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:
Camper van trip to Cornwall! ~ Painting & sketching the Cornish coast ~ Exploring beautiful beaches
August 30, 2022
We had an amazing long weekend exploring and relaxing in Cornwall in our camper van. If you'd like to try YFood: https://bit.ly/yfoodUK_helen10 and use the discount code: HELEN10 We spent a couple of van life days at Godrevy beach where I had fun landscape / seascape painting in my sketchbook, and sketching and writing in my journal. Merlin had a wonderful time running on the beach, and I went swimming in the sea! We also had a camper van road-trip day exploring far West Cornwall and had a little look around Porthgwarra Cove (A Poldark filming location) and then up to Penrose park where we looked around an abandoned walled garden. We also popped into Falmouth to visit a friend. We couldn't believe just how beautiful everywhere looked in this British summer! 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 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/
Chatting about social anxiety ~ Preparing the camper van for our next trip ~ Tidying up
August 23, 2022
I'm busy in this vlog preparing and cleaning the camper van for our next trip away. (Finding a camping chair to take, and dusting with a piece of bush!) I'm also tidying and cleaning the house and patio area of our garden for a get-together with friends; which leads me to talking about social anxiety and feelings of stress around social situations. 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 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/
Making a mermaid fairy dress ~ Massive garage clear-out & sort out
August 19, 2022
I make a custom dress - a pretty ocean blue mermaid fairy dress by upcycling fabric scraps and silk Indian salwar trousers. This style of dress with the cut-out back is really fashionable at the moment! If you'd like one, please go to: https://bit.ly/3K7dBBu Also, Chris and I take on a massive clear-out of our garage. We go down memory lane finding all sorts of things; clearing out loads of stuff and sorting and organising what we keep. I also interrupt the video to tell you about the bohemian white wedding dress I made a while ago. If you'd like to see it, it's here: https://bit.ly/3CjrM4j If you'd like to see the full process video of sewing the blue fairy dress, it's on my Patreon page - link below. 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 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/
Testing new journalling books ~ Enjoying summer with family & friends ~ Making an anniversary card
August 16, 2022
I'm looking for a new memory book / journal! So I test the Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook and an extra large Paperblanks book to find out which of my drawing pens bleed though the pages (I try Jane Davenport brush pens, Winsor & Newton alcohol markers; Tombow pens and others) and review which of my fountain pens feel good to write with on the paper. This video is also a celebration of summer! I'm loving the long warm evenings; especially when you get to spend them with family and friends. I met Rain's work friends for a bit of a party; and we travelled to Kent to celebrate my parents' golden wedding anniversary. I make them a sentimental 50th anniversary card with a personalised pyrography charm. 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 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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