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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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Reversible loop scarf

By Clare Albans / June 24, 2014 /

  Everyone has a month where you have loads of birthdays, and for us it’s June! I like to make things for people if I have the time, and spotted this lovely loop scarf in Love Sewing Magazine – it’s simple to make and I knew it would make a perfect gift. So I made…

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Mosaic bird bath

By Clare Albans / June 23, 2014 /

  I was recently invited to take part in the Topps Tiles Mosaic Tile Challenge, and as I’ve never actually made a mosaic before (and I’m always up for a crafty challenge) I decided to give it a go! I was sent a batch of mosaic tiles and some tile glue, but then from there…

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World Cup Cake Off

By Clare Albans / June 22, 2014 /

  In 2006, we were very lucky to get tickets to go to some of the World Cup matches in Germany – I’m not a huge football fan, but I must admit that going to matches is far more exciting than watching it on TV! As the 2010 games were in South Africa (and going…

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Oh Happy Day!

By Clare Albans / June 20, 2014 /

As you know, I’ve been working on loads of top secret things recently! This cushion is a project for Less Grafting More Crafting, which we’ve done as a guest post on the fabulous Courage and Dash blog – and you can now read the tutorial here! (The internet ate our original post, but the problems…

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Ricotta beef burgers

By Clare Albans / June 16, 2014 /

As you know, I like trying out new recipes whenever I can! I found this when I was looking for Easter recipes (not that this really has any special Easter connection) but it said that it’s quick to make so I thought I’d try it on a weeknight. The recipe serves 6 – I made…

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Rainbow patchwork baby quilt

By Clare Albans / June 15, 2014 /

I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for so long now – I follow so many people on Instagram who are brilliant quilters, and Tom’s Aunt makes amazing ones too so I’m surrounded by inspiration! Our dear friends Luci and Simon are expecting their first baby in just a few weeks, so I decided that…

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Malteaser tiffin

By Clare Albans / June 12, 2014 /

It feels like ages since my last post – and it also feels good to be back! 🙂 I thought that I’d share this amazing recipe for Malteaser tiffin with you first. I’m a big fan of tiffin, and this version is extra chocolatey! I changed the original recipe slightly by using 70% dark chocolate…

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Warm raspberry and orange cupcakes with an orange sugar drizzle

By Clare Albans / June 1, 2014 /

I haven’t done any baking for such a long time because we’ve been trying to eat more healthily recently, but we had a couple of days off this week and I just fancied doing a bit! I decided to look for a new recipe with fresh raspberries and came across this one – these cupcakes…

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Instagram gallery: May 2014

By Clare Albans / May 31, 2014 /

This month has been another busy one – I started my #100happydays challenge (which you can follow on my Instagram account) and there has been lots of crafting as usual! I hope you enjoy this gallery of some of my favourite moments!

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Fusilli with chestnut mushrooms, leeks and mascarpone cheese

By Clare Albans / May 28, 2014 /

We love pasta, and have recently been trying out lots of new recipes 🙂 You may have guessed from the picture that we didn’t use fusilli here, but instead went for some elk-shaped pasta that I found in Ikea (we love novelty pasta too, haha!). This is a simple but delicious dish that is perfect…

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Lemon posset

By Clare Albans / May 25, 2014 /

Lemon posset is one of those things that I’ve seen on loads of cookery shows, but have never got around to making – until now! It’s surprisingly easy to make and tastes delicious, so if you’re looking for something to make for friends I’d highly recommend it. The amounts here serve 2 people, but you…

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Work in progress: Tom’s trousers

By Clare Albans / May 24, 2014 /

I recently asked Tom if he would like me to make him something, as I haven’t made him anything since the wedding waistcoats and I seem to have lots of things for me planned! Anyway, he said that he’d quite like some trousers. Hmm, trousers. From what I knew about trousers, they’re quite tricky –…

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