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Carve it Out

By on Oct 22, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 2 comments

I haven’t been feeling my best, with an annoying head cold lurking in the background and generally slowing me down. Production has been slow and steady and the realisation that the Sherwood Christmas Craft and Food Fair is now only three weeks away threw me into a mild panic!   I spent yesterday tidying the hive, organising the stock I have and making a VERY long list of things to make and do so that I will be ready for this popular event. Feeling much calmer today, I have decided to continue with a bit of experimentation that I have been wanting to undertake for a while now.  Back in January I took part in really enjoyable lino cutting workshop run by Fiona of Minifi and loved it!   I wasn’t overly impressed with my first attempt but Fiona explained the process well and I could see what I needed to do to improve. I had ideas about how I could use the hand...

Kindness Counts

By on Oct 15, 2017 in community, news | 0 comments

To follow on from last week’s theme, this week I have been the lucky recipient of other people’s kindness. There is a lot of it about in the creative community, people offering you craft supplies they can’t use, sharing your facebook page with someone who is looking for something you make and supporting your events by helping to spread the word and popping by your stall to say ‘hello.’    Well-known for my recycling ethos I am often made offers of bags of fabric, button tins and other wonderful stuff and I very rarely turn them down, as if I can’t use them I generally know someone that will. Just last week I redirected a large quantity of leather scraps to my fellow bag making friend Janine McShane as I knew she would make excellent use of them.   This delicious stack of books came into my possession today and I am relishing the...

Creative Business

By on Oct 8, 2017 in community, news | 0 comments

Lots happening this week in the hive! I am sewing steadily and getting organised for my first craft event at the start of November and it was also the return on that moving exhibition I helped put together, It’s Not the Baby Blues. Setting it up, with Sarah of Open House prompted me to think about the amazing response it got last time and wonder where bringing it out of hibernation might lead.   One thing is for certain though, it is definitely a good thing that it has made another appearance, it is pretty powerful stuff and should be shared as many times as possible to remind others that there is always hope.    Another project I have been buzzing away at also seems to be bearing some Autumn fruit. As you may be aware, if you follow my page, I started to write for The Beestonian Magazine in January this year. I cover all things creative in Beeston, an extension of...

Feeling Fuzzy

By on Oct 1, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 0 comments

As we enter into Autumn I can feel a new routine taking shape and have been having fun experimenting this week in the hive. Firstly I have been trying out some dyeing techniques, using natural dyes such as cold tea and beetroot juice, with some success!    The rings and the button were bleached bare (like the ring in the bottom right of the photo) before I gave them the treatment. I soaked two rings in the water I had boiled a few homegrown beetroot in overnight and the button in the remains of a mug of rooibos with the teabag still in it. As you can probably see, both natural dyes were quite effective. The curtain rings are more of a deep warm brown than purple but I am really pleased with how they turned out. The button is exactly the shade of reddish brown I was hoping for so I will definitely try that trick again, especially as it really was a spur of the moment idea....