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Worbarrow bay
Poetry for ease of lockdown
May 18, 2021
Dance of the Butterflies A semi-circle bay of liquid turquoise as still as a deep secret and barely a sound as the languid waves touched the pebbled beach. It was so much warmer than expected; unneeded layers draped over our arms. Merlin panting; concerning us for lack of fresh water until we found a Jurassic filtered stream. All of us excited for his first trip to the sea All of us excited for our first day to be free. I’d only thought yesterday I was yet to see a butterfly, but as we walked the stony track to the car we saw a pair of them, unidentifiable by their urgency. Enchanted by each others’ spirit they were trapped in their frenzied jive of spring. Unable to leave each other, or to leave the dance Unable to be completely released; unable to take the chance.   Whispers of the Stones Imagining recollections of the lives of here The way they felt; the joy, the fear The mundane, their day to day The colours of spring, the winter grey The salty breezes absorbed in their bones Their secrets and memories whispered by the stones   I’ve started an art journal! And these are the words I wrote to go with the mixed media art I came up with. It was all inspired by the first time we were allowed to leave the house for actual fun! We went to Tyneham Village – an abandoned place where everyone was evacuated for the Second World War, and weren’t allowed back. A short walk from there is Worbarrow Bay; and with the sun shining, the sea really did look turquoise. If you’d like to see our day out, I have started back on YouTube again, and it’s in this week’s video:
Little catch-up and a Visconti Van Gogh fountain pen unboxing.
September 16, 2021
A little catch-up of what I've been doing since the Oxford trip; unpacking the van of the fairy festival things; getting a Threads of a Fairytale dress ready to post; writing a novel outside; making a chocolate cake for Jude's birthday; finally getting round to tying the roses up to the willow obelisk! and also showing a pretend unboxing of a Visconti Van Gogh fountain pen - Wheat field under thunder clouds - fine nib - my wedding anniversary present! Subscribe for more videos and share with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and receive behind the scenes content and extra videos at www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Take a look for your fairytale clothing purchases here: www.threadsofafairytale.com and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden
Visiting Oxford, the museums & Morse, Midsomer Murders & Marple filming locations
September 13, 2021
This little trip away was for our 25th wedding anniversary, so we stayed in a hotel (a change from the camper van!) in Oxford and had a lovely time looking at the beautiful Oxford university buildings. We visited the History of Science museum and the Ashmolean museum, and went on a pedalo version of a punting boat on the Isis river. We also went on a driving tour of Midsomer Murders locations following A Midsomer Day Out book by Tony Long. Plus, of course, we saw several Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour locations, along with a few from Miss Marple too. It's a long one as we did fit a lot into those five days, and it's a special trip so I want to remember all of it! Subscribe for more videos and share with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and receive behind the scenes content and extra videos at www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Take a look for your fairytale clothing purchases here: www.threadsofafairytale.com and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden
Studio vlog sorting out my craft stash for my sewing room. + Relaxing watercolour painting
September 5, 2021
I decided to bring all my craft supplies back into my sewing room, so I'm doing a lot of sorting out and organising this week, finding places to keep all my paper stash, glittery things, stamps and whatnot, and moving fabric around to make room for it all! In the midst of all that, I needed a little relaxing time, so I painted a calm watercolour landscape to try out my new paintbrushes and metallic paints. Subscribe for more videos and share with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and receive behind the scenes content and extra videos at www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Take a look for your fairytale clothing purchases here: www.threadsofafairytale.com and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden
Studio vlog - updating the shop + an oil pastel fairy drawing & 25 yrs married.
August 28, 2021
In the aftermath of the New Forest Fairy Festival, I'm looking ahead at keeping the Threads of a Fairytale website updated, and adding new fairytale clothing listings to the Etsy shop. I also use Pentel oil pastels to start a fairy drawing; and then the video ends with a walk down memory lane as this will be going out on our silver wedding anniversary! Subscribe for more videos and share with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and receive behind the scenes content and extra videos at www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Take a look for your fairytale clothing purchases here: www.threadsofafairytale.com and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden
New Forest Fairy Festival 2021
August 23, 2021
It's the big event of the year for Threads of a Fairytale - the New Forest Fairy Festival! Go here www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com if you went but didn't see my stall, or if you want to get your fairy outfit ready for next year! Everything is handmade by me, and one-of-a-kind. :) Subscribe for more videos and share with your friends! :) Please consider supporting this channel and receive behind the scenes content and extra videos at www.patreon.com/HelenHobden Take a look for your fairytale clothing purchases here: www.threadsofafairytale.com and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Links about me and my blog: Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden
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