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By on Jul 8, 2018 in community, environment, events | 0 comments

Wow, what a scorcher! It has been too hot to do much this weekend, so after finishing work in the morning I have been lazing in the garden with something cool and a good book.     It’s blooming lovely now in our back garden, so it’s hard not to want to spend all day out here to be honest…what a shame there are jobs to do inside.   There have been plants shooting up all over and the borders are looking quite healthy now, sadly though I don’t seem to be attracting as many bees as I did in my old garden, although I have rescued a few that appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion. I was cheered by the sight of a couple that were hovering around these bright yellow blooms, and on the lavender in the painted pot beside me. Whilst gazing over the garden, earlier this week, I came up with a plan.   The hot dry weather has left us with a parched...

Work in Progress

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...

Creative Passions

By on Jun 3, 2018 in community, events, news | 0 comments

It’s a brief blog tonight as I suddenly have so much to do, but it’s all exciting stuff! This weekend has been mostly taken up with visiting the ABC Art Trail, which as you can see for yourself was basically cycling from one venue to another discovering how amazingly talented some people are.   This is just a small sample of some of the work on show, I am not even sure that I managed to capture it all, but I found the whole experience superbly enjoyable. Being something of a creative soul, I can really appreciate the work that goes into producing the pieces on show and have a genuine admiration for anyone that runs any kind of creative business.    As you may know, I recently wound up my creative business, Despite my definitive attitude at the time, this was not a decision I took lightly. I had built up a loyal following and some amazing supporters over the...

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...