Tourist In Cambridge #3

I have been wondering whether to continue these Tourist in Cambridge posts after summer ends, but then I remembered Autumn is on its way and the colours will be too good to miss.

We are in a transitional period when everyone is getting excited about Pumpkin Spiced Latte arrivals at Starbucks, autumn TV shows are starting and I want to stay in and make all the crochet blankets. Students will be back within a couple of weeks when the leaves start to turn, and the city will feel vibrant in a different way.

Living somewhere with such a transient population took a while to get used to. 8 years later, it’s one of the things I love about the city; it oscilates between tourists, students and professionals. It wouldn’t be the same without any of them.

So let’s say so long to summer in Cambridge with some pretty photos then eh?

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I mostly spot and photograph flowers in the cottage gardens around the city. G and I saw a cheeky chicken on the run near this cottage. 2 hours later we saw him again being chased by a local pub landlord.

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The boathouses along the river are painted all different colours and display the crests of each college.

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If we ever left Cambridge, G says he will miss the river and watching the rowers. It’s so peaceful (except when they are racing and the cox is shouting!).

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The market square is a place I always recommend to blog readers who email me about where to go in Cambridge. We are lucky to have such friendly traders and a great cheese stall. Who doesn’t love a cheese stall?!

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I spotted this mannequin covered in Scrabble tiles as part of a community art installation in Cambridge. I found it slightly creepy, but the words distracted from that……..

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We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars…………

I think I’ll leave it there today.

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Toodles!

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Cherry Hinton Craft Party Invite 2014

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Just a quick post today to let you know Claireabellemakes will be at the Cherry Hinton Festival Craft Party for the second year running! I am really excited to be involved with some other craft parties in Cambridge.

I’ll be offering some crochet and knitting inspiration as well as some goodies from the Claireabellemakes store. More information on the party is below.

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Tuesday 16th September

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Venue: Colville Primary School
Time: 6.15pm-8.30pm (last entry 8pm)
Price: £3 per adult, under 16s £1. Includes light refreshments

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There are also demonstrations of sugarcraft, flower arranging, card-marking, calligraphy, scrap-booking as well as knitting and crochet. Or bring your own craft and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea. Call 01223 210724 to book tickets or pay on the door.

Hope to see you there for the crafty fun. Dont’ forget Claireabellemakes also offers local Craft Parties for your birthday, hen do or special event! More info here.

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Pom Pom DIYs and #WorldPomination

If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’m a big fan of pom poms. Today’s post is a round up of some ace Pom pom DIYs I found on Pinterest as well as a little bit about #WorldPomination!

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1. Pom Pom Chandelier / 2. Pom Pom Fridge Magnets / 3. Pom Pom Bike Basket

4. Pom Pom Sun Hat / 5.  Pom Pom Wreath / 6. Pom Pom Ice Cream Garland

7. Pom Pom Flower Vase / 8. Pom Pom Shadow Box / 9. Pom Pom Fruit

Some of the tutorials are in different languages but I find a great tip for browsing blogs is to use the Google Chrome browser which automatically translates languages. All these tutorials have some good clear photos to follow along with too.

So, I also mentioned #WorldPomination too! What’s that all about then?!

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Kirstie Allsopp and the iconic Radley Dog recently hopped on a boat adorned with pom poms to travel along the Thames in London to Hampton Court Palace. All in aid of the World Record attempt for the longest Pompom chain at The Handmade Fair.

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How fun are these photos?!

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The guys at Handmade Fair have also collated a list of Twitter’s top 100 crafters. I’m so chuffed to appear on the Handmade 100 list! Thank you if you nominated me, I so appreciate it as there are some amazing creatives to follow on the list.

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Are you a pom pom fan? Why not follow along with my Pom Poms for Life Pinterest board?

Follow Claireabellemakes’s board Pom Poms For Life on Pinterest.

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Toodles!

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Craftseller Magazine Blogger Of The Month

I’m super excited to share that I’ve been featured in Craftseller Magazine issue 41!

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Each issue they interview their Blogger of the month. I’m so pleased to be included in the September issue, as I’ve been reading Craftseller magazine since the very early issues. I share a bit about my business and background as well as some people who inspire me.

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Craftseller also asked me to share a DIY for their readers which you can find on their website. Learn to make this neon stitched leather sunglasses case before the sun leaves us!

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I’m so grateful for all the support from Craftseller magazine, but also from you guys! It was very exciting to receive your tweets and Instagram messages when the feature was released, so thank you!

Craftseller magazine is available as a digital download or as a hard copy from most UK newsagents and supermarkets.

Toodles!

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Filofax Inspiration #8 – Kikki K Lilac Time Planner

Today’s Filofax Inspiration post is a review of the Kikki K Lilac Time Planner.  I came across Kikki K stationery about a year ago, but only purchase goodies from there as a treat as shipping and customs from Australia can be a bit pricey!

The 2015 Time Planner is made from lilac leather and has gold detail on the outside. I opted for the A5 size as I wanted to transition from my A5 Domino Filofax easily.

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The leather is really soft which is nice to touch, but could be easily knocked and dented in a handbag. I might need to sew a planner pouch to keep it pristine.

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There are plenty of pockets for sticky notes, business cards etc in the inside front cover. I particularly like the zip pocket too.

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The hardware is gold and seems pretty sturdy. One of the plus points for me is that the planner lays flat when opened. I much prefer an elastic closure to the Filofaxes with a popper closure.

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The Kikki K planner has an elastic pen loop and comes with a week on two page inserts for the diary section. Since this photo was taken, I have ‘moved in’ from my Domino Filofax with week per page inserts which I printed for free from the Philofaxy blog.

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Kikki K has some really pretty fineliner pens, so I grabbed a lilac and gold one to match. It is pretty snug in the pen loop though. I have already made some new dividers which I’ll share soon as some of the Kikki K ones don’t apply to me (shops and restaurants?!!).

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The planner also comes with a notepad in the back cover which I’ll most likely use. The paper quality is fairly thin but it’s fine for lists and the like.

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The A5 is a big planner so I’ll definitely be able to stuff it pretty full. I usually keep all my blog and business scheduling in my planner as well as personal sections such as monthly budgets and my migraine diaries.

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My Kikki K Lilac Planner joins the Mint Leather notebook I got last year. Pastel stationery heaven!

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I’ll soon be sharing my set up and handmade planner dividers in another post, so stationery lovers and planner geeks should stay subscribed! Let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to see.

Toodles!

Claire

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Craft And Cookbook Giveaway

I’m back with another giveaway today, hurrah! I’m giving one regular reader a chance to win two books I have recently contributed to as well as some little goodies. There is also a freebie for those who keep reading to the end.

The first prize is a craft book. Crochet Infinity Scarves is up for grabs along with 2 balls of Sirdar Big Softie Super Chunky yarn. Just in time for learning how to crochet a scarf for the colder months ahead!

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The second book is a cookbook including recipes for Great Family Meals For Under £5. This book was a collaboration with other bloggers and includes my Fat Free Brownie Recipe along with some tasty budget meals.

The prize also includes the cutest ice cream cone kitchen timer too!

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This giveaway is open worldwide, so get entering on the widget below for your chance. Good luck!

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And, if you are into cooking, you can download a free e-copy of the recipe book by clicking the icon below.

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Toodles!

Claire

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Etsy Flash Sale Friday

I’m super excited to let you know I am participating in a one day Flash Sale along with 4 talented UK designer makers on Etsy! You can take advantage of 25% off anything. All the details are below and there are even some new products on offer including ready made Scrabble Wall Art.

If you are new to Etsy you can use this link to get £5 off your 1st purchase too!

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New products to the Claireabellemakes store are below, just click the pictures to go through to the store.

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Happy browsing and shopping, do tweet us your purchases with the hashtag #EtsyFlashSale so we can see!

Toodles!

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Instalife August 2014

I had two migraines in August. Two.

Taking a week off the day job no doubt helped, but I’m not 100% sure what has changed. Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe the meds worked, it’s hard to tell. I was having 2-3 attacks per week last year.

August has been my best month in a really long time and I’m happy to share what I got up to via my Instagram snaps.

I’ve worked hard on the craft studio and shared snippets here and there. A full reveal post is coming, I promise.

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The Etsy store has been a little quieter, so I’ve worked on Scrabble Wall Art orders and product development for Christmas (yes, small businesses need to plan that far ahead!).

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Cambridge has been good to me and always provides joy even on a rainy day. I just make the most of it by putting on my wellies and stomping through the (deep) puddles to get pick and mix from the shops.

After a little flooding along the river, we are back to normal levels and I’ve been out and about on Florence.

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In August I got my baking mojo back! I made merringues, scones and foraged for apples to start crumble season early. I’m updating my recipe book and giving my kitchen a little refresher with some pretty purchases. It feels good.

I’ve had dates with G (sushi is our fave), sweet shop visits with my dad and virgin cocktails with my bestie for her 30th.

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On the blog there have been Filofax and stationery posts, handmade finds, news of a book release, DIYs and fashion wish lists. 4 posts a week now and I couldn’t love blogging more.

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Oh, and Tammy keeps falling asleep with her tongue out #cuteoverload.

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So there you have it! August has reminded me of how it feels to be healthy. I never take it for granted when I feel well, I just feel lucky and enjoy the moment in case the next bad spell is on its way.

Here’s to a happy and productive September for all of you too.

Toodles!

Claire

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Scrabble Wall Art By Claireabellemakes

People love Scrabble! This month I’ve been busy making lots of Scrabble Wall Art for all sorts of occasions including weddings, new arrivals, families and thank you gifts. I thought I would share some of them and a little behind the scenes with you today.

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I start with the wooden scrabble tile stash. If G is around he distracts me by making silly (and sometimes rude words) to make me laugh. He is also great at helping me work out which letter combinations work and sketching them in a notebook.

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I then choose the fabric backgrounds with each customer, usually via Etsy convo or email. My fabric stash is mainly pastel tones and I prefer to use patterned backgrounds as it really makes the Scrabble tiles pop.

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I love learning why customers have chosen certain words. This one was for a wedding gift and included place names for their first date, engagement and wedding.

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Being a stationery geek, I LOVE packaging my products, especially if I know they will be gifted to someone special.

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Friday’s post will be details of a Flash Sale I am organising with a few talented UK Etsy designers. So if you have had your eye on something from the store, keep your eyes peeled for my coupon code and some ready made frames!

Scrabble Wall Art Frames are available in my Etsy store in small or large. I’d love to know what you’d spell out!

Toodles!

Claire

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Wayfair Home Wares Giveaway

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This week, the lovely people at Wayfair contacted me about their UK site for home wares. It was new to me, so I had a look and found a huge range of items; there is so much on offer!

As I’m currently working on some small kitchen updates and completing my craft studio (finishing touches are in progress), I felt inspired to put together a wish list of essentials for a craft room.

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All items available from Wayfair.co.uk

I’d love to know what you think of my picks. Wayfair have been super kind and have asked me to run a giveaway to win a £150 gift card to spend on their site! All you need to do is enter on the widget below (UK entrants only I’m afraid). Good luck!

Genuine followers only please.

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Toodles!

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