Tuesday, 28 February 2017

We need to drink more wine!

Even though it’s a beautiful day I really struggled to get out of bed this morning, I’m just feeling so tired and my bed was so cosy.......  As a result I was late, thankfully I didn’t do the usual self flagellation and sorted myself out and turned up, bringing my breakfast with me.  I’m trying so hard to talk positively to myself, it’s a complete challenge.

Again, Lisa came up with a little corker to make things out of wine corks.  The basic idea of slicing the corks meant that you could let your imagination go wild and create to your heart’s content.  


A teapot coaster in progress

Little tree hangings

Fantastic Mr Fox

Thankfully Lindsey and Lisa have taken some photos, because it’s difficult to express the emotion of what we’ve produced with words, because it’s the journey of creating that we get so much healing from, rather than the finished product.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Hearts and Flowers Made with Wire

"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched, they must be felt with the heart"
Helen Keller 

We made these, last week, with discarded wine corks and sculptured wire dipped into a mixture of paint and glue and some wrapped in wool:
Beinding the wire into shape

Wrapping wool around wire
Wool wrapped wire sculpture

embellished with beads and dipped into a pva glue and paint mix

Paint dipped and embellished with glitter
a heart of gold, paint and glitter mix
This frame, handmade by Claire, gives the sculptures a simple but effective presentation

frame covered in book pages


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Project Legacies

Have you ever had one of those moments when something happens and you feel it was meant to be? Earlier this week, I was in a meeting and was asked if I had ever reviewed the projects I have worked on over the past few years? I thought it would be a good idea to go back and review these lagacies. and started to think about how to go about this.

That very same day I bumped into Jo and Jenny, who I worked with on the Knitting Communities Togther Project, in poundland and they told me all about a wonderful initiative they had worked on last year, making knitted poppies and selling them to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. In total they raised £497.92 in donations from their knitted poppies - something that kind of blew my mind.

This wreath is so loved that it will be kept inside and only bought out, for the remembrance room, once a year!

I was absolutely thrilled to hear that the Knitting Communties Together project was very much alive, still connecting adults with learning disabilities with the local community. It's so amazing that all those little stitches, my grandma and mum taught me, have been passed on to others and that they are doing so much good in my local community.

I felt, somehow this chance encounter was telling me to keep going and keep flying the flag for arts for health and wellbeing. Something is definately telling me that it is worth all the hard work. I will keep on keeping on - Lisa
Knitting Communities Together - evaluation report, in case you want to find out more: https://sites.create-cdn.net/…/…/EVALUATION_REPORT_FINAL.pdf

Frustration and Elation

I came to Little Bird SOS with a bit of a cloudy head and my thoughts just longing to be back in bed, but knowing how much I enjoy this place, I dragged myself along.

So, t-bag folding, I found it to be quite therapeutic, with the precise folds and systematic gluing that was required but others found it frustrating bringing back memories of schooldays and less than patient school teachers!

I think a massive congratulations should be given to all of us because everyone created something beautiful and all went away calm, with Lisa's help.

For all of you continuing t-bagging at home, I hope you have loads of fun and for those of you who didn't find it your cuppa tea, you can cross that off the list and look forward to another week when we will be trying some new xxxx

A massive thank you to Anna who showed Lisa this technique that could be passed on to others!