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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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How to make an ipad case

By Clare Albans / November 15, 2012 / 0

Last week, I became more up-to-date in the technology world because my new ipad arrived! I mainly bought it for work because we’ve recently moved to a new office and have started hotdesking. For those of you who have hotdesked (is that a word?!) the very mention of it may make you shudder. If you…

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Make your own wedding bouquet

By Clare Albans / November 11, 2012 / 3

We’re trying to keep the cost of our wedding as low as we can without compromising on the things we’d like to have, and one of the ways in which we can do this is to do the flowers ourselves. I started to do a little bit of research into the cost and I just…

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Homemade Pizza

By Clare Albans / November 4, 2012 / 0

I think that pizza is probably one of the greatest food inventions (Tom would argue that the sausage is, in fact, the greatest food invention, but now isn’t the time for debate!). With a homemade pizza you can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you like, and it tastes great cold too. We often make pizza…

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Low-fat Tomato Pasta Sauce

By Clare Albans / November 4, 2012 / 4

Before I met Tom, I couldn’t really cook. I could make something that vaguely resembled a stir-fry and I was also good at omelettes, but that was pretty much it. I didn’t have much confidence in the kitchen, and before moving away from home I also didn’t have a lot of time for cooking – I spent most of my time…

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Yorkshire Parkin

By Clare Albans / November 1, 2012 / 1

For me, Yorkshire parkin is the true taste of Autumn. I’m a proud Yorkshire lass and there is nothing better on a chilly evening than drinking a cup of tea and munching on a slab of this wonderful treat. This is a really great recipe that was published in the Waitrose Weekend magazine on 13th September…

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Pumpkin Carrot and Bacon Soup

By Clare Albans / October 31, 2012 / 0

Happy Halloween! As you can see we have been busy here decorating pumpkins – as usual, I avoid the really scary stuff and have made the happiest looking pumpkin ever, haha! We are actually not huge fans of Halloween, so this is about all we do (I guess you could say that we’re Halloween scrooges!)…

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A very versatile lamb recipe

By Clare Albans / October 25, 2012 / 0

This is a great recipe for mince and dumplings and it is one of our household favourites. The reason it is versatile is because you can create several different meals simply by substituting a few ingredients. If you use lamb mince and substitute the dumplings for mashed potato the recipe becomes Shepherd’s Pie, or substitute the lamb for beef mince and top with…

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Bake your own bread

By Clare Albans / October 20, 2012 / 9

Today was the first Saturday that I’ve been at home for a few weeks, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to bake some bread. I think that some people are put off making it because they think it might take too long or that it might be too difficult to make, but…

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A bit of Doodle Stitching

By Clare Albans / October 18, 2012 / 1

I absolutely LOVE Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching books. Until a couple of years ago I hadn’t really sewn anything, let alone tried my hand at embroidery! But these books are so accessible and the designs are beautiful, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

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Making our wedding invitations (part 1)

By Clare Albans / October 15, 2012 / 5

I’m so excited about our wedding next year, and what makes it even more exciting is that we’re designing and making a lot of things together. We’ve been talking about getting married for a long time now so we have a good idea of the kind of things we’d like to have, but it’s always…

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