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)!

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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
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Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes / Annie Dornan Smith
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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
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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).

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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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Winter Favourites 2017

I usually start these favourites post with an experience I have enjoyed that month, but it’s been a strange old start to 2017, so I wasn’t sure what to share. However, we have spent a lot more time with friends in January and February and it’s been so nice. We spent the weekend just got with some of our best friends watching films and relaxing in our slouchy clothes. It was the first full weekend I had taken off in months and it was gooooood.

Now onto things. I had to snap up the last monthly Lucky Dip Club box and I loved this Smile necklace that was included. The theme of the whole box was positivity!
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I decided to make 2017 a year of finishing projects because I have a habit of starting multiple things at once. The first project I finished was this Stitch and Story chunky knit hat. The merino wool is so soft and cosy and it’s a really quick knit as it only uses knit and purl stitches. Stitch and story hat

I like to change the art in my studio depending on the season. This print was a Christmas gift and is a collab by Oh Squirrel and Pup Tart. I love it!Makers-Gonna-Make-Glitter-Print

Another gift I’ve been enjoying is this essential oils diffuser which I tend to have on when I work in the studio. The Lemongrass oil is good for pain relief so I have been using that for migraine days and the lavender before bed. It has a soft colour changing light too which I find relaxing. Essential-Oils-Diffuser G and I came across The Amazing Chocolate Workshop when we were Christmas shopping and ended up buying a few gifts from their stand. Then he was sneaky and got me the chocolate scissors, pen and cheese!
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Super cool aren’t they?! The chocolate was amazing quality too.Chocolate-Pen

This month Taylors of Harrogate sent me their new coffee blend to try which is a collaboration with William Morris – how beautiful is the print?!

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I have had some lovely gifts from friends lately and I’m so grateful! One of them was this amazing monogrammed glitter bag from Hannah (Pup Tart) which she sent me as a surprise. It feels pretty special and I’m gonna use it for brunch outings and every day because you don’t need to have a party excuse to wear glitter!Pup-Tart-Glitter-Bag

I couldn’t pass up on the Nikki McWilliams sample sale in January as I have had a pin banner on my wish list for so long. I also snapped up a passport cover too. A few other makers were having January sales too so I added to my pin collection. I am planning a separate update post on my pin collection soon, so keep your eyes peeled if you are looking for new designs!
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My final favourite is a swap that I did with a market stall neighbour at Craftacular in December. Little Tulip is a handmade candle company run by Lette. I have been burning this candle almost every day for 2 months and it’s still not finished. The scent is excellent and impressive for hand poured soy candle – it’s strong which I love. Glow-Candle-Little-Tulip

So there you have it! My winter favourites which were mostly gifts ha! Maybe I should have titled this post “what I got for Christmas”…..anyway, tell me what you’ve been loving this winter. I’m off to enjoy a blanket and cat cuddles – more favourites!

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Life Lately #11: In The Studio

How is it February already? I love to show you behind the scenes so you can see what is coming up, but it’s been a while so here’s a bumper post in the Life Lately series.

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After a busy Christmas making lots of Wheelie Festive Bikes, I started the year with lots of product development and the continued clear out (which seems to be taking FOREVER).Christmas-Bicycle-Decorations

I’ve started to plan some new enamel pin designs for the shop, but in the meantime, the rose gold bicycle has had a little refresh in terms of photos. I’d love to hear if you have any requests for new pins!

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The start of 2017 has also been about all the pencils. The motivational pencil set has been restocked in the shop and also listed in my Look Lane store.

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I had some more fun taking new photos for the pencils too.Pencils-Restock

This haul is for a custom order of pencils which I’m currently packing up. I have been watching Netflix and YouTube whilst working lately. Current favourites are Sherlock (how have I only just started it?!) and of course planner videos on YT.

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The start of the year has also been about Valentines promo and if you are signed up to the mailing list, you will have seen there was a flash sale on Glitter Heart Pins.New Glitter ColoursClaireabellemakes-Pin-order

Some colours sold out in the sale, but I am working on a restock and a launch of some new colours – the mermaid glitter is stealing my heart!New-Glitter-Pin-Colours

Valentines cards are back in the shop (after a sale on Christmas cards) and I’m thinking about some new card designs for this year too. Any suggestions?!Kiss Me Valentines Card

I also had a positive moment when I was included in the Lucky Dip Club zine to share my Happy News for 2016. It’s always so inspiring to see what is included in these wonderful boxes and to be alongside such amazing women.Lucky-Dip-Club-Happy-News

So there you have it! Lots of fun things and ideas in the works.

I’ve also been doing some planning for this blog and would love to know which series you prefer and whether I should continue with them. If you have a moment to share your opinion on what you like I would be super grateful!

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Right, back to work now!

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Instalife January 2017

I’m not gonna lie guys. January was tough. I had at least 2-3 migraine days a week  (sometimes more!) and the world news got me down. My usually positive mindset was certainly challenged. But, as usual, creativity kept me going as well as lots of time with friends and some quiet days at home with G. Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram photos. Claireabellemakes-Creative-Projects-Instalife-Jan-2017

A fun scissor shot – one of these is chocolate! / Working on a new hat for fun

DIY Copper Foil Planter / A jewellery DIY for We Make Collective
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Awesome customer photos of the bicycle pins and phrase necklaces!

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I spent a lot of time working on the Glitter Heart Pins – more colours coming!

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I shared lots of planner updates including my choices for 2017 & a dashboard

The Peony Planner launched and I started Bullet Journalling
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As usual, lots of bike spotting happened around Cambridge

….and Tammy kept me company in the studio

Thanks for letting me share an update today. I hope February will be better for my health so I can get back to regular blogging again. I miss it! Do let me know if there is anything you would like to see or any projects I should try.

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Claireabellemakes on Look Lane

I’m excited to share with you that I have launched a shop with the new UK marketplace Look Lane! I’m in great company over there with sellers sharing art, jewellery, fashion, accessories, gifts and stationery.

Each seller gets to design their own store front on the lane and let me tell you, this was the most fun bit about setting up shop! Polka dot awnings and bikes were a must for the Claireabellemakes store front. What do you think? It has got me dreaming of a bricks and mortar shop of my own now….
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At the moment you can find a selection of my products on Look Lane here and more will be added soon. I’d love to know what you think of the site – I think it has a really unique look and the fact that sellers can make it their own really pleased me.

This year I am also working on a big project to build a store here on this website, so you will soon have lots of options for where to shop for Claireabellemakes goodies. Another one of my big goals for 2017 is to build my list of stockists, so if you know of any cool shops that you think my designs would fit in, do let me know!

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