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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...

Taking Advantage

By on Oct 29, 2017 in environment, news | 0 comments

I have been feeling much better this week and the machine has been humming away, and not just to sew up the fabric I printed last week either! I realised that I had no unisex bags in my stock so I ran a few up in reclaimed denim…   and broke a few needles in the process.   However, it was far too sunshiny to stay indoors today so after a morning of tutoring I went outside to connect with nature. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many green spaces surrounding us in Beeston but today it felt like ‘a stroll by the river’ afternoon. There is definitely something calming about being near water, it was a chilly but still day and really pleasant in the sunshine. Leaves have fallen and bushes are starting to brown before Autumn completely sets them on fire. It was a glorious afternoon well spent.   The plan when I got up early this morning, fortified by an...

Charity Begins…

By on Aug 27, 2017 in environment, news | 0 comments

It is often said that ‘charity begins at home,’ an old fashioned saying that is generally thought to mean that we should take care of our family and friends first, before we extend our help to others. However this has been challenged and I tend to agree this was not it’s intended meaning, in fact it was that children learn charity first in the home.   I have always donated unwanted goods to charity shops and enjoy shopping in them too. It is interesting how over the years the status of the High Street charity shop has changed. According to Wikipedia the first Oxfam charity shop opened in 1947, but even earlier than that the Salvation Army ran second hand clothing shops to provide the urban poor with cheap clothing. At the outbreak of World War Two, other charities such as the British Red Cross also started to operate shops as a way to raise money for the war...

Art Therapy

By on Aug 20, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

For the first time, in as long as I can remember, I really did not know what I was going to blog about this week. It’s been a pleasant week but with nothing newsworthy happening in my world, by contrast the wider world has been filled with the kind of drama that is hard to make sense of, or ignore.   And although I have been deeply moved by such tragic events, I know that there is nothing I can directly do to change things, so instead I continue to involve myself in positive community projects that unite people. I have been thinking frequently about the existence of the blame culture, and how people have become so quick to judge others on such a large scale it is becoming infectious. Contrary to this I have been discussing with others what feels to us like the obvious rise in creativity and expression through art and music, which we explained as an antidote to our troubled...

Flower Power!

By on Aug 13, 2017 in environment, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week has been all about creating, and one of the things that I have been making a lot of lately is one of my signature flowers. There are quite popular and I have seen quite a few crafters make them, but you will always see them on my stall, attached to a piece of card as a brooch or stitched to a purse or bag.   I love making them! They are a great way of recycling smaller scraps of fabric and you can have fun with patterns and colours when you are making them. Although a staple on my stall, I am always happy to teach people how to make them and I think in the past three years I have probably run seven sessions where I have demonstrated how to make these sweet petal flowers, two of those sessions have been this year.    Pretty pinks and blues A small bunch Marmalade orange Here are a selection that were made at Friday’s class at Two Little Magpies, great...