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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.

Project Life baby milestone cards

By Clare Albans / August 8, 2019 /

It has been a while since I published a craft tutorial on my blog, so it seems fitting to be sharing these Project Life baby milestone cards first!

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My goodness what a year and a bit | Hello! Hooray!

My goodness, what a year (and a bit)!

By Clare Albans / June 26, 2019 /

In 2018 I intended to write on my blog a lot more, and I set myself a little target of 4 blog posts a month (or something like that). It worked for a little while but then life got in the way. My goodness, what a year (and a bit)!

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White chocolate mini egg blondies

By Clare Albans / March 23, 2019 /

Wow, it has been a really long time since my last blog post! A LOT has been going on here, but I really wanted to get a post up before our second baby arrives soon. I’m 39 weeks now so it could be any time (please!). These white chocolate mini egg blondies seemed like the…

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Amara blog awards 2018 nomination

By Clare Albans / August 26, 2018 /

I was delighted to receive a nomination for the Amara blog awards 2018! 

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Indie Rollercoaster Keep Going hoop

By Clare Albans / July 22, 2018 /

I was really excited to share my Indie Rollercoaster Keep Going hoop last week! 

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Hello! Hooray! creative manifesto

By Clare Albans / July 13, 2018 /

  For the last couple of years, the Hello! Hooray! creative manifesto has been living in the notes pages of my iPhone. 

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Starting a Bullet Journal your own way | Hello! Hooray!

Starting a Bullet Journal your own way

By Clare Albans / June 26, 2018 /

I recently got started with Bullet Journalling after debating whether or not to give it a go for so long.

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YAYmakers June 2018 box review | Hello! Hooray!

YAYmakers June 2018 box review

By Clare Albans / June 25, 2018 /

YAYmakers June 2018 box review – thanks to lovely Kate for gifting this box to me so I can review it for you on my blog today (all opinions my own). Keep reading for a little discount too!

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Colourful craft room tour | Hello! Hooray!

Colourful craft room tour

By Clare Albans / May 2, 2018 /

I’m so excited to share my colourful craft room tour today! 

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Creative Process embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

Creative process embroidery

By Clare Albans / April 29, 2018 /

If you’re a creative person, I’m pretty sure that you’ll relate to this creative process embroidery hoop that I made!

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A natter with…Hannah from Hannah Hand Makes

By Clare Albans / April 23, 2018 /

You might have seen a super Easter cross stitch tutorial on my blog a few weeks ago (click here if you missed it!), and today we’re having a natter with Hannah from Hannah Hand Makes! 

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Hand embroidered social media icons

By Clare Albans / April 22, 2018 /

I had an idea to make some hand embroidered social media icons for my blog absolutely ages ago, and this week I finished them! 

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Blonde mini egg rocky road | Hello! Hooray!

Blonde mini egg rocky road

By Clare Albans / March 27, 2018 /

I have a really sweet tooth, and I think this is perhaps one of the sweetest things I have ever made. I really LOVE it! 

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Craft Colour Palette 3 | Hello! Hooray!

Crafty Colour Palette #3

By Clare Albans / March 20, 2018 /

There’s an Easter theme to Crafty Colour Palette #3 which is inspired by my favourite Easter treat – mini eggs! 

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Happy Easter Hoop from Hannah Handmakes | Hello! Hooray!

Happy Easter Hoop from Hannah Handmakes

By Clare Albans / March 20, 2018 /

Today’s Easter-themed post is a collaboration with the lovely Hannah from Hannah Handmakes! 

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A natter with Sew Sal | Hello! Hooray!

A natter with Sally Mayer from Sew Sal

By Clare Albans / March 9, 2018 /

Although we tend to moan about the algorithm quite a lot, you can’t deny that Instagram is an amazing source of inspiration! Today I am delighted to bring you a natter with Sally Mayer from Sew Sal.

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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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A little bit about me and my blog

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.


Do feel free to get in touch, either by commenting on a post or by completing the contact form.

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