Merch of the Month: August 2021

Mockup of a t-shirt features the "Kindred Spirit" design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for AUGUST 2021

Kindred Spirit

For me, style isn’t about being a trend-setter or keeping up with the popular crowd. It’s a way of expressing who you are and what makes you happy! The best thing about dressing in something super nerdy is that you tend to suss out other people who enjoy the very same thing. In a way, that’s what my Kindred Spirit design is all about!

Merch of the Month: June 2021

Mockup of a t-shirt features the "By a Lady" design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a t-shirt features the "By a Lady" design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for June 2021

By a Lady

One of the coolest things about designing merchandise for my shop is that I learn tons of new things while I work. I knew I wanted to letter all of Jane Austen’s novels for a design, but in doing my research, I learned her books were NEVER attributed by name during her lifetime. Her very first novel was simply billed “By a Lady” and the following books were “by the author of Sense and Sensibility“. Her success as an author during an era when women didn’t traditionally hold a career is even more awe-inspiring when you take a moment to look at all the things that stood in her path. This woman was a fighter!

Merch of the Month

Mockup of a tote bag features the I JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER hand lettered design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a tote bag features the I JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER hand lettered design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for APRIL 2021

I Judge Books

This month’s featured design embraces all things bookish. While writers are generally told to avoid done-to-death sayings, I think cliches and idioms are a fascinating part of language and culture. So, while I might steer clear of them in my novels, I have a lot of fun making them part of my other creative ventures.

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merch of the month selection for March 2021

Not Unlike a Simile

This month’s highlight is an original quote from yours truly! I love figures of speech and puns, so I toyed with bringing them together into something any word nerd would love. If you’re the kind of writer who likes to compare and contrast, I hope this style is speaking your language!

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merch of the month selection for February 2021

Lorem Ipsum

The fun thing about owning a shop is creating products that are specific to your very own taste and sense of humor. Lorem ipsum is placeholder text used by designers. While inspired by Latin, it doesn’t translate to anything coherent. In a way, it’s like putting a [text goes here] disclaimer on your design.

#virtuAAL2020

Show & Tell

This weekend I’m participating in #virtuAAL2020, an online artist alley! Peruse and purchase artwork, merch, and other goods created by independent artists and small business owners. There will be sales, short-run items, and other cool specials you’ll want to get in on. It’s a fantastic time to do some early holiday shopping!

Don’t have time to scroll through Twitter? Check out the #virtuAAL2020 directory to quickly find what you’re in the mood to shop for.

Many thanks to the organizer of this event, Becca Farrow! Be sure to check out her work, and give her a shoutout if you enjoy the event.

To learn more about what I’m selling, check out my #virtuAAL2020 introduction post at BumbleBess.com or follow me on Twitter for regular updates!

Merch of the Month

I have a habit of turning hobbies into side hustles, so it’s not surprising that many of the designs I create for BumbleBess.com features my hand lettering.

Kindred Spirit

October’s Merch of the Month pick is in honor of our favorite autumn-adoring heroine, Anne Shirley! This was the first product I added to the shop using this style of varied lettering. It’s a fun and free-spirited reminder to embrace the things that make us unique, because those are the traits that help us connect with others.

Shop for more literary merchandise at BumbleBess.com!

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My love for heroines of classic literature and the art of typography inspired me to open my own shop, BumbleBess.com. Through words and the occasional curlicue, I celebrate favorite heroines like Elizabeth Bennett, Anne Shirley, and Wendy Darling.

"Obstinate, Headstrong Girl" typographic design from BumbleBess.com

Obstinate, Headstrong Girl

This Merch of the Month pick is one I designed before I even knew I would be opening a shop. It was originally created as a gift for my Pride & Prejudice obsessed sister, who is as loyal-hearted, strong-willed, and free-spirited as Lizzie Bennett herself. For all the audacious ladies out there, this is for you.

Shop for more literary merchandise at BumbleBess.com!

Merch of the Month

My love for fantastic fiction and gorgeous graphics inspired me to open my own shop, BumbleBess.com. There, I blend all of my favorite things… literary allusions, typographic design, and plenty of good humor.

Read Voraciously, Live Vicariously

Read Voraciously, Live Vicariously

This Merch of the Month pick is one of my personal favorites. The quote “read voraciously, live vicariously” is something I coined myself, inspired by that unique sensation of getting wholly lost between the pages of a good book.

Shop for more bookish merchandise at BumbleBess.com!