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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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Bits & Bobs: March 2015

By Clare Albans / April 2, 2015 / 2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1427962023771{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]Regular readers of my blog may well have been expecting the usual Instagram Gallery on the last day of the month, but I’ve been having a little spring clean on my blog, and decided to mix things up a bit (I am also a little late with it for various reasons –…

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Roast carrot and butternut squash soup

By Clare Albans / March 26, 2015 / 0

We had a bit of leftover squash from our risotto the other week (I went a bit crazy on the amount that we actually needed!) so Tom said he’d make some soup with it and use up a big batch of carrots that we had too. He’s really good at just making stuff up, whereas…

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Another patchwork baby quilt

By Clare Albans / March 18, 2015 / 2

I have recently made another patchwork baby quilt for one of our dear friends who has just had her first baby. This baby is a miracle really, especially after she was told in 2013 that she would never be able to have children – it was the most wonderful news when she told us! I obviously…

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Banana bread

By Clare Albans / March 16, 2015 / 0

Some of you will already know that we only eat bananas in cake or bread form! Tom isn’t a fan of fruit, and I can’t get on with the texture of bananas at all. But in a cake, we both agree that they are delicious. This was the first banana bread recipe I ever made, and…

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Foldaway shopping bag tutorial

By Clare Albans / March 13, 2015 / 0

A little while back, I saw a tweet from the Craft Cotton Co. asking for sewing bloggers who would be interested in working with them to create some free sewing tutorials for their new blog. I obviously jumped at the chance! I had a think about potential projects and decided to make a foldaway shopping…

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Birkheads Secret Gardens in spring

By Clare Albans / March 12, 2015 / 2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1426092243686{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]We went to Birkheads Secret Gardens for the first time last summer, and bought a season ticket so that we could go again. The gardens opened again a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend we went to have a potter around. The weather forecast had been great all week, but typically…

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Roasted butternut squash risotto

By Clare Albans / March 9, 2015 / 0

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 / 0

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 / 0

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 / 0

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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