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A longer than expected blog holiday

Hello everyone! Long time no see…and I’m really sorry about that! Back in September I decided to have a little blog holiday as we were getting lots of house things done and we hadn’t had a good break in a long while. Aaaand a few months later, here I am again! It was a longer than expected blog holiday, but that’s ok 🙂


The work we had done in the house was to have some super ceiling-height shelves built in our living room. I’m all about the storage right now, and these are perfect for what we need! I’ve had a little desk built in as well which means that my computer could come downstairs, which is really handy. All of my craft supplies (except for the fabric stash) are downstairs as well, which is so much easier than having to go upstairs every time I have forgotten something else. A perfect solution to not having a craft room I think! We are still organising everything (we have a LOT of books/music/stuff) so I haven’t actually taken any finished photos yet, except for one of my rainbow-organised craft books that you can see above. It was a lot of fun sorting them like this!


Christmas cake | Hello! Hooray!


I haven’t really done that much crafting recently, but I have made Christmas cakes this year using the recipe that my Mum used to make. Can’t wait to try it! I was a bit late with getting the recipe up in time for this year, but I’ll be taking photos to schedule it for 2016. I marzipanned and iced it last weekend, which involved a lot of checking that the marzipan was ok haha! 🙂


In other news, I was so excited to see that Pip Lincolne (author of the amazing book Craft for the Soul) has read my review of her book and left me the most gorgeous comment! It really made my day! For those of you wanting to buy the book, it will be released in the UK next year – or if you can’t wait then you can read my review and find out how I got mine…


Craft for the Soul | Hello! Hooray!


And finally, I have left my biggest news until the end…I am pregnant! 🙂 We are absolutely delighted and can’t wait for Baby to arrive in the spring! So, when I first decided to extend my blog holiday I had a lot of morning sickness (which is such a ridiculous name, as it isn’t just restricted to mornings!) and was super tired. With that and everything happening at home, not forgetting a sudden and unexpected move to a new team in my day job, my crafting an blogging just had to give way for a while. I totally underestimated how tiring it would be, and even now that I’m well into my second trimester I still find myself falling asleep early in the evenings (or during the afternoon on my days off!). But I’m pleased to say that everything is going really well and I’m just SO excited about starting our family.


In terms of blogging, my posts will probably be more infrequent, although I am very keen to keep up with my blogging whenever I can. I know that life is about to change completely and so we’ll just have to see what happens! Hats off to all those blogger mums who manage to keep things going – I’m not sure if I’ll have the energy or time for that! But thank you to you all for sticking with me 🙂 I still intend to blog about the things I make and do so that hasn’t changed. We’ve already decided that we don’t want to share photos of our little one online, so this won’t be turning into a baby blog – there are plenty of other excellent blogs like that already so I’ll leave it to the pros. I’ll try and put together a few more posts before Christmas, so there will be more to see here than there has been of late…thanks for your patience, friends!



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  1. Emily on December 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations on yours (and Tom’s!) fabulous news! You must be super excited. I’m looking forward to reading your blog again, no matter how infrequently. I hope you’re both keeping well and that you have a wonderful Christmas and new year..Much love Emily x

    • Clare on February 12, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily! 🙂 We are super excited, and we can’t believe how fast it’s going. It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since I wrote this post, and now it’s February! Hope you are well?! Clare xx

  2. Tobia | craftaliciousme on December 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Congrats to such great news! How great!
    I had a gut feeling that something was up when you went undercover for so long…

    May I say that I totally support your decision to not post any pictures of your little one. I feel like parents nowadays don’t know what they get their kids into. I am not even talking about any crimes here but children can be so mean and who wants to be picked on because mom posted a picture in diapers. So thank you for being reasonable.

    Looking forward reading new posts from you. Have a wonderful season.

    • Clare on February 12, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Hey Tobia! Sorry for taking ages to reply – the weeks are just flying by! 🙂 Thanks for your supportive comments. Some people have been quite surprised by it I think, but we don’t feel comfortable sharing lots of pictures online. We just want to enjoy our family time too, and for us that’s a more personal and private thing. I don’t want to miss things because I’m busy blogging about what our little one did that day/week! No disrespect to any of the mummy bloggers who do this at all – it’s totally a personal decision for each family. Hope you are well! Clare xx

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