Skip to content
Blog | Hello! Hooray!

Hello! Hooray! blog

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.

Clare Albans _ Hello! Hooray!

Search for a blog post here:

Open ravioli

By Clare Albans / December 6, 2014 /

Cooking has become a little trickier since we started our kitchen work. Although we do still have a functioning cooker and sink (for now), we have packed away most of our kitchen items and just have one or two of the most frequently used things still out. It has been strange just eating things out…

Read More

The ultimate scones

By Clare Albans / December 4, 2014 /

After making my buttermilk cake, I had 125ml of buttermilk left over and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I did a quick search and found this recipe on the BBC Good Food website, and I obviously had to try ‘the ultimate’ scones. They really are lovely and moist, and I shall probably…

Read More

Flow Book for Paper Lovers 2

By Clare Albans / December 1, 2014 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1417370802490{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]I was a huge fan of the first Flow Book for Paper Lovers (click here to see my post about that) and was delighted to see that they had put together a second book! I pre-ordered it a little while back and it arrived last week. I must say that it does…

Read More

Instagram gallery: November 2014

By Clare Albans / November 30, 2014 /

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1417367412923{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]November has been a pretty hectic month, and I’m still in denial that it’s December tomorrow! Anyone else feeling that?! Here’s a selection of some of my Instagram photos this month – follow me @hellohoorayblog if you fancy! 

Read More

Felt Christmas wreath

By Clare Albans / November 23, 2014 /

Christmas crafting is in full swing of many of us now, which means that I can’t actually share most of the things I’m working on with you at the moment! However, I was recently invited to take part in a competition to design a Christmas wreath as part of the Direct Blinds ‘Deck Your Doors’…

Read More

Buttermilk cake

By Clare Albans / November 21, 2014 /

Our building work is in full swing now so there isn’t really much cooking or baking going on at the moment. The work only started on Wednesday, and I’m missing it already! So it’s a good job that I have been saving up a few foodie posts to use whilst it’s all happening. I made…

Read More

Our kitchen renovation

By Clare Albans / November 16, 2014 /

I am SO excited that our latest project is finally happening – it has been well over a year in the making, but this week we are finally starting our kitchen renovation! I can’t believe we are starting really, although having spent most of this weekend packing up our kitchen, I really should by now… 

Read More

Ginger and dark chocolate flapjack

By Clare Albans / November 13, 2014 /

This ginger and dark chocolate flapjack recipe is a variation on our tried-and-tested squidgy flapjack recipe – ginger and dark chocolate is a classic combination and it works really well here. The chocolate melts into the flapjack and you get little hints of ginger throughout…heaven on a plate! 

Read More

A few Autumn photos

By Clare Albans / November 10, 2014 /

[vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1471180255787{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]We spent a little bit of time in York either side of travelling to Ox Pasture Hall, and I wanted to share a few autumn photos I took with you. We wandered past the place where we had our wedding reception – Gray’s Court – and then…

Read More

Tweed waistcoat

By Clare Albans / November 9, 2014 /

[vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1471180435886{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]It has been a long time since I made a waistcoat – the last time was over a year and a half ago when I was making our wedding waistcoats, and I made 6 in total! It seemed like a long enough period of time to be…

Read More

Scarborough fun

By Clare Albans / November 7, 2014 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1415388076521{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]We had such a lovely time staying at Ox Pasture Hall last week (click here to see my post). After checking out we had a little bit of time before we caught the train back to York, which meant that we could have a little potter around. It was quite a foggy,…

Read More

Ox Pasture Hall

By Clare Albans / November 2, 2014 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1414878002247{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]A little while back I was contacted by Ox Pasture Hall and was invited to stay and review the hotel. Naturally, I jumped at the chance and this week we went down to stay! Ox Pasture Hall is a luxury hotel located just inside the North York Moors National Park, a couple…

Read More
Scroll To Top