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Open Hearts and Minds

By on Nov 19, 2017 in community, events, news | 0 comments

It’s been a much quieter week this week, no sewing at all…not a sausage! Have no fear though, I am not slacking! There have been plenty of other things to keep me busy and I felt the need to be kind to myself after a full-on couple of weeks before last week’s event.   It’s back to the machine on Tuesday though, to replenish some of the smaller stock that sold at Sherwood for this weekend’s wonderful fundraiser organised by Open House. This year their Christmas event is focused on raising funds for the Mother and Baby Unit at the QMC a place very dear to the Open House ladies.   As you may be aware, this is a charity that I have supported for a while and actually sowed the seeds for the Monday night Bee Creative craft therapy sessions. These weekly meet-ups are run as guided sessions and it has been so rewarding to see how much some of the...

And so it begins…

By on Nov 12, 2017 in community, events, news | 0 comments

Last week was exhausting…   so forgive me if I just thrust a lot of pretty pictures in your face. There were late night sewing sessions, and fiddly details to attend to but it all got done. Despite my sewing machine throwing a wobbly and things taking much longer than they were supposed to, I was happy to present a well stocked stall at Saturday’s event.   And it was a fabulous day! Lots of my favourite artists and crafters, some new ones too, filled the venue with their amazing makes. The colourful stalls were as warm as the atmosphere and me and Mr Bee had a great day with a steady stream of regular customers and meeting people who really appreciated our range of recycled gifts. I love listening to Mr Bee explaining his processes and share his passion for ‘no waste’ making so we make perfect stall partners.     Although busy all day, I did...

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...

Open With Care

By on Sep 24, 2017 in community, events, news | 0 comments

This week’s blog is dedicated the amazing work that Open House Nottingham do for women who are affected by pre and postnatal illness. Meeting these women over four years ago led to me coordinating a profoundly personal exhibition which was described by one visitor as   ‘A clever fusion of photography and writing exploring women’s experience of postnatal depression. Each woman takes you on journey through her own personal experience of early motherhood and how their illnesses impacted on this. It’s also uplifting as each woman describes their own route to recovery and how things changed for them as they became well again. Open House aims to bring post natal depression out into the open, to break down barriers and remove stigma and with this moving exhibition they do just that. Book an hour into your diary, head to The Malt Cross and share these courageous...

Art Therapy

By on Aug 20, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

For the first time, in as long as I can remember, I really did not know what I was going to blog about this week. It’s been a pleasant week but with nothing newsworthy happening in my world, by contrast the wider world has been filled with the kind of drama that is hard to make sense of, or ignore.   And although I have been deeply moved by such tragic events, I know that there is nothing I can directly do to change things, so instead I continue to involve myself in positive community projects that unite people. I have been thinking frequently about the existence of the blame culture, and how people have become so quick to judge others on such a large scale it is becoming infectious. Contrary to this I have been discussing with others what feels to us like the obvious rise in creativity and expression through art and music, which we explained as an antidote to our troubled...