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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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:
Halloween costumes, art journalling, and autumn harvest from the garden.
October 19, 2021
It's feeling like autumn now, so here are some Halloween costume ideas if you're thinking about buying a sustainable Halloween costume this year. https://threadsofafairytale.com/collections/all/ I also pick our apples and rhubarb, and record the moment by taking photos for Instagram! I pack up a couple of Threads of a Fairytale orders, and try a different style of art journalling. 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 London Part 2 Art galleries, museums & shopping!
October 12, 2021
Hi! In part two of our trip to London, we visit the antiques market at Covent Garden, walk by Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square and wonder round the National Gallery. We also go to the British Museum, the Tate Britain art gallery and go window shopping in the Carnaby Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street areas, while popping in to look at the Christmas shop in Liberty! We watched Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and loved it! Also, in between we take a break from London and visit the beautiful Scotney Castle with my Mum. :) 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 castles and museums in London!
October 5, 2021
We all planned the time off work, so we had a family holiday visiting London! We went to the Tower of London, walked across Tower Bridge, and took a boat tour along the river Thames. The next day we went to Camden and had a look around Camden market, which just goes on forever now! And then we visited the Natural History museum and Geology museum. And that's as far as I got with editing this week! The rest of our trip will be next week - more museums and art galleries and a bit of shopping. 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
Notebooks for staying organised and The Insta Retreat course review
September 28, 2021
It's not a usual vlog this week as I knew I wouldn't have time to edit one. So instead here's a review of Sara Tasker's Insta Retreat course. Go here if you'd like to find out more: * https://courses.meandorla.co.uk/?wpam_id=56 And I've also written about it on my (hopefully secure now) blog! https://whenigrowupblog.com/2021/09/28/a-review-of-the-insta-retreat-a-complete-instagram-course-by-sara-tasker-aka-me-and-orla/ But first I wanted to say thank you for all our anniversary wishes. xxx And apologise if you saw anything strange on my blog recently - we just discovered that it had been hacked. And then I show how I stay organised with my creative business by separating all the different elements into different books. Yes, my desk is cluttered, but my mind is less so! *The link to The Instaretreat is an affiliate link.You won't pay anything extra for this, it just means I'll earn a little commission if you like the sound of it and choose to join us. 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
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
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