I still haven’t worked out what to do when I grow up! I’m mainly a writer, an artist, and a fairytale dressmaker with various crafty hobbies! Here (and on YouTube) I share bits of my life, thoughts, and what I’m learning along the way. Let’s find magic and inspiration; join me for this creative living adventure!

 

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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…
Happy World Thyroid Day! My Hypothyroidism health update & awareness of thyroid issues.
May 25, 2023
I'm just tired! This is continuing my hypothyroid disease story from 5 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZekHTPwUNqk&t=354s and finally accepting it, and working out ways to deal with chronic tiredness. I'm sure there are things I forgot to say in this video, but if you think you might have a thryoid problem, please go to your doctor - don't just eat seaweed and coconut oil like some websites will tell you!! At the same time as chatting, here's a timelapse of a watercolour painting of me lying asleep. This was a bit rushed as I did it this afternoon, but I think it turned out alright! It was from a photoshoot for Threads of a Fairytale for the fairy wedding dress. 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! :) If you would like to watch an extra 60 sewing and art videos, please go to 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 Tip jar! If you would like to contribute to my hard-drive fund, it would be gratefully appreciated. :) https://paypal.me/Oshun Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen (at) threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofaf... https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFa... Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen (at) whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
Making a fairy dress by upcycling a duvet cover ~ Antique lace haul ~ Sorting & tidying my studio
May 16, 2023
It's my birthday! So I go to the garden centre for pretty plants! I also sew a fairy dress by upcycling a duvet cover, and show the process while discussing wearing clothes that feel right for you, and how I've always been the one with the weird fashion sense! I continue to tidy my studio and manage to declutter a lot of sewing haberdashery that I don't think I need. And while tidying up, I show a little haul of antique lace that I find. Here's the link to the vintage linen haul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqwSbCmV6xY&t=787s 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! :) If you would like to watch an extra 60 sewing and art videos, please go to 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 Tip jar! If you would like to contribute to my hard-drive fund, it would be gratefully appreciated. :) https://paypal.me/Oshun Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen (at) threadsofafairytale.com https://www.instagram.com/threadsofaf... https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFa... Links about me and my blog: Blog: https://whenigrowupblog.com/ e-mail: helen (at) whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
I actually get out of the studio for Mothers' Day!~ Painting Cornwall ~ Home update.
April 18, 2023
A lovely day out for Mothering Sunday, including a visit to Lytes Cary Manor. I paint two mixed media pictures of Godrevy in Cornwall - each completely different. I am shades of purple; what colour are you?! I also try Dr PH Martin Radiant watercolour ink on Flower Fairy cards. And there's an update on our ongoing slow renovating journey of our old farmhouse - the roof, and chopping down willow. 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 If you would like to contribute to my harddrive fund, it would be gratefully appreciated. :) https://paypal.me/Oshun 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/
Still decluttering my studio! ~ Mending fairies ~ Art student vlog ~ Mastery Program update.
April 5, 2023
Hi! Here's another sewing and art studio vlog! I carry on decluttering and sorting out everything to make more space in my studio. I paint a mixed media piece called 'Earth Keeper' which actually won an art competition! I mend some of my Clarecraft Faerie Realm figurines, and I dig out my old GCSE and A-level Art portfolios. I also had a Show and Tell requested of each month of me doing the Mastery Program art course by the Milan Art Institute. This time it was learning Fat over Lean in oil painting; perspective, cityscapes and crowds of people; and drawing and painting people from life and photos. 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 by enjoying loads of 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 If you would like to contribute to my hard-drive fund, it would be gratefully appreciated. :) https://paypal.me/Oshun 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/
Studio vlog - tidying up & sorting out + Beginning the Mastery Program by Milan Art Institute
March 7, 2023
Hi! It's a studio vlog today - tidying up, sorting out & decluttering my sewing, art & craft room. And I explain why I haven't vlogged much this year. I'm now an art student! I'm beginning my dream of being an artist! I show all the art I've done so far as part of The Mastery Program by Milan Art Institute. 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! :) If you would like to watch an extra 60 sewing and art videos, please go to 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 Tip jar! If you would like to contribute to my hard-drive fund, it would be gratefully appreciated. :) https://paypal.me/Oshun Keep in touch! Links about my clothing business: Website: https://threadsofafairytale.com/ E-mail: helen (at) 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 (at) whenIgrowupblog.com https://www.instagram.com/helenhobden/
Journaling inspo ~ Memory book journal flip through ~ Art pen haul & organising art supplies
February 28, 2023
Hi! Here's an art pen haul with Ecoline and Faber Castell Pitt brush pens, and I try them in my journal. That leads me to organising some of my art supplies - my watercolour paints and pens. And then we have a flip-through of my memory book, which starts from August 2021 to the end of 2022 and hopefully it will give you some journalling inspiration for 2023! 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 by having access to 60 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 Tip jar! If you would like to contribute to my harddrive fund, it would be gratefully appreciated. :) https://paypal.me/Oshun 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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