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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...

Feel Good Friday!

By on May 28, 2017 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

I am almost there! With half-term just about to begin and exam season coming to an end, I can definitely see a more productive bee on the horizon! The week was good, lots of revision sessions and cycling too and fro in the heat but a really positive week just the same. And Friday night just rounded it off nicely.   Creative Beeston organised their first ever well-being evening at Two Little Magpies and it was a huge hit with the craft group. Sallyann from Oracle Earth Holistic Therapies came over to Beeston to treat us to an evening of tranquility. Ladies booked their twenty minute treatment in advance, allowing Sallyann a short break in between so she could mingle and take advantage of the complimentary prosecco and nibbles.  The sessions were fully booked and each of the ladies came back from behind the makeshift screen looking radiant and relaxed. To keep them...

Inky Business

By on May 21, 2017 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

It’s been all go this week, as I have spent the week readjusting to the pattern of sewing around the day job, but I am happy to say the rhythm is back! The week ended on a high too, as this Friday was our tenth ‘Crafty Catch Up’ and it was a good one.   Fiona of Minifi, is really getting into her stride as a patient and supportive instructor and Two Little Magpies is the perfect space for running crafty courses. As always, Lucy welcomed us into her creative hub and provided a relaxed setting where people can learn.  This month we were trying our hand at mono printing, a delightfully messy pastime, which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy! As usual Lucy gave us access to her wealth of books for image ideas and general inspiration. Although always on hand for advice and help with their ideas, Fiona and Lucy always encourage participants to ‘have a...

The Bigger Picture

By on Mar 11, 2017 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

It is so easy to get whipped up into a whirlwind of work, chores and obligations. Even if you like the work you do, that coupled with everything else you do to make your life run smoothly, can eat away at time leaving very little behind for more relaxing pursuits.    Since finding out that I was losing half of my job last year, and the growing feeling that it may well disappear altogether, I have been making plans to secure a new job. It all started when a colleague, that I barely knew at the time, announced she was leaving to set up her own tutoring business and asked if I was interested in working for her. I saw an opportunity. If I retained my current part-time job in the school I could take on some students to tutor to make up the shortfall.   It has worked well, a little too well in fact and I know have so many students to see in a week that I have increased my...

Heartstrings

By on Feb 19, 2017 in bee creative, community, environment, news | 0 comments

This week has been all about affairs of the heart, well it was Valentine’s Day on Tuesday after all, and did you know that Saint Valentine was the patron saint of beekeepers?    Definition of heartstring obsolete:  a nerve once believed to sustain the heart the deepest emotions or affections —usually used in plural <That movie really pulls at your heartstrings.>   If you read last week’s blog, you will know that I am a sentimental little soul, one of last week’s readers affectionately called me ‘soppy’,  but I am ok with that. I just love to spread the LOVE and so this week’s ‘Bee Creative’ project was especially great fun!   ‘During the ‘Ides of February’, nature is rising, birds beginning to pair, spring flowers opening and honeybees are expanding and keen to find forage.’ And the...