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By on Jul 15, 2018 in community, events, news | 2 comments

It’s been such a positive week! It started with an excellent Bee Creative session on decoupage, where a fab creative friend from the past turned up unexpectedly and brought along her special brand of sunshine, as well as a collection of wildlife!    I thoroughly enjoyed decoupaging this camel, and I know Kay was delighted with her multi-coloured rhino when it was finished. As usual, it was gratifying to watch people’s creativity flourish.   The week ended in a similar vein, with an excellent lino-cutting class run by Minifi at Two Little Magpies. I promised myself that when I gave up creating for ‘honey bee’ that I would make time to indulge my creative urges via the many opportunities my little town has to offer, so being involved in a the big Beeston project that I hinted at a few blogs ago has been amazing! Before setting up the tuition stall,...

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...

Work in Progress

By on Jun 17, 2018 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

A much quieter week, although a seven day week last week meant I have been in need of some down time. I have also been itching to pick up the origami bombing project planned for this spring and if you have been into Beeston this week you will have seen that I have succeeded.   Rudyard’s Tea House now had butterflies accompanying their cranes, fluttering all around their windows and walls. A few of the Bee Creative craft group have got the origami bug and came along to help me on Tuesday, look out for more kaleidoscopes of butterflies appearing in other places and in your news feed if you follow the page. I am aiming for at least half a dozen venues to be displaying the ‘Beeston Butterfly’ this summer.   Perhaps inspired by another large scale art project, the Beeston Street Art Festival, I was keen to start the ball rolling this week and had lots of...

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...

Creative Passions

By on Jun 3, 2018 in community, events, news | 0 comments

It’s a brief blog tonight as I suddenly have so much to do, but it’s all exciting stuff! This weekend has been mostly taken up with visiting the ABC Art Trail, which as you can see for yourself was basically cycling from one venue to another discovering how amazingly talented some people are.   This is just a small sample of some of the work on show, I am not even sure that I managed to capture it all, but I found the whole experience superbly enjoyable. Being something of a creative soul, I can really appreciate the work that goes into producing the pieces on show and have a genuine admiration for anyone that runs any kind of creative business.    As you may know, I recently wound up my creative business, Despite my definitive attitude at the time, this was not a decision I took lightly. I had built up a loyal following and some amazing supporters over the...

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...