Honeybee Card with Catnip Mandala – Star Gate

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Honeybee card with a catnip mandala printed 5.25″ by 5.25″ for giving, framing, and meditation. Perfect for the gardener, farmer, or beekeeper. Includes envelope and free shipping. If you’re mailing you card and would like me to add the correct USPS first class stamp to the envelope, please choose that option from the menu. An additional charge will apply.

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Honeybee card is digitally printed using archival pigment inks on silky, bright white, acid-free paper. Folded card is 5.25" by 5.25" and comes with a beautifully made, bright white envelope. The photograph I used to create the bee mandala is printed on the back of the card with the photo location. Interior of the card is blank and the paper is super smooth, not slick, and takes gel, ballpoint, and other inks well. Perfect as an everyday note, thinking of you, or spring/summer card for a beekeeper, gardener, nature lover, entomologist, or someone interested in native plants, sustainability, or pollinators. The card and envelope are packaged together in a plastic sleeve and mailed in a stiffened mailer.

Framing. This honeybee card is created using high-quality materials, such as might be used in a museum. The print is sharp, bright, and frameable. To protect the vibrancy of the artwork, I frame using UV glass or acrylic, and I recommend it. If you use plain glass or acrylic, make sure you hang this sweet, little piece and all your beautiful art away from direct sunlight.

Postage. Because irregularly shaped mail, like this square honeybee card, must be canceled by hand, the U.S. Postal Service requires extra postage to deliver them. Special "butterfly stamps" carry the exact right postage to mail your bee card within the U.S. If you would like me to stamp the envelope with a butterfly stamp so it's ready for you to mail, please choose that option from the menu.

About the Art. The honeybee art on this card, titled Star Gate, began as a photograph of a honeybee on catnip flowers in one of my gardens on Pleasant Hill, near Morgantown, West Virginia. Honeybees fly up from the bottom of the valley from their hives on a neighbor's property to find my garden every year. Sometimes I see quite a few, but I never see them in the numbers I remember from childhood, when the holly bushes growing along one way of our garage in the rural suburbs of Maryland came alive with movement and buzzing. Back in those days, it was a matter of course to include Dutch white clover in grass seed mixes to help fix nitrogen and naturally fertilize our lawns, and the honeybees also found the clover blooms. What a shame that this practice is fallen out of favor. You can, of course, add clover seed to your lawn mix and use it to replant bare patches. You'll find the clover stays green even through hot summer days, an added bonus.

Additional information

Weight 0.0375 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × .05 in
Stamp the envelope?

No, Yes

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Linda Gribko is an author, artist, and photographer living in Morgantown, West Virginia. She's known for her wildflower photography and the mandalas that she creates from her nature photos. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016. It's the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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