About Me

Why, hello! I’m the “me” in Humblebee & Me. I’m Marie Rayma, and I have a lot of somewhat odd, labour-intensive hobbies. I love to sew, design (graphic & costume), cook, bind books, make soap, whip together lotions and body balms, and do pretty much anything else I can figure out. Or try to figure out. I’m currently living in Calgary, Canada, where you can dress like a cowboy whenever you want, and pancake breakfasts are always acceptable.

I love writing and photography, and I’ve been working with HTML & web design for over fourteen years now, so a blog seemed like something I was eventually bound to do—or do again, as it were. I’ve had many different websites over the years, many of which I operated under the alias Torli Roberts. They included Make it Count, an incredibly popular Titanic fan site (still online, though not updated much), Blending Creations (the most popular and oldest online blend challenge for a period of several years), and a whole mess of fanlistings, fan sites, blogs, and personal sites. When I went to Australia for seven months in 2010 I kept a blog, Aussome, to recount my adventures to my friends back home.

Profession-wise, I’m a graphic designer, with a passion for books—cookbooks, to be specific. If you’re interested in seeing what I do, you can find my portfolio at MarieRayma.com.

This blog is the answer to every time I’ve been asked “how do you do that?”. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and fine out! I post every Monday and Thursday.

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Powdered Acidic Hair Rinse

When I went to Costa Rica for a week in 2014 I thought I could get away with skipping my apple cider vinegar rinses for a week. Oooooh boy, was I wrong. An acidic rinse works to smooth the shaft of the hair back down after basic shampoo opens everything up. My hair... read more

London Fog Lip Balm

I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf.... read more

Pink Rose Clay Bar

After falling madly in love with my Everyday French Green Clay Bar I decided I needed more of them. Clay bars are downright fantastic for daily light clay use and they’re far more travel friendly than a baggie of mysterious looking powder (especially if... read more

Rose & Neroli Vegan Deodorant

This smooth, brightly floral scented deodorant is just lovely. It melts into the skin quickly and beautifully, leaving you ready to tackle your days stink-free. Because it doesn’t contain any wax it melts to a thin liquid when massaged into the skin, meaning it... read more

Candy Cane Body Lotion

This thick and luxurious candy cane body lotion makes a lovely Christmas gift. It leaves the skin soft and slightly peppermint scented, and if you’re looking for a bit of an extra festive hint, you can add a touch of mica for some holiday shimmer. All lotions are an... read more

Cranberry Sauce Soap

I bought a bag of bright red cranberry seeds last year, and found them in the back of my cupboard just in time to make a Cranberry Sauce soap as my second Christmas soap for 2014. These pretty reddish bars are bright and spicy, and feature a sprinkling of pretty... read more

White Chocolate Body Frosting

This delicious smelling white chocolate body frosting is rather divine. Light and easily absorbed into the skin, it smells of vanilla and cocoa, and may leave you wondering if you can lick yourself (I don’t recommend it). The base of this decadent whipped white... read more

Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Kristin wrote me with the most lovely sounding recipe request—she was looking for a “rich, tingly foot butter that smells like a pine tree”. Mmmm. As a lover of all things forest scented, I absolutely had to make this awesome (and as of yet hypothetical) foot butter.... read more

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

I thought I’d continue my pumpkin spice spree with this delightful Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. Not only does it smell of pie and leave your lips smooth and glossy, but it also contains real pumpkin oil, which gives it a wonderful mandarin hue. Pumpkin seed oil is... read more

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