A couple of weeks ago I noticed that our local charity shop had taken delivery of a load of illuminated metal letters which were originally priced as £20 each and had been discounted multiple times before being eventually priced up at £3. I didn’t immediately purchase one as I wanted keen on the rusty industrial look of them, but a week or so later when I was back in the shop it occured to me that I could spray one and make it any colour I wanted. Typically most of what was left were the obscure letters like Q & Z, but at the bottom of the stack was an M… for Mansell!

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It’s somewhat ironic that in age when we take more photos than ever before, many experts believe we are facing a future with lost family archives. Why? Because we don’t print our photos anymore. I am just as guilty as everyone else, I have some wonderful photo books, but they take time to make and so I fall behind creating them (currently six months behind on Alice and Theo’s year books, sorry mum!) Last year I decided the answer might be to finish the year by printing digital prints of every photo I took in that year, but then when I sat down to do it, I balked at the cost and the task never got completed.

So what’s the answer? I can’t say I know for certain yet, but there are some great innovative ideas around and when Cheerz approached me about their memory box I found something that came pretty close to being my perfect Christmas gift and a step towards resolving the lost photo archive problem.

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I must start this post by apologising for not sending out tweets to remind people it was Homelife Project weekend this month. I’ve had a really busy couple of weeks, I was away for 4 days last week and then at a friend’s wedding yesterday and despite the best of attentions I’ve dropped a lot of balls. The linky is open for two weeks, so if you missed this weekend, please feel free to shoot over the next one.

For us yesterday started like so many of our weekends, with a dog walk at the beach and an extra dog (my parent’s one) in tow. Theo has been a bit under the weather with a sore throat for the last few days and he was up and down all day and eventually went to bed early with a Secret Seven audio book to listen to.

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I had some fun putting together this month’s challenge because I had no idea what the challenge was actually called, or if indeed there was a name for the style of image this post is about, but after a little bit of googling I discovered that not only does it have a name, but it also has its own Instagram hashtag (but of course!)

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On Sunday I finished a four day stint at the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair at Alexandra Palace in London. I was working with Novasol Spray UK a brand you will previously have seem me collaborate with who sell (amongst other things) spray chalk paint. I stayed up in London for the whole four days in a great Air BnB flat in Muswell Hill that was a seven minute walk through the park from the venue. Lindsay my host was lovely and I found my first Air BnB experience vastly better to staying in a budget hotel. The room was quieter, the bed more comfortable and I had just the right amount of company at the end of the day when I wanted to download over a glass of wine!

During the show I ran three (sold out!) workshops showing how to use the chalk paint to make strings of wooden bunting. It was a relatively simple idea using pre-cut wooden shapes and masking off areas of the bunting with washi tape and stencils, but the workshop participants all put their own individual spin on the idea and some really brilliant creative lengths of bunting were produced.

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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