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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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Mini chocolate and orange hot cross buns

By Clare Albans / April 18, 2014 / 2

  There is still time to make treats for Easter, and these hot cross buns are amazingly good! I know what you’re thinking: “Your buns haven’t got crosses on though…” – and you are (obviously) correct! This was because I don’t have a new piping bag yet, and the mix I made was a bit…

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Citrus and marzipan Bakewell tart

By Clare Albans / April 15, 2014 / 5

  If you’re looking for a sweet Easter treat, look no further! This delicious citrus and marzipan Bakewell tart is a twist on a classic Bakewell. It is perfect for an Easter lunch – or for any other occasion actually! To make it super special, you could make your own lemon curd. The original recipe says…

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The School of Thrift: Easter egg tutorial

By Clare Albans / April 14, 2014 / 1

  It’s almost Easter, and I’ve designed this little project to help you celebrate! I love Easter eggs (who doesn’t?!) but I really dislike all of the packaging that they come in. So this is just like your stocking at Christmas – an Easter egg that you can re-use each year!   This project has…

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Gnocchi with roasted squash and goat’s cheese

By Clare Albans / April 10, 2014 / 0

  I have always wanted to make gnocchi – it has been one of those things on my food bucket list for a long time now. It takes a little while but it well-worth the effort, and I’ll definitely do it again! But you can always just use the ready made gnocchi if you don’t…

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Wordsworth House and Garden – photo gallery

By Clare Albans / April 9, 2014 / 3

Last spring, we visited Wordsworth’s House in Cockermouth, Cumbria. It’s such a wonderful place to visit – the garden is simply beautiful. I was pleased to spot daffodils in there! 🙂 Tom also got to play some Bach on the harpsichord! When we visited, there was an exhibition by Dianne Standen, who specialises in creative…

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Stamped birthday bunting card

By Clare Albans / April 7, 2014 / 1

  It’s my Mum’s birthday today (Happy Birthday, Mum!) and I wanted to make her a special card. I’ve combined three of my favourite things here: pretty paper, bunting and stamps! I bought all of the things to make this card from Paperchase – one of my favourite shops! 🙂

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Happy blossom

By Clare Albans / April 6, 2014 / 0

  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 / 0

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 / 3

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 / 1

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

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