Let’s get creative with those hives!

I have decided to spruce up my apiary.  Why go with plain, simple, solid colored hives when you can paint scenes and designs on them?

I have joking told my husband, that as more woman get involved in beekeeping, the more decorated bee hives there will be.   Not that men are not creating amazing hive designs,  I’m sure there are many wonderfully painted hives done by men.  If you are one of them, post a picture below in the comments!

Here’s a few that I have painted….


A few that I am working on….



and a few that I am thinking about…

If you would like to see more, or how I transfer my designs onto a hive for painting, let me know.

~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places……   and, show me your painted hives, post a picture in the comments below.



It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what equipment, tools and clothing you need to get started in beekeeping.  Here is what I recommend for a Langstroth style hive, which is the type of hive that I am using.

Hive Components

The inner cover and frames are hidden within the above picture, but here is what they look like:


This is just the minimum you will need.  As the bees grow in population you will need to be adding an additional hive body. When the nectar begins to flow and the bees are ready to produce honey you will need to start adding honey supers.  Normally, a 1st year colony has not grown big enough to produce honey, but if they have, you will need to have honey supers at the ready.

Let’s now review what clothing and tools are needed:

Clothing and Equipment

This is a picture of my husband and me working one of our hives.  As you can see the hive on the right is strong enough to be adding honey supers where the hive on the left is not. The queen had stopped laying and the hive had to supersede her. During that process the bee population decreased significantly and they struggled to protect their hive, therefore we added a robber screen to stop other honey bees and wasps from robbing out the hive.

Here’s the recommended list of equipment for 1 hive:

Hive Component List2

If you have any questions, please comment below.

~May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places.

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