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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...

State of Independents

By on Apr 8, 2018 in community, news | 0 comments

 As I sit down to write this week’s blog post, I am hoping that the bank holiday weekend has given you all a little time off to spend with your families, or catching up on something that you love doing but don’t have so much time for when you are working.    I have certainly felt the benefit of a long weekend followed by a slightly less hectic schedule, as some of my students are away, and have been reflecting on how many great independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants we have to choose from in our vibrant little town and have been paying some of them a timely visit this week.   As I have probably mentioned before, I try to avoid shopping at ‘big faceless corporations’ as much as possible where I can and much prefer spending money at the independents where my money is funding local people. By doing this, I feel that I am benefiting the...

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...

Community Focus

By on Jan 14, 2018 in community, news | 0 comments

It’s a brief blog post this week, as it’s Mr Bee’s birthday today and we are going to be busy with the celebrations later, but I just thought I would check in with you and share a bit of news.     This week kicked off with the first ‘Bee Creative’ session and it was a really positive start to the year! I was great to see some of the familiar faces from last year and welcome some new people too.   What gives me the most joy, is the way the sessions have evolved and now pretty much run themselves once the initial input is over. I present them with an idea, and set of materials, and watch the magic happen. Obviously I am always on had to offer a helping hand to anyone that needs it and love that others in the groups are always happy to help out too. We really have created something special, and I fully expect it to grow again this year.  ...