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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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Simple summer cotton top

By Clare Albans / May 11, 2014 / 5

I’ve been wanting to try out some new clothes patterns for a while now, and I decided to start with this simple cotton top – it doesn’t have a zip so it’s great if you want to have a go at sewing clothes but don’t want to tackle something too tricky.

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Ukulele baby bodysuit

By Clare Albans / May 9, 2014 / 5

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This cute baby project was inspired by something that I saw on Pinterest a long time ago – unfortunately I can’t find out where the original link came from before it was posted on a tumblr account. If anyone can help me out with that, let me know! The original is actually a guitar bodysuit,…

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The School of Thrift: Thrifty fabric bunting tutorial

By Clare Albans / May 5, 2014 / 2

I’m so excited that my latest tutorial for The Festival of Thrift has gone live today! It’s wedding week over at The School of Thrift and I was delighted to be asked to write some content for it. This time last year, we were in the middle of our wedding planning (which was well-documented on…

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Eastern-spiced shepherd’s pie with Bombay potato topping

By Clare Albans / May 3, 2014 / 0

We made this dish using leftovers from the roast shoulder of lamb with herbs and honey, and both dishes are truly delicious. I must apologise for the photo of this one – I was so hungry when I took it so it’s a bit blurry, oops! But I promise you it is worth making!

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Roast shoulder of lamb with herbs and honey served with roast red onions and basil

By Clare Albans / May 2, 2014 / 1

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK this weekend – hooray! No Sunday night feeling this weekend 🙂 If you’re planning to cook something a little special, then look no further – we made this amazing lamb dish at Easter and it is my new favourite. It serves 4 people but we served 2 people with…

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Instagram gallery: April 2014

By Clare Albans / April 30, 2014 / 7

Here’s my Instagram gallery for April – a month when lots of cake was eaten!

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Vintage sewing books

By Clare Albans / April 27, 2014 / 2

I love vintage finds – especially when they are craft related! I have to admit that these were not actually my finds, but Tom’s 🙂 He found them in the second hand bookshop during our visit to Clumber Park a couple of weeks ago, and thought that I would love them. I do, and at…

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Pasta with tomatoes, ricotta, parma ham and sage

By Clare Albans / April 23, 2014 / 0

  This recipe takes hardly any time at all to make, so it’s a delicious meal for a weeknight. The combination of flavours is really good (although the first time we made it we were missing the sage because I couldn’t find any at the supermarket!). You could easily make a bigger batch for family…

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A trip to Clumber Park

By Clare Albans / April 22, 2014 / 2

  A couple of weekends ago we went to Doncaster to stay with some very dear friends who we hadn’t seen for ages! On the Sunday afternoon we went up to Clumber Park – it was a glorious sunny spring day, which was perfect for wandering about and having the first picnic of 2014 🙂…

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Happy Easter!

By Clare Albans / April 20, 2014 / 1
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