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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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:
How to get started in 2024! ~ Tidying up my studio ~ Cute fluffy kitten ~ Art supplies haul.
January 10, 2024
I'm getting started in the new year by tidying up and sorting out my art studio. It's difficult when there's a cute fluffy kitten playing or wanting cuddles the whole time! (Sorry - she kept distracting me while filming!) And I show all the art related gifts I was kindly given for Christmas, so there's a little art supplies haul too. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Please support this channel for free by clicking 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. Thank you! :) Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/threads-fairytale-newsletter/ If you would like to watch an extra 60 or so 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/
Christmas 2023! + A new addition to the family! ~ Country farmhouse Christmas decorations tour
January 3, 2024
Our family Christmas Vlog and a tour of all the Christmas decorations in our old country farmhouse. And let me introduce the newest member of our family, although she doesn't have a name yet! As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Please support this channel for free by clicking 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. Thank you! :) Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/threads-fairytale-newsletter/ If you would like to watch an extra 60 or so 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/
Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!
December 25, 2023
As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Please support this channel for free by clicking 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. Thank you! :) Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/threads-fairytale-newsletter/ If you would like to watch an extra 60 or so 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/
Christmas decorations! ~ Visiting Lacock & Whitehall garden centre ~ Bathroom renovation update
December 24, 2023
Continuing our old country house kitchen renovations with new curtain poles; using a willow stick for new lights, and our Victorian style bathroom coming together. We visit National Trust's Lacock Abbey and village (with its Harry Potter filming locations). We look around all the Christmas displays at Whitehall garden centre and add to our tree decorations. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Please support this channel for free by clicking 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. Thank you! :) Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/threads-fairytale-newsletter/ If you would like to watch an extra 60 or so 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/
Putting our kitchen back together! ~ Finally putting up the Christmas tree!
December 23, 2023
Our old farmhouse kitchen renovating continues with new furniture and upcycling old mexican pine furniture with chalk paint. We also get new windows and doors put in. I get festive with making Christmas wreaths with greenery foraged from the garden; we pop in at Wells Christmas market, and at last we put up the Christmas tree! As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Please support this channel for free by clicking 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. Thank you! :) Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/threads-fairytale-newsletter/ If you would like to watch an extra 60 or so 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/
More old house renovating ~ Farmhouse kitchen ~ Wells reclamation yard
December 22, 2023
Work continues on our old farmhouse; starting to clean up and put the kitchen back together after the walls and ceiling were plastered. A trip to Wells Reclamation Yard to look for kitchen furniture. I also begin to use my new sewing room, and start making a dress. As always, thank you so much for watching and spending your time with me! Please support this channel for free by clicking 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. Thank you! :) Sign up to my newsletter here: https://threadsofafairytale.com/threads-fairytale-newsletter/ If you would like to watch an extra 60 or so 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/
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