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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...

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...