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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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Carrot and coriander soup

By Clare Albans / January 19, 2014 / 0

  This super simple and delicious soup is really healthy and takes no time at all to prepare (about 30 minutes!), which means that it can easily be made on a week night. If you have more time, then you could make your own bread to go with it! This recipe comes from the BBC…

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Ginger golden syrup loaf

By Clare Albans / January 16, 2014 / 4

  I made this gorgeous loaf ages ago, and then completely forgot to write the post about it! It comes from Rachel Allen’s ‘Cake‘ – a fabulous book which the Bakewell Cake that I made a few months ago came from too. If you’re a fan of ginger then you’ll love this – it didn’t…

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A Cumbrian Christmas – gallery

By Clare Albans / January 13, 2014 / 0

  This year we spent Christmas in Cumbria, and I took lots of photos in and around Maryport and Keswick. Here is a little selection of the best ones!

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Paul Hollywood’s Gingerbread

By Clare Albans / January 12, 2014 / 0

  I love baking on a Sunday morning, and as I haven’t done any for a while I thought that today would be a perfect day to try this new recipe! It comes from Paul Hollywood’s ‘How To Bake‘ – I think there was a series of the same name, but even if you haven’t…

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Letterpress Thank You cards

By Clare Albans / January 8, 2014 / 0

  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 / 0

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 / 0

  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 / 4

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 / 0
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Angie Lewin: A Natural Line

By Clare Albans / December 30, 2013 / 0

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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