Lizbeth in her Studio

Our Story

As time races by, as we try to do more for less, as we communicate with an emoji or we like something with a click of a button, it means even more when someone has taken a moment to let you know they are thinking of you; that is the opinion of Lizbeth and Sebastian, the founders of HoneyTree, who produce artful stationery, beautiful and bespoke, sent with love.

Lizbeth is a British artist and illustrator who with her husband and young family, lived in Spain and South Africa before settling back in Somerset in the UK.

Like many of us, she was constantly trying to encourage the kids to write by keeping in touch with thank you cards, writing letters and sending drawings. Often met with a, “ do I HAVE to? ”, from her children, she always had the sense that to physically send letters and cards home, was a more meaningful way to share the news, joys and life of her very young family.

However it was the discovery of an old box in the back of her mother's desk, bursting with papers, envelopes and cards, that really brought home to her the importance of putting pen to paper. Here in writings was the stop-start recording of her own birth in the form of a telegram. “Born. Today. A baby girl. Mother doing well. We are all delighted “. A letter of congratulations from a bossy aunt, a floral card written in the shaky hand of her beloved grandmother. Here too were letters home to her parents from her former schoolgirl self; the disastrous stay with the French exchange, the postcard home from a trip to the lake district. Here were invitations, the order of service to her own daughter's christening. In her little sisters childish handwriting, a thank you letter for the tennis racquet, the Christmas money, the Sunday lunch……

From this encounter with the past, was born the idea of HoneyTree. Lizbeth excitedly got to work, creating hand-drawn and coloured illustrations, motifs and designs, whilst her husband Sebastian began to work on the intricacies of building a website where it was possible to create something truly personal.

No detail was spared, from the beautiful and varied designs to the papers and envelopes. But Lizbeth and Sebastian both feel that the most important part of the stationery is still the blank space, the space where the birth is recorded, the thanks is given, the congratulations written, the hope for the future, the acknowledgement of the past.

 

Paper Made Personal

We believe that stationery speaks to you long before you’ve even read the first word.

Our passion is in helping people to really express their true personalities through paper. Whatever it is you want to say, our range of beautiful bespoke stationery will help you to say it in style.

From Invitations to personalised Correspondence Cards, we have two passions – make it luxury, make it unique. 

"Our customers choose stationery as a way to express themselves, their style and their personality. It conveys their culture, displays creativity and most of all - it's personal."  - Lizbeth Holstein, artist and co-founder of HoneyTree.

Our Artists: Every British artist featured in our collections receives 5% of every sale featuring their illustrations. We care about original creativity, and constantly add exciting emerging UK artists to our collections to share their art with our family of customers. 

Sustainability: We care about the materials we use and our impact on the world around us, which is why we use only ethically sourced materials with the lowest environmental impact. All of our products are produced and packaged on site at Worminster Farm and all excess materials are recycled and repurposed – we strive to run zero waste enterprise (we may not always achieve it but we do our best…!) In March 2018 as part of our commitment to sustainability we planted over 950 trees in association with the Centenary Sainsbury's MOREwoods campaign.

Attention to detail: We care about the things that seem small but make a big difference – the weight of a card in the hand, the quality of an envelope, the sheen of the ribbon used to adorn our handmade gift boxes. We even include a couple of extra envelopes for those little hiccups.

HoneyTree is a business not governed by algorithms and ‘big data’ but by real people dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care and support for each and every one of our many customers.