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I really believe that it is so important to take time out to be creative, so here on my blog you will find lots of ideas of things to do in your creative time.

We spend so much of our lives focussing on our day jobs that we often miss out on time for making, but finding even small amounts of time to create something with our hands can have a big impact on our productivity and well-being.

Baby bat Halloween costume DIY | Hello! Hooray!

Baby bat Halloween costume

By Clare Albans / October 16, 2020 /

I made this baby bat Halloween costume four years ago now, and it has taken me so long to write this post that both of our children have actually worn it!

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Transferring designs onto fabric with vellum paper | Hello! Hooray!

Transferring designs onto fabric with vellum paper

By Clare Albans / October 6, 2020 /

Transferring designs onto fabric with vellum paper is a great permanent method. It works with a heat transfer pen, so I’ll show you how!

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White chocolate rocky road little baker | Hello! Hooray!

White chocolate rocky road

By Clare Albans / October 2, 2020 /

When I saw this recipe for white chocolate rocky road, I knew that I’d have to bake it with Little One on one of our Wednesdays together.

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Cherry and almond cupcakes | Hello! Hooray!

Cherry and almond cupcakes

By Clare Albans / September 22, 2020 /

Little One loves to bake so much, so when Littlest One is at nursery we always make sure that we bake something. A few weeks ago, we made these cherry and almond cupcakes.

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Crafty Colour Palette #5 | Hello! Hooray!

Crafty Colour Palette #5

By Clare Albans / August 9, 2020 /

It has been a long, long time since I put together a new colour palette! I had such a lot of fun creating Crafty Colour Palette #5, which is inspired by my garden.

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DMC to Anchor thread conversion chart | Hello! Hooray!

DMC to Anchor thread conversion chart

By Clare Albans / August 6, 2020 /

This super handy DMC to Anchor thread conversion chart is perfect for embroiderers and cross stitchers who need to reference colours between brands.

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Lemon curd ice cream | Hello! Hooray!

Lemon curd ice cream

By Clare Albans / July 31, 2020 /

This delicious lemon curd ice cream recipe is based on a previously blogged recipe for the ultimate vanilla ice cream.

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Introducing Colourful Fun Embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

Introducing Colourful Fun Embroidery!

By Clare Albans / July 11, 2020 /

I am so excited to be sharing this post today. Introducing Colourful Fun Embroidery – my first book! 

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Life in lock down | Hello! Hooray!

Life in lock down

By Clare Albans / June 25, 2020 /

Well, I wasn’t expecting to write a post with the title ‘Life in lock down’ in 2020, but I’m guessing that this is pretty much how we all feel about the current situation!

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Our creative family manifesto | Hello! Hooray!

Our creative family manifesto

By Clare Albans / March 19, 2020 /

I created my personal creative manifesto last year, and have found it really helpful in terms of focussing my own goals, intentions and ideas about creativity. I wanted to write our creative family manifesto as a way of extending this to become a way of life, as creativity is so important to us as a…

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Say Thank You with Paperless Post | Hello! Hooray!

Say Thank You with Paperless Post

By Clare Albans / December 23, 2019 /

#gifted Saying ‘Thank You’ is so important at Christmas, and today I’m showing you how easy it is to say ‘Thank You’ with Paperless Post!

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Primrose Bakery Ginger sparkle cookies | Hello! Hooray!

Primrose Bakery ginger sparkle cookies

By Clare Albans / December 19, 2019 /

These Primrose Bakery ginger sparkle cookies are so delicious and are really sparkly! 

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A little bit about me and my blog

I have certainly found that being creative has helped to improve my mental health over the past few years. I find that when I have the space to take time out to be creative, I feel like I am working on something positive for me. Craft can't fix everything, but it certainly makes me feel good!


I am passionate about being creative with my children as well as working on my own projects, so some of my posts will discuss how we juggle our family time with running a small business and everything else in between.


Do feel free to get in touch, either by commenting on a post or by completing the contact form.

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