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Busy Bees!

By on Aug 5, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment, news | 0 comments

Another short blog as I have just got back from a day out with Mr Bee and it’s late. It is also one of those balmy evenings where sitting in the garden with a laptop and a glass of wine feels perfectly appropriate, so cheers!   As promised this week’s blog is a bit of an update on what’s been happening with Bee Creative just lately. Well first off, it’s no longer just one bee making things happen, it is lots of bees!   Which means that in future the blogs published on the page will only concern what is going on directly with the craft therapy group and other associated things. Any personal blog posts will now only be posted on my profile page, as this just seems to make more sense really, and will be in addition to the weekly bee creative post.    Events of late have made me think about how this group has grown and possibilities for the...

A Sense of Calm

By on Jul 29, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

It’s amazing what rest can do for you! After a chilled week off, doing not much at all really, despite temperatures soaring to new heights for this year, it’s been a week of getting stuff done! The rainy weekend has given my motivation a helping hand too, as when the weather was good I found it really hard to do anything on the inside of the house.   Since moving, our possessions have gradually found their place in the new surroundings. When you work from home, as we both do, it’s doubly important to make a space work for you.   You will have seen in a recent blog that Mr Bee is fully functioning as a woodworker again and that has been brilliant! His new workshop has given him the space he needs to grow and an opportunity to re-organise the way he works to improve working conditions and efficiency. It is clear things are working well for him, as he is...

Bee Friendly

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...

A New Broom…

By on Jul 1, 2018 in environment, news | 2 comments

It has been four years since Mr Bee made the brave decision to leave his full-time job in Adult Social Care and Health to become a full-time woodworker and it’s not been without its trails. Planning to continue building up his furniture making business, using traditional joinery methods, he had to abandon his big machinery shortly after developing a frozen shoulder.   Not thwarted by this painful restriction, he taught himself how to use a wood-turning lathe and downsized his projects. It was during this time that he began artistically recycling broken skateboards, consequently this is what he has become best known for. As seen in this blog post his first workshop was rather cosy and quite possibly more suitable for his new range of pocket-sized products. And they were very much well received by customers to local craft events.   The Splinter Cell’s lifelong...

The Little Things…

By on Jun 24, 2018 in environment, news, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week my attention has been turned back to making the new house into our home. Adding those little touches that make it feel more homely and a little more to my taste.     Invariably, whether you rent a house or buy a house, you often inherit someone else’s taste along with a new set of keys. This house is actually quite neutral. It has some interesting features and bags of character and has been easy to slot our collection of furniture, pictures and ornaments into. I really does feel like home.   However, there has been one little thing that has been niggling me since I moved in and I am happy to say that this week it got sorted. Seahorses…now I am as fond off the elegant sea creature as the next person, but I am still struggling to see the need for 3 inch high metal ones as handles on bathroom cabinets. Aside from their sharp points, which make them...

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...