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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.

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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Roasted butternut squash risotto

By Clare Albans / March 9, 2015 /

This recipe is adapted from another recipe that I have already posted, but we wanted to make a veggie version of it.  This roasted butternut squash risotto is so delicious (if I say so myself) – it’s really comfort food. Great for a mid-week meal or for entertaining as it’s so easy to make –…

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What we learnt from our kitchen renovation

By Clare Albans / March 5, 2015 /

Our kitchen renovation is undoubtedly the biggest project we have ever undertaken, but it is one of the best things that we have ever done! We learnt such a lot during the process and I want to share some of the tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way for any of you who are…

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British pie week

By Clare Albans / March 2, 2015 /

Did you know that it’s British pie week this week?! You know me, I love a good pie 🙂 And it made me think that I have shared quite a few pie recipes on here so far, and I thought I’d put them all together in one post in case you fancy celebrating and enjoying a…

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Vanilla shortbread

By Clare Albans / March 1, 2015 /

Sometimes, you just feel like doing a spot of baking. This vanilla shortbread is something that I made when I felt just like that! It’s simple to make, and I didn’t do anything fancy with it either – I baked it in my brownie pan and just cut it into fingers once it came out…

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Make It March

By Clare Albans / March 1, 2015 /

The lovely Kate from Beak Up Crafts has set up her Make It March photo-a-day challenge over on Instagram. Have you heard about it? As you know, I love Instagram and I also love a photo challenge, so I decided I’d sign up! It’s a great way to meet other crafters and see what they’re up…

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Instagram gallery: February 2015

By Clare Albans / February 28, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1425060697667{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]After a long January, February just seems to fly past! I have been a bit confused about the date over the last couple of days, so I’m pleased that March will be here soon and then hopefully I’ll know what’s going on… Here’s my Instagram gallery with a few of my…

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Fabric stash inventory

By Clare Albans / February 27, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1425052949469{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]This project and post was inspired by one of my lovely blog readers, Jennie! We met last summer at Harrogate station (on our way home from the Great Northern Quilt Show) and we have been in touch since then via my blog and social media. One of Jennie’s resolutions this year is…

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Felt brooches

By Clare Albans / February 20, 2015 /

In case you missed my post, I have been featured in issue 47 of Craftseller magazine as their Blogger of the Month – yay! I am super excited about this (as if you hadn’t guessed!), especially as I was asked to design a copyright-free tutorial for their website. The design that appears there is a…

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Boeuf Bourguignon pie

By Clare Albans / February 16, 2015 /

Our dear friends bought us a copy of The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking for Christmas, and as soon as we looked through the yummy treats in the book, we knew that we had to make this Boeuf Bourguignon pie. That and the Grasmere ginger shortbread (which at the time of writing…

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Our dream kitchen

By Clare Albans / February 14, 2015 /

Well, after 9 and a half weeks of construction, our dream kitchen is complete – and I don’t mean that to sound completely corny, but it’s true! I can’t believe it’s finished. It’s like someone else’s kitchen in our house haha! It has taken us a little while to get things in, and there are…

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My first solo magazine feature

By Clare Albans / February 13, 2015 /

I’m super excited that I can now tell you about one of my top-secret projects that I was working on a couple of months ago – I have been featured as ‘Blogger of the Month’ in this month’s Craftseller magazine! Hooray! This is SO exciting for me as it’s my first solo magazine feature, so…

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Bits and bobs

By Clare Albans / February 13, 2015 /

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry that it has been ages since my last post. It has been a long time since I had a couple of weeks away, and usually I would have had a few posts scheduled in (so that you’d never know!) but with everything that’s been happening, I wasn’t quite so organised……

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