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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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Chicken fajita pasta | Hello! Hooray!

Chicken fajita pasta

By Clare Albans / February 23, 2018 /

I saw this recipe and thought it sounded brilliant, and wondered why we’d never thought of it before! 

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New embroidery patterns from hellohoorayshop

By Clare Albans / February 4, 2018 /

I’ve been a busy bee this week and there are two new embroidery patterns from hellohoorayshop! 

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Spicy parsnip soup | Hello! Hooray!

Spicy parsnip soup

By Clare Albans / January 30, 2018 /

I first made this spicy parsnip soup when I was a student. I wasn’t much of a cook back then! 

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Brynn and Co LOVE embroidery hoop

By Clare Albans / January 25, 2018 /

I am a huge fan of Amanda Bryde’s work, and the Brynn and Co LOVE embroidery hoop has to be my favourite. 

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Pantone colour chart curtains

By Clare Albans / January 15, 2018 /

The new curtains for my craft room are quite possibly the most colourful curtains EVER! 

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My goals and intentions for 2018

By Clare Albans / January 11, 2018 /

I don’t like resolutions. I never stick to them and that’s just a bit depressing, isn’t it?

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Retro floral hoop tutorial | Hello! Hooray!

Retro floral felt hoop tutorial with Bibelot Magazine

By Clare Albans / December 19, 2017 /

My latest creative project went live yesterday – it’s a retro floral felt hoop tutorial with Bibelot Magazine! 

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Sprout lovers and Sprout Haters gift guide with Etsy | Hello! Hooray!

Sprout lovers and sprout haters Christmas gift guide with Etsy

By Clare Albans / November 27, 2017 /

I’m keen to support handmade as much as possible this Christmas, and wanted to create something a little different. So here’s my Sprout lovers and sprout haters Christmas gift guide with Etsy!

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Chocolate gingerbread brownies with fudgy icing | Hello! Hooray!

Chocolate gingerbread brownies with fudgy icing

By Clare Albans / October 27, 2017 /

We are big fans of ginger in our house, and these chocolate gingerbread brownies with fudgy icing are amazing.

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Perfect pumpkin recipes for autumn | Hello! Hooray!

Perfect pumpkin recipes for autumn

By Clare Albans / October 24, 2017 /

Pumpkin season is well and truly here, and I thought it would be fun to put together a selection of perfect pumpkin recipes for autumn! 

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Ultimate blackberry ice cream | Hello! Hooray!

Ultimate blackberry ice cream

By Clare Albans / September 8, 2017 /

I love foraging for blackberries, and I’ve got a few things that I like to make with them.

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Crafty Colour Palette #2 | Hello! Hooray!

Crafty Colour Palette #2

By Clare Albans / September 5, 2017 /

Crafty Colour Palette #2 is inspired by these amazing pastel highlighters. 

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