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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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Sticky honey soy turkey

By Clare Albans / July 17, 2014 / 0

We found this recipe a little while ago and it’s just fab – low fat, quick to cook and also not very expensive! So it’s great all round 🙂 It’s becoming one of our new favourites!

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Pyjama trousers

By Clare Albans / July 14, 2014 / 2

I’ve got completely hooked on sewing clothes recently, and have done so much sewing! I feel like I’m really getting to know my machine better and I absolutely love it. I got this super fabric a little while ago to make some pyjama trousers, but I got a bit distracted by other projects before getting…

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Ukulele Celebration Cake

By Clare Albans / July 10, 2014 / 6

A very dear friend at work celebrated a special birthday today, and we volunteered to make a cake for the afternoon tea party. This eventually led to someone saying: ‘Could you make a ukulele cake?’ because Jackie is a super uke player! As we never like to turn down a challenge, we said yes!

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Pesto chicken with roasted vegetables

By Clare Albans / July 8, 2014 / 0

  Finding really tasty but healthy meals can often be tricky. I found ‘The Diet for Food Lovers’ in a bargain bin in TKMaxx, and it’s a fantastic book full of delicious recipes that don’t make you feel like you’re scrimping on flavour! This recipe is fast becoming one of our favourites – if you’re…

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The making of Tom’s trousers

By Clare Albans / July 5, 2014 / 0

A few weeks ago, I started making a pair of trousers for Tom (see my work in progress post for the beginnings of this project!). It was never going to be a quick project, and I wasn’t entirely sure that I’d get it right first time but I’d got some fabric quite cheaply, so this…

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Essentials Magazine feature

By Clare Albans / July 4, 2014 / 1

  This week, a very exciting thing happened: me and Daria (my partner in craft) are in Essentials Magazine! Our craft blog Less Grafting More Crafting is featured as we are ‘Crafters of the Month’ – how cool is that?! This is our first ever feature in an actual magazine, so naturally we rushed out…

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Pesto pizza with aubergine and goat’s cheese

By Clare Albans / July 4, 2014 / 0

I love making pizza from scratch – it’s a great thing to do at the weekend when you’ve got loads of time to make the dough. It tastes and smells amazing, so if you haven’t ever made one, why not have a go this weekend? I usually make tomato sauce for the topping but spotted this…

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Instagram gallery: June 2014

By Clare Albans / June 30, 2014 / 0

This year is absolutely flying by – I can hardly believe I’m putting together my Instagram gallery for June! It has been a fun month of crafting and I’ve learnt so many new skills

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World Cup Cake Off: The results

By Clare Albans / June 28, 2014 / 0

  So, in case you missed it earlier in the week, me and Tom had a World Cup Cake Off! We took our cakes to work on Monday (thankfully, they made it in one piece) and shared them out around the office. And the unanimous result is…

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Aubergine and chilli tagliolini

By Clare Albans / June 26, 2014 / 0

  I tried out this recipe this evening and it’s really easy, really tasty and low fat – brilliant! I halved the quantities here for the two of us, except for the 400g tin of chopped tomatoes. I think next time I’d put a whole chilli in for 2 people, but that’s just personal preference!…

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