I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out while keeping child-like creativity alive!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Have fun looking around 🙂

 

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Why you should try gratitude journalling
February 14, 2022
Have you heard of the Baader–Meinhof phenomenon? Or perhaps you’ve heard it called ‘Frequency bias’? Have you ever looked around for your new car; chosen a make and model you’re interested in, and then all of a sudden you see it everywhere? It’s the car in front of you in the traffic jam, and then you walk past two more as you walk across the car park to the Tescos entrance. It seems like the universe knows you want that car, and decides to show it to you ALL the time…
frozen lake
A slow January
January 31, 2022
I just made it to the New Year, and then I got very ill indeed. It was nothing more serious than a fluey cold, but oh my god, I don’t remember the last time I felt that ill! I had hot flushes and chills (they were multiplying) and couldn’t breath lying down, so three nights of trying to sleep upright in the settee downstairs left me extra tired too. Anyway, the upshot is, even if I’d wanted to run into 2022 full steam ahead, I simply couldn’t. I was kind-of forced into a slow January…
Trying the Artist Soul workshop by Laly Mille ~ Beautiful mixed media art ~ abstract landscapes
August 10, 2022
I tried Laly Mille's Artist Soul online workshop and I thought I'd show you how I got on! I created an inspiration page and four mini abstract landscapes using collage and texture. Then I painted a larger piece of art following Laly Mille for inspiration. Her art is so beautiful! I used various mixed media including collage, drawing, painting, crackle paint by Cosmic Shimmer, metallic pearl paint by Docrafts, acrylic paint, Derwent Graphitint pencils, and water soluble crayons by Stabilo. I hope you're inspired to have a go at creating some mixed media abstract art! Laly Mille's website with all the details on her workshops: https://www.lalymille.com/ As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Click the thumbs up and the bell notification button, and subscribe for more videos. If you enjoyed this one, please share the link with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and join our lovely community receiving creative inspiration, behind the scenes content, and extra videos at https://www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Handmade by me: Take a look for your fairytale bohemian clothing purchases here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ and your handmade gifts here: https://etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale/ https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
Making a fairytale journal. ~ How to make paper look old. ~ Inspired by fairytales.
July 26, 2022
In this video I make a journal inspired by fairytales, from start to finish; including tea dyeing paper to make it look old; creating the pages of the book with beautiful paper with pockets and tuck spots to write on; and making the cover from a dog biscuit box with lovely fabric, and using pyrography to write the title of the journal - Once Upon A Time. I also chat about how fairytales inspire me in my creative projects. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Click the thumbs up and the bell notification button, and subscribe for more videos. If you enjoyed this one, please share the link with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and join our lovely community receiving creative inspiration, behind the scenes content, and extra videos at https://www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Handmade by me: Take a look for your fairytale bohemian clothing purchases here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ and your handmade gifts here: https://etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale/ https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
Glastonbury Festival haul ~ Making a fairy dress ~ Fairy painting ~ Stonehenge drawing
July 19, 2022
Hello! Here we have a chatty vlog with a small haul of things I bought at Glastonbury Festival. I also share a mixed media fairy painting; an ink drawing of Stonehenge with a watercolour wash; and sewing a purple fairy dress that I borrowed from Threads of a Fairytale to wear to Glastonbury Festival. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Click the thumbs up and the bell notification button, and subscribe for more videos. If you enjoyed this one, please share the link with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and join our lovely community receiving creative inspiration, behind the scenes content, and extra videos at https://www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Handmade by me: Take a look for your fairytale bohemian clothing purchases here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ and your handmade gifts here: https://etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale/ https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
Making clothes for Glastonbury Festival ~ Sewing fairy outfits
July 13, 2022
Hi! In this video I go back in time to the week before Glastonbury Festival when I made some of the clothes I wanted to wear there. So I made a fairy outfit - a top and a skirt by upcycling a pair of linen trousers and some scraps of fabric I had. And I sewed another fairy skirt - this time I used a purple pair of silk Indian salwar trousers. I also keep you updated on the progress we're making in the front garden / driveway area - clearing lots of overgrown plants and attempting a bonfire. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Click the thumbs up and the bell notification button, and subscribe for more videos. If you enjoyed this one, please share the link with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and join our lovely community receiving creative inspiration, behind the scenes content, and extra videos at https://www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Handmade by me: Take a look for your fairytale bohemian clothing purchases here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ and your handmade gifts here: https://etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale/ https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
Tidying and organising my art studio * Sorting paintbrushes, paint & art supplies * Studio vlog
July 7, 2022
A studio vlog where I tidy up and try and make space for sewing amongst the art supplies! I needed to move my art desk and organise where to put all my different paint. I had some new storage so I could sort my student grade paint from my artist grade paint; and organise the gouache, acrylics and inks. It was a lot of fun! I also had a new paintbrush organiser, so I gathered all my brushes and sorted out those as well. I tidied up the studio and the desk, so now I'm ready to sew again. Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/newsletter/ to hear about when the fabric and haberdashery de-stash bundles go on sale. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Click the thumbs up and the bell notification button, and subscribe for more videos. If you enjoyed this one, please share the link with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and join our lovely community receiving creative inspiration, behind the scenes content, and extra videos at https://www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Handmade by me: Take a look for your fairytale bohemian clothing purchases here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ and your handmade gifts here: https://etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale/ https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
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