Join the Claireabellemakes Tea Party

It’s been really fabulous lately to welcome a bunch of new followers, so today I thought I’d host a virtual tea party to get to know you all a little more!

Tea Cup and Doily

Join me wont you? Sugar cookie?

Cat Sugar Cookies

I think you know enough about me now (about page here / Ask Me Anything series here), so I want to ask you a few questions so I can find out a little more about you all!

Feel free to answer my nosey questions and tell me more in the comments!! Even if you have been a follower for a while, do share so we can all get to know one another.

1) What’s your name and where do you come from?

2) Tell me your craft of choice or favourite hobby….

3) If you could do your dream job, what would it be?

4) Please share with us your favourite blog so we can add some new ones to our readers!

Thanks for joining my tea party today. I hope you liked that sugar cookie.

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50 thoughts on “Join the Claireabellemakes Tea Party

  1. 1) I’m Daisy and I live in York (I’m Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred, strong in’t’ arm and thick in’t’ head, but I’m from West Yorkshire orginally)

    2) My favourite craft is cross stitch, I’ve been cross stitching for about 15 years and I think I always will. It just takes so very long though. I’m learning lots of new crafts now though, like sewing, knitting, crochet, paper craft and art journalling ๐Ÿ™‚

    3) My dream job would be to be a wedding planner. And since I was unemployed for a few months after my own wedding, a lot of people suggested this to me! I don’t think my migraines could handle it though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4) One of my favourite craft blogs is (you can see the wedding planner in me from that!). They do a lot of beautiful paper craft with a lot of free tutorials which are just stunning.

    Now, shall I be Mum? *pours the earl grey*

  2. 1) I’m Helen and I also live in York, I was born in Portsmouth and lived there for the first nearly 19 years of my life. I came to York 12 years ago to study at the University and never left the area, or the University – that’s where I now work.

    2) My favourite craft is sewing – either making things like make up bags, purses, cushions etc or doing patchwork and quilting, I made my first quilt earlier this year. I learnt how to crochet about 18 months ago and I enjoy doing that too. Over the years I’ve done a lot of cross stitch and papercrafts and tried many other things but making something with fabric on my sewing machine is definitely my favourite thing to do.

    3) My dream job would be to have a studio where people could come and do workshops, both run by me (I trained as a teacher although I haven’t taught since qualifying) and by other people, with regular social sessions too. Definitely an ‘If I won the lottery’ dream though.

    4) Having said sewing is my first love I have to say one of my favourite blogs, and one I’ve been reading the longest is Attic 24, – Lucy combines the most gorgeous crochet with bringing up her 3 children in Yorkshire. Picking sewing blogs is hard, there are so many to choose from – but I think if I had to narrow it down to 2 I’d go for and – Rita at Red Pepper Quilts shares the most amazing quilts she makes.

  3. What a great blog post idea!

    1) Im Victoria and I’ve lived in Cambridge since December last year when I moved to “live with a boy” – eek! Im a country girl at heart originally from Hertfordshire.

    2) Im torn between two favourite crafts – I love to cross stitch and this is my personal craft for when I want to relax, but I also love papercrafting and making cards to sell. I am soon taking a workshop to learn to crochet but I also love baking.

    3) My dream job would be to have a craft workshop where I would sell craft supplies but also teach craft workshops and have studio space for other crafters.

    4) I have quite a few favourite blogs, including this fab one, but I do like for thrifty tips and ideas to help save money….to spend on craft supplies!

      1. Ive signed up to the 3 sessions at Betty Makes! I hope to learn to love crochet, I tried it once but had an awful teacher so couldnt really pick it up, I hope it will be a bit quicker than knitting!

  4. What a great idea. Iโ€™d love a cookie, thank you.

    1. My nameโ€™s Laura and I live in Hull.

    2. My favourite craft is card making, closely followed by anything else I can make from paper. Iโ€™m trying to learn to needle felt, but itโ€™s more difficult than it looks!

    3. I think Iโ€™m doing my dream job now โ€“ running an online stationery shop ( So grateful that I could turn my hobby into a business (and for my husband who actually pays for the house we live in and the food we eat!).

    4. One of my favourite blogs is Handmade Harbour ( โ€“ itโ€™s great for craft inspiration and meeting other crafters.

  5. 1) I’m Ashleigh-Jayne (AJ) and I live in London.
    2) My favourite craft is crochet and scrapbooking. That and taking in all the clothes that don’t fit me with my pink sewing machine.
    3) I will be starting my dream job in just over a week (EEP) but if that fails I would love to be a camera operator for Disney/ David Attenborough.
    4)One of my favourite craft blogs is Sarah Hurley’s ( and my favourit life style blog is by Charlie Elliott (

    Writerโ€™s block and broken lenses

  6. 1. I’m Lucie, and I live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, just south of Leeds. Originally from the North Wales coast, around Conwy and Llandudno
    2. At the moment my favourite craft is crochet as it is portable and I can sit with the family in the evenings. With a few hours to myself I will work at my sewing machine; soft furnishings mostly. Apart from that, baking, decoupage, knitting, polymer modelling
    3.My dream job would be to run a textiles/yarn and trimmings haberdashery. I would also offer classes. Wakefield is severly lacking in this type of shop.
    4. I have many favourite blogs, but one I love is . A mix of fabric, craft, photos and home maker recipes.

    A great blog post idea BTW. I’ll save this idea for the future.

  7. 1. I’m Jo, I live in a pretty village just on the edge of Cambridge. But I’m originally from Cornwall.
    2. My favorite craft is defiantly dressmaking although I’m not very good at it and I don’t get much time to do it due to my 2 year old son!
    3. I don’t really know what my dream job would be I quite fancy doing a PhD at the moment and becoming an academic, but I also like the idea of becoming a midwife.
    4. I have a couple at the moment is really good for seeing someone actually making stuff and I love the which is the behind the scenes blog for Colette Patterns. It’s interesting to see how they work.

  8. hi!an online tea party, i likey!

    my name is mezz, and i am in melbourne, australia.

    at the mo my fav craft is making pompoms, in fact i love it so much that i josted a pompom part last saturday! (pics on my blog)

    my fav blog at the moment is and i am a musician which means late nights and pubs, but my secret dream job is quite the oppisite…id love to be a librarian!

    1. Hello to you all the way across the world Mezz!!

      I am ADDICTED to making pom poms too. Your party looks like a lot of fun (and I love the red bike).

      Thanks for attending my tea party ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 1) Hi Claire (thanks for the cookie!) – I’m Emma, originally from Cambridge and now in Bristol!

    2) My favourite craft is card making, because it’s about the only thing I can do with any style! I’m also going to learn a few DIY skills soon so that I can make my new house look pretty!

    3) My dream job would be to read, review and talk about books for living! (Or to be a school librarian and impart books upon the masses of children yet to discover their greatness!)

    4) My favourite blog right now is by a good friend I worked with while selling cutlery in Debenhams during college: – she blogs about books, films and living in the UAE

  10. Hi Claire
    1. My name is Ruby and I live in Essex. I’m originally from London though, so not a true Essex girl.

    2. My first love is knitting. I do also enjoy crochet, cross stitch, baking cooking and I’m refreshing my sewing skills.

    3. I’m self-employed helping to run my hubby’s business from home and I also have an online shop (not craft related.) As much as I love the freedom I have, my dream job would be to own a shop selling yarn and fabric and notions. I’d run classes/workshops. I’d also have it as a drop-in centre for people to hang out with their crafts. There would be a little in-house cafe serving refreshments and once a week there’d be an evening session with wine and G&T.

    4. I read loads of blogs and they’re all lovely in their own way. I don’t really have a favourite but I can recommend and

    Thanks for the tea and biccie. They went down a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hello Claire and everyone else!
    What a fabulous idea and yes please I’d like a nice cup of tea and a cookie – thank you very much!

    1. My name is Ellen and I live in Warwickshire (virtually in the heart of the country!) but originally from London and then spent a long time living down in Hampshire (really miss the sea – sob, sob).
    2 I make bespoke, handmade jewellery under my ‘Fat Fairy Jewellery’ label – people either love or hate the name – I love it – obviously! So jewellery making has to be my first love but since the arrival of my very first grandchild last November, I’ve also rediscovered knitting + crocheting, so they would come a close 2nd!
    3. My dream job would be to be able to make a good living at my jewellery which I just love doing, so to have my own craft workshop or even a little shop by the sea would be amazing. I’d also have to combine it with my Reiki + Reflexology which I also practice. But, just in case anyone from work just happens to come across this, I do also love my day job!!
    4..Like ‘moleymakes’ above, I also follow a lot of fab blogs but I think the one I’d recommend would be ‘afifitysomethingme’ – take a peek!
    Thank you very much for the afternoon tea and chat – please can we do this again soon?
    Ellen x

  12. Hi Claire and other tea partyers!
    This is a lovely idea – and here are my answers:
    1. I’m Ruth and I live in lovely Bristol
    2. I enjoy lots of different crafts, and love baking and cooking too, but at the moment I’m just getting into dressmaking at the moment so that’s the favourite right now.
    3. I’m a freelance translator and also sell some of my crafty makes, this is probably my dream combination but hoping to be able to spend slightly more time on the crafty things and less time in front of the computer translating in future.
    4. I love lots of crafty blogs, but with dressmaking being the craft of choice at the moment, I’m being inspired by some of amazing online sewing community, especially and
    I’m now off to check out some of the other favourite blogs that I haven’t heard of before – thanks for the tips!
    Ruth x

  13. I’m not really new (been following for over a year) but I’d love to join in as well!
    Mine’s a decaff tea and a slice of lemon drizzle cake ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    1) I’m Louisa, born in Scotland, grew up in Wiltshire and then married and moved the grand total of 20 miles across the border into Somerset.

    2) Can baking cakes be considered a craft? I also like cross stitch, sewing and adapting clothes (although I never seem to have the time to do as much as I’d like!) and photographing the Carnival processions that happen across South West England in the Autumn.

    3) My dream job would be a chartered librarian, preferably working with the National Fairground Archive at Sheffield University. I might get the first bit one day though, when I’ve finished my librarianship Masters (1 year down, 4 to go!)

    4) I have a long long long list of favourites (one of them being yours Claire!) but a few I stumbled upon recently which are fast becoming faves are: The Little Things (, Putting the Tea in Teacher ( and Seeking Chelsea (

    1. Thanks for following and sticking with me Louisa! Good choice on the lemon drizzle. Baking is definitely a craft in my eyes.

      Looking forward to another cuppa whilst I check out the blogs you have recommended!

  14. Oh Hello.. is that tea still warm?

    1) I’m Annee and I’m from Scotland… a little village between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    2) Oh my hobby of the moment is letter writing, I do like to make a big deal of it… designing booklets, envelopes, stationery… bliss. I also love to knit, sketch and graphic design.

    3) I’d be an artist, and be able to work as a hobby and maybe run a B&B in my huge home just at the weekends (If I win the lotto) … Oh or maybe a gardener!

    4) never fails to make me laugh!

  15. Hello Claire! Thanks for the cookie:)

    1) Whatโ€™s your name and where do you come from? I am Kelly and I live in Cambridge

    2) Tell me your craft of choice or favourite hobbyโ€ฆ.- I prefer paper crafts such as smash booking and journaling but am quite partial to a bit of crochet but I am not a natural at it!

    3) If you could do your dream job, what would it be? Well I quite adore my job as a primary school teacher but I would also love to own my own bookshop.

    4) Please share with us your favourite blog so we can add some new ones to our readers! My Bloglovin’ at the moment is filled with wonderful teaching blogs, letter writing blogs, crafty blogs and all sorts so choosing one, argh! In fact can I be naughty and suggest a website instead for people who would love to be involved in crafty/ letter writing based swaps. Is that allowed Claire? ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Claire! Have I missed the party?

    1. I’m Nadia and I’m a German girl living in the beautiful city of Bath, Somerset, now.

    2. My favourite crafts are knittting and spinning, as you can see from my blog. I taught myself to knit by using online tutorials. It worked much better than having my mother try to teach me! With time I discovered spinning and quickly mived from spindles to a spinning wheel. Love it! I then came to dye yarn and there are so many more things I want to do with wool.

    3. My #1 dream job is to be a writer. I used to write a lot of poetry and short fiction for years and should really get back into it. My #2 dream job is what I am doing now, selling my handmade knitting supplies and yarns.

    4. My favourite blog right now is Ruth’s Blue Eggs and Tea blog: Her illustrations are wonderful.

  17. Hey, what a lovely idea!

    1) Whatโ€™s your name and where do you come from? I’m Niki from Suffolk.

    2) Tell me your craft of choice or favourite hobbyโ€ฆ. I’m really enjoying crocheting and gardening atm.

    3) If you could do your dream job, what would it be? I’m actually very blessed to be doing my dream job ~ full time artist.

    4) Please share with us your favourite blog so we can add some new ones to our readers!
    I’m enjoying

    Thanks this was fun!

  18. Hello,

    In answer to your questions,
    1)I’m Alison, come from York….
    2) craft of choice…hmm tricky but right now has to be crochet! But favourite all time hobby would be gardening

  19. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love this so much. I hope you don’t mind that I have come to this tea party in my pyjamas! But I am actually drinking tea out of a Cath Kidston Mug. Does that make it better?!

    1) My name is Jojo (short for Joanna, but only my Nana calls me by my full name!) and I’m from Lincolnshire. I’ve lived here all my life and sometimes I think I might never leave. I love it.
    2) Craft of choice… KNITTING, of course! I also love a cheeky bit of sewing and melting my fingers off with a glue gun. As for hobbies, I love to go running, dancing and singing.
    3) My dream job is a head scratcher for me! I currently work in Laura Ashley and I love it so much. I’d love to be a Visual Merchandiser or a retail head office, make and sell my own products and have my own shop/interior design company. That’s the dream. And I love blogging too! But I think if it was my job I’d go mad. (If I haven’t already!)
    4) Favourite blogs (aside from Claire’s!) I list is huge! I guzzle up blogs like no bodies business I love –

    Lots of love! It’s been lovely to get to know you all! XXXXX

    1. Hello lovely! Thank you for coming to the tea party in your PJs. You are brilliant.

      I’m definitely looking forward to checking out your blog recs. I already have e-eliseetc in my blog feed, she’s fab!


  20. Great idea Claire, and those cookies look tasty!

    1. I’m Kelly, and I live in Oxford, where I’ve been for about the last 8 years

    2. My craft of choice (at the moment, it’s also my newest!) is sewing – I’ve just started making my own clothes. I’m also a big fan of baking (cakes and bread), and do a bit of knitting…I’ll try my hand at most things!

    3. My dream job would be some form of criminal behavioural profiling, but it’s not a job that there’s much demand for, in this country at least!

    4. A couple of my favourite blogs are fellow Oxford blogger Claire and the lovely Fiona

    I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone else’s responses, sorry for my late joining to the party, ipads and blog comments don’t always get on well together!

  21. Hi, sorry I’m late, are there any biscuits left?

    1/ My name is Holly, aka Hol, Hols and Wolly and I am from Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire.

    2/ I do so many different crafts that I can’t pick one as my favourite, I am really loving crochet at the moment though as I am knee deep in baby blankets and crocheting them means I can take them anywhere.

    3/ My dream job would be to own a haberdashery shop, and in fact I have had dreams about what it would look like, they are always the same so I have the plan in my head ready for the day it happens.

    4/ I like lots of blogs both crafty and not crafty but my favourite is Not technically a blog but they do some amazing makes.

  22. 1) Whatโ€™s your name and where do you come from?
    Jen and I’m now in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Moving 5 hours up North has been a bit of a change. We’ll see how the Winter goes…

    2) Tell me your craft of choice or favourite hobbyโ€ฆ.
    Sewing (by machine, not hand)! But I love using a glue gun too!

    3) If you could do your dream job, what would it be?
    Definitely to own my own gift shop/bakery/cafe. It’d be filled with old books to read and lots of handmade goodies to buy.

    4) Please share with us your favourite blog so we can add some new ones to our readers!
    The blog I’ve been reading the longest would be Love Elycia:
    And one of my favourite blogs that inspires me and makes me laugh is Katie’s:

    1. Hey Jen!

      Good luck in the winter – we will have to knit you some warm socks!

      Those are definitely two of my favourite blogs too. Katie is a hoot and I’m grateful I found your blog through hers ๐Ÿ™‚

      Claire x

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