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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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Chilli chocolate pots

By Clare Albans / December 28, 2013 / 2

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 / 0

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 / 0

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 / 1

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 / 0

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 / 2

  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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Christmas Shortbread

By Clare Albans / December 15, 2013 / 2

If you’re looking to make something a little bit different to mince pies this year, then look no further! Tom’s Mum made these last year and they’re absolutely delicious – replacing the pastry with shortbread is a stroke of genius and they are perfect for a super-sweet treat. Helen found this recipe in the Cumbria…

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Tynemouth winter gallery

By Clare Albans / December 9, 2013 / 0

Last Sunday we visited the beach at Tynemouth with some friends who made the long journey up from Essex to visit us. It turned out that it was the furthest North they had ever been, so we tried to show them as many sights as possible (look out for more posts this week!). The light…

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The making of my Christmas jumper 2013

By Clare Albans / December 8, 2013 / 3

I LOVE Christmas jumpers, and thankfully for me they’ve made a big comeback over the past few years! Last year I made a Rudolph jumper (which I wore again this weekend for our traditional Christmas walk) and so I’ve been wondering what I should make for this year. And then I saw it (on Pinterest…

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Jam-filled butter biscuits

By Clare Albans / December 5, 2013 / 2

You can never have too many biscuits – and I say that because my last post was also a biscuit post! These biscuits (which are also known as Sables) look snazzy but are really easy to make. I made these with my lovely friend Tiffany – we decided to make two different shaped batches with…

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