2016: The Year Of The Pin

Enamel pins won my heart over last year. 2016 was definitely the year of the pin and I felt 100% nostalgic when growing my collection. I did a lot of pin swaps with fellow makers to add to my pins, so today I thought I’d share them with you. Since I photographed these, I have added more to my collection but I’ll probably share more soon! I’ve also updated how I store my pins and there is a little giveaway for some of you today, so keep reading until the end (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)!


Hello Sunshine / Heidi Henry / Lucky Dip Club
Lucky Dip Club / OhNORachio / Hello Dodo / Finest Imaginary / LeslieAnn Made It / Liz MosleyEnamel-Pin-Collection-Christmas-Designs
The Pink Samurai / Copper Boom Studio
Hello Sunshine
Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes / Annie Dornan Smith
Pup Tart / Fox & Rose / Sparrow & Wolf
Lucky Dip Club / Finest ImaginaryEmma Carlisle
Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes / Onetenzeroseven / Points & PlacesEnamel-Pin-Collection-Claireabellemakes
Nikki McWilliams / Angela Chick Illustration
Basil and Ford / Nathalie Moore / Yoyo The Ricecorpse
Nikki McWilliams (x2) / Daphne RosaPin-Banners
Hah Online / Create and Craft Kits
Nikki McWilliams (x2)

Apparently it is National Random Acts of Kindness Day in the US today, so I wanted to give away 5 of the rose gold enamel bicycle pins to 5 readers of this blog. Just let me know in a comment below what your favourite thing to collect was as a child. Mine was novelty erasers and hedgehog related items! I will draw the winners of the giveaway at random one week after this post goes live. Good Luck! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED).


Oh and guys, I started a new collection. I’m making a denim tote bag covered in embroidered patches so let me know if you see any good ones!



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43 thoughts on “2016: The Year Of The Pin

  1. Joy says:

    I used to collect deflated balloons (which I called Sogwins and Sogwinas although to this day I don’t know how I differentiated their genders), train tickets, the little plastic balls from the inside of ink cartridges and Beanie Babies!

  2. Georgina says:

    Wow so many amazing pins. My collection is growing very slowly! As a child I used to collect pig ornaments as I used to love visiting my great grandma and seeing all the pig money boxes she had lined up on her chest of drawers.

  3. Amanda says:

    Omg I used to collect so much, badges, pencils, erasers, stickers. I still have most of it all, I just can’t let go! I dare not start a pin collection, I have a couple from Hello Harriet and I love them.

    Amanda x

  4. Ellen says:

    What a lovely pin collection!! I used to collect stickers, I had so many photo albums full of them! (Then at some point they all disappeared…but now I kind of wished they hadn’t because I still want them now ??)

  5. Marci says:

    I used to collect covers from gums, pen cases, pens and generally almost everything from stationery. 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t have anything from it now but my passion in stationery still remains so I’m currently working on my new collections. 🙂

  6. Hayley says:

    This is a really kind gesture. ?
    I used to collect anything to do with Ducks. It didn’t matter what it was it just had to have a duck on them. I collected 1000’s of pots, stationery and costumes. Some people thought I was quackers! ? ?

  7. Sam says:

    Fab collection Claire! I have 5 pins so far and love trying to find some that I haven’t seen before. I used to collect little dragon figure. I still have my collection, they are so hard to find and very rare now. But i love them!

  8. geraldinelouiseplannergirl says:

    Love your collection Claire and your site. I collected a lot when I was younger. Pens, erasers, forever friend stuff, but nothing was as big as my collection of Penguins ? I had everything from cuddlys, socks, jumpers, stationery, jewellery even wrapping paper.

  9. Natasha says:

    So many fab pins! I used to collect anything elephant related! I sort of still do now but not as much, I love them but started to get a bit overloaded by them, haha! xx

  10. Sophie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my pin Claire! Looks like it’s in good company!! I used to collect enamel pins, haha! I got a bunch of them out recently and have some awesome ones like a T-Rex wearing a Santa hat!! Haha. I also collected Pogs, sticker books, Mandy & Judy comics and Puppy in my Pocket!! Good memories.

  11. Emma says:

    I used to collect erasers too! I still have them all at my parents house somewhere, so many memories stored away in that tin. They all had to be kept in pristine condition so I never used a single one!

  12. Michaella moreton says:

    I used to collect pogs and go go heads as a teenager! These days it’s more expensive and it’s shoes and hand bags ?

  13. Catriona Mackenzie says:

    So many lovely pins, I have 2 🙂
    Oh my gosh I used to collect those plastic balls from ink cartridges like Joy, above too! I also collected the old phone cards that you used to put credit on and use in phone boxes. Oooh and pogs and football cards, hmm, I think I’d better stop there, this is making me feel old!!

  14. Mhairi says:

    I’m getting my bike spruced up today from the garden shed, seeing as the suns out & feels like spring is returning. I used to collect stamps, match boxes and old train tickets, also any mini ceramic animals from charity shops or car boots sales, I displayed them in old letter press squares on my walls. I’m definitely not a minimalist ??

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  16. megan hall says:

    I love collecting 🙂 I have had to be more selective in my adult years 🙂 As a child I collected 101 dalmatian stuff, animal trading cards, stickers, my little ponies and care bears. Today I keep a small collection of faves from all of that and I added collecting Harry Potter stuff and calico critters. My 5 year old has a love hate relationship with all my toys. She loves when she gets to play with some of them but hates that they are mine and she can’t play with all 😉

  17. Helen says:

    Oh wow, I loved reading through all these – I thought I was the only one who collected the teeny beads from inside ink cartridges! I also collected frogs, postcards and the “skins” from bath pearls, which I’d dry out and keep in a brass cup. To this day I have no idea why! ?
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  18. RebeccaC says:

    Four-leaf clovers! And I still collect them–when I can find them. It was a free hobby and kept me occupied for hours. 🙂

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