The end of an era and the start of a whole new adventure

I can’t believe it’s here already: my last day working at the day job! Six short weeks ago I handed in my notice to concentrate on my little business, Clare Gets Crafty, and I’m super-excited to be starting a new adventure. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave the world of PAYE but I’ve been…

Campervan lust

The weather here in Birmingham is decidedly un-summery this week and it’s making me dream of a trip somewhere warm in a vintage caravan. If I won the lottery tomorrow, one of the first things I would buy would be a vintage VW camper. I love the idea of restoring and decorating the interior with…

Protea perseverance

I’ve already mentioned my lack of skill when it comes to keeping house plants alive. However, during our holiday in South Africa at Easter I thought it was a brilliant idea to buy a kit to grow my own Protea plant. I planted my three furry seeds in their little pot of compost as soon…

One year on…

Happy birthday to me! ¬†Clare Gets Crafty is 1 today! My fledgling business has come a long way in 12 months and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has liked my Facebook page, followed me on Twitter, followed this blog and bought my items. When I first opened my Folksy shop on 1 July 2014,…

For the love of succulents

I’ve always loved succulents. They’re exotic yet simple and easy to grow, which is a bonus considering I’m absolutely rubbish at keeping house plants alive. Our holiday to South Africa in April only reinforced my love for these hardy little plants, as they were absolutely everywhere. These are the plants that were growing outside our…

Spring has sprung in Brum

When we got on the plane to Cape Town on Easter Monday, the UK was cold and grey, and the trees were still bare. Fast forward 3 weeks and spring has truly sprung! Our garden is truly beautiful this time of year. We have a huge tree that has white blossom, perfectly contrasted with the…

In need of colour

I think it must be because we’re in the middle of winter, the trees are bare and the sky is a strange kind of grey colour, but I’m in desperate need of colour! My Pinterest boards are full of gorgeous colour combinations and I’m drawing inspiration from all kinds of places. My latest colour obsession…

Home is…

What does home mean to you? For me, it’s a warm place to return to; a place to be the true me, the private me; a safe place for my family to be and grow. It’s not so much the house itself, the bricks around us, or the belongings that surround us…it’s that sense of…

Isn’t technology fab?!

I would not count myself as a tech geek by any means, but I am totally blown away by the impact that technology and social media¬†can have on a business as small as mine. I have a page on Facebook with 83 likes (not all people I know!). Through the wonderful world of Twitter (I…

Here goes…

I’m mum to two beautiful boys. I love them both to bits but boy are they hard work sometimes! Whilst pregnant with my first son, I taught myself to knit and this then led to a full blown craft addiction, mainly crochet but I’ll give anything a go really. When I’m creating something, the stress…