Photo Walk: Spring Time Flowers and Bicycles

There’s something about every season in Cambridge that makes me love it even more than the year before. In Spring, it is definitely the flowers!! There are so many green spaces and gorgeous parks that are filled with colourful blooms.

I’ve called this post a ‘photo walk’, but in fact it was a photo cycle! Here are some images of Florence enjoying the flowers. I had to include her yearly photo shoot with the wisteria. It smells AMAZING.

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You can see my previous floral photo walk/cycle posts here and here. I love how the tulip colours in this park change every year!

Oh, and here is Florence’s wisteria picture from last year, her basket was naked as she was quite new! I think the flowers are much fuller too.


I do look forward to some summer photo walks, I think I’ll be punting and picnic-ing lots! What’s the best thing about where you live in the Spring time?



DIY Tassel Bike Basket

Every Spring I like to give my bicycle a little update. When the sun comes out it feels like the perfect time to think of a new bike basket decoration. At the weekend, Florence’s basket pom poms were removed and some tassels took their place.


I decided to use cotton dk yarn in baby blue and white.


Rather than detailing how I made the tassels, I will just direct you to this great tutorial I used by Anna of Crafting Fingers.


They are almost as addictive as making pom poms!


Then I just tied the tassels onto my bike basket with a knot. Simple!

DIY-Tassel-Bicycle-BasketLuckily the sun was out when I popped out to take these photos by the river, but it sure was windy!

Cat-Bicycle-Bell Do you think I should add any more to the sides of the basket? I think it might need more….


What do you think? I am really looking forward to sunny bike rides at the weekends when the weather picks up. I’ve also been inspired by Lisa and have decided to take up roller skating as a new hobby. Wish me luck!




Tourist In Cambridge #5

Cambridge looks the most pretty in summer, but it is magical in the winter sun too. The ice rink arrives in the city in November and this year we had an outdoor Food Park with independent vendors and festive treats.

I took a photo tour on my bicycle one chilly afternoon to add to the Tourist In Cambridge series with a festive post.


There were lots of traditional wreaths on the cottage doors.


We added our new fabric wreath to the door for Christmas.


Florence has been out and about with me in the cold and her pom poms are holding up well.


Even in the winter chill, people make the most of the many green spaces around the city.


I love spotting bicycle decorations and especially love this Pink Pashley with floral bunting on the basket.Pink-Pashley-Bicycle

The Fitzwilliam Museum always manages to look grand whatever the weather, but it is especially majestic in the low winter sunshine.Fitzwilliam-Museum-Cambridge

We don’t buy a real tree because of our cat, but I love the smell!

This cycle counter is a great addition to the city. The lit up display really wouldn’t photograph well – there had actually been 514 cyclists. Not many, but most of the students had left the city for the holidays at this point in mid December.


I love the quirky bikes you can spot around the city. I was at the traffic lights on my bike when I quickly snapped this strange mode of transport!


I hope the winter sun lasts. We had a super sunny Christmas day, it was perfect for a walk along the river and around the city.


I plan to continue this series into 2015, perhaps with some features on local favourites such as cafes and shops. Do comment if there is something or somewhere in the city you would like to see!

What do you love about where you live?



Bicycle Handlebar Streamers

I am very excited to let you know about a new bicycle themed venture I am involved with. Let me introduce The Little Bicycle Club! This new site curates and sells handmade items which have been designed to provide children with stylish cycling accessories.

Just look at the mice mittens!



I was asked to provide some handlebar streamers in bright fun colours. I adapted my streamer design from Craft Bomb Your Bike to make them child friendly with elastic fastenings and button details.


I styled some photos for the site too which I really enjoyed doing. I think the autumn theme works well.





I’d love to know what you think! I really want to make a pair for Florence too. Doesn’t she look pretty modelling the pink ones?

NOTE: The Little Bicycle Club has now closed.

Claire x



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Bicycle Decoration Ideas

Cambridge has been an utter delight for sunny autumn days this last month. G and I have made the most of it by taking after work bike rides and making sure Florence is looking pretty. Today I’m sharing some snaps of Florence with her new look and hope they provide some bicycle decoration ideas for you!


For the pom poms I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn (available here) and simply tied them to my basket. I used the nifty Clover Pom-Pom Maker to make the pom poms.


The spokey dokey beads were from Tiger but I spray painted them to suit my colour scheme. Any excuse eh? They are NOISY when the bike is moving slowly so G hears me coming home from work most days!


These ribbon handlebar streamers are a variation of my pattern in the Craft Bomb Your Bike book. This time, I developed the pattern to use an elastic fastener and added some buttons for decoration.


I’m very excited to share the news that the handlebar streamers were made for a new venture I was invited to contribute to. More on this next week, sorry to tease!


Here’s a sneak peek of my photo shoot with Lucinda where I was decorating my bike!Claireabellemakes-Pom-Pom-Bike-Basket

Do you have any good bicycle decoration ideas to share? Or want me to try a DIY idea for your bike. Just give me a shout, I do love a challenge.

Talking of challenges, why not enter my DIY upcycling competition. There are 5 prizes of Amazon vouchers up to £250 to win!

DIY Upcycling Competition ClaireabellemakesToodles!


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