Make, take, play, laugh…spring activities coming up

Time To Make And Draw

activities for a strange Spring

make your own fingermouse

With all our planned events for the next few weeks cancelled, we are planning on posting some d-i-y activities to help keep your creativity going at home. To do this, we’re teaming up with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Creeping Toad, the Babbling Vagabonds and the Green Man Gallery so that between us there will be something for you to experiment with every few days (I am reluctant to say “every day”). On this blog we’ll psot liks to other people’s activites as they appear as well as posting our own activities so keep an eye on things here as  launching-off point to flap your wings and fly off to other people’s sites

If you make anything inspried by one of these sessions, we’d love to see (or hear) your results so maybe send us a picture – either through facebook (find us at https://www.facebook.com/stoneandwater/) or email us at stoneandwater@btinternet.com

And for today, why not try:

Creeping Toad’s A Fingerful of Animals

or

Babbling Vagabonds wobble monster

or

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery’s underwater colouring sheet

add some extra kelp to the museum sheet perhaps – or draw your own?

Are you ready to picnic?

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Buxton Pride Picnic 2020

Saturday 18th July

14:00 – 17:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Find us on the lawns in front of the Swimming Pool

( Festival Fringe venue 33n)

 

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Have you started trimming your best hats, practising your flouncing?

Time now, perhaps, for a quick bit of cake rehearsal: how camp can you make that dish? How frivolous? How full of the trauma, despair and passion of Pride? Or maybe just bake a wonderful Gay Forest Gateaux

 

A summer afternoon, fancy hats, wonderful cakes, fabulous people: Buxton’s Pride Picnic is back for its 4th feast, a celebration of the town’s LGBTQ+ community. Join us for laughter, conversation, new friends, old tarts. Bring your own picnic, maybe bake a cake for our Big Gay Bake Off.

More details will follow

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And no, we don’t know if we’ll be able to do this wonderful event. We don’t know if Buxton Festival Fringe will happen this year. The International Festival has cancelled but with more local acts and locally organised events, we are hoping the Fringe will go ahead. If it is safe to gather, with or without Festivals (we’ll probably have our own Fringes), we will Picnic. We may have to picnic at Appropriate Distances and possibly organise some rainbow coloured semaphore flags to send messages of solidarity and cake to picnic enclaves scattered across the garden. We may even end up facetiming picnics from back gardens and front rooms across the High Peak, but we will Picnic as only Pride people can.

Stay safe. Be well

Light in a winter darkness

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Winter Lights 18, 19 January 2020   This weekend saw two gentle events in Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and in the Cavendish Arcade as part of our “A Year in Our Town” project. Recycling plastic bottles (or odd bits of plastic and plastic cups), we made either small lanterns, tiny lanterns (think of the […]

Winter lights, public event

Winter Lights

“drive the cold winter away”

free events in Buxton

bottle lanterns on a dark night….

a lantern full of fish…

1. Saturday 18th January

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

1 – 4pm

Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA

2. Sunday 19th January

Cavendish Arcade, Buxton,

12 – 3pm

Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BQ

 

 

Winter Lights

“… a little light to drive the cold winter away”

a window panel

As the New Year begins and January feels long and cold and dark, why not join us at a session to celebrate the promise of a returning spring and make your own little lantern to light a window sill

 

We’ll be recycling old plastic bottles (so bring one or two along if you have some) into delicate lanterns or making laminated pictures of wintry scenes to sit in a window

 

  • No tickets or booking needed – just come along and join in (allow at least 30 minutes for making)
  • Free
  • Materials provided
  • Children under 8 years need to bring an adult

This event is one of the Year In Our Town events organised by Stone and Water. There will be at least one event a month through to June so keep an eye here, on the Creeping Toad blog or on our facebook page “Stone and Water”

Old cards and new scenes: Christmas activity

Old cards and new scenes

a holiday activity for the festive season

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Having a bit of a fidget?
Nothing to do?
Bored?
And it’s raining again?

Why not dig out last year’s Christmas cards from the bundle at the bottom of the cupboard, or stealthily purloin one of this year’s, or the birthday cards you don’t quite want to throw out, or use a cereal packet (good card for making and folding, just maybe not as exciting in images as cards)

Make a little winter a scene to hang on a tree, a branch, a hook on the wall to stand on a shelf, or make a box to put that extra special present  

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You will need: a card or two, sharp scissors, a ruler, pencils or pens, glue (PVA is good here) and glue spreader, stapler, bradawl (or something for making holes – a pair of compasses would work), thin string

 

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Stage 1, cut the card in half

 

1. Cut the card in half along the fold – keep the “plain” half, you will need it later

 

 

 

2. Using the picture half of the card, on the reverse, draw a margin maybe 2 cm from each edge of the card

3. Where the lines cross at the corners, carefully cut along one of those lines to the point where the lines meet (we cut the scribbled blue lines here)

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3, Cut to the corners

4. This card usually folds quite sharply, so now (use the ruler for a straight edge if you want to) fold up along each of those lines and where you have cut in, fold the short bit to make a corner

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4. folded

 

5. Before glueing it all together, decide: if you are making a scene, keep the picture on the inside of the box. If you are making a box: you might want the picture inside or on the outside (you could always line the inside with some spare wrapping paper, or make a bigger box to become a lid.). Reverse the folding if you want to change the position of the picture

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5. Glued and stapled

5. Making sure the sides of your box are sharply upright, glue the corner tabs onto the next side. A staple will hold it all in place. If the outside is too plain, you could colour it in or add some coloured tape. Or sprinkle it with glitter!

 

 

 

6. While the glue dries, prepare the scene to go in the box. Using the other piece of card (from stage 1 above), you could make a little tab to fix a figure to (we used some “embellishments” bought cheaply in a local craft shop), or you could draw your own character. Fix by glueing the tabs into the main scene. Again a staple might help. You might want to colour the tab so it fits into the background of the scenes. Some extra glitter might help again.

7. Use a bradawl or compasses to make a couple of holes (aim for places about 1/3 and 2/3 along the top side), thread a piece of glittery string or ribbon through, know it and hang your scene.

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Experiment with papers, colours, tapes, sequins. Try different places to hang them: from your ears? on your fingers (and create a fabulous dance around them)? a snowman’s nose?

 

Send us a picture and

we’ll post a gallery of scenes!

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Pompoms and boxes!

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Pompoms and boxes Winter scenes at the Green Man Gallery A gentle afternoon as the festive season starts. The Green Man Gallery’s Christmas sale all around us, a tree of glowing colour and rich green, and pompoms bouncing off the tables in an uncontrolled sort of a way….. The afternoon of decoration making as part […]