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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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Decluttering

By Clare Albans / May 18, 2015 /

As much as I have put off admitting this over the past few years, it is now time for a declutter at home. Such is the level of decluttering required, it will no doubt be known in the future as ‘The Great Declutter of 2015’ – but it really will be worth it! Naturally, most of the…

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Caramel cake

By Clare Albans / May 17, 2015 /

Today is World Baking Day and so I had to share a cake recipe with you! I made this caramel cake for my Mum’s birthday last month, and the recipe originally comes from the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook (it’s a recipe by Nelly Ritchie who is in the Newcastle CCC – yay!). It was the first…

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Caboodle Magazine

By Clare Albans / May 16, 2015 /

Are you a fan of all things vintage? Love crafting and find yourself flicking through magazines for inspiration? Then you’ll love Caboodle Magazine! I found out about it through Instagram and decided to buy myself a copy – and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a wonderful mix of food, fashion, craft and more, and is just jam-packed…

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May madness

By Clare Albans / May 15, 2015 /

Hello everyone! Just popping in to apologise for my lack of blogging over the last 10 days or so. It’s May madness in my day job, which means far too much marking in hardly any time at all, and general brain fullness. So not a lot of time for fun things, sadly! But I’m hoping to…

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Chicken fettuccine with mascarpone and Marsala sauce

By Clare Albans / May 5, 2015 /

One night last week, we had a few ingredients that needed using up – so I googled ‘chicken and mascarpone recipe’ and found this one for chicken fettuccine with mascarpone and marsala sauce. We adapted it from the original recipe (click here to see that) so that it was just enough for two. We didn’t…

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Geometric painted roll-up blinds

By Clare Albans / May 2, 2015 /

When we planned our new kitchen, we knew that it would be a lovely light, bright space. Now that we’re well in to spring and the days are sunnier and longer, we’re really feeling the benefit of this! We knew that we’d have to get some blinds for the windows, and found one for the front one…

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Fabric covered exercise books

By Clare Albans / May 1, 2015 /

It’s National Stationery Week this week, and I thought I’d make a little project to celebrate (as a bonus post for today – yay!). These fabric covered exercise books take no time at all to make and are great for fabric stash busting! I’ve used mini notebook-sized ones here, but any size notebook with a…

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Raspberry and blueberry lime drizzle cake

By Clare Albans / May 1, 2015 /

It’s a lovely Bank Holiday weekend this weekend, which calls for cake! This lovely raspberry and blueberry lime drizzle cake is really fruity, and the combination works really well. Make it in a small square tin and it will be perfect for a picnic. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for good weather! 

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Bits & Bobs: April 2015

By Clare Albans / April 30, 2015 /

April has been a jam-packed month – it started out with the Easter holiday, which was just so lovely and relaxing! Since then things have been a bit hectic with my day job, but that hasn’t stopped me trying to fit in as much making as possible. The weather has been a bit unpredictable this…

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Vintage sewing treasures

By Clare Albans / April 24, 2015 /

Tom’s Nanna recently passed on a box of vintage sewing treasures to me, and I had to let you see them! I was so excited to discover what was inside… I love anything vintage but especially sewing things. They always make me wonder who used them and where they came from. I don’t actually know…

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Leicester University Botanic Garden

By Clare Albans / April 21, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I was away at a conference this weekend with my day job, as a few of us were speaking about a reading test that we have developed for our international students. I was really worried about it, but thankfully it went much better than it played out in my head beforehand and I’m very relieved…

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Filofax inserts

By Clare Albans / April 20, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1429462831161{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]About a year ago, I decided to have a revamp of my Filofax inserts and wrote a little tutorial for my other crafty project, Less Grafting More Crafting. I fancied having a change with the inserts recently and thought it would be good to freshen everything up (including the tutorial), which was…

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