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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.

 

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

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Columbia Road flower market

By Clare Albans / July 4, 2015 /

[vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1504900110204{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]Before travelling to London I had seen so many beautiful photos of Columbia Road flower market on my Instagram feed, so I knew that I’d have to visit whilst I was down there for Blogtacular.

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Bits & Bobs: June 2015

By Clare Albans / July 2, 2015 /

My bits & bobs post for last month is a little late – sorry! I have been really poorly over the last week with this horrible virus that’s going around, so haven’t really been doing anything other than sleeping. And to be honest, I’m not really a sleepy person so it has been a bit…

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Blogtacular 2015: the photowalk

By Clare Albans / June 21, 2015 /

[vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499418840755{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]Early last Saturday morning, I joined the other lucky people who were picked to go on the Blogtacular photowalk with West Elm.

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Martha’s apple and cherry traybake

By Clare Albans / June 20, 2015 /

I’m very excited to feature a guest blogger today, with a really delicious recipe! My Mum’s friend Martha (age 7 – nearly 8 🙂 ) loves to bake, and she sent me this recipe to try out. I have heard that she is a big fan of Hello! Hooray! and loved seeing my feature in Craftseller…

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Blogtacular 2015

By Clare Albans / June 18, 2015 /

It has taken me a few days to even begin to process all of the things I heard, saw and learnt at Blogtacular last weekend (which is why I’m only just getting around to posting this!). When I bought my early-bird ticket for Blogtacular 2015, I knew that this was an even not to be…

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Spicy aubergine chips with couscous

By Clare Albans / June 8, 2015 /

We tried out a delicious new recipe yesterday which I found in the latest international edition of Flow Magazine (issue 9). It is taken from Rachel Khoo’s book, My Little French Kitchen, and there are a few more recipes from the book in the magazine too (all of which look yummy!). The great thing about…

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Sewing machine bag

By Clare Albans / June 6, 2015 /

A little while back I made a cover for my sewing machine (click here to see that post) and it has been brilliant for keeping my machine super clean! But because I don’t have a craft room, I have to move it around. A lot. It would be helpful to do this without having to…

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One week until Blogtacular!

By Clare Albans / June 5, 2015 /

I can’t believe it’s only one week until Blogtacular – this time next week I’ll be on the train to London! I bought an early bird ticket last year and have been really looking forward to it since then. There have been so many exciting things happening in the build-up that I’m even more excited…

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A natter with…What Delilah Did

By Clare Albans / June 4, 2015 /

Photo credit: Secret Garden Embroidery – What Delilah Did   A few weeks back, I was really excited to see that the latest book by What Delilah Did (created by Sophie Simpson) is about to be released. A limited number of advance copies of Secret Garden Embroidery (pictured above) were available to buy so I snapped one up! I know…

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Bits & Bobs: May 2015

By Clare Albans / May 31, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1433098037507{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]It’s time for my monthly round up of Bits & Bobs for the month – yay! This month has been really busy in our day jobs, and I haven’t felt like I’ve had much time or headspace to do lots of crafting. So I’m really looking forward to having more time in June…

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A day out in Craster

By Clare Albans / May 29, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1432835155423{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]We’ve had the week off this week for reading week (or half term, if you teach in a school!) and it has been lovely to have a few days at home. Last week was completely manic with the busiest week of the year in the day job, combined with playing in…

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Simplicity blogger challenge

By Clare Albans / May 28, 2015 /

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on my dress for the Simplicity blogger challenge – and (with only a couple of days to spare) I have finished. Phew! When I heard about the challenge I knew I’d have to give it a go, and had an idea of what I wanted to do…

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