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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...

Open With Care

By on Sep 24, 2017 in community, events, news | 0 comments

This week’s blog is dedicated the amazing work that Open House Nottingham do for women who are affected by pre and postnatal illness. Meeting these women over four years ago led to me coordinating a profoundly personal exhibition which was described by one visitor as   ‘A clever fusion of photography and writing exploring women’s experience of postnatal depression. Each woman takes you on journey through her own personal experience of early motherhood and how their illnesses impacted on this. It’s also uplifting as each woman describes their own route to recovery and how things changed for them as they became well again. Open House aims to bring post natal depression out into the open, to break down barriers and remove stigma and with this moving exhibition they do just that. Book an hour into your diary, head to The Malt Cross and share these courageous...

Remarkable Recycling!

By on Jul 2, 2017 in community, environment, events | 4 comments

I make no excuses for this week’s brief blog as I sit here a little tired and nursing a toe injury, after months of hard work and preparation, the Remarkable Recycling Gala finally arrived this weekend and it was FAB!     And here are some of the people and things that made is so remarkable!   Julie and John of St Martin’s Church for welcoming us to their church and accommodating all of our creative demands…       the marvellous makers who brought with them their amazing creativity and stalls full of brilliant recycling…   A Kind Art Kayrakise Evans Treehuggery Sea Breeze Kelly Homes Sarah Turner Tiger Green Textiles The Splinter Cell Celine SD Timeless Curiosity Oksana Originals Hunt Associates the patience and skill of the people running recycling workshops… Windmill Community Gardens Tiger Green Textiles Sherwood Young...

Sherwood Art Week

By on Jun 25, 2017 in community, events, news | 2 comments

It has begun! The countdown to the Remarkable Recycling Gala has officially started and we have a great line-up for you this year. As one of the main organisers of the event I have invested a lot of time in making sure that it runs smoothly, and although there is still lots to do I feel like everything is falling into place.   And the fact that it is such a community event reassures me that the people will make it happen on the day. You only have to go to one of the Sherwood Art Week meetings, or pop in on them putting together an event like yesterday’s Secret Garden Craft Fair and you will see what I mean. They are a committed bunch of volunteers!   Yesterday’s craft fair was well thought out and as excellent as ever. There was a good variety of stallholders, some new and some more well established, and the buzz was audible as we approached. A lot of effort goes...

Feel Good Friday!

By on May 28, 2017 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

I am almost there! With half-term just about to begin and exam season coming to an end, I can definitely see a more productive bee on the horizon! The week was good, lots of revision sessions and cycling too and fro in the heat but a really positive week just the same. And Friday night just rounded it off nicely.   Creative Beeston organised their first ever well-being evening at Two Little Magpies and it was a huge hit with the craft group. Sallyann from Oracle Earth Holistic Therapies came over to Beeston to treat us to an evening of tranquility. Ladies booked their twenty minute treatment in advance, allowing Sallyann a short break in between so she could mingle and take advantage of the complimentary prosecco and nibbles.  The sessions were fully booked and each of the ladies came back from behind the makeshift screen looking radiant and relaxed. To keep them...