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Craft Therapy

By on Apr 22, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

It is almost three years since the Bee Creative Community Workshops came into being and this week I really felt the benefit of what I have worked hard to create.   In between work and organising my stuff to move there has not been much time for creativity, and to be honest I have been missing it. Folding a few butterflies on a train ride just hasn’t been cutting it, so I was really glad when I realised on Monday that Kay was running the Bee Creative Session providing the perfect opportunity for me to immerse myself in a crafty project.   I had never made a dream catcher before, so was really looking forward to learning something new and it seemed like this make would require a fair bit of concentration. My brain wouldn’t let me understand the first step for a while, but with Kay’s patience and a hands-on approach I got it and was soon into the rhythm of...

Recycled Goodness!

By on Mar 11, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment | 0 comments

Another week of sorting and packing and we are still no closer to finding a new home, I am sure it is out there somewhere though! The vintage rail is looking pretty full though and there is a definite pile of other retro goodies for people to pore over as they pay a visit to the Vintage Bazaar next Sunday. I am really looking forward to it actually!   Another positive at the moment is the regular Monday night Bee Creative Community Workshop sessions. Team teaching with Kay has been brilliant, but also the group themselves are proving to be such a fantastic bunch of people that it never feels like a chore after a long day at work.    The sessions have been very well attended all through winter and as well as the enthusiastic buzz they all bring with them, more often than not there is also someone that brings a sweet treat to share. Some sessions stand out more than others...

“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....

Folding Frenzy!

By on Jan 21, 2018 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

There hasn’t a day gone by without a crane being folded somewhere in Beeston this week! Even on a tram ride out of Beeston, I couldn’t resist folding my used tram ticket into a printed version of that graceful bird.   Keen to make sure that we generate interest in our community project, and enough cranes to make a decent display, we have arranged a few group sessions and the response has been good. I especially enjoyed showing a mother and her son how to complete the models they started independently.   This week I have also been getting back into my writing. The tram in question was taking me to meet a lady at an office in Clifton, and despite getting off at the wrong stop, getting a little bit lost and arriving late she was really pleased to invite me in to talk about her successful community interest company, Creative Paths.    I first heard about...

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...

People Power

By on Jul 30, 2017 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

Time off gives me time to think, to clear my head of all the things I ‘have to’ do and allows my mind to wander more freely. There has been no plan for this week, I have merrily flitted from one thing to another in a gloriously random fashion and enjoyed the lack of routine.  By the end of the week I had tidied my sewing room (again), dug out some old projects and made little parcels for some special people. I  visited some of my favourite places, read a lot and had numerous cups of tea and glasses of wine with some great people, ending with our friends’ wedding that both my feet and head have been recovering from today. There is always something life affirming about a wedding, all those people gathering in one place for people that are special to them.   I often think about the power that a group of people can generate and how people power can...