Filofax Inspiration #4

It’s time for number 4 in the Filofax Inspiration series. Here’s a round up of my favourite Filo themed items this month, with a little stationery thrown in too. Enjoy!

I adore this amazing Totoro decorated Filofax uploaded by Robin Imhof on Pinterest. This woman has some seriously cute kawaii designs in her planner!

Totoro-Filofax-Decoration

I do love Totoro, as you can see here and here!

These clip sets were both gifts so I’m afraid I can’t share where they are from, but cute eh? I use them to keep receipts and notes attached to certain pages in my planner.

Rainbow-Paperclips

I wanted some pastel fineliner pens and found this set on Amazon. There was also an orange one, but I seem to have misplaced it already! They actually come out darker than the lid colour, but the can be left for days without the cap on and wont dry up.

Pastel-Fineliner-Pens

I found Ice Cream pens!! Need I say more?

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My store has been busy for Scrabble items lately! I am currently switching between a Scrabble Filofax Charm and the tag below for my Domino Filofax.

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This fabulous tag is by gorgeous Stationery store Oh Squirrel. I’ve refashioned it as a Filofax charm as I think it is a good reminder to have a cuppa when I’m decorating my planner!

Oh-Squirrel-Fabric-Tag

Well that was a bit of a mish mash of things, but I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have found any good Filo inspo online or do share your Filofax blog posts in the comments below!

Toodles!

Claire

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Claireabellemakes Etsy Sale – Floral Fancy

There is currently a little sale in the Etsy store for the floral fancy collection. It’s a one off selection of vintage style flower rings and hair slides, so once they’re gone that’s it! All starting at just £3 per item.

Claireabellemakes-Sale Also on sale is the CAT Scrabble Brooch Pin for just £5.50 (usually £7). All you crazy cat ladies out there need one I’m sure!

CAT Scrabble Brooch

Not on sale but new to the store are these custom Scrabble Word Art Frames! The large frame (8″ x 10″) is £40 and I will work with you to find the most suitable fabric backing and letter layout.

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The small frame (8″ x 6″) is £20. These make great gifts for new families, weddings or meaningful place names!

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In the next month or so I will also be releasing some new bicycle accessories including a limited edition Tour De France yellow jersey coloured bicycle bracelet! I’m pretty excited.

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Here it is on the far left! I probably wouldn’t have chosen this colour ordinarily, but I totally love it now. This rainbow of bracelets makes me very happy.

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Thanks for reading this little shop update today. Back to normal scheduling tomorrow with some Filofax inspiration.

Toodles!

Claire

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My Cambridge Commute By Bike

I hope you’ve all had a super Easter weekend. We caught up on things at home and watched movies. We finally watched Frozen and I really hope it is made into a West End show soon. AMAZING!

Today I want to share with you some photos. G and I have been taking an online photography class for the last few weeks, and although we are a bit behind, (silly life getting in the way) I’m definitely understanding my camera more.

3 years ago, I decided to give up the train commute to London and found a day job in Cambridge. It was one of the best things I ever did. Not only has it saved me £5000 a year(!) but it has been a lifestyle change and I get to enjoy the most wonderful commute ever. Here are the best bits of my journey by bicycle…..

Cambridge-Postcards

It’s tourist season already, so I do have to ring my bike bell often to clear the path!

Bike-Seat

Florence has a pretty seat but it’s not actually that comfy for long rides. Luckily my commute is 7 minutes door to door.

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The Cambridge Museum of Technology towers above the riverside.

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There are always rowers on the river at any time of the day.

Traditional-Bicycle-with-Basket

Cambridge does flowers really well. Florence and I stop often, just to enjoy them.

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You could mistake this park for Amsterdam there are so many beautiful tulips.

Spring-Blossom

Blossom never gets old! My Instagram feed is filled with it as everyone I follow agrees.

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Punters are out in force already. Bring on summer – I can now navigate a punt confidently (only took me 6 years and a lot of bumping into the bank).

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I’ve taken lunch breaks on this bench, it’s a perfect spot for quiet time.

Spring-Tulips-In-Cambridge

It helps that it is Spring right now too! Obviously for my second job at Claireabellemakes I have a home studio. I will be sharing it really soon after a little makeover!

You can catch up on all my Cambridge themed posts here.

How do you commute to work? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Toodles!

Claire

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Guest Post: DIY Nautical Macramé Buoys

Today’s post welcomes Olivia who writes for collaborative craft blog DIY Mother. Olivia reached out to me as a fairly new blogger and had some awesome DIY ideas to share!

I’ll hand over right now so Olivia can share her how to for these DIY Nautical Macramé Buoys.

DIY-Macrame-Buoys

A few months ago, I taught myself the art of macramé because I wanted to make a plant hanger. For hours, I tried to teach myself how to make elaborate decorative knots and I failed miserably each time. I came out of the project knowing how to make 2 decorative knots, and not wanting to do it ever again.

Then I saw these nautical buoys at Pottery Barn. And, of course, the annoying DIY voice inside my head told me I could turn it into another DIY macramé project. Plus, it didn’t require any fancy knots, just basic ones.

My version of the globes didn’t turn out exactly like the originals, but I’m happy with it. I didn’t want to spend 10 dollars on the popular looking glass spray paint. Rather, I wanted something that I could use again.

So let’s get started with this simple, cheap, and easy tutorial.

Materials:
Glass globe vases (or decorative globes)
Sisal rope (a woven type of rope)
Candles (optional)
Rocks (optional)

1. The closest thing I could find to nautical style rope is called sisal rope. It was flexible to work with, but rugged enough to hold its shape. Cut 4 strands of your rope in 2-ft long segments. You’ll need the extra for bulky knots.

2. Hold all 4 segments together and fold them in half, so that you have 8 strands hanging. Then, tie a large knot at the top to secure the pieces.

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3. Turn your vase upside down and place the knot on top of the base. Spread out your pieces of rope evenly, making sure that none are overlapping.

Macrame-Project

4. Pull two of the ropes together and tie a knot toward the top of the vase. Do this all the way around the vase, using pieces that are close together. You’ll have 4 knots around the vase.

Macrame-Buoy-DIY

5. Start another row on knots about 3 inches down from the first row. Pull 1 piece from one knot, and 1 piece from the knot next to it, and tie those together in a knot. This starts to create the “web” that the vase will be in. Do that all the way around again and repeat the process one more row down.

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6. Take the remaining rope you have and tie all of it into another bulky knot. Tuck it into the opening of the vase and you’re done!

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Such a cool DIY, thanks for sharing Olivia! I think these would be great for a bathroom shelf with tea light candles.

Please give Olivia a follow over at the DIY Mother blog – their motto is “Not Afraid To Use Power Tools In A Dress” ha! 

You can also find DIY Mother on Twitter.

Toodles!

Claire

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Bicycle Prints by Ste Illustrates

Social Media is a wonderful thing. I am a little addicted to Twitter and Instagram, but it means I often discover super talented folk like Ste Johnson.

Ste is a Liverpool based illustrator who came to my attention when a friend recommended his work to me. Of course being a bicycle geek, she knew I would love his latest print.

Bicycles Are A Girl’s Best Friend is Ste’s first ever commercially developed print, available right here.

I love his friendly illustration style. Most of his work begins as a pencil drawing and is then turned into a digital piece of art. I’m definitely saving up for a commission.

My HORRIBLE postman clearly doesn’t understand how to deliver mail and proceeded to jam the print through my letter box when it was clearly too big (A3) *Sad Face*. I hope once I’ve framed it, it should straighten out.

It really is a fabulous print with rich colours and fantastic paper/card quality.

Ste-Illustrates-Bicycle-Print

Please check out Ste’s work on his website and follow him on Twitter. He is a super friendly chap and has just taken the plunge to go freelance full-time. I’m all for supporting UK artists and hope you all will too!

Plus his print release couldn’t be more timely with the Tour de France happening soon. I’m too excited for stage 3 in Cambridge on 7 July!

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A Day Out to Backstitch Fabric Shop

On Saturday I visited Burwash Manor, specifically to go to Backstitch fabric shop and have lunch with friends.

Obviously we made friends with the alpaca on the neighbouring farm. Oh hai!!

Alpaca-Oh-Hai

Brown-And-White-Alpaca

Alpaca

 

Burwash-Manor-Cambridgeshire

Spring-Tulips

Florist-Shop

Backstitch-Fabric-Shop

Rainbow-Fabric-Bundle

Mint-And-Coral-Fabric

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Afterwards, we stopped for a ploughman’s lunch at the famous Orchard Tea Garden.

Keep an eye out for a DIY with my fabric haul soon!

Toodles!

Claire

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Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins

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IT’S FRIDAY! And that means cake day right? If you fancy doing a little bit of baking this weekend, why not try this recipe for some yummy Rhubarb and Ginger muffins?

Ingredients (makes 12):

  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 100g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 60ml Sunflower Oil
  • 120ml Skimmed Milk
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 medium Rhubarb stalks

1) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (180 fan assisted).

2) Cut the rhubarb stalks into small pieces and place in a saucepan over a medium heat with 1 tbsp water and a tsp of the sugar. Stir occasionally until rhubarb has softened. Remove from heat.

3) Place all the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined. I used a hand mixer.

4) Add the stewed rhubarb and mix well. Using the hand mixer will break the rhubarb pieces up so use a wooden spoon if you prefer chunky pieces.

5) Divide the mixture into 12 muffin cases, sprinkle with light brown sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes.

6) Make a cup of tea and SCOFF!

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Toodles!

Claire

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Claireabellemakes at the Shelford Fair

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Hey guys! Just popping in to let you know I’m going to be at the first ever Shelford Fair this weekend.

It takes place on Sunday 13 April from 10am-3.30pm at the Memorial Hall in Great Shelford. It’s right near the train station, so very easy to get to.

I’d love to see some local faces, so do come along and say hello if you can. There will be food stalls (Steak and Honour, yes please!) and plenty of handmade goodies.

Visit the Shelford Fair website to be in with a chance of winning £10 to spend at the fair! 

You can also find the fair on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

Toodles!

Claire

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Scrabble Word Art Commission

This week I’ve been working on a super lovely commission for a wedding, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

Kate (who runs Daphne Rosa) wanted a special gift for her friends wedding. The groom actually proposed on a Scrabble board! So, I worked with Kate on some ideas and this is the final gift!

The Scrabble word art spells out three locations that matter to the happy couple; where they had their first date, where they were engaged and where they are to be married. The background of the frame is love heart fabric.

Scrabble-Word-Frame-Claireabellemakes

 

Super pleased with how it turned out. What do you think? I wonder if I should start doing small frames for the Etsy store? It was a lot of fun working with so many Scrabble tiles and deciding on a layout.

If you are interested in a custom order, please contact me via social media or email using the buttons at the top of my sidebar. I love a good challenge!

Be sure to check out Kate’s gorgeous work too, especially if you are planning a wedding or Spring/Summer party!

Toodles!

Claire

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Instalife March 2014

Time for another Instagram round up! Here’s what I got up to in March.

I generally felt quite well apart from sleep deprivation through stopping my migraine meds! I am one of these people who cries when they are tired and gets hangry when they need food. All is well now and I am grateful for another fun packed month.

Claireabellemakes-Stationery

Swooning over my Kikki.k Haul / Taking part in a mail swap

Making a card out of old stamps / Bicycle notecards from my penpal in Canada

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Adding new product shots to my bestsellers / Releasing the Penny Farthing collection

Working on fair stock / Ordering yellow cord for Tour De France Bicycle Bracelets

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Getting out on my bike in Cambridge / Spring has arrived along The Backs

Stopping at the flower stall on the market / Soaking up the tourist atmosphere

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A weekend mini break with family – played golf / Lunch at Byron Burgers with my Dad

A crafternoon for Mother’s Day / My nephew in his craft creation

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 DIY Door Knob Necklace Display / DIY Fabric Magnetic Noticeboard

Sharing my fave Stationery stores on Etsy / A Vivid Please Giveaway

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Fat Free Brownies for the #TryTotal challenge / Taking a tea break in the studio

New coaster from The Bellwether / Cake with G after the Country Living Fair

How was your March? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget you can follow me on Instagram here. I just passed 1000 followers. WOWZERS!

Oh wait! I nearly forgot a Tammy photo! Here is a fab xmas time picture I found the other day. The new grumpy cat eh?!

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Toodles!

Claire

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