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Folding Frenzy!

By on Jan 21, 2018 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

There hasn’t a day gone by without a crane being folded somewhere in Beeston this week! Even on a tram ride out of Beeston, I couldn’t resist folding my used tram ticket into a printed version of that graceful bird.   Keen to make sure that we generate interest in our community project, and enough cranes to make a decent display, we have arranged a few group sessions and the response has been good. I especially enjoyed showing a mother and her son how to complete the models they started independently.   This week I have also been getting back into my writing. The tram in question was taking me to meet a lady at an office in Clifton, and despite getting off at the wrong stop, getting a little bit lost and arriving late she was really pleased to invite me in to talk about her successful community interest company, Creative Paths.    I first heard about...

Moving On

By on Nov 26, 2017 in community, events, news | 4 comments

Happy Sunday! I do hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and have been staying snug. We had a cracking afternoon at the Open House fundraiser yesterday which raised over £500 for the Mother and Baby Unit, which made it even more worthwhile.   ‘The law of sharing: When you share goodness with others, the universe responds by gifting you with even more goodness to share. Pretty soon you are overflowing and the world around you much is warmer and brighter’.   This was the quote that Sarah of Open House posted on the facebook page after the event. And she is one of those generous people who does share, she and the rest of the volunteers give their precious time each week, to offer support to many women, who are at some point on their recovery from postnatal depression. That appreciation was shown clearly by those in attendance yesterday.   On Saturday...

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...