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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 website you will find lots of ideas of how to bring creativity into your own life too.

IMPORTANT POSTAL INFO

ORDERS PLACED BETWEEN MIDDAY ON 30TH APRIL AND MONDAY 6TH MAY WILL BE POSTED OUT FROM TUESDAY 7TH MAY 2024.

Shipping is from Newcastle upon Tyne to everywhere in the UK.

Please note that due to rising costs and new rules, I am no longer posting internationally. I am so sorry!

(Updated 30th April 2024.)

Preorder my new book!

The Modern Embroidery Handbook features step-by-step instructions for over 70 hand embroidery stitches plus 20 modern projects.

Treat yourself or a pal and preorder your copy today.

Exclusive kits to accompany the book will also available in my shop very soon. Yay!

Latest blog posts

Low-fat Tomato Pasta Sauce

04 November 2012 |

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

01 November 2012 |

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

31 October 2012 |

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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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.

Have you ever wanted to learn hand embroidery?

Then you've come to the right place! Start with my book and sign up my free course #TheHappyStitchProject!

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You'll find everything you need to stitch your own #colourfulfunembroidery in my online haberdashery!

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