The Making Bee

Creative upholstery; cushions, chairs, stools and lots more.

Operating as usual

Photos from The Making Bee's post 12/06/2021

A last minute call from my friend Kay @kinship_creativedc yesterday after someone had to drop out and thoroughly enjoyed a day of making a pottery vase with @frankieceramics - PURE self care at its best. Coupled with a delicious lunch, summer wreath making and meeting some lovely fellow creatives. They still have a few spaces left in July if you fancy it - or keep an eye out for the autumn and Christmas ones. I can’t recommend this more highly and I shall definitely be returning. Thank you for thinking of me - it was just what I needed. 🥰 ###
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#themakingbee #pottery #kinshipcreativedc #creativeworkshop #creativecommunity #frankieceramics #smallbusiness #localbusiness #handmadepottery

01/11/2020

Morning. Waking up and just digesting the news of Part Deux. I think it’s different for everyone which very much depends on your personal circumstances but for us I’m so grateful the kids are still in school. It’s so important for my two teenage girls. The on line provision is good but school is about SO much more when you’re 14/15.
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Last Christmas I was lucky enough to be a part of bringing a Christmas pop up to Manningtree - one of my career highlights to date. It was highly popular and so special to be a involved in. Many close bonds were formed between like minded creatives and many have used these connections to go on and grow their businesses. I feel massively for those local businesses that will be forced to close at their busiest time of year and will be doing everything I can to support them virtually. 🎄This year I will be ordering take always from the pub🎄messaging @abisarton about a Christmas cake 😁 (which any Christmas wouldn’t the same without) and 🎄I’ve already been in touch with @oliverdartondesign about his beautiful wooden Christmas trees (and not just for Christmas - I have them displayed all year round) and I will be sharing with you all of my purchases from local makers and artists who currently have limited avenues to sell their beautiful products. Please share the love and support. 🎄🙏🏻💚
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As as many seem to be focusing on their home - I’ve been very busy. I’m currently working my way through three rooms for a local client who has chosen well from @charlottegaisford collection. These roman blinds with sides are in Ottoman Edge Green for room one 💚💙

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#charlottegaisford

16/09/2020

Good morning all 👋🏻, how are you?? This morning, I’m sat with a cuppa slightly holding my breath with excitement. My ridiculously talented friend @erica_davies is only on the bloody radio. And not just ANY radio station - my flippin favourite @virginradiouk!!! She’s written a book - 🐆Leopard is a neutral 🐆 - #leopardisaneutral - out tomorrow. After many years of experience editing the glossy pages of fashion mags, styling books such as the iconic style guides by @trinnywoodall and @susannahconstantine - she then moved into the world of social media. She has become loved and adored for sharing her style tips and stunning home renovations on Instagram - allowing her followers to feel that size really doesn’t matter and in your home anything goes as long as YOU love it. She has a way of writing that makes you feel you’re in the room with her, sharing a cup of tea and some delicious cake. ☕️ 🍰
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As my friend she is 100% there. No matter what is going on in her life she always has time to listen, make me laugh and offers honest and supportive advise. We *may* have shared the odd vintage shopping trip or two! I can confirm she is as utterly lovely as she seems. I’m beside myself with excitement for everything to come. CONGRATULATIONS @erica_davies 😘😘😘😘😘 you totally deserve all this. Xx
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28/08/2020

Talking over on stories about our orchard and this years crop. It’s not been a great one to be honest but we have sent our first batch off to be juiced this week. We also feature in the September issue of @simplethingsmag . Kay of @kinship_creativedc came armed with the most delicious edible goodies and a gaggle of local friends - @thebaldbirder @estuarywinebar @dantesceramics and @cherry.rebecca. We sat - we ate - we giggled and then repeated this for several hours. 🤗 Also really lovely to meet @cathy.pyle - the talented lady behind the camera 📷 and quite often at the top of a step ladder!
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#themakingbee #discoveryorchard #organicappleorchard #organicqpples #simplethings #photoshoot #outdoorlife #belltent #orchardcamping

27/07/2020

The first crop of dahlias from the newly planted cutting garden 🌸 and bubble gum pink to boot! Combined with some garden greenery, grasses, agapanthus, verbena and cosmos plants grown by a lovely friend and given to me for my birthday 🥰. More colours incoming....
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#themakingbee #cuttinggarden #dahlias #cosmos #verbena #cottagegarden #gardenflowers #agapanthus #floraldesign #creativegardening

14/06/2020

Bring the festival to us. At the beginning of lockdown we ordered this bell tent (from @boutiquecamping ). We have been umming and ahhing over which size to get for quite some time. In the end we went for the 5 meter with two doors (makes such a difference giving a lovely through breeze when it’s warm and so nice to see out from both sides). It went up when it arrived at the beginning of April and hasn’t been down since. It’s become a second offfice/classroom (when the WiFi extender is working properly) somewhere for to do yoga and meditation (the husband 🧘‍♂️) and somewhere to escape to when you just need some space and a cheeky afternoon nap (me 😁). And last night it was the backdrop to a campfire set up for some friends to socially distance outside. It’s definitely paid for itself in 3 months - and I can’t see it coming down anytime soon. ⛺️ ❤️
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#themakingbee #homefestival #belltent #campfire #homecamping #gardencamping #camping #lockdown #lockdownfun #lockdownactivities #socialdistancing2020 @ The Making Bee

30/05/2020

After a blissful afternoon on Walberswick beach yesterday - today we stayed home and got all creative. Made a couple of bucket hats - this one is from an old pair of jeans!! The brain child of @mae_batchelor and sewn by me!! #themakingbeegirls 😁 🐝 🐝 🐝
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#themakingbee #buckethat #handmadehat #jeanshat #handmade #sewing #sewingproject #coronacrafting #makedoandmend #repurposed #levis @ The Making Bee

17/05/2020

A year ago today I lost my lovely friend Alena to cancer. She had quite a profound effect on me in all kinds of ways. She was extremely creative, had a beautiful garden - most of which she’d designed and planted herself and a great deal of mine is influenced by hers. Lots of lavender, grasses and catmint. Sticking to simple colour schemes in certain areas and planting of beautiful big blousie blooms for cutting and bringing inside. I miss her. And today I will chat to her whilst pottering in my borders. Her great mate Alice is running the Hackney half marathon in Newcastle this morning in her memory - link below and in my bio if you’d like to donate. 🙏🏻🌿
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https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alice-townend2 @ The Making Bee

14/05/2020

Gardening is something that’s only recently grabbed me and pulled me in. A couple of years ago this bed was a dry mess. The only thing that would grow was the anemones - which given the opportunity still take over the entire bed. The euphorbias were planted a couple years years ago but not doing much. Last year we decanted 4/5 bags of good smelly compost, popped in some allium bulbs, thyme, foxgloves, white/like hydrangeas and some poppies. This year it’s exploded. Such a great lesson in using good compost and being patient. I’m also very lucky to have some help from my green fingered friend @allisonilsley. Allison pruned the roses and this, together with her encouraging words and help keeping the dreaded weeds at bay has been invaluable. 🙏🏻😊🌿
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#ilovemygarden #euphorbia #foxgloves #alliums #cottagegarden #themakingbee #cottagegardenflowers #roses #ardleighgardens #southfacinggarden

11/05/2020

Good morning!!! So, Saturday was my 50th birthday. I’ll be quite honest - this time last week I can’t say I was feeling very positive about it - I am someone to gains all my energy from being with others and the prospect of not being able to do that was grim. I should give you a gushy warning ⚠️ at this point - for those of a sensitive disposition 😉 I was utterly blown away but the level of kindness, creativity and love of others. From having a delicious brunch and dinner cooked and delivered (at the required social distance) by dear friends, to handmade cards, many thoughtful gifts, donations to a greenhouse, garden vouchers and so much cake I could feed half of Ardleigh 🧁 🍰 🎂. My children also put together a video from 50 people in my life past and present - which was so funny and creative I really wouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood came calling. And my incredible husband commissioned a painting by my super talented friend which was so beautiful and moving I cried like George from pepper pig!! (I’ll pop pics on my stories). And to my husband Pete, who curated the entire day and has kindness running through every part of his body, I love and admire you with every part of mine. Thank you 🙏🏻 ❤️
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#coronabirthday #corona50thbirthday #themakingbee #specialbirthday
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More tags.... @crackettsue @ian.munday @jenstar14 @jennnyfulker @ali_edwards2004 @rachel.sim.169 @rosie.davies.129 @shawleym @jbpostcards

11/05/2020

Good Morning!! So, this Saturday saw my lockdown birthday 🎈. I’ll be honest, this time last week I was, let’s call it.......apprehensive (gushy warning ⚠️). However, I was utterly blown away by the kindness, creative expressions of love by so many - it will stay with me for a lifetime. Although it wasn’t what I had envisaged for my 50th celebration it couldn’t have been more perfect. Brunch and dinner cooked and delivered (at a safe distance) by dear friends. Beautiful hand made cards, special thoughtful gifts, a 30 minute video put together by my children from 50 people in my life - past and present - which was so off the scale funny and creative I wouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood came calling. Gardening vouchers, contributions towards a greenhouse (I’ve been doing soooo much research) lots of booze and the most beautiful painting commissioned by my incredible husband painted by my ridiculously talented friend (I’ll pop some pics on my stories). But every single thoughtful act was felt and really appreciated. So thank you all but a special thank you to Pete, my husband., who curated the entire day, who has kindness running through every inch of his body and who I love and admire with every inch of mine. 🙏🏻❤️
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#themakingbee #lockdowbirthday #coronabirthday #corona50thbirthday #ardleigh #handmadecards #handmadegifts #family #friends #kindness #
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More tags.... @ian.munday @suecrackett @ali_edwards2004 @jenstar14 @jennnyfulker @jacquiewiekampmiller @el3anoredmunds_ @emlyjms111 @abisarton

05/05/2020

Today I’ve been making surgical masks for a local paediatrician (and school mum) who wanted some which were a little more fun so when she’s gowned up the children feel a little less anxious. I’ve made my own pattern based on a few I found on line but wanted to play around with with size and a pocket for some wire around the nose. Modelled here by the lovely @eviebatchelorr - her favourite being the Star Wars!! Good girl!! 🐑🦊⭐️
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#handmademasks #surgicalmasks #themakingbee #nhsheros #supportingthenhs #sewing #sewingforthenhs #starwarsmask #sheepmask #foxmask @ The Making Bee

29/04/2020

Hello - how are you all?? Today has been a day of two halves. My lovely local friend @ciaraelliott rocked up back in January with @jemma_watts_photography and took a few pics for @homestylemaguk and we feature in June’s copy - out now! (Although I’ve not managed to get my hands on a copy as yet) so that was the good news. The bad news - whilst re potting my enormous bay trees which we’ve had almost 16 years - my phone managed to slide out of my apron pocket and bury itself at the bottom of the planter - enormous bay tree plonked on top! 😫 I didn’t discover this for a good couple of hours - I must have looked ridiculous hunting for the bleep from find my phone! Whilst it’s still working - it’s not looking to good and I’ve no idea where to get it fixed! Any good ideas welcome 😬 @ The Making Bee

07/04/2020

Good morning. I hope you are all keeping well and safe. I’ve posted a group of stories today around a project I’ve been helping with over the last week or so. It’s a website called Sewing 4 the NHS that’s been set up to supply fabric and haberdashery kits at cost (or for free if you are a professional sewer making scrubs) and to gather volenteers to make scrubs, masks, hats etc for front line workers at NHS hospitals, care homes, hospices, GP surgery’s and basically anyone that’s dealing with the general public and needs it.
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Distribution centres have now been set up around the UK. Please look at the website https://www.sewing4thenhs.co.uk/ for more information, of how you can help and support this amazing effort.
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We are also looking for local volunteers NOW to cut ✂️ out fabric, fold A1 patterns, drive to collect and drop off locally. Please direct message me if you can help with any of those. I’ve linked the various websites below for reference. Please 🙏🏻 feel free to share this post with anyone you think might be interested in helping.
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Lots of love and thank you 🙏🏻
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sewing4thenhs website https://www.sewing4thenhs.co.uk/
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Colchester and Ipswich hospitals charity (for lots of details around the spec required for the hospitals)
http://www.colchesteripswichcharity.org.uk/cv19staffwellbeing/scrubs/
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sewing4thenhs Facebook community page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sewing4thenhs/?ref=share
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#sewing4thenhs #sewingscrubs #nhs #homesewingarmy #localvolenteers #supportournhs

04/03/2020

Just buzzing around sorting out the final bits this morning for the Spring Fair which starts this evening (details on my stories). There are some other great local businesses coming along - which I’ve tagged above. Finished these cushions yesterday - fabric by @charlottegaisford - I adore this eggs and bacon pattern, this one is olive - the one in the middle is a dark green cotton velvet. Next job is collecting plants and pots from Amy @amy_budsflowershop 🌿🌵. Other makers products on my table will include @moniko.uk 🌿 @betty_and_molly_ 🌿 @alba_jewellery 🌿 @foldedsideproject 🌿 @cotton_knots and of course my trusty side kick @pictoral_tal.s ❤️
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#handmade #popupshop #springfair #polstead #themakingbee #colaboration #smallbusiness #cushions #charlottegaisford #brightfabric #cushionideas #greenfabric #softfurnishing # @ Ardleigh

27/02/2020

More vintage grain sack bags finished 🙌🏼 - complete with leather handles. All ready to sell at a Spring Fair (although it really doesn’t feel very spring like 🥶) next week - supporting #woundedveterans
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⚡️Wednesday 4th - 5.30pm until 9pm⚡️
🌟Thursday - 8.30am - 4pm🌟 ➡️ Rockalls Hall, Polstead, CO6 5AT ⬅️ (more info on my stories coming over the next few days)
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12/02/2020

Finished and awaiting collection. A vintage 1950’s kidney shaped dressing table purchased by the most delightful stylish customer whilst at @south_street_pop_up. Given a fresh new look with a custom made skirt in @charlottegaisford eggs and bacon in olive fabric. The coordinating trimmings by @troynorth_ltd totally bring this piece to life, adding weight and texture and Im so delighted with it. 😁 I also put a little plea on my stories last week about some missing brass guilders. I did manage to find some new ones thanks to @pictoral_tal.s but just as I was about to place my order the fabulous @amandastewardflowers (who lives just around the corner) sent me a message saying she had some spares 😁🙌🏼. Thanks so much Mandy 🙏🏻. The positive power of Instagram. ☺️
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28/01/2020

Hello there! I’ve been quite a busy little bee this last couple of weeks with one thing and another but I have FINALLY managed to finish the blinds in the utility room. I wish I knew where this fabric was from - it was a find from a sewing fair a few years ago and there’s no printing on the selvedge to give me any clues - plus I seem to have the memory of a goldfish these days so zero hope of actually remembering 🤪. Anyway, I had a great morning today with @kinship_creativedc visiting @wearezest (amazing charity shop in Ipswich) followed by a creative meet up with Emma of @thealilyloves - see stories for more info. Bye 👋🏻 xx
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