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By on Sep 17, 2017 in news | 0 comments

Apologies for missing last week, I planned to write and schedule a blog post before I went away but time somewhat disappeared! As I am away again this weekend, and not sure what time I will be back on Sunday, I have sat down this afternoon to reflect on my week away in the southern French sunshine.   We are so lucky to have friends who invite us to stay with them in their home. This is our fourth visit in total, but this one was a little different to the others as they are now living in a period home they are renovating and they have an eight month old addition to the family. Despite this they made us just as welcome and we enjoyed getting involved in a few of their creative projects.   When Ruth lived in the UK we often collaborated on creative ideas and this continues across the miles over the internet, it is a friendship founded on common interests, cemented with cosy...

Pom-Pom Projects

By on Sep 3, 2017 in bee creative, recycled projects | 0 comments

I am going to start this week’s blog by sharing something special that was made for me by one of the ladies who comes to the Monday night ‘Bee Creative Sessions’ because I was really touched to receive it and it is so beautifully made.   I have really been enjoying running the sessions, the group are great to work with, but also because it has encouraged me to try some new things and it’s been fun! We have moved from recycled origami to useful sewing skills and now we are playing with a bag of donated wool.   Pom-poms are so gratifying to make and have a variety many uses, so that seemed as good a place to start as any. I have to confess I couldn’t quite remember how I had been taught to make them. I remembered cutting discs out of card out of cereal packets, with my either my mum or my nan. and making some to hand on my baby brothers carry cot...

Charity Begins…

By on Aug 27, 2017 in environment, news | 0 comments

It is often said that ‘charity begins at home,’ an old fashioned saying that is generally thought to mean that we should take care of our family and friends first, before we extend our help to others. However this has been challenged and I tend to agree this was not it’s intended meaning, in fact it was that children learn charity first in the home.   I have always donated unwanted goods to charity shops and enjoy shopping in them too. It is interesting how over the years the status of the High Street charity shop has changed. According to Wikipedia the first Oxfam charity shop opened in 1947, but even earlier than that the Salvation Army ran second hand clothing shops to provide the urban poor with cheap clothing. At the outbreak of World War Two, other charities such as the British Red Cross also started to operate shops as a way to raise money for the war...

Art Therapy

By on Aug 20, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

For the first time, in as long as I can remember, I really did not know what I was going to blog about this week. It’s been a pleasant week but with nothing newsworthy happening in my world, by contrast the wider world has been filled with the kind of drama that is hard to make sense of, or ignore.   And although I have been deeply moved by such tragic events, I know that there is nothing I can directly do to change things, so instead I continue to involve myself in positive community projects that unite people. I have been thinking frequently about the existence of the blame culture, and how people have become so quick to judge others on such a large scale it is becoming infectious. Contrary to this I have been discussing with others what feels to us like the obvious rise in creativity and expression through art and music, which we explained as an antidote to our troubled...

Flower Power!

By on Aug 13, 2017 in environment, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week has been all about creating, and one of the things that I have been making a lot of lately is one of my signature flowers. There are quite popular and I have seen quite a few crafters make them, but you will always see them on my stall, attached to a piece of card as a brooch or stitched to a purse or bag.   I love making them! They are a great way of recycling smaller scraps of fabric and you can have fun with patterns and colours when you are making them. Although a staple on my stall, I am always happy to teach people how to make them and I think in the past three years I have probably run seven sessions where I have demonstrated how to make these sweet petal flowers, two of those sessions have been this year.    Pretty pinks and blues A small bunch Marmalade orange Here are a selection that were made at Friday’s class at Two Little Magpies, great...