The bees' knees
I think I've mentioned before about the cool people or seemingly cool people that I follow or "meet" on Instagram. There have been a few that I have actually met out in the real world and they are as cool as they seem. Well, this week's blog is another account of someone I met on Instagram who is definitely as cool as she seemed. By the way, I hope this doesn't seem stalkerish. If I feel a synergy with people online I want to meet them in person. Can you tell I spend a lot of time by myself when I'm not photographing?
When Bee's and Quotes first showed up on Instagram I thought it was a neat little business located in Johns Creek.
It is geared towards art, creativity, and children. How can you go wrong with that combination? So of course, I started following them.
By the way, I nor the owner, Angela, are grammar deficient. She chose to use an apostrophe S to show that everything doesn't have to be perfect. She said she's already been harangued by some teachers regarding this very matter and I don't want you telling me something I already know.
At any rate, Angela is a really sweet, hardworking woman with a dream. A dream that allows children to let out their inner artists. For them to be as creative as they want to be without adult interference. To have fun and create all in the same space. Sometimes you just have to let children be children.
I remember when I purchased some unpainted, wooden letters that represented my son's initials. We had decided it would be cool to hang them on his wall. I had just painted his room orange. Yes, that's the color he chose. Since I painted the room, he wanted to paint the individual letters. In case you don't already know, I am a bit of a control freak. Not the kind that tries to control everybody and everything because I have a full understanding of what I can and can't control. I'm more of the kind that prefers things to be the way that I think they should be. Anyway, he decided that he didn't want to paint the letters a single color. He painted one letter orange, green and black. I just about lost my mind. I so wanted to "fix" it and show him the "right" way to paint the letters but I refrained. I realized that this was his room, his letters, and his creative expression and I didn't want to interfere with that. Man, was that hard!
Getting back to Angela...she is truly a delight. I had been telling her through DMs (for those social media challenged, that means Direct Message) that I was planning on coming to meet her and see her studio. Finally, one Saturday I was able to follow through on my promise. As I arrived she was cleaning up from the last event. In fact, there was still a family lingering around because their children weren't quite ready to go. You know it's a good sign when the children aren't ready to leave when it's over. The little boy was running around with a dinosaur hand puppet attacking his sister and parents. It was adorable. One of the things that caught my eye was a small pool filled with confetti. How much fun would that be to play in?
After they left, I got a chance to really talk to Angela and find out more about her and her business. At the time of our meeting, she wasn't full-time with her business but she was working on it. She has a plan in place to take Bee's and Quotes to the next level. If you are interested in what Bee's and Quotes has to offer, please click here. She has some fantastic offerings during the week, as well as in the Summer. If my son was younger I would definitely take him to see Ms. Angela. He would have loved it. She really has a special way with kids and they just love her. Just talking to her I could tell she has a love for children and a love for creating. I wish I had a picture of her but she is a bit camera shy, plus she wasn't ready for me to photograph her. We, women, need to be ready before we have our pictures taken. Don't just show up with a camera and expect to snap way! With that said, check out some images of the studio. Don't they make you want to create something or at the very least want to visit?
If you know of parents with little ones in the Johns Creek area, this would be the perfect place for them to let their little ones create! Pass this blog onto them. I think they'll thank you for it! As we all know, sharing is caring...unless it's pink eye. And in that case, you can keep that!
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