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Welcome to Hello! Hooray! - a blog about the things I love to make and do. My name is Clare Albans, and I am a mama, maker and author living in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am passionate about living a creative life, and hope that through my blog and shop you will find lots of ideas of how to bring creativity into your own life too.

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My new book is here!

Colourful Fun Embroidery features 24 modern hand embroidery projects to bring joy and happiness to your life!

It will be released on 30th October 2020, but you can preorder your copy today!

Exclusive book and kit bundles are also available in my shop. Yay!

Latest blog posts

Tutorial: How to make photo cards

28 November 2013 |

Photo cards are really simple to make, and you can customise them for every occasion. I do find myself looking at a view and thinking ‘that would make a lovely card’, so be warned – once you’ve started, you’ll always be looking for that perfect photo! You just need a few simple things to be…

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Leek, goat’s cheese and crispy bacon risotto

25 November 2013 |

  This is a really delicious risotto and it only takes 30 minutes to cook (plus 10 minutes preparation), so it can easily be made on a weeknight for a treat! Tom isn’t a massive fan of cheese but he loved this – we put extra leek in instead of celery as neither of us…

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Winter sun(flower)

24 November 2013 |

I was out and about today and spotted this gorgeous sunflower! This is certainly not something I would expect to see in Newcastle in November – it was like a little ray of sunshine! 🙂

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Hello! Hooray! nominated for another Amara blog award!

I was delighted to be nominated for an Amara blog award for the second year running in 2019. Thank you to whoever nominated me in the 'Best Creative & Skill' category.

Love of the North rainbow Angel embroidery workshop | Hello! Hooray!

Have you ever wanted to learn hand embroidery?

Book your one-to-one lesson or a place on one of my workshops here.

Vegan rainbow enamel pin holder hoops

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Show off your pin collection on one of my pin holder hoops. Custom colours will soon be available!

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