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The Journey

By on Apr 15, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

Another week closer to moving and the house is looking quite bare now. I have got that taking down the Christmas decorations, new year, new start feeling and am buzzing with anticipation of what our new abode will bring.     Keeping all the plates spinning feels particularly tricky at the moment, but the closer we get to leaving this house the clearer the ending becomes, and I really felt as though I could take some time out this weekend. Instead of empty shelves and bare walls, I see new possibilities and different ways to arrange my treasured possessions. I am also reminded of how little we had when we first moved in here, and how we created the home we love together. We will do that again.   So without much planning at all, usually the way we do things around here, we hopped on the train on Saturday morning and travelled across to Lincoln for no reason other than it...

Awe and Wonder!

By on Mar 25, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

What a beautiful day! Spring arrived with a sprinkle of vibrant yellow in our garden this week and the sunshine has revealed gilded branches everywhere! After a working morning and a delicious home-cooked brunch, I couldn’t wait to get out in the bright early afternoon light and enjoy the warmth on my bare head.    There has been a fair bit of activity inside too! The tuition world is rapidly reaching it’s crescendo as the summer exams get closer and preparations for this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala are well underway.    Although I am taking a back seat this year I am still very much involved and have been talking to the ‘Bee Creatives’ about how they would like to contribute to the event too, as most of the workshops we do have a recycled theme. I have also offered to take responsibility for the publicity too and, with a LOT of...

Adapting to Change

By on Mar 18, 2018 in environment, news | 2 comments

Well now, lets’s get the really important news out of the way first… WE HAVE A NEW HOME! We feel so lucky to have found somewhere so quickly that was both affordable and fit ALL of our requirements, I like to think that all the good we have been trying to put out over the years is coming right back at us. Whatever, it’s amazing news just the same, and such a relief! We will really miss living out our retro lifestyle in this fabulous 1970s house but I can already sense that we are going to be equally happy in our new home. It’s a smaller house, and was built in the 1930s, so although we are not going to get rid of all our 1970s pieces, we know we need to make the move a bit less arduous than it is already going to be given that we have a whole workshop to relocate.   And that dear readers, was the deal-breaker on this house. Pushed right to the top of our...

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...

Just Being…

By on Jan 28, 2018 in environment, news | 1 comment

No doubt if you follow my page you will have noticed that the folding frenzy has come to an end and the cranes and doves, both symbols of peace, are now in place at Rudyard’s Tea House in Beeston. I hope that visitors to the tea shop make time to look up at them, and allow their eyes to follow each subtle motion as they turn and bob gently on  gossamer thread.   There are other projects in the planning stage but this year I am going to make sure that I don’t take on too much, all at once. As a typical busy bee, I do get so much joy out of buzzing from one creative project to the next but am learning as I get older that I need to allow myself time to just ‘be.’   This week’s Bee Creative session was led by Kay and it was great! not only was Kay excellent with the group, taking time to make sure that everyone was engaged and knew what they...

The New Arrival

By on Dec 10, 2017 in environment, news | 2 comments

It’s been a funny couple of weeks since I made the decision to wind up the honey bee brand but positive all the same. You know that feeling you get sometimes, that something is holding you back but you are not sure what…?   Well I really think it was the making and selling side of my page that just isn’t really working for me anymore. I have definitely been letting things slide in terms of making stock, updating the web shop and keeping on top of the marketing.    It’s true I have been enjoying the making process, and I have produced some beautiful things this year in my little creative corner, but I am just not excited by making to sell anymore. With that in mind, it seems sensible to stop for a while and continue making ‘for me’ instead. I have a wealth of inspirational materials in the hive which I am sure I won’t be able to...