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A Sense of Calm

By on Jul 29, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

It’s amazing what rest can do for you! After a chilled week off, doing not much at all really, despite temperatures soaring to new heights for this year, it’s been a week of getting stuff done! The rainy weekend has given my motivation a helping hand too, as when the weather was good I found it really hard to do anything on the inside of the house.   Since moving, our possessions have gradually found their place in the new surroundings. When you work from home, as we both do, it’s doubly important to make a space work for you.   You will have seen in a recent blog that Mr Bee is fully functioning as a woodworker again and that has been brilliant! His new workshop has given him the space he needs to grow and an opportunity to re-organise the way he works to improve working conditions and efficiency. It is clear things are working well for him, as he is...

‘Going Away’

By on Jul 22, 2018 in news | 0 comments

It’s a brief blog this week. Mostly because I have not got much to talk about, but also because I am still officially ‘on leave.’  I haven’t actually bought plane tickets to somewhere exotic, or made lots of plans to do amazing things, in reality I have just put on my ‘out of office’ and had a week just for me…but it has been wonderful.   It’s been great to get up when I want, leave the laptop closed on my desk, make pots of tea to savour with a good book and sift through the vinyl collection looking for something to accompany the cloud watching and sunshine appreciation.    It’s been a tough few months, which finally seem to be coming to an end, so it’s now time to enjoy the summer…   and make the most of those long sunny days and maybe even treat myself to the odd vintage purchase 😉 ...

We Are Beeston!

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,...

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...