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Pom-Pom Projects

By on Sep 3, 2017 in bee creative, recycled projects | 0 comments

I am going to start this week’s blog by sharing something special that was made for me by one of the ladies who comes to the Monday night ‘Bee Creative Sessions’ because I was really touched to receive it and it is so beautifully made.   I have really been enjoying running the sessions, the group are great to work with, but also because it has encouraged me to try some new things and it’s been fun! We have moved from recycled origami to useful sewing skills and now we are playing with a bag of donated wool.   Pom-poms are so gratifying to make and have a variety many uses, so that seemed as good a place to start as any. I have to confess I couldn’t quite remember how I had been taught to make them. I remembered cutting discs out of card out of cereal packets, with my either my mum or my nan. and making some to hand on my baby brothers carry cot...

Flower Power!

By on Aug 13, 2017 in environment, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week has been all about creating, and one of the things that I have been making a lot of lately is one of my signature flowers. There are quite popular and I have seen quite a few crafters make them, but you will always see them on my stall, attached to a piece of card as a brooch or stitched to a purse or bag.   I love making them! They are a great way of recycling smaller scraps of fabric and you can have fun with patterns and colours when you are making them. Although a staple on my stall, I am always happy to teach people how to make them and I think in the past three years I have probably run seven sessions where I have demonstrated how to make these sweet petal flowers, two of those sessions have been this year.    Pretty pinks and blues A small bunch Marmalade orange Here are a selection that were made at Friday’s class at Two Little Magpies, great...

Onwards

By on Jun 11, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 4 comments

All things considered this has been a cracking week! Having spent the weekend immersing myself in music and beautiful friendships I feel ready to take on the challenge of being ready for the Remarkable Recycling Gala in less than three weeks time!   Work is winding down, I have just six weeks left at my current job and most of my private students have now taken their exams, which gives me the opportunity to get home early and straight in the sewing room, and I have been making!   On bleaker days I have been drawn to fabrics like this joyful retro print from the 70s, isn’t it just fabulous! With all my favourite colours it is just like a garden full of sunshine flowers  and it makes me very happy! I have also been lucky to find a bag full of vintage toggles at a Beeston charity shop so have been creating with these in mind. This cute clutch is padded and perfect for...

A Spare Twenty Minutes

By on Apr 23, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 0 comments

Well I hope you have all been enjoying the glorious weather this weekend, I know I have. Despite having to work for much of the weekend, there have been many highlights, and having a little time to sit with the bees in the garden and enjoy a cuppa or two has been one of them.    An early start wake up call from a devious kitty got me out of bed far earlier than I needed to on a Sunday but I am secretly glad he did. It was such a bright start to a busy day that I was pleased to lounge outside, under a canopy of birds, sipping tea and contemplating.    We all hung out there together this morning, which is common now the weather is warmer, even the old boy likes to find his place in the sun. Although this morning he much preferred if from the other side of the patio doors. It is a perfect spot to read, listen to vinyl, fold origami, watch the bees buzz over the hot...

Collaborations and cabbages

By on Apr 16, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 0 comments

It’s been really busy, for the second week of the Easter holiday. Of course now I am in the process of changing my job I will probably be saying goodbye to the traditional ‘school holiday’ pattern and working to a new weekly schedule. Still lots of tutoring sessions happening so not many days to play this week but the long game is looking sweeter.       Something else that has been taking up a lot of my time over the past few weeks, is helping to organise this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala which comes at the end of Sherwood Art Week. As I mentioned in a blog at the start of the year, the main organiser was over-committed so asked for volunteers but has now had to pull out. With others dropping out too this essentially left two of us at the helm for a couple of weeks, which was a bit scary. The group is now up to three....

Brightside

By on Apr 2, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 0 comments

Longer evenings, more sunshine, it must be Spring! Looking out the window in seems as thought everything is bursting back into life. In between work and tutoring sessions I have managed a few hours in the garden this week and it’s been really great to feel the sun on my face and enjoy the sea of green that has popped up. It has been really satisfying clearing way all the dead stuff to reveal the fresh green shoots and budding leaves.    I read a great post from Ginny of Lings Lane Larder this week. It started with the words, ‘loved my workout in my green gym this morning. Great fresh air exercise digging the kitchen garden and spreading a good thick mulch of organic manure. Potatoes growing in the green pots, rhubarb, kale, chard and sorrel all growing’ and ended like this, ‘love growing food for my family.’ I could feel her joy at being back in...