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5 messages from Blogtacular that every creative needs to hear

Last weekend I attended my third Blogtacular. The first two in 2014 & 2015 were held at a smaller venue and at times I felt a little restricted physically and mentally, but this year’s event was a very different experience, with loads of space to spread out and I came away feeling inspired.

The keynote speaker was Tiffany Han and a lot of the points in this post come from her presentation, but there were definitely several recurring themes running through the day and after a week to digest it all I wanted to share them in this post. Like the event itself, this post is for creatives across the board and not just for people who write a blog. So whether you are a quilter, a photographer, designer or writer, there’s something we can all learn…

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selling stock images

After many hours of uploading new images to my Getty library earlier this year, I thought I’d do another post on the images I’ve licensed recently and I’m starting off with this one, my bestseller, which was spotted last month by a friend of mine being used by CBeebies on their Facebook page. This photo is about five years old and I think if I’d known it would be a bestseller I’d have spent a bit more time cleaning up the background which is a rather off white…

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miniature cake shop at godshill model village

A trip to ‘Dinosaur Island’

by Clare Mansell

My 6 year-old son has for some time been badgering us to take him to a place he calls Dinosaur Island. Those of you who aren’t obsessed with prehistoric creatures, probably know this spot of better as the Isle of Wight.

When it comes to fossils and dinosaur remains the Isle of Wight is apparently pretty high up on the list of places to go. The Jurassic Coast is also close to us, but doesn’t involve a ferry to get there, so couldn’t compete (though probably would have been a bit cheaper!)

We took a day trip with an 8:30am departure with Wightlink taking both dogs and a car packed with spare clothing and food. It’s often reported that the Solent is the most expensive stretch of water in the world to cost and although our return ticket wasn’t cheap (£80) I felt it could have been worse for a one off special outing.

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cheats barbecue supper without the barbecue

Barbecues are the taste of summer, but like everything in life there are times when we need to cheat a little. Sometimes it’s because we are cooking for a crowd and can’t fit everything on the grill and sometimes it’s because we don’t have the time or the inclination to get the barbecue out.

This post brings together three great summer supper cheats with no charcoal involved…

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Home Life Project – June

Home Life Project – June

by Clare Mansell

Another Home Life Project weekend that I forgot about until Saturday night! Honestly how on earth does anyone stand a chance of remembering about it if I can’t?! However I did remember in time to capture our Sunday and taking part made me take my camera to places where I normally wouldn’t, which is what it’s all about!

Our Sunday started with a relatively new weekly tradition, joining in with Junior Park Run. Theo takes part most weeks and I volunteer, though some weeks like this one, he is both runner and helper which he really enjoys.

After that we joined in with a community picnic day in our village where Theo oversaw the tug of war and Alice spent a lot of time running free with her little friend Teddy, then it was home for supper in the garden and bed. As my mum would say, it was one of those days for the freezer!

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