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:
Fairytale clothing photos. Behind the scenes of creative business photography
July 23, 2021
A fairytale fashion photo shoot! A behind the scenes video showing how I get the photos I need for my creative business. First there's the photography with the fairytale clothing on a model, then there's more on a mannequin - taking more photos for Instagram! Subscribe for more videos and please 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 Affiliate links: Panasonic lumix GM1: https://amzn.to/3eCvZ6m Sigma 56mm 1.4 lens: https://amzn.to/3hORYcm Lensbaby omni filter kit: https://amzn.to/36QFSJs Lensbaby trio lens: https://amzn.to/2UXoAb8 My vlogging camera: https://amzn.to/3ey4hYH
Creative photography secrets! My camera kit for whimsical photos.
July 18, 2021
I chat about my creative photography camera kit and equipment (links below!!) - using the lensbaby omni filter kit for magical photos, and also the lensbaby trio lens with sweet, twist & velvet functions. This was mainly because I was taking Instagram photos for Threads of a Fairytale. Also, it was Chris's birthday so I made a chocolate cake; and I finally get my willow obelisk in place for the roses! 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 Affiliate links: Panasonic lumix GM1: https://amzn.to/3eCvZ6m Sigma 56mm 1.4 lens: https://amzn.to/3hORYcm Lensbaby omni filter kit: https://amzn.to/36QFSJs Lensbaby trio lens: https://amzn.to/2UXoAb8 My vlogging camera: https://amzn.to/3ey4hYH 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
A relaxing drawing & painting weekend in Cornwall, and a photoshoot on the beach!
July 9, 2021
We have another long weekend in the camper van in Cornwall and I spend most of it drawing and painting landscapes and roses. We fit in a photoshoot of a purple fairy dress for Threads of a Fairytale, and I take you around Godolphin house and gardens, an original Poldark location. We basically have a lovely relaxing weekend in Cornwall, mostly at Godrevy beach. 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
Creative business burnout & choosing my word of the year
July 2, 2021
A visit to Wells Reclamation yard, I finish sewing the purple dress, and I finally finish making my willow obelisk! I chat about running a creative business and overdoing all the non-creative aspects of that; which is why I chose my word of the year. I use pyrography to engrave it onto a wooden charm to keep with me and remind myself what this year is all about. 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
Camper van road trip around Cornwall
June 25, 2021
We're off in the camper van! This is the start of our tour of English castles. Follow our road trip starting with visiting Castle Drogo in Devon, then to Fowey in Cornwall, then travelling to Marizion and paddling across the causeway from St Michael's Mount. Then to Godrevy beach where I did some drawing and we did a Threads of a Fairytale photo shoot. Then up to Tintagel, walking across the new bridge with Merlin; and then home again! 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
Making space for creativity & inspiration. + making a fairy top and a dress.
June 21, 2021
Chatting about whether you get your creative ideas on your own, or with people because I had my first day on my own in years!; a little garden tour and update with everything starting to flower; making a green fairy top and a purple fairytale dress, and cleaning the campervan and packing it for our first trip away. 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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