Take time out to be creative!

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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Latest blog posts

A bit of Doodle Stitching

18 October 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)

15 October 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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Oaty Apple Crumble

07 October 2012 | 0

It has been a lovely, sunny autumn day today, and as the nights draw in I find that I’m craving comfort food! I have to admit that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and this Oaty Apple Crumble is definitely one of our household favourites. This recipe has developed over time as I’ve…

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The first post on my new blog!

30 September 2012 | 0

The first post on a new blog is always a momentous occasion. It feels as though you should say something important and thought-provoking, which is always really tough! I have to say that I can’t think of anything like that at the moment (sorry!) but I am really excited to be writing this new blog about the things…

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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?

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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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