A creative lifestyle blog by Helen Hobden

The delights of the Avalon Faery Fayre in Glastonbury

Avalon Faery Fayre

It’s that time of year again! On a  spring and autumn weekend, Glastonbury Town Hall is host to one of the most creative and inspiring shopping experiences I ever go to! The term ‘craft fair’ doesn’t quite do it justice, even though most (if not all) of the items for sale are hand-crafted by the stall owner, they are of exceptional quality and never the sort of thing you can find on your usual High Street….

Out and About, Shops, fairs and bazaars,
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Bedroom renovating part 1 – Making a reclaimed rustic wooden headboard

Reclaimed rustic bed

I watched back the September Favourites You Tube video I made, and I don’t think my tone of voice was sarcastic enough when I said that next time I’d be in the bedroom with a white headboard with fairy-lights and a vase of flowers and candle in the background! (This seems to be the setting of 99% of monthly favourites You Tube videos.) When I made that video we had no headboard at all; flaky plaster; holes in the ceiling and a lot of mess. Last weekend though, we got busy in the bedroom(!)…..

Home and Garden, Moving and Renovating,
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Visiting Bath Fashion Museum

Bath Fashion Museum

The good thing about Blogtober is that I’m managing to fit in articles that I’ve had in mind to write for quite some time. This is about my visit to the Bath Fashion Museum, which although doesn’t feel like very long ago, was actually in April! It was during Bath Fashion Week and I wanted to make the most of my day-trip, and as I was going to a talk by Livia Firth in the same building, I thought I’d quite like to have a look round the new exhibition called A History of Fashion in 100 Objects….

Out and About, Places to visit,
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What it’s like to be an Introvert

Being an Introvert

Move over anxiety; being an introvert is the new fashionable difficulty! I am of course, being slightly tongue-in-cheek, but I when I recently started getting into You Tube, I couldn’t believe how many people are giving their videos titles such as, ‘Coping with anxiety,’ and ‘My depression story.’ I couldn’t help but be a little cynical. Could this many people really be dealing with mental health issues, or has it just become a little fashionable? Then I considered two things…..

Health and Fitness, Lifestyle, Musings and ramblings, Writing,
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The most interesting Handmade adult Halloween Costumes

Ragdoll zombie mummy costume

Across the pond they dress up as anything and everything for their Halloween costumes- the sexier the better; however over here we tend to stick to traditional spooky themes. So our choices are more-or-less limited to ghosts, witches, zombies and vampires, but I’ve been searching Etsy UK for outfit ideas that will leave the other guests at the Halloween party envious of how good you look!….

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style Inspiration,
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How to host an afternoon tea party

Afternoon tea party

Yes I know it’s not exactly the weather for this in the garden any more, but it can still be done inside! My daughter didn’t want to go out on the piss for her eighteenth birthday last month – partly because she’s the first of her friends to turn legal in pubs, so it wouldn’t be much fun getting drunk on her own – and partly because that’s not really her sort of thing anyway. For now at least! So it was her idea to have afternoon tea in the garden with a nod to an Alice in Wonderland theme….

Eating in, Food, Lifestyle,
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Weekly Wardrobe – layering for a walk at sunset

Style blog

Chris was dealing with quickly changing light conditions when we went outside to take these photos; so you’ve got quite a mix of pictures this week from daylight to moonrise! It’s that time of year when you think you’ve got plenty of time and the next minute you know, it’s pitch black. Anyway, here I am taking a dress I wore in summer and layering it with a cosy cardigan and warm shawl for autumn…

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style Inspiration,

Joe Browns favourites from the new catalogue

Joe Browns blog

The latest Joe Browns catalogue popped through my letterbox yesterday and I was excited to see their latest clothing for sale. By the way, this post isn’t sponsored or paid for by Joe Browns, I’m just a big fan of their clothes – they have quirky unusual styles that are very wearable and more than any other brand, my wardrobe is filled with items from this catalogue. If you like brightly coloured prints, then this is definitely the company for you, but if you’re more like me and prefer plain or subtle designs, then there is still plenty to choose from. Here are some of my favourites…..

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style Inspiration,
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5 Ideas to do in October

Handmade patchwork blanket

1. Kick some leaves. Next time you’re on your way to work, walking the kids to school, or generally going about your day, and you spy a pile of leaves at the side of the pavement; kick it! Go on! Even if there are people about to see; scatter those leaves in the air! (Just make sure there are no small children nearby you might accidentally kick in the face. And make sure the foot not in the air has secure purchase on the ground – not on a wet slippery leaf. See? I struggle with letting go.)…..

Musings and ramblings, Out and About, Writing,
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