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We Are Beeston!

By on Jul 15, 2018 in community, events, news | 1 comment

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,...

A New Broom…

By on Jul 1, 2018 in environment, news | 2 comments

It has been four years since Mr Bee made the brave decision to leave his full-time job in Adult Social Care and Health to become a full-time woodworker and it’s not been without its trails. Planning to continue building up his furniture making business, using traditional joinery methods, he had to abandon his big machinery shortly after developing a frozen shoulder.   Not thwarted by this painful restriction, he taught himself how to use a wood-turning lathe and downsized his projects. It was during this time that he began artistically recycling broken skateboards, consequently this is what he has become best known for. As seen in this blog post his first workshop was rather cosy and quite possibly more suitable for his new range of pocket-sized products. And they were very much well received by customers to local craft events.   The Splinter Cell’s lifelong...

The Little Things…

By on Jun 24, 2018 in environment, news, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week my attention has been turned back to making the new house into our home. Adding those little touches that make it feel more homely and a little more to my taste.     Invariably, whether you rent a house or buy a house, you often inherit someone else’s taste along with a new set of keys. This house is actually quite neutral. It has some interesting features and bags of character and has been easy to slot our collection of furniture, pictures and ornaments into. I really does feel like home.   However, there has been one little thing that has been niggling me since I moved in and I am happy to say that this week it got sorted. Seahorses…now I am as fond off the elegant sea creature as the next person, but I am still struggling to see the need for 3 inch high metal ones as handles on bathroom cabinets. Aside from their sharp points, which make them...

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...

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...

Summer’s Coming…

By on May 28, 2018 in news | 0 comments

Well I am still painting things blue and working on creating a colourful and relaxing garden outside space, but also this week we have been unpacking the last room full of boxes. This will be our shared office/creative space and should be all set up by the end of this week.   By that time we will have been in our new home a whole month! How quickly time passes when you are working and creating a new home. It’s time to start to relax and enjoy it now, you know dinner al fresco and food with friends, but we also need some time away. There is still lots to do, Mr Bee needs to finish rebuilding his workshop and start work on a new commission, but it’s important to remember to take some time out too.      So we took advantage of the free ‘street food’  festival that was happening in our town yesterday afternoon and had a great time catching...