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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.

 

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Banana and Nutella cake

By Clare Albans / January 16, 2015 /

Last weekend, we packed up the remaining items in our old kitchen in preparation for the builders to knock through at some point soon. It’s going to be really dusty, so best to get things out of the way in advance! We decided to do one last bake in our oven, which is incredibly old…

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Sewing machine review: Janome Sewist 525S

By Clare Albans / January 12, 2015 /

I bought my Janome 525S last year and have been so happy with it. I have wanted to review it for you for a long time, and now that I have tried and tested quite a lot of the functions I feel like I’m in a much better position to do it! I was hoping to get…

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Fabric covered magazine files

By Clare Albans / January 9, 2015 /

It’s that time of year where I like to get organised for the year, although it is a little more tricky this year given that our house is completely upside down with the building work! But I’m trying to sort things out where I can, and decided that I needed a little bit more storage…

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Catching up with 2014

By Clare Albans / January 6, 2015 /

It has been AGES since I had a good chunk of time to catch up with Project Life! I had stopped at October, which is when we were packing things up and getting ready for our kitchen work to begin, so had a lot to catch up with. Catching up with 2014 was important before…

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Looking back and looking ahead

By Clare Albans / January 4, 2015 /

It’s that time of year when we tend to look back at last year and look ahead to to the new one. I’m never that keen on making resolutions – this is because I very rarely keep them beyond January, and it usually means that I focus on something negative that I think I need…

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Christmas in Maryport

By Clare Albans / January 2, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1420024730424{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]We spent Christmas in Maryport and had such a wonderful time! The weather forecast was pretty terrible and it rained all day on the day we travelled (it was that really fine rain that soaks you through!), and we expected it to be the same for the whole week. But we were…

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365 Grateful: Hello! Hooray! 2015

By Clare Albans / January 1, 2015 /

Have you heard of  365 Grateful? If not, don’t worry – it’s new to me too! I first read about it in Flow Magazine (international edition, issue 7) last month, and was really inspired by the story of how Hailey Bartholomew set up this project. She took polaroid photos every day in order to appreciate the little…

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Instagram Gallery: December 2014

By Clare Albans / December 31, 2014 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1420021769858{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]December has been a month full of fun with friends – just how it should be! Here’s my Instagram gallery to see out 2014. Looking forward to more fun in 2015! 

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A handmade Christmas

By Clare Albans / December 30, 2014 /

Christmas is a pretty busy time for crafters, and this year has been no exception for me! I planned my Christmas gift makes for a few months, and now that the gifts have been given I can share them with you! I had to be quite clever with my planning this year – with all…

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Merry Christmas 2014

By Clare Albans / December 25, 2014 /

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day, whatever you are doing 🙂 (This photo was taken in Keswick last Christmas and we used it on our Christmas cards this year!)    

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Kitchen progress: Part 1

By Clare Albans / December 22, 2014 /

Our kitchen rebuild is in full swing and now that the builders have finished for the Christmas holidays, I thought that it was about time that I shared a little update with you! At first, it didn’t look like a lot was happening from the front – the roof and garage door were still there and…

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Christmas bauble garland

By Clare Albans / December 19, 2014 /

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and although we’re not having a tree this year (on account of our fridge freezer and washing machine camping out in our living room) we have put up a couple of things to try and bit a little bit festive! I had my eye on these gorgeous…

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