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By on Jul 8, 2018 in community, environment, events | 0 comments

Wow, what a scorcher! It has been too hot to do much this weekend, so after finishing work in the morning I have been lazing in the garden with something cool and a good book.     It’s blooming lovely now in our back garden, so it’s hard not to want to spend all day out here to be honest…what a shame there are jobs to do inside.   There have been plants shooting up all over and the borders are looking quite healthy now, sadly though I don’t seem to be attracting as many bees as I did in my old garden, although I have rescued a few that appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion. I was cheered by the sight of a couple that were hovering around these bright yellow blooms, and on the lavender in the painted pot beside me. Whilst gazing over the garden, earlier this week, I came up with a plan.   The hot dry weather has left us with a parched...

A New Broom…

By on Jul 1, 2018 in environment, news | 2 comments

It has been four years since Mr Bee made the brave decision to leave his full-time job in Adult Social Care and Health to become a full-time woodworker and it’s not been without its trails. Planning to continue building up his furniture making business, using traditional joinery methods, he had to abandon his big machinery shortly after developing a frozen shoulder.   Not thwarted by this painful restriction, he taught himself how to use a wood-turning lathe and downsized his projects. It was during this time that he began artistically recycling broken skateboards, consequently this is what he has become best known for. As seen in this blog post his first workshop was rather cosy and quite possibly more suitable for his new range of pocket-sized products. And they were very much well received by customers to local craft events.   The Splinter Cell’s lifelong...

The Little Things…

By on Jun 24, 2018 in environment, news, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week my attention has been turned back to making the new house into our home. Adding those little touches that make it feel more homely and a little more to my taste.     Invariably, whether you rent a house or buy a house, you often inherit someone else’s taste along with a new set of keys. This house is actually quite neutral. It has some interesting features and bags of character and has been easy to slot our collection of furniture, pictures and ornaments into. I really does feel like home.   However, there has been one little thing that has been niggling me since I moved in and I am happy to say that this week it got sorted. Seahorses…now I am as fond off the elegant sea creature as the next person, but I am still struggling to see the need for 3 inch high metal ones as handles on bathroom cabinets. Aside from their sharp points, which make them...

Work in Progress

By on Jun 17, 2018 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

A much quieter week, although a seven day week last week meant I have been in need of some down time. I have also been itching to pick up the origami bombing project planned for this spring and if you have been into Beeston this week you will have seen that I have succeeded.   Rudyard’s Tea House now had butterflies accompanying their cranes, fluttering all around their windows and walls. A few of the Bee Creative craft group have got the origami bug and came along to help me on Tuesday, look out for more kaleidoscopes of butterflies appearing in other places and in your news feed if you follow the page. I am aiming for at least half a dozen venues to be displaying the ‘Beeston Butterfly’ this summer.   Perhaps inspired by another large scale art project, the Beeston Street Art Festival, I was keen to start the ball rolling this week and had lots of...

Community Creativity!

By on Jun 10, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment, events | 0 comments

This week saw a coming together of many things! This week was my final full week of exam revision sessions and preparations for this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala.   The Bee Creative stall looked fabulous, with so many brightly coloured and beautiful things that were made by members of the group and it received many compliments from those who visited. The crafters involved keep the money that they make, making a small donation to Bee Creative to help fund further projects. I am so proud of what they are achieving and their products looked really professional, helped along by Linda’s display skills.   Mr Bee was there with rather a light stall, since he has only just managed to set his workshop up properly this week, but as usual he had lots of friendly faces popping by to say ‘hello.’ This is why this event will remain one of my favourites. It...