BeeCuriousDesigns

Boutique signage in chalk, wood, mirrors, fabric & more

California, United States · 1238 Sales

BeeCuriousDesigns

Boutique signage in chalk, wood, mirrors, fabric & more

California, United States 1238 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(235)
Shop owner

Mariko

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Announcement   Welcome to the Bee Curious Designs shop. We are thrilled you stopped by and would love to create a unique sign for you. We believe it's the little details that will make your event a beautifully unique celebration, and your home or office a more creatively organized place.

We paint for the everyday bride as well as clients such as COCA COLA, TARGET, TOM'S SHOES and ABC NEWS!

Hot off the press- we just received the BEST OF THE BAY AREA AWARD for our local work, including COFFEE SHOP Walnut Creek & Lafayette, ALPINE BAKERY, JOURNEY COFFEE & JUICE BAR and SLICE HOUSE PIZZA.

Read our reviews to see for yourself how thrilled our customers are with their one-of-a-kind signs.

- - - - - FEATURED IN PRINT! - - - - -
TODAY'S BRIDE MAGAZINE
THE WESTCHESTER WEDDING PLANNER MAGAZINE
DIABLO MAGAZINE

- - - - - FEATURED ON THE WEB! - - - - -
ANTHROPOLOGIE wedding line- BHLDN
BUDGET SAVVY BRIDE
ELIZABETH ANNE DESIGNS
ENGAGED AND INSPIRED
FAB U BLISS
GLAMOUR AND GRACE
INSPIRED BY THIS
LE MAGNIFIQUE BLOG
MAGNET STREET
RUFFLED Fall 2014
RUFFLED Spring 2014
SNIPPET & INK
STYLE ME PRETTY 2013
STYLEMEPRETTY 2014
STYLE ME PRETTY Summer 2015
STYLE ME PRETTY Summer 2015
STYLE ME PRETTY Spring 2015
TARYN BLAKE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
THE KNOT
THE WEDDING CHICKS 2013
THE WEDDING CHICKS- Spring 2014
THE WEDDING CHICKS- Fall 2014
WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND WEDDINGS

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 9, 2016

Welcome to the Bee Curious Designs shop. We are thrilled you stopped by and would love to create a unique sign for you. We believe it's the little details that will make your event a beautifully unique celebration, and your home or office a more creatively organized place.

We paint for the everyday bride as well as clients such as COCA COLA, TARGET, TOM'S SHOES and ABC NEWS!

Hot off the press- we just received the BEST OF THE BAY AREA AWARD for our local work, including COFFEE SHOP Walnut Creek & Lafayette, ALPINE BAKERY, JOURNEY COFFEE & JUICE BAR and SLICE HOUSE PIZZA.

Read our reviews to see for yourself how thrilled our customers are with their one-of-a-kind signs.

- - - - - FEATURED IN PRINT! - - - - -
TODAY'S BRIDE MAGAZINE
THE WESTCHESTER WEDDING PLANNER MAGAZINE
DIABLO MAGAZINE

- - - - - FEATURED ON THE WEB! - - - - -
ANTHROPOLOGIE wedding line- BHLDN
BUDGET SAVVY BRIDE
ELIZABETH ANNE DESIGNS
ENGAGED AND INSPIRED
FAB U BLISS
GLAMOUR AND GRACE
INSPIRED BY THIS
LE MAGNIFIQUE BLOG
MAGNET STREET
RUFFLED Fall 2014
RUFFLED Spring 2014
SNIPPET & INK
STYLE ME PRETTY 2013
STYLEMEPRETTY 2014
STYLE ME PRETTY Summer 2015
STYLE ME PRETTY Summer 2015
STYLE ME PRETTY Spring 2015
TARYN BLAKE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
THE KNOT
THE WEDDING CHICKS 2013
THE WEDDING CHICKS- Spring 2014
THE WEDDING CHICKS- Fall 2014
WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND WEDDINGS

Mariko

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Mariko

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(235)
Maribeth Doherty

Maribeth Doherty on Aug 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I just received my mirror wedding sign and I could not be happier. Marika and her staff were so incredibly helpful. I had a lot of questions and they were able to accommodate all my requests. The mirror turned out beautifully and I cannot wait to display it at my wedding in a few weeks. Thank you!

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About

The Creative Road to our Custom Sign Shop

My etsy story began after I impulsively painted a calendar on a window above my daughter's desk while she was on her honeymoon. Like me, she is "type A all the way" and can't get enough of blank lists, notebooks and calendars. Being a new bride who owns a busy photography business, I knew she would love a blank calendar and lots of lists to help her stay organized. When I posted pics on social media, I unknowingly stumbled upon a huge business opportunity!

ROOTS~ I suppose my Type A personality makes me the perfect artist to create custom calendars and wedding signs. Nothing thrills me more than a blank calendar, notebook or list, so I totally get where my customers are coming from. I home-schooled all three of my kids and have worked up to 4 jobs simultaneously, so I know the importance of good organizing systems. And working as a wedding photographer and photo stylist puts me weekly on location where I see firsthand how beautiful signage can take a wedding from simple to stunning.

WHERE IN THE WORLD?~ We are in the Bay Area, on a quaint one acre suburban "farm" just outside of San Francisco. Four generations live here where we all have our own houses and share a family vegetable garden, orchard, chickens and beehives.

THE ATELIER~ We are blessed with an attached shop where Bob the Builder does the carpentry. We also have on-site storage for our many frames, mirrors and packaging supplies, and our atelier is our home. We often paint in the sun-filled atrium among plants, a fountain, and a 20 ft. tall fiddle leaf fig that grows right up out of the ground. So pretty much Zen heaven.

SUPPLIES~ When we first started, we experimented with many processes- paints and primers, pens and applications, and which materials made for the best chalk surfaces. We've since refined those choices to what we feel are the highest quality. But we'll paint a sign on just about anything requested!

RECLAIMED, REPURPOSED & REMADE~ We're always on the hunt for vintage and upcycled frames, and make frequent trips to local flea markets and thrift shops. Price, style and condition are important, since we typically change the color. This is how we pass on such great deals on frames. We embrace the little dents and wear marks that can only come from years of use. We proudly use as many recycled materials as possible in packing, and enjoy repurposing trays, platters, tin, mirrors, barn wood and salvaged windows into beautiful works of art.

TEAMWORK~ Bob and I started the business just the two of us. He's a master carpenter and custom stair builder and I handled painting and management. We've since added four more artists that I personally trained and oversee, and an administrative assistant who now keeps orders and accounting on track. We all enjoy creating together and as a team have a great work flow.

LETS CONNECT~ I take particular pride in connecting with my customers on a personal level, determining their style and needs, and taking them step by step through the creative process. I try to envision where their signs will be placed and how they will function. My designs evolve from a back-and-forth process that produces a one-of-a-kind design every time. When you receive your sign, we truly want it to take your breath away and thrill you right down to your toes!

INSPIRATION~ Our work is inspired by two things. #1. What works in our own home with our ultra-busy lifestyle. I NEED fun & creative organization in my life! And #2. As a stylist for a photography business I really get a thrill from the creative side of wedding design. Having my products featured on the industry's top wedding blogs and having them published in magazines is a stamp of approval that the art we're creating thrills and inspires others as much as it does us!

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Shop members
  • Mariko Giverink

    Owner, Designer, Head Artist

    Mariko is the creative mind behind BeeCuriousDesigns. She's also a photographer, blogger, beekeeper, worship leader & promoter of fitness & healthy living. She's an award-winning textile artist for works in quilting, knitting, sewing & embroidery.

  • Bob Giverink

    Carpenter, Packer, Quality Control

    Hubby "Bob the Builder" not only rocks the guitar, he's also a master carpenter & wood artist specializing in custom staircases. He builds all of our chalkboards and wood canvases, packages our products, and builds and paints our custom frames.

  • Raimee Gould

    Administrator, Assistant

    Raimee is our administrative assistant and helps with all our office and customer service needs. She is the first point of contact for all of our inquiries. She's married to Adam and has a cute little toddler named Silas and adorable baby Josiah.

  • Nichole Gustafson

    Artist

    Nichole joined us in early 2014 & although she can paint anything, she's our seating chart specialist! She has an etsy shop BeyondBlessedBrand selling "anthro-inspired" necklaces. Nichole is married to Spencer & new momma to sweet baby girl Henley.

  • Elise Whittenburg

    Artist, Social Media Assistant

    Our daughter Elise helps with social media and started painting for us in 2015. Her day job is her photography business, Elise Nicole Photography. She's married to Brad & they conveniently live next door with their English Cream retriever Sadie.

  • Alyse Plumley

    Artist

    Alyse is our newest artist and is learning every aspect of the trade. She is also a police dispatcher, a busy wife & momma. She's married to Gary with two little boys, Hunter & Jase, with one more bambino due this June.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 24, 2016
Welcome to the busy Bee Curious Design shop! Although we do have a few ready made items, almost all our products are custom made, one-of-a-kind creations that we'll design especially for you. Every chalkboard and wood sign is built here by carpenter Bob the Builder and painted by hand by either me or one of our talented artists, and every design is truly unique.

GREEN SHOPPING: In an effort to reduce waste, we use as much recycled packaging materials as possible. Many of our pieces were previously owned before we "rescued and recreated" them into new pieces of art. We embrace the little imperfections found in used and vintage materials that give old items their unique personality, and hope you do too! RECYCLE. RENEW. RE-USE!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Credit cards and paypal are accepted and your design preview will not be created until full payment is received. If paying via echeck, keep in mind it will take 3-5 days to clear.
Shipping
Your item will ship via FedEx or USPS and will be fully insured against damage.

If you request your package be sent to a different address than the one on your order, we cannot be responsible if it goes to the original address. We have no way of changing the address once the order is placed and with the amount of orders we process, there's no way for us to document order changes in our system.

Please keep in mind many of our products are very large and therefore calculated by dimensional weight. The shipping price calculated for your order is the actual cost of packaging and shipping- no hidden charges apply.

Shipping fees are for Continental US only. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii you will need to contact us for a quote. Please do not order until you have informed us you are outside the continental US so we can accurately calculate your shipping cost.
Refunds and Exchanges
We take great pride in every product we paint and hope that you love it as much as we do. There are no refunds on custom orders, with the exception of damaged goods, which are fully insured. We do everything we can to insure that your products will arrive safely without damage and our packing system is in accordance with the recommendations of reputable delivery companies.

In the rare event your item arrives damaged, we will recreate your board or refund your purchase once the claim has been filed and paid. Refunds will not be given until the damage investigation is complete. You must cooperate with the damage investigation process, including saving packaging materials, damaged goods, and taking any requested pictures of the damaged product for insurance purposes. Never throw damaged products or packaging materials away. If you choose not to cooperate with this process, we cannot offer a refund.

Refunds on items sold without custom lettering will be given in full if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Refund must be requested within 7 days of receiving your item and shipped back in the same condition as purchased in within 2 weeks for wedding/event orders and 1 week for non-event related orders.

Cancellations: If we have already created a (digital) custom design and you decide to cancel all or part of your order, we will need to charge a $20 design fee. If you decide to cancel any items purchased before painting or being shipped, we can issue a refund but will need to charge a re-stocking fee of $20.

RUSH ORDERS, SEATING CHART MIRRORS or GLASS: On time sensitive orders there may not be enough time to recreate your mirror or glass should it arrive damaged. We recommend ordering your mirror or glass no later than one month prior so it arrives no later than two weeks in advance. If you don't approve your preview or give us the information we need to create your sign in time, we cannot be held responsible for the item arriving too late to replace. Should you order within 2 weeks of your event date a replacement will be out of the question if breakage occurs.

Should a mirror or glass product need to be replaced, we will offer to replace it with a comparable item. We do not stock large quantities of identical mirrors, so the chances of us replacing your mirror with the exact same piece are slim.

We aim for beauty rather than perfection. Our products are a work of art and although we are highly detailed and use a critical eye, small imperfections are expected and embraced in the art of hand painting and lettering, as well as with vintage or antique pieces. Our pieces are not computer generated, which is what makes them so unique! If you are looking for perfection, we recommend purchasing a computer generated print or a sticker.
Additional policies and FAQs
THE DESIGN PROCESS- Each custom order starts with a conversation about your style and content. We will create a design preview based on your design requests and any inspiration pics you send. The first two design changes are included in the purchase price. If you require additional changes, there will be a reformatting fee of $10 per additional change which can be paid directly into our paypal account. We will not paint your board until you have given final approval.

EXCESSIVE OR REDUCED TEXT- If you have an unusual amount of text, additional fees may apply. If you have just a title or small amount of text, discounts may apply. Convo for quote.

CHALKBOARD CALENDARS/CHORE CHARTS- To prevent staining we recommend using regular chalk or chalk cartridge pencils, found here. http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Quilting-Chalk-Cartridge-Set/dp/B001UAJ7C6
Please do not clean your calendar or chore chart by rubbing harshly. To prevent fading, cleaning inside the lines with water or a dab of soap will keep your board looking new for many years. We cannot be responsible for staining issues if you use chalk "pens" or "bistro pens". They may or may not stain your board, depending on the brand you use.

We will do our very best to ship your order within 2-3 weeks of your design approval, however we are not able to guarantee that deadline as wedding/event deadlines are prioritized over calendar deadlines. If your calendar is a gift and needed by a particular date, please let us know when ordering. Thank you for understanding!

COMMISSIONING OF LARGE PROJECTS
We love to do on-site painting at your location and travel expenses will apply. Convo to request commissioning of a large project.