Hello Day Chic Planner Giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway! I do love treating you guys from time to time because it is my chance to say thank you for reading and for all your support. When other small businesses want to team up to help me do that – I’m always open to supporting them too and helping to spread the word about their products!

Now I know not everyone is a planner geek like me, but let me tell you about Hello Day’s new Chic planner! It looks like a classy clutch bag and feels pretty compact at around A5 size.

Hello-Day-Chic-PlannerI am thrilled to be giving away a Chic planner to one lucky person. The diary insert comes as a perpetual undated version, or dated for 2018. It’s not too late to get organised trust me!Hello Day Chic OpenMy review video below gives you a more in depth look at the pages and the beautiful cover. I’m so proud of everything Kirsten has achieved so far – the planner ranges have really grown this year (see the spiral bound collections here) and the luxury stationery on offer is really something.

How can you win a Chic planner? Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below and cross those organised fingers of yours! The giveaway ends on 12 March when a winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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Sewing Cleo – Tilly and the Buttons Dungaree Dress

Whilst it’s currently snowing and winter is not sure whether to depart, I’m going to throw it back to summer for this post! Half way through last year, I decided to get the work in progress basket out and actually finish some projects that had been abandoned for a while.

The first project I finished was back in August and it was the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress! It’s a simple dungaree dress with a great pattern for beginners. I used a pink stretch denim and made the long version to my knee.Sewing-Cleo-Dungaree DressBefore this I had never actually sewn a garment! I have knitted and crocheted jumpers and sewn items for my home, but nothing to actually wear. It took me about 4 hours to make, but I’m not sure if that is quick or slow!
Tilly-and-the-Buttons-Cleo-PatternsI actually inherited a lot of sewing notions from my Nan as she was a seamstress. I used her dress makers pencil to mark out the pattern.Dressmaking-Tools

The pattern is available in UK sizes 6-20 and comes with a booklet of instructions with helpful photographs. So useful if you are following a dress pattern for the first time! I also love that Tilly and the Buttons have online sewing workshops in case you aren’t able to make the in person ones at their studio.

Dungaree-Dress-PatternThe Cleo dress was a perfect item to wear on summer days out and with the other pink items in my wardrobe. In the group picture below, we are all at Dreamland Margate in our handmade dresses!
Cleo-Dungaree-Dress-ClaireabellemakesI made sure to sew the pocket on carefully and as neatly as possible so I could add my favourite pins.
Cleo-Dress-and-Enamel-PinsIn case you’re wondering – it’s stretchy enough to wear on a bouncy castle too 😉
Worlds-Biggest-Bouncy-CastleHave you sewn any clothing before? Since this make I have continued to work through my WIP basket and have finished a quilt (woo!) and also worked on a baby cardigan which has been a disaster. More on these projects soon!

I really want to add the Tilly and the Buttons Mila Dungarees to my list next…..but not until I’ve done all those WIPs!



Enamel Pins Seconds Sale!

It is the final Flash Sale and this time I’m sharing some enamel pin seconds for you.February 2018 Flash SalesA small number of pin seconds will be available for just £4 on Monday 26 February. The pins have very slight imperfections such as scratches or bumps in the enamel, but they are hardly noticeable and still good!

UK customers will also receive free shipping and can take up the offer on the bicycle and planner pin collections hereFebruary-Flash-Sale-Enamel-Pin-Seconds-ClaireabellemakesPlanner-Pin-Collection-Square

Thank you so much for all your orders and support with the flash sales! I would love to know what products you are interested in seeing in the shop next. I’ve been working on some stationery and card ideas and wondering if people would like to see more pins. Let me know!



Phrase Necklaces On Sale!

Firstly, thank you so much for all your sale orders! It’s been lovely to have flurries of alerts and lots of love for all the goodies on offer. What’s up next?February 2018 Flash SalesThe popular phrase necklaces will be available at just £10 for one day only, Monday 19 February. UK customers will also get free shipping. So far the most popular one has been the SEW necklace, but I’d love to know what yours is! You can grab a necklace in the shop hereFebruary-Flash-Sale-Phrase-Necklaces-Claireabellemakes

If you want to know what the rest of the deals will be, my mailing list subscribers will be receiving a message each Sunday with news of the next sale. You can sign up here to be the first to know.

Maybe you’d like a custom necklace? I can make them on Monday to be included in the offer too. Just message me with your 3 or 4 letter word and I will set up a custom listing for you.



Greetings Cards For Just £1!

It’s almost week 2 for the February Flash Sales! Monday’s offer is an amazing chance to stock up if you’re like us and have a ‘card box’.
February 2018 Flash SalesAll greetings cards have been reduced to just £1 for one day, Monday 12 February. They are usually £2.50 each so it’s less than half price! Find the full range of cards in the shop here.February-Flash-Sale-Greetings-Cards-ClaireabellemakesIf you want to know what the rest of the deals will be, my mailing list subscribers will be receiving a message each Sunday with news of the next sale. You can sign up here to be the first to know.

Is it just us that has a card box or do you keep stocked up too?!