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Hi, I'm Siobhan the face behind HAH. Here on our blog I share behind the scenes photos and work in progress, my favourite pieces from other brands and one or two DIY projects for you to try at home.

By hahonline, May 10 2017 01:41PM

The Flamingo, Great Yarmouth

When you've been in a relationship with someone for 5 years, you start to think you know everything about them but when Simon told me that he'd never been to Great Yarmouth, my chin hit the deck.

"How have you lived in Norwich for just shy of 10 years and never been to Pleasure Beach, strolled down Regent Road or sampled Market Chips?”

Obviously after recovering from this shocking revelation I was straight on the Greater Anglia website booking our train tickets for that very weekend.

Now at this point I will say, don't let the train journey put you off, it's only a 30-minute journey from Norwich and although the Wherry line is not gifted with the most up to date trains, the views on the way are pretty nice, just be prepared to fight for a seat at peak times!

Glitter Heart Pin by Claireabellemakes

If you are a fan of kitsch, colour and a bit of good old fashioned fun then Great Yarmouth has plenty to offer. Souvenir shopping, a classic pier, the "Golden Mile" and of course Fish and Chips.

We hadn’t really planned our day and were happy to go with the flow. One thing that was not optional in Simon’s mind was getting to eat some fresh fish and chips. (One day this man will resemble a battered haddock). In Yarmouth, you have unlimited options when it comes to Britain’s favourite seaside cuisine and eventually we plumped for “Fish, Chips & More” and it didn’t disappoint. You can tell how good it was, I didn’t even take a photo!

One of my favourite buildings in Great Yarmouth is The Flamingo. It’s pink and covered in neon flamingos, what’s not to love? We popped in for a few tries on the 2p machines. There is something magic about the sound of an amusement arcade, the clinking of coins, the laughter and the beeps, buzzes, clangs and clacks of the machines.

My memories of Great Yarmouth stretch back many years. I think I might have been 11 the first time I joined a coach of seniors from the local sport & social club for a day out at the seaside. My friend Claire and I would jump off the coach and head straight for the Pleasure Beach ticket office to buy our unlimited wristbands so we could ride the Waltzers 14 times in a row – or at least until our stomachs started to turn!

One attraction that I had failed to visit on my many trips to Yarmouth was Merrivale, the Model Village. so this time we had to make time to take a wonder round. I was amazed at how much you get for your money, for an entry fee of only £7.99 (Save 50p with this voucher) you get to explore the village, play mini golf, have access to loads of amazing retro games machines and there is a fantastic tea room. Simon was in his element, he loves a miniature train and I got to feed the Coy Carp, a highlight for me.

We played our round of golf and I was clearly going to win so I had to throw the last hole so I wouldn’t have to sit opposite a sore loser on our train home.

Merrivale Model Village, tiny protestors at the Merri1 launch site

So many awsome succulents dotted about the Merrivale Village

Simon had a great time, honest!

Good old fashioned (quite litteally) fun at Merrivale!

It's an unwritten rule that anyone that who pays a visit to Pleasure Beach, must ride the 85-year-old Roller Coaster. Built in 1932 the Roller Coaster is Grade II listed and one of only 8 remaining rides of its kind in the world. If you ever find yourself watching Madness' video for House of Fun you might spot the band riding "The Scenic", as it's otherwise known towards the end.

Before we made our way slowly back to the train station we had to have a ride on the Carousel. My mother was not impressed when I sent her a photo of the mare I was about to board, her namesake “Claire”. I may be approaching my 30s but in my mind, you are never too old for a ride on a carousel.

Now, Norfolk’s very own Las Vegas has had its ups and downs over the years and compared to the highs of the resort in the late 19th century, Yarmouth has seen better days but nevertheless a day trip to Yarmouth is one full of laughs, kitsch and curiosity.

Unfortunatly the Yarmouth House of Wax closed a few years ago but it's still a gloriously creepy building.

By hahonline, Apr 26 2017 08:57PM

Hannah being "Oh so Cambridge" with her Cambridge Satchel co bag, bike and background of Wisteria

On Sunday I joined around 70 other creatives from across the country for a photowalk around Cambridge organised by the wonderful Jo (Hello Sunshine) and Claire (Claireabellemakes).

It's safe to say that the day was a huge success on all fronts. Claire and Jo did a great job of planning the route and keeping everyone together, Mother Nature was a complete babe and kept the sun shining down on us all day and Aromi had Tirimisu ice-cream!

Jo and Claire leading us off at the start of the photowalk

Just a small selection of those who took to the streets of Cambridge on Sunday

I'm going to keep the written part of this pretty short and sweet becuase I think the photos show what a great day we had. I didn't take as many photos as I thought I would because I was so busy chatting to everyone. It was fantastic to finally meet loads of creatives that I've been following on instagram for yonks as well as get to meet some new faces too.

Wisteria was a common theme throughout the day and when we approached a house covered in lashings of purple plumes the whole group of 70 swarmed around it causing total "wisteria hysteria"

Check out the many Boomerangs on Instagram to see the madness for yourself.

Even Claire's bike Florence dressed up for the occassion!

When walking around Cambridge you will almost certainly spot a Cambridge Satchel Company Satchel - they are as common place as the bikes and punts!

The Cambridge Satchel Company loaned us some of thier bags for the day and I spent part of it with this beautful neon blue and clay cloud bag. It was pretty hard to part with at the end of the day.

Jo in her patch dress modelling another of the neon offerings from the Cambridge Satchel Company.

After the Photowalk we all had a picnic next to the river in Jesus Green and got our swap on. I swaped some of my Wonderful Pins for a whole host of cool things from other makers, here are just a couple of them.

Snap Happy Patch by Hello DODO and Floral Pin by DaphneRosa

There is such a lovley community of creatives and designer-makers in Cambridge (and beyond) and everytime I visit I feel a little more at home. I'm so lucky to have meet such a friendly group of people who bring me out of my shell. These guys are ace. Thanks again to Claire and Jo for arranging such an amazing event and I'm really glad I went.

Check out #CambridgeCreativesPhotowalk on instagram for loads more photographs of the day.

By hahonline, Feb 17 2017 12:39PM

Easter is one of my favourite holidays, I love the pastel colours and fresh flowers and it really gets me excited about the spring.

When I saw these ceramic eggs at Hobbycraft I really couldnt get the idea of marbling them out of my head. Marble effect is so on trend and they couldn't be easier to make. If like me you have a ton of nail polish that mainly lives in a box under the bed, then this will be also be a really fun way to to get rid of those colours you no longer use. "Waste not, want not" as my Nannie often says!

You will need:

- Ceramic eggs

- A selection of nail polishes

- Plastic tub (empty hummus pot does the trick)

- Water

- String/twine

- Nail polish remover

Each pack of ceramic eggs comes with 4 eggs and a set of paint and a brush - don't throw these away, they'll come in useful for another project in the future.

To start, make sure you cover the surface that you have chosen to create these on, you don't want to get nail polish all over your furniture. Tip: keep a bottle of nail polish remover on hand just incase!

Firstly, grab your container and fill with water. I used an empty hummus tub, you'll need to use something disposable as the nail polish can stain. You need just enough water in there so that the egg can not touch the bottom.

Take your chosen nail polish and drop a few drips into your water. The more drips the more intense the colour but add too many drips and you wont get a great marble effect. You need to work quite quickly as a film will start to form over your mixture which makes marbling more difficult.

Take one of your eggs and attatch some string/twine to the loop at the top and dip your egg in the mixture.

Roll your egg in the mixture until the whole thing is covered. (Don't worry if you miss a patch, you can always re-dip your eggs once they have dried)

Dab the excess water off with kitchen roll, being careful not to smudge the design and hang your egg up to dry. They only take around 5-10 minutes. Emtpy your water out and start the process again with your next colour.

There you go, a very simple and effective way to decorate a set of eggs to adorn your home this Spring. These would look great as part of a centre piece for Easter Sunday lunch or to hang in the garden as part of an Egg hunt.

By hahonline, Feb 4 2017 02:42PM

This is a really cheap and easy way to create a cute Valentine's posy that would look super sweet on a tray with your Valentine's breakkie.

In total this make cost me £2.50. I only needed clay (Hobbycraft only £2.50) as all the rest I found laying around my studio - except the twigs, I pinched them from the local park on my way home from work!

You will need:

- Air dry clay

- Scissors

- Acrylic paint and paintbrush

- Twigs

- Glue

- Bottle

- Twine (optional)

To start, roll your clay into "pea-sized" balls, then flatten those balls out and create a point at one end.

Using your scissors, snip a small slit in the opposite end to the point. This will help form the top of your heart.

Fold either side of the slit into the centre and press flat (you might need to fiddle about a bit to get your desired shape) repeat over and over until you have a nice little pile of hearts. Leave for 12-24 hours until the clay has hardened.

Once your clay is dry, your hearts are ready to paint - you'll probably want to give them a couple of coats. I chose to paint mine candy pink. Once painted leave your hearts to dry.

When dry you need to start attaching your hearts to your twigs. These twigs were collected on my walk home from work. I used a glue gun to attach my hearts (although next time I think I would use a stronger super glue). Alternate your hearts as you glue and repeat until all your twigs are covered.

Tip: Don't start to glue your hearts too low as they will stop the twigs from fitting in the bottle.

Once you've glued all of your hearts onto your twigs you will want to arrange them in your bottle. I've used a mini milk bottle from Clas Ohlson but you could use a empty wine bottle or similar (it all depends on the size of your twigs)

For an extra bit of detail and to hide the screw top I wrapped twine around the neck of the bottle, this is totally optional. You could perhaps wrap some pom pom trim or ribbon around your bottle instead.

And there you have it, a super cute take on a bunch of pussy willow.

By hahonline, Feb 1 2017 04:23PM

Last month we finally added a brand new product to our Etsy Store - our Mini Pin Banners!

Now Christmas is not the best time to develop, make and market a product but I'm (stupidly) impulsive and once I'd made one of these for myself and others had spotted it on IG, I was asked to make more.

Behind the scenes - Making pin banners in the studio and the finished banner hanging in pride of place.

Origionally I bought this fabric to make some curtains for our spare room and becuase I cant waste good fabric, I put the scraps to use. Combined with some wooden dowells left over from a stall display I'd made in the summer I sketched out a pattern and got to work on creating our medium pin banners. They fit around 25 pins on comfortably and can be hung anywhere. The cotton canvas is really hard weraring and can tolerate being stabbed again and again and again.

"Wonderful" banner at Norwich Makers Market and "Jolly" and "Wonderful" banners at Crafty Fox Market

Christmas is actually a great time to test the water when it comes to new products and I guess this is becuase people are shopping more than they do throughout the rest of the year.

I took our banners to Jon at Ink and Stitch and got him to apply a couple of our designs to them. I thought that I needed to make the banners multi functional and boy, was I suprised with how well they went down. Every fair we attended we sold out!

Later this month I'll be listing both our "Wonderful" and "Jolly" printed banners. These look great hanging of walls of studios, nurseries or living rooms and can help inject a little more positivity.

Mini Pin Banners showing of my absolute favourites and one of our printed "Wonderful" banners

Post-Christmas I developed our mini pin banner, which can be used to show off your very favourite pins or it is also a pretty nifty way to display earrings. The mini banner holds around 15 pins and is more compact (hence the name) they are super cute and I'm thinking of printing some tiny designs on these little guys too. What do you think?

For information on all the pins featured in this post, check out our instagram where all makers are tagged

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