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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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Letterpress Thank You cards

By Clare Albans / January 8, 2014 /

  I’m a firm believer in sending thank you cards, whatever your age! I’m always trying to think of new ideas for cards, and this year I found some lovely letterpress letters in one of my favourite shops (I’ll be doing a post about it shortly…) and thought that they would be perfect. I don’t…

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The handmade Christmas gift challenge – Tom’s project

By Clare Albans / January 5, 2014 /

If you’ve seen my previous post about the handmade Christmas gift challenge, then you’ll know that Tom and I decided to make each other a present for Christmas with a budget of £10. Tom was really pleased with his stocking – yay! At some point this year I’ll get around to making myself one…hopefully!

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My 2014 crafty plans

By Clare Albans / January 4, 2014 /

  Happy New Year to you all! 🙂 It’s that time of year when people think about new starts and resolutions. I don’t make resolutions because I never manage to stick to them, and then I beat myself up about it a bit too much. So instead, I try to make plans and set a…

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Instagram gallery: December 2013

By Clare Albans / January 1, 2014 /

December was a busy month, but it was a lot of fun! Here’s my Instagram gallery for December 2013 – here’s to more fun and craft in 2014! 🙂

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My 2013 in pictures

By Clare Albans / December 31, 2013 /
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Angie Lewin: A Natural Line

By Clare Albans / December 30, 2013 /

We recently visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to look around Angie Lewin’s exhibition, A Natural Line. Her work is absolutely beautiful and I’ve put together this mini gallery of photos of some of her sketchbooks and materials on display. The exhibition is running until 23rd February 2014, and you can find out more here.

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Chilli chocolate pots

By Clare Albans / December 28, 2013 /

This is possibly one of my favourite desserts ever, and it’s surprisingly easy to make! If you don’t like chilli chocolate then you could just use good quality dark chocolate, but the chilli gives it a nice warming aftertaste. I used Lindt chocolate for this recipe, which comes from The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries. It…

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Saag aloo

By Clare Albans / December 27, 2013 /

This delicious saag aloo would make a great accompaniment to any Indian meal. It comes from The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries – look out for my other posts from this book!

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Chicken Tikka Masala

By Clare Albans / December 27, 2013 /

I love a good curry, and have recently discovered The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries book, which has pretty much every curry and side dish you’d ever want to make in it! I have to say that now I’ve made my first one from scratch (yes, I’m happy to admit that!) I’m going to make them…

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The handmade Christmas gift challenge

By Clare Albans / December 25, 2013 /

This year, me and Tom decided that we’d make each other a Christmas present with a budget of £10. I’ve been meaning to get around to making Christmas stockings, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! I found a lovely template in issue 33 of Mollie Makes magazine – it is originally a template for…

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Merry Christmas!

By Clare Albans / December 25, 2013 /

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, wherever you are! This is Roger the reindeer (he doesn’t really enjoy Christmas – can you tell?!) 🙂

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Tutorial: Mini Christmas cards and envelopes

By Clare Albans / December 22, 2013 /

  This year I decided to make mini Christmas cards and envelopes (well, A7 sized ones). This was because I found some super cool Christmas pudding paper (made by Vivid but I bought it in Fenwicks in Newcastle) that I wanted to cut up and stick on to a card, and I decided that a…

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