FacebookTwitter

“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.  ...

Moving On

By on Nov 26, 2017 in community, events, news | 4 comments

Happy Sunday! I do hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and have been staying snug. We had a cracking afternoon at the Open House fundraiser yesterday which raised over £500 for the Mother and Baby Unit, which made it even more worthwhile.   ‘The law of sharing: When you share goodness with others, the universe responds by gifting you with even more goodness to share. Pretty soon you are overflowing and the world around you much is warmer and brighter’.   This was the quote that Sarah of Open House posted on the facebook page after the event. And she is one of those generous people who does share, she and the rest of the volunteers give their precious time each week, to offer support to many women, who are at some point on their recovery from postnatal depression. That appreciation was shown clearly by those in attendance yesterday.   On Saturday...

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...