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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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Happy blossom

By Clare Albans / April 6, 2014 /

  Today we realised that our lovely little tree is in blossom! Yay! This tree was a very special present for our wedding from Tom’s Granny, so we’re so pleased to see it in bloom for the first time 🙂 Here’s to many more blooms!

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Red lentil and chorizo soup

By Clare Albans / April 4, 2014 /

Yesterday I posted the recipe for sun dried tomato and parmesan bread, and it was really popular! So I thought that I’d post the soup that we made to go with it in case you’re going to try it out this weekend 🙂 If you’re a veggie, you might want to try my super soup…

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Sun dried tomato and parmesan bread

By Clare Albans / April 3, 2014 /

I have wanted to make this delicious bread from scratch for some time now, because we usually buy the packet mix (which is super tasty). I always thought it would be more complicated to make than it actually is, and it only takes an extra 5-10 minutes to prepare in comparison to the packet mix.…

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Instagram gallery: March 2014

By Clare Albans / March 31, 2014 /

March seems to have gone in a flash! Here are my favourite Instagram photos from this month 🙂

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Tutorial: One-pot tea cosy

By Clare Albans / March 30, 2014 /

  Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful Mum! 🙂 Hopefully you have opened your present…I’m about to tell people how to make it!   My Mum has a little one-pot tea pot, and she asked me to make a little tea cosy for it. When I visited her a few weeks ago, I measured it…

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Spinach and ricotta enchiladas

By Clare Albans / March 28, 2014 /

  This is another recipe from ‘Mexican Food Made Simple‘ by Thomasina Miers, which has quickly become one of my favourite recipe books. You’ll need to make some roast tomato sauce for these enchiladas, which takes a little while but will be worth the effort! We altered the quantities to make this for two, but…

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My new sewing machine!

By Clare Albans / March 27, 2014 /

  Today was a really exciting day – my new sewing machine arrived! 🙂 My lovely old machine (that used to belong to my Mum and is many, many years old) decided last week that it didn’t want to sew through more than one layer of fabric 🙁 This is my old machine:  

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Tagliatelle with sausages, rosemary and porcini mushrooms

By Clare Albans / March 22, 2014 /

  Today I made pasta (for only the second time) and remembered how much I enjoy doing it! It’s definitely something to do on a weekend, and it’s easier than you think too. My first attempt was some ravioli, and today I tried out my tagliatelle attachment 🙂 I had to get Tom to help…

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Fabric covered letters

By Clare Albans / March 20, 2014 /

I’ve seen lots of fabric covered letters around recently and have wanted to have a go myself – this weekend I finally got around to it! It is a project that you could complete on an evening after work (if you need a weeknight craft fix, as I often do!) and would make a great…

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Nancy Nicholson – teapot sew kit review

By Clare Albans / March 17, 2014 /

  As many of you know, I love all things sewing and embroidery! I’m always keen to develop new skills and learn new stitches (I seem to get stuck with split stitch sometimes!). For Christmas I received a beautiful teapot sewing kit designed by Nancy Nicholson (thank you Helen and Keith!) and I finished it…

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Lemon cupcakes with raspberry curd filling

By Clare Albans / March 16, 2014 /

Having made my raspberry curd I wanted to make something special with it. My friend Laura returned to work following her maternity leave this week, and this seemed like a perfect excuse! I had a little look online for some recipe ideas and was inspired by this one on the Smells Like Home food blog,…

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Grey’s Monument gallery

By Clare Albans / March 15, 2014 /

[vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1408390069743{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1408390088863{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]This week saw the 250th anniversary of the birth of Earl Grey, and the monument built in his honour is open every Saturday this month. This morning we braved the windy weather to climb to the top – it was definitely worth it because the…

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