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Seasonal Adjustment

By on Sep 30, 2018 in environment, news, recycled projects | 0 comments

The blog is back! It’s hard to believe that we have been back in the UK for a week already. Just over a week ago, we were enjoying the warm evening sun at La Franqui beach after daytime temperatures in the high twenties.   Nevertheless, I feel as though I am making that transition in to autumn well, albeit a bit of a shock when we got off the plane to torrential rain and gales so string that they brought down tree branches!   The first thing we did when we got back home was work out how the heating works at the new place and cranked it up off to ward off chills. I also made a curry, packed with vitamins, chilli, onions and garlic to scare off any potential cold germs picked up on the flight. Inspired by my friend in France’s love of cooking, I have also been flicking through my cookery books for seasonal recipes to warm the heart and satisfy the soul. I am not the...

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...

A Taste of Morocco

By on May 20, 2018 in environment, recycled projects | 0 comments

Another week has flown by and I was really ready for this weekend! With all this glorious weather we have been spending a lot of time outside, particularly on the generous patio we have newly acquired. Despite being in dispute with the next door cat about whose patio it actually is, Timmy has been joining us for a spot of sunbathing.      Having my morning cuppa in the gentle glow of the early morning sunshine, I have itching to get my hands dirty and tidy up the neglected garden. Like the house the garden has some interesting features, these dry stone walls for instance.   It certainly looks like this garden was very well cared for in the not too distant past, and now spring is in full swing there is evidence of thoughtful planting in among the weeds. It makes sense to wait and watch what comes through before making any decisions about planting, although I did add...

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...

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...

Feeling Fuzzy

By on Oct 1, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 0 comments

As we enter into Autumn I can feel a new routine taking shape and have been having fun experimenting this week in the hive. Firstly I have been trying out some dyeing techniques, using natural dyes such as cold tea and beetroot juice, with some success!    The rings and the button were bleached bare (like the ring in the bottom right of the photo) before I gave them the treatment. I soaked two rings in the water I had boiled a few homegrown beetroot in overnight and the button in the remains of a mug of rooibos with the teabag still in it. As you can probably see, both natural dyes were quite effective. The curtain rings are more of a deep warm brown than purple but I am really pleased with how they turned out. The button is exactly the shade of reddish brown I was hoping for so I will definitely try that trick again, especially as it really was a spur of the moment idea....