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Routine Behaviour

By on Feb 18, 2018 in news | 1 comment

I am not a fan of routine generally, I find it restrictive and after a short while I get that groundhog day feeling, but it does really help me get stuff done! I was a bit like the stereotypical butterfly at the beginning of the year, big changes throwing me out of my usual routine.   I embrace change, which is probably why I have had so many different jobs and loved working in a school for so long. It’s true no two days are ever the same in a school, however  the mental conditioning that the rigid timetable and regular bells, signifying when to have cuppa, go to the loo or have your lunch was more routine than I could stand after a while. And yet that compartmentalised routine definitely allowed me to extend my sewing hobby into a small business, especially as I always knew there was a holiday coming up.   I feel like I am settling into a new order of things since...

Clearing Out!

By on Feb 11, 2018 in news | 0 comments

It’s been happening every week since January hit. Each week I am taking bags to charity shops, donating carefully stored resources to people and projects and now I have pretty much come down the the stuff I need to sell. I love finding the ‘right home’ for things and of course recycled where I can.   This gorgeous pair of platform shoes that I bought back in the 90s, I believe to be a reproduction of an original 1970s shoe, are full leather and were quite expensive I recall. They certainly are a thing of beauty, in old English white with just the right amount of sheen, and they have hardly been worn. This is mainly because they are as impractical as they look for someone with a dodgy knee like me, but also they are the kind of shoes that you need to have a fitting  occasion to wear them.      Now it’s true that they are taking up hardly...

“Goodbye Honey.”

By on Feb 4, 2018 in bee creative, community | 2 comments

‘Honey Bee‘ makes it’s smooth transition to ‘Bee Creative’ this week, just like that. I edited that name this morning and was notified that changes would take effect in 3 days. In fact they have happened already!   I have been thinking about what to do with the page, make a clean break and delete it? But in the end I decided that there is far too much creative goodness to make it disappear altogether so it’s just taking on a new focus. This feels like the right decision, after all Bee Creative is all about community and the lone worker bee is now part of this.     When I think back to where the community workshops started, origami has featured rather heavily. This was my first ever session, back in June 2015. I taught a table full of eager participants how to fold origami butterflies, which then became part of the Beeston Arts Trail....

Just Being…

By on Jan 28, 2018 in environment, news | 1 comment

No doubt if you follow my page you will have noticed that the folding frenzy has come to an end and the cranes and doves, both symbols of peace, are now in place at Rudyard’s Tea House in Beeston. I hope that visitors to the tea shop make time to look up at them, and allow their eyes to follow each subtle motion as they turn and bob gently on  gossamer thread.   There are other projects in the planning stage but this year I am going to make sure that I don’t take on too much, all at once. As a typical busy bee, I do get so much joy out of buzzing from one creative project to the next but am learning as I get older that I need to allow myself time to just ‘be.’   This week’s Bee Creative session was led by Kay and it was great! not only was Kay excellent with the group, taking time to make sure that everyone was engaged and knew what they...