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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styling winter white
How to dress more creatively (part 4) Styling winter white
January 28, 2020
I wasn’t sure whether to put this outfit into my ‘How to dress more creatively’ series, because even I wouldn’t recommend bare thighs in the minus temperatures! However apparently there’s a saying in America that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day (early September) and I want to dispel this myth! We had fun with the photos and I wanted to show you the gorgeous dress – the outfit could always work indoors!…
Mixed media art experiments, sewing a mock-up blind for the van conversion & chats about persevering
June 30, 2020
In this week's vlog I try out mixed media art using the spellbinders Grand Calibur and playing with my art and craft supplies; I chat about keeping going with writing and other creative projects, and I make a test blind for the camper van. Please subscribe for more videos and share with your friends. :) Please consider supporting me by making your fairytale clothing purchases here: etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden (Affiliate) links: Vlogging camera: https://amzn.to/3dPtcEP Spellbinders grand calibur (newer model): https://amzn.to/2ZCYU2f Keep in touch! (Links about me and my blog:) Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden twitter.com/HelenHobden www.facebook.com/whenIgrowupblog Links about my clothing business: Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Rain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainiepie Jude's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/starstone11
Glastonbury Festival 1995 - 50th anniversary / 25th. Looking back with sketches, photos & video.
June 25, 2020
On the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival; and what would have been our 25th anniversary, I thought I'd look back at our first one in 1995. I found an old sketchpad from then, my photo album, and video footage we took there. Despite the heat, it will always be my favourite ever festival! Please subscribe for more videos and share with your friends. :) Please consider supporting me by making your fairytale clothing purchases here: etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! (Links about me and my blog:) Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden twitter.com/HelenHobden www.facebook.com/whenIgrowupblog Links about my clothing business: Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Rain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainiepie Jude's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/starstone11
Massive Derwent art supplies haul; unboxing with 1st impression reviews. New art materials!
June 17, 2020
I bought a whole bundle of Derwent Art supplies, so here they are, along with trying them out and giving you a quick review of my first thoughts. Click SHOW MORE for links to everything. I bought the Derwent hand lettering set, the water soluble sketching set, the skin tones pastel pencils set, and loads more! Please subscribe for more videos and share with your friends. :) Please consider supporting me by making your fairytale clothing purchases here: etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden List of the art supplies shown: (Affiliate links.) Hand lettering set:https://amzn.to/3ed6eHH Charcoal pencil set:https://amzn.to/2C93soG Set of 4 graphic pencils:https://amzn.to/3eceyHR Battery eraser:https://amzn.to/3dhEbG1 Battery eraser refills:https://amzn.to/2YcmP9c Paper stumps set:https://amzn.to/3d9zwpr 6 Charcoal blocks:https://amzn.to/2zJORiS Pastel pencil skin tones set:https://amzn.to/2Bil7K6 Water soluble sketching set: (Similar)https://amzn.to/30Nw3u9 Pencil tin:https://amzn.to/2YNkKzm Burnisher and Blender set:https://amzn.to/2NcoEwd Graphik line makers:https://amzn.to/2UWvBpM Set of 6 Inktense sticks:https://amzn.to/3dc99PI Set of 6 Graphic graphite pencils:https://amzn.to/2N8qFcQ Pencil wrap:https://amzn.to/3hBCuGG Keep in touch! (Links about me and my blog:) Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden twitter.com/HelenHobden www.facebook.com/whenIgrowupblog Links about my clothing business: Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Rain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainiepie Jude's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/starstone11
new year's eve party dress
A story about visiting East Rock Park, New Haven, CT; + a new year’s eve party dress
December 27, 2019
It was Saturday afternoon in October and the weather had turned unexpectedly warm. Local families had decided to make the most of it, the car-parking areas at East Rock Park were crowded. The little picnic area below the look-out point had people playing frisbee and surprisingly, British football. Couples and groups took in turns to take their photos by the wall where the landscape fell sharply down to a wide vista of New Haven….
Camper Van conversion update! Electrics, flooring, ceiling tiles & gluing on fabric. Citroen Relay
June 12, 2020
Continuing our series of converting a Citroen Relay medium wheel base minibus into a camper van; this time we sort the electrics, wiring in the solar panels and adding ceiling lights; insulated the ceiling, laid vinyl flooring and covered wall panels with velvet. Please subscribe for more videos and share with your friends. :) Please consider supporting me by making your fairytale clothing purchases here: etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! (Links about me and my blog:) Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden twitter.com/HelenHobden www.facebook.com/whenIgrowupblog Links about my clothing business: Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Rain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainiepie Jude's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/starstone11
My husband caught the coronavirus. A long vlog with gardening and chatting!
June 10, 2020
This is the blog post I'd really like you to read as it could be very helpful: https://bit.ly/30tlRqk Please also take advice from your country's health authority. I recorded this vlog over about four weeks, so sorry it's a long one! Once we realised Chris had caught the Coronavirus / Covid-19, I didn't want to end it until we were sure he was better. Please subscribe for more videos and share with your friends. :) Please consider supporting me by making your fairytale clothing purchases here: etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Items mentioned or shown in the vlog. (These are affiliate links.) Pink office chair: https://amzn.to/3f9IsML Purple rug, but it is NOT outdoor - the dye ran out in the rain!: https://amzn.to/3hd0csp Mixed media items: Ranger texture paste: https://amzn.to/2Yee1OA Copper texture paste: https://amzn.to/3dL3EbI Artist palettes: https://amzn.to/37t4PdL Ink blending tool: https://amzn.to/3f9Rrxt Vlogging camera: https://amzn.to/3dPtcEP Keep in touch! (Links about me and my blog:) Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden twitter.com/HelenHobden www.facebook.com/whenIgrowupblog Links about my clothing business: Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Rain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainiepie Jude's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/starstone11
Making fairy outfits with hand-dyed & naturally dyed silk and cotton
June 1, 2020
A sewing video today - making fairy outfits; skirts and cami tops for women from hand-dyed naturally dyed silk and cotton. Boho fashion! For my Etsy shop go here: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale For the dyeing video go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiWICIRQKA&t=19s Please subscribe for more videos and share with your friends. :) Please consider supporting me by making your fairytale clothing purchases here: etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale and your handmade gifts here: etsy.com/shop/byHelenHobden Keep in touch! (Links about me and my blog:) Blog: www.whenIgrowupblog.com e-mail: helen@whenIgrowupblog.com instagram.com/HelenHobden twitter.com/HelenHobden www.facebook.com/whenIgrowupblog Links about my clothing business: Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/threadsofafairytale Website: www.ThreadsOfAFairytale.com E-mail: helen@threadsofafairytale.com www.instagram.com/threadsofafairytale www.facebook.com/ThreadsOfAFairytale Rain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rainiepie Jude's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/starstone11
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