Life Lately #18: Autumn Days

As I write this post, the sun is shining in Cambridge and it’s currently 25 degrees – in October! To say we’ve had a good start to Autumn is an understatement. There have been beautiful long days, pink and purple sunrises and colourful leaves everywhere.

Today I thought I’d share a little of what I have been up to as the season begins. I love this time of year just before the clocks change and when the light is somehow a little magical.

River-Cam-Autumn-CambridgeSadly I was poorly for most of September with labrynthitis and a virus, so I was too dizzy to get out on my bike. Luckily it has eased these last couple of weeks so I have been cycling along the river and dodging cows.Cambridge-Cows The city has been looking as pretty as ever in the Autumn sunshine.
Cambridge-UniversityPerfect weather to take myself on a solo trip to the market for Halloumi fries!Halloumi-Fries-Cambridge-Market

I sat in a tourist hot spot at Kings College, but sometimes it’s the best place to just watch the world go by and to take a minute.
Kings-College-CambridgeI also got to spend lots of time with my pal Jo this month and meet her new camper van Buddy! He’s the perfect shade of sunshine yellow.
Hello-Sunshine-Buddy-The-CampervanWe also spent the day with Zabby when we visited the Zoology museum, ate burgers and mac n cheese, and had hot chocolates at Jack’s Gelato. Days like those are good for the soul!
Jo&Zabby-Jacks-Gelato The museum collection has really grown since I last visited. It was a super rainy day so perfect for a mooch around pointing at all the weird and wonderful creatures. Museum-of-Zoology-CambridgeI had a lovely Sunday last week exploring the village of Bourn before heading to the Afternoon Tease Brunch Club event with Jo. Just look at this amazing thatched cottage!
Thatched-Cottage-Bourn-CambridgeshireThe Brunch Club was held at Manor Farm Barns – such a dreamy venue! We ate the most wonderful 3 course brunch, drank prosecco, listened to live music and chatted to lots of familiar faces. Manor-Farm-Bourn-Brunch-ClubThere was also an Autumn Wreath making workshop which made me feel very festive and warm!Autumn-ForagingAll the items we used were foraged from around the barns – it was such a beautiful setting to create something seasonal.
Autumn-Wreath-Cambridge-SatchelThe final part of the day was filled with cake. I left feeling full, relaxed and very happy!
Afternoon-Tease-Brunch-ClubI hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Autumn days and a little of what I’ve been up to.
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Caboodle Magazine Cambridge Guide

After a quiet summer for business stuff, I’m getting back into the swing of things and today I want to share one of the projects I worked on.

You guys know how much I love Cambridge so I was thrilled to see my piece printed in Caboodle Magazine this month! I wrote a Cambridge Guide sharing all my favourite places to explore. You can read it and see all my photos in the AW18 issue which is available to buy on the website hereCaboodle Mag Cover How cool is that cover?! I loved collecting all my photographs together for this piece, it reminds me that I really have appreciated being here over the last 12 years! And the eagle eyed amongst you might spot the illustrated map Jo created for our Cambridge Creatives Photowalk was included too.Caboodle Mag Cambridge Guide

Time for a cuppa and to read the rest of the magazine now! It’s a great title packed with creative projects, handmade finds, fashion, recipes and lots more.
CaboodleHave you read Caboodle? I’d love to know what you think!

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New In Store: Mini Note Card Collections

It’s been a while, but there are some new items in the shop! The mini note card collections have arrived and there are 6 designs available. Find them in the shop as single cards or in packs of 3. As usual, the collection is about colour and positivity so you can send some happy mail!Mini Cards Launch Claireabellemakes

In addition to the mini cards, there are also two new designs in the congratulations collections.

Awesome News-Scrabble-Greetings-Card-ClaireabellemakesI’d love to know what you think of the new cards! The Christmas section is also live in the shop once again, should you be one of the super organised shoppers!

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Give The Joy Back – A Bold And Positive Bedroom Space

There’s been a ton of change around here lately, so today’s post will be a bit of a life update as well as an interiors one. These two things relate to one another in my head, so hopefully I can explain why this bold and positive bedroom space has helped with a new start!

This Instagram post explains what has changed in my life these last 5 months, but back in July I moved into a house share in central Cambridge and found myself with a blank canvas to style, decorate and make my own. Having packed up my old studio and bedroom, I had a fresh start to make a cosy, grown up space. (Links to all products are at the end!).

Pink-Grey-Bedroom-StylingOne of the first pieces I chose for the bedroom was a letter press print from Anthony Burrill. I knew I wanted bold colours and a positive message, so chose Give The Joy Back in pink and red. Such a great statement.
Anthony-Burrill-Joy-PrintRather than frame the print, I opted for a wooden magnetic poster frame which was custom made for me by Dan from Utology. All of the pieces in Dan’s Etsy shop are beautifully made – I have my eye on the magazine rack now!
John-Lewis-Grey-Velvet-CushionsI opted for some textured cushions – these cotton velvet ones from John Lewis come in lots of bright colours. The bedding is the loveliest Egyptian cotton set from The White Company. Although it creases easily, it’s so soft and I’m sure it helps me sleep better!Give-The-Joy-Back-Print The-Basket-Room-Plant-Pot One of the first things I moved into my new space was my house plant collection! Would you be interested in seeing a post about them and more corners of my space soon? I’m still figuring out my work space, but I definitely want to share that with you too.

Anyway, this woven basket / plant pot is from the wonderful Basket Room – they work directly with women’s weaving cooperatives in Africa to create ethical, stylish, accessories with a story. I have one of their bags too and I absolutely love it.Lovely-Things-Jewellery-TrayI’m not sure where the Lovely Things jewellery tray is from, but I use it for earrings.Positive-Bold-Bedroom-StylingCreating a calm and inspiring bedroom space was really important for me. I have struggled with sleep the last 5 months due to really bad tinnitus and life adjustments, so having a simple and positive bedroom has been so helpful!

Here are links to all the items, but give me a shout if you have any questions or if I’ve missed anything!

Give The Joy Back Print – Anthony Burrill
Handmade Magnetic Poster Frame – Utology
Copper String Lights – Kikki.K
Velvet Cotton Cushions – John Lewis
Avignon Print Bedding – The White Company
Grey Colour Block Woven Basket – The Basket Room

 

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Life Lately #17: It’s Been A While

As the title says, it’s been a while! Life has been hectic and ever changing this summer so I’m here with an update on what I’ve been up to.

It’s been a sociable summer for creative events, but Jo and I decided not to run a Cambridge Creatives photo walk this year. Jo married Will (catch up on her amazing wedding blog series here) and has been rather busy enjoying some adventures, so we decided on a more low key punting and picnic event this time around. It was a lovely relaxed day with lots of familiar faces and we even had a puppy attend! Thanks to Siobhan for these ace photos.
Cambridge Creatives Punting Cambridge Creatives Summer Picnic Claireabellemakes-HelloSunshine The last few months have also been filled with self care and I’ve been attempting to exercise multiple times a week. After my elimination diet for migraines in April, I have been feeling healthy and I think my new fitness regime has really helped. I’m combining the gym with yoga and weekly swims at the Lido. I used to hate swimming but the early morning outdoor experience has really been refreshing and enjoyable!
Jesus Green Lido Cambridge The UK heatwave has meant I’ve spent a ton of time outdoors this summer. One ridiculously hot day was the London In Colourful Company walk and we also met up in Margate for the annual trip to the Dreamland theme park. It was the perfect seaside day out filled with ice cream, roller coasters and fish and chips to end.

In-Colourful-Company-Walks My personal life has been changing a lot too and I have been packing down my studio. I decided to close my shop for August to take some time to move house and adjust to a smaller space. It has been sad and challenging, but I am determined to make everything work.

My life circumstances have also meant that I decided to go back to a day job on a full-time basis. I’m excited to have a secure, regular income again and will be figuring out how to fit the business around that. I did it for 4 years at the beginning, so I am sure I can do it again! I’m lucky to have worked for a great tech company on a part time basis for the last 18 months and will be increasing my hours there and learning lots of new things.
Claireabellemakes Break timeDespite the shop being closed, there have been some lovely customer snaps being shared on social media. I’ve also taken some time to update to more eco-friendly packaging for my products and I am designing lots of new things behind the scenes!Claireabellemakes-pins-necklaces-packaging Moving has meant I have also had a new space to adapt to and decorate! I have enjoyed selecting what prints to put on the walls as well as arranging my house plants and picking cushions and bedding.
Claireabellemakes-New-SpaceDespite having all the changes and lots of fun this summer, I have been doing some freelance work too. The beginning of August marked the start of Copenhagen Fashion Week where 15 of these stunning bicycles were used as part of Net-A-Porter’s campaign. I was commissioned to make the handlebar streamers for the bikes and it’s been amazing to see how everything was styled! You can see lots more images and videos over on the Net-A-Porter Instagram.
Net-A-Porter Bicycles Copenhagen Fashion Week

Photo credit: Dan Roberts StudioTammy-Studio-Cat

It’s now time to continue the studio pack down and give this one a little squishy cuddle. Hope you’re all having a great summer? Tell me what you’ve been up to!

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