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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...

Nostalgia Trip

By on Nov 5, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 2 comments

Well it’s probably no surprise to hear that working with vintage fabrics makes me a little nostalgic from time to time but this week I have been reminiscing a little bit more that usual. It all started when I began picking out fabric to make up some ties on Tuesday.  The ties I made, as you would expect, are from vintage or reclaim fabrics that I happen to have in my stash. The ones pictured here are made from donated fabrics, except the middle one which was made from a vintage dress I wore until it almost literally fell apart!   This tie is just a little bit special though.The crane printed fabric was once a fitted tunic that I bought whilst travelling in Thailand with Mr Bee. I remember the day we discovered the little boutique in Chang Mai. It was tucked away down a side street that somehow we had previously missed. I tried it on in blue and brown and almost bought...

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...

Carve it Out

By on Oct 22, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 2 comments

I haven’t been feeling my best, with an annoying head cold lurking in the background and generally slowing me down. Production has been slow and steady and the realisation that the Sherwood Christmas Craft and Food Fair is now only three weeks away threw me into a mild panic!   I spent yesterday tidying the hive, organising the stock I have and making a VERY long list of things to make and do so that I will be ready for this popular event. Feeling much calmer today, I have decided to continue with a bit of experimentation that I have been wanting to undertake for a while now.  Back in January I took part in really enjoyable lino cutting workshop run by Fiona of Minifi and loved it!   I wasn’t overly impressed with my first attempt but Fiona explained the process well and I could see what I needed to do to improve. I had ideas about how I could use the hand...

Kindness Counts

By on Oct 15, 2017 in community, news | 0 comments

To follow on from last week’s theme, this week I have been the lucky recipient of other people’s kindness. There is a lot of it about in the creative community, people offering you craft supplies they can’t use, sharing your facebook page with someone who is looking for something you make and supporting your events by helping to spread the word and popping by your stall to say ‘hello.’    Well-known for my recycling ethos I am often made offers of bags of fabric, button tins and other wonderful stuff and I very rarely turn them down, as if I can’t use them I generally know someone that will. Just last week I redirected a large quantity of leather scraps to my fellow bag making friend Janine McShane as I knew she would make excellent use of them.   This delicious stack of books came into my possession today and I am relishing the...