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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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Mary Berry’s Lemon Victoria Sandwich

By Clare Albans / February 17, 2013 / 12

Mary Berry’s Lemon Victoria Sandwich recipe was specially commissioned by the GDST for the 140th anniversary of the Girls’ Day School Trust and appeared in issue 12/13 of Verve Magazine (also available online here). Mary Berry is a GDST alumna, and all girls were given a postcard with the recipe to celebrate the Bake Off…

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Luscious Lemon Curd

By Clare Albans / February 17, 2013 / 6

I absolutely love lemon curd – sweet and tangy, it goes really well with so many things. It tastes amazing on a toasted hot cross bun! It is one of those things that is so much better when you don’t buy the shop-bought stuff. Previously, I’ve tried to buy it at places like coffee mornings…

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Making our wedding invitations (part 2)

By Clare Albans / February 14, 2013 / 5

It has been quite a while since we’ve worked on our wedding invitations. I remember lots of my married friends telling us how fast the time goes once you hit the year of the big day; I knew they were talking sense, but didn’t quite realise just how fast time would fly!   We have…

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Chinese New Year

By Clare Albans / February 10, 2013 / 0

Today is the start of Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, so I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Many of the students who Tom and I work with come from China and no doubt they’ll be celebrating in style! We are often given gifts to mark the celebration, and…

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Falafel Wraps with Grilled Veg

By Clare Albans / February 9, 2013 / 0

This is the final new recipe that we have tried out this week, and is another from Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals. I’m really impressed with this book – loads of lovely dishes that you can make during the week. As with some of the recipes from 30 Minute Meals it took me longer than the book…

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Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers

By Clare Albans / February 8, 2013 / 0

Another of the new recipes that we have tried out this week is Nigella Lawson’s Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers. This is a super easy recipe to make and it’s really tasty, and you could cook it on a school night which is always great! I also think that leftovers would make an excellent lunch…

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Pork Marsala with Mushroom Rice and Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan

By Clare Albans / February 7, 2013 / 1

Over the past few days we’ve tried out quite a few recipes. Despite my intention to cook lots of new meals this year, it didn’t really happen in January – but we seem to be making up for it this month! We were struck down by a sickness virus last week and ate very plain…

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A weekend in Edinburgh: Camera Obscura

By Clare Albans / February 2, 2013 / 0

One of our friends suggested to us that we visit the Camera Obscura during our visit to Edinburgh last month, and it was an excellent suggestion. When she told us about it, she said that it is quite difficult to describe, but we would know what she meant when we visited. And she was right!…

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A weekend in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle

By Clare Albans / January 31, 2013 / 0

It was my birthday a few weekends ago and we decided that we would spend it in Edinburgh. I’ve never been before, despite it being quite close – except for the time when I changed trains in Edinburgh in order to travel to Perth! Over the few days running up to the weekend, the UK…

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Chicken and Vegetable Cobbler

By Clare Albans / January 29, 2013 / 0

My goodness, it has been ages since I wrote a post! It has been such a busy couple of weeks – we’ve been away the past two weekends, I’ve been getting used to doing a slightly different job at work and have just generally been quite busy! But I’m back and hoping to get into…

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