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By on Jan 14, 2018 in community, news | 0 comments

It’s a brief blog post this week, as it’s Mr Bee’s birthday today and we are going to be busy with the celebrations later, but I just thought I would check in with you and share a bit of news.     This week kicked off with the first ‘Bee Creative’ session and it was a really positive start to the year! I was great to see some of the familiar faces from last year and welcome some new people too.   What gives me the most joy, is the way the sessions have evolved and now pretty much run themselves once the initial input is over. I present them with an idea, and set of materials, and watch the magic happen. Obviously I am always on had to offer a helping hand to anyone that needs it and love that others in the groups are always happy to help out too. We really have created something special, and I fully expect it to grow again this year.  ...

Happy New Adventures

By on Jan 7, 2018 in news | 0 comments

Happy New Year! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed taking a break form the norm and celebrating a time to spend with those closest to you.   It feels like a long time since I have sat down in front of my laptop for any length of time, and certainly since I wrote a blog post, but I am sure it won’t take long to get back into the groove. Switching off completely for a week over Christmas was certainly the break was needed before getting stuck into this year’s projects.   It was a funny old year, with a great deal of change and tough decisions to be made, so in many ways I was grateful to put the last full stop on 2017. However it was also a significant year for me, a reminder that life is too precious to waste. Spending the festive period curled up with a book in a barn conversion set in the dramatic landscape of North Wales was the perfect place to recharge a set of...

Festive Thank Yous

By on Dec 17, 2017 in news | 0 comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it…? For some people it can be the most difficult time of the year and for others a pretty lonely experience. If like me you are lucky enough to be surrounded by a loving family and friends then you no doubt you will be looking forward to having some time to spend with them all and showing your appreciation for having them in your lives.    I think as I get older I notice more the little things that people outside of my immediate circle do for me. The gesture that the stranger, who offered to help me off the train with an injured knee, took the time to make yesterday afternoon and this sweetly wrapped present that I received from my Sunday morning student.   And there is nothing more heart-warming than being given the gift of someone’s time. Time spent visiting you ‘because they were in the...

The New Arrival

By on Dec 10, 2017 in environment, news | 2 comments

It’s been a funny couple of weeks since I made the decision to wind up the honey bee brand but positive all the same. You know that feeling you get sometimes, that something is holding you back but you are not sure what…?   Well I really think it was the making and selling side of my page that just isn’t really working for me anymore. I have definitely been letting things slide in terms of making stock, updating the web shop and keeping on top of the marketing.    It’s true I have been enjoying the making process, and I have produced some beautiful things this year in my little creative corner, but I am just not excited by making to sell anymore. With that in mind, it seems sensible to stop for a while and continue making ‘for me’ instead. I have a wealth of inspirational materials in the hive which I am sure I won’t be able to...

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...