I’m An Etsy Educator!

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Etsy HQ for a training session to launch the Etsy Educators programme. Etsy have selected 9 sellers around the UK to pilot the programme before it is launched globally and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

So who are the Etsy Educators and what will they do?

We are all experienced Etsy sellers who have been tasked with running a workshop in our local area to help new sellers set up their shops during the month of October. We had the freedom to design our workshops in a way that suits us and our community.

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Back row: Ruth, Rose, Christina, Sarah, Nikki
Front row: Rachel, Jilly, Becky and Me


The Cambridge workshop will take the form of a day course on Saturday 14 October 2017. It will be held from 10am-4pm at The Edge Cafe, Mill Road. You can find more information and tickets here. It will be a small group so lots of opportunity for one-to-one support!


I know that not all of you who read the blog are Cambridge based, so let me take this opportunity to share with you the rest of the workshops taking place across the UK (some are online and therefore not location dependent):

If you are an established seller on Etsy and you are interested in training sessions at an intermediate level, please respond via this form to express an interest in future sessions!


It was great to brainstorm and develop ideas with such an inspiring bunch of creatives who just get it! Ajeet (our Etsy support) has encouraged us all to connect with each other as much as possible so we can use it as a learning experience too.

Our attempt at an ‘oscars selfie’ makes me smile every time I look at it!

Thanks for letting me share today. And if you know anyone that might be interested in taking the leap to open an Etsy shop, please do share this post with them.



Summer Sale – Lucky Dip And More!

How is your summer going? Even though we’re all enjoying days out and occasional sunshine breaks, I’ve been planning Christmas products and scheduling markets for the festive season. It’s a bit weird, but I’m kind of willing the cooler months and cosy times.  Plus I’m super excited to share what I have been working on!

However, I have launched a summer sale in the Etsy shop! The phrase necklaces will be on sale for £10 each (usually £14) for a couple of weeks.

SHOP- Summer Necklace sale

There are also a limited number of Lucky Dip bags available! Choose from 2 surprise options:

£5 for 1 print and 2 greetings cards

£15 for 1 phrase necklace and 1 pin


I’m also clearing out the studio to make room for fewer craft supplies and more products. Take a look at this destash Facebook album if you want to grab a bargain and help me make space!

Want to see a studio tour once it’s properly in order?



Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake: #PinkLadyPassItOn

Claireabellemakes-Pink Lady Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake

It’s been a long time since I shared any baking posts here on Claireabellemakes, but this weekend I had the chance to try something new for the Pink Lady ® Pass It On campaign!

The idea behind the campaign was to encourage four bloggers to pass on their skills to another and take time for ourselves. Each blogger is from a different niche (crafts, illustration, beauty and food) which has been fantastic for discovering new people to follow!

So, why the Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake? My parcel was put together by the lovely Laura from Wholeheartedly Healthy who writes a beautiful food blog with a ton of nutritious recipes. We had to include apples in our projects for one another and as Pink Lady ® are actually the only apples I like the flavour of, I was excited to bake with them.


Laura’s recipe was pretty simple and doesn’t require any fancy mixers or equipment. Hurrah! I love a cake that just needs a wooden spoon and a bowl.


  • 4 Pink Lady ® apples
  • 25g butter (or margarine)
  • 85g soft brown sugar
  • 180g plain wholemeal flour
  • 110g soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 80ml sunflower oil
  • 180ml water
  • 1tsp vinegar



  • Preheat oven to 180c and grease and line a large baking dish
  • Grate 2 of the apples and set aside
  • Melt together the butter/margarine and 80g of sugar in a pan over a low heat


  • Pour the melted mixture into the baking dish and top with slices of apple from the remaining apples


  • Combine the remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon and bicarb in large bowl
  • In a separate bowl combine the water, oil vinegar and grated apple


  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, quickly and throroughly
  • Pour the cake mixture on top of the caramel and sliced apples
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning out upside down!


My oven runs pretty hot, so I baked my cake for around 20-25 minutes. The consistency was lovely and sticky and the caramel topping felt like a real treat!

Even though I have a Kitchen Aid mixer, I haven’t been baking as much as I used to, especially as I’ve been trying to watch my weight and eat a bit cleaner. The wholemeal flour and apples make this recipe feel less naughty and the crisp flavour of the Pink Ladies still comes through.

Finished-Toffee-Apple-Upside-Down-CakeOne of the things I loved about this was that it was an upside down cake. I can’t remember making one before, so it was quite the novelty waiting to see how it would turn out! You could also change the way the apples are sliced to make the top look a bit different. Pink-Lady-Pass-It-On-CampaignObviously I had to taste test my creation and it was thoroughly enjoyable! A nice moist treat that feels like a dessert rather than a sponge cake. I reckon it would be nice served warm with a bit of ice cream on the side for a real treat. Pink-Lady-Apples-Pass-It-On

A big thanks to Laura for sending such a great parcel! It felt a bit like Christmas as the contents were a complete surprise.

I had an absolute ball making my parcel for Sarah from the Temporary: Secretary blog. I got to make a kit to share one of my favourite DIYs and did some hand lettering for the instructions and labeling. Packaging is one of my favourite things – so I went to town on making her parcel as pretty as I could. Check out Sarah’s blog  post to see what she ended up making.

I hope you enjoyed a little change from the norm here today! Let me know if you end up trying the recipe and what you think of my attempt. It’s definitely made me think about doing more recipe posts here on the blog again. Would you like to see that?

And don’t forget to check out #PinkLadyPassItOn to see everyone’s parcels and creations!



This post was sponsored by Pink Lady ®.

What Am I Up To? August & September

Lots of fun and exciting things are happening in the world of Claireabellemakes over the next two months, so I thought I’d share a quick post with some dates and info – in case you are interested in what I am up to!

This Saturday 12 August, you can find me and the Cambridge Made Etsy Team selling our wares at the summer fair! All the information is in the flyer below and you can find a Facebook event here.
Cambridge Made Summer FairMy next piece of news is that I have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award for the 3rd year running! So chuffed to be in the Best Craft Blog category again and would be so grateful for your votes here.

If you like the content I share – please do share my blog. I’ve often been quite close to the shortlist, so it would be fantastic to make it a little further this year and to welcome some new followers to the blog!Nominated-bloggerSome of you may have seen my previous post about The Handmade Fair. This year, I’ll be representing Pinterest and appearing on stage in the Super Theatre with Kirstie Allsopp. I will also be visiting my creative friends who take part in the fair each year and doing a bit of shopping and eating too!10746_HANDMADE_FAIR_2017_LOGO

There is a ticket offer for my followers if you fancy coming along! Simply quote CLAIRE when booking via the website for 15%  off either Full Experience or Entry + Super Theatre tickets.

Ts and Cs: Booking fees apply. Offer applies to adult Full Experience tickets, Full Experience tickets cost £27 + BF (usually £32 + BF) and Entry + Super Theatre tickets cost £17 (usually £20 +BF). Offer closes 14.09.2017 or when sold out.

CLAIRE offerAnd finally, Jo and I are super excited to be planning the next Cambridge Creatives Photowalk for 30 September! The first walk in September 2016 had around 16 people and the April walk (pictured below) was enjoyed by around 80 people!  Everyone is welcome to the next walk and we will be ending with a Food Park Night Market for those interested in some treats!

You can find out more on the Facebook event here.
Cambridge Creatives Spring Photowalk The BacksWhat a lot of things to tell you about! Give me a shout if you are planning to come along to any of these events – it always makes me happy to meet you guys in person.

What are you up to this summer?



New In Store: Greetings Card Collection

I am kicking myself for falling behind on blogging lately – mostly because I have lots of things to tell you and not enough time to share. I realised I have been working so hard on products designs and summer fair prep, that I forgot to share here that there are 15 new greeting card designs in the shop!

I LOVE designing cards – mostly because celebrations make me super happy and knowing that people are writing their personal messages in my cards is something pretty special to me.

SHOP- Card Collection Launch

I have also been uploading more regularly on my YouTube channel and each time a new collection is launched, you can find a little promo video there! Just for fun and because I am really enjoying editing lately. Warning – the cheesy music is just for your pleasure 🙂

Keep your eyes peeled for a new website in the next few months (planning at the moment) and some Christmas products that will involve glitter and bikes. I AM SO EXCITED.

Thanks for bearing with me lately, I have some more updates coming tomorrow too!