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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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Scarborough fun

By Clare Albans / November 7, 2014 / 0

[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,…

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Ox Pasture Hall

By Clare Albans / November 2, 2014 / 2

[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…

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Squidgy pumpkin and ginger loaf

By Clare Albans / October 31, 2014 / 0

I have seriously fallen in love with the humble pumpkin this year, and this is another recipe that I just had to try! We’re huge fans of ginger and it works perfectly with the pumpkin in this squidgy pumpkin and ginger loaf. It tastes even better if you wrap it up well in parchment paper…

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Instagram gallery: October 2014

By Clare Albans / October 30, 2014 / 0

I know I say this every month, but I can’t believe it’s the end of the month already! October has been surprisingly warm, and filled with beautiful autumnal colour. I hope you enjoy my little gallery! 

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Roasted tomato and mascarpone soup

By Clare Albans / October 29, 2014 / 0

A couple of weeks ago, me and Daria had a little catch up in town – we were meant to be doing LGMC errands but ended up spending most of our time having lunch…and then cake! We both had some really yummy tomato and mascarpone soup for lunch, and I decided to have a look…

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Owl pumpkin

By Clare Albans / October 28, 2014 / 0

Halloween is just a couple of days away, but if you haven’t got your pumpkin sorted yet, don’t worry! I spotted this really cool owl template on the Hobbycraft blog and knew that I would have to give it a go. I usually go for super smiley pumpkins and thought this would be something different…

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Colouricious stamps

By Clare Albans / October 27, 2014 / 0

When I visited The Great Northern Quilt Show earlier this year, there were so many amazing stalls – it really was like Christmas had come early! One of my favourites by far was Colouricious, and they had the most beautiful hand carved wooden stamps. I bought a few stamps (and it took a while to…

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Lovely new(ish) plants

By Clare Albans / October 26, 2014 / 0

I have been meaning to write a post about our garden for such a long time now! I have also been meaning to get out and do a few jobs in it, but it has been so windy recently that it makes it impossible to do the jobs that we need to do…and I also…

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Project Life: September 2014

By Clare Albans / October 23, 2014 / 0

I’ve been working on my Project Life album a bit differently this month – it’s definitely been more of a ‘do a little bit in a spare 5 or 10 minutes’ kind of thing instead of sitting down and doing it for an afternoon. This is partly because I was waiting for a few photos…

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Cholesterol busting chicken curry

By Clare Albans / October 22, 2014 / 0

If you’re looking for a healthy but really super delicious curry recipe, then look no further! This curry is amazingly good and is taken from The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day by Dale Pinnock. It has become one of our go-to recipes because it’s also pretty quick to make, so we often make it during the week.…

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