happy shopping!

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