Tourist In Cambridge #10 – Wisteria Hysteria

It’s time for another post in the long running series – Tourist in Cambridge. This week the weather has been glorious in between storms, so I got out on my bicycle Florence to get in on the wisteria hysteria!

It’s a picture heavy post today, but I couldn’t help myself. Cambridge in the sunshine is just too good.Wisteria-Covered-Houses Cambridge-Wisteria-Spotting Cambridge-Houses-With-Wisteria I think due to the long winter we had, the wisteria season has been much shorter and also less ‘full’. I tend to visit the same spots each year and there definitely wasn’t as much in bloom. Sidney-Sussex-College-Cambridge Christs-College-Cambridge Cottages-and-Bicycles-Cambridge Wisteria-Doorways-Cambridge I couldn’t help doing a little bike spotting too – especially as this one was wisteria coloured!Lilac-Bike-Spotting-Cambridge We visited this wisteria covered cottage for the Cambridge Creatives Photowalk last April and it looked so different! It’s much greener this year and definitely has less flowers. Bicycles-and-Wisteria-Cambridge Florence-Bicycle Spring-Time-In-Cambridge The meadows are also looking super pretty with lots of buttercups among the cows. The long evenings have been so nice, perfect weather for riverside walks and hanging out in the hammock.Buttercup-Meadows-Cambridge Bicycles-and-Meadows-CambridgeThis summer I’m planning to use this book to explore more of the city and to see if I can find some more gems I haven’t discovered yet! Even after 12 years here, I love playing tourist. Especially when it involves ice cream 🙂

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New In Store: Wheelie Festive Bikes

I’m so excited to share my latest product with you today! The Wheelie Festive Bikes have arrived in store and it’s making me want to put my Christmas decorations up now! The wooden bicycle decorations are laser cut and hand painted, then finished off with a complimentary twine for hanging.

Available in 5 colours; red, white, gold, silver and plain wood. You can buy them individually or as a set of 5 where you can mix and match to suit your colour scheme.
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I am so happy to finally share these with you after lots of hard work and prep in the studio. They will be available at all my Christmas markets this year too along with another very exciting product which I hope to launch soon.

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See, I told you it would be super festive around here!

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Tourist In Cambridge #8

Today’s blog post is also known as “Wisteria hysteria and the day of bike spotting”. Spring in Cambridge is the perfect excuse for me to take a cycle around the city with my camera for another post in my Tourist In Cambridge series.

The wisteria around Cambridge is abundant this year – it covers the pretty cottages and terraced houses, and even appears on some student accommodation. This post took quite a while to shoot as there were so many people stopping to take photographs of this mound of wisteria!
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The sunny skies made for a beautiful backdrop and of course there were lots of bikes around as well as Florence who is still modelling her basket tassels.
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Cambridge has so many green spaces and the cows are back on the common! They are so friendly and often create traffic by wandering across the cycle paths. It’s a sign that summer is on the way in the city.Midsummer-Common-Cows

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There’s always a good door or two to enjoy as well.
Cottages-in-Cambridge Cambridge-CottagesMy favourite bikes to spot are Pashley and Bobbin. They have so many beautiful colours and styles. The new range of University of Cambridge Bobbin bikes are so classy, especially the 3 speed chrome paint ladies bike.Pashley-Bicycle-Cambridge Wisteria-Cottages

I’m definitely enjoying looking at the wisteria hysteria hashtag on Instagram lately!Wisteria-Close-UpMy red Cambridge Satchel Company batchel is the perfect bag for cycling as it fits in my basket and can also been worn across the body when I’ve got too many groceries.
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I can’t wait for Spring to turn into summer. We’ll be punting, kayaking, having picnics and taking long bike rides along the river. It’s the perfect place to be.

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Rose Gold Enamel Bicycle Pins

I’ve been teasing all of you on social media, but now I’m super excited to announce that the Rose Gold Enamel Bicycle Pins are in store now!! The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that the pins are designed from my wonderful logo which was illustrated by my pal Jojo Rickart. They have turned out SO CUTE!

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Each pin is 22mm and made from soft enamel with a rose gold finish. I’m so pleased with them! Outsourcing manufacturing for a product is always a little scary, so I’m happy they’re as I imagined them in my head.

Grab yours for £7 with free postage and packaging in the UK. Soon I’ll be updating the shop so that all products delivered within the UK have free delivery because why not?!

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Did you miss the Glitter Pin launch last week? I took them on an outing for some TV filming with Crafty Beggars last week and they went down a storm. More on this soon I promise!

This month I’m hopefully going to be working on some Scrabble inspired necklaces and some exclusive ranges for a wholesaler. Sign up to the newsletter to be the first to know about new product launches!

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Thanks for all your support lately – it hasn’t gone unnoticed!

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Bike Week Giveaway

Today I’m celebrating Bike Week by bringing you a bicycle themed giveaway! I have been collecting these goodies for a little while now and it seems like the perfect time to share them. Bike-Week-Giveaway-Claireabellemakes

The giveaway includes the following prizes:

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Last year I contributed 3 projects to Craft Bomb Your Bike. It was such a fun book to be involved with!

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I have a copy of this book and I love it. It shares tips for selecting the right bike and advice for cycling in style.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a bicycle giveaway if it didn’t include some goodies from the Claireabellemakes shop!

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The giveaway is open worldwide and closes on 29 June. Genuine followers only please! Just enter on the widget below. Good luck and happy cycling!

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