Laser Cut Alternative Christmas Decorations From Etsy UK

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling pretty festive quite early this year! I think because small businesses have to prepare for the Christmas season so early, that I have been doing seasonal shoots and product development since the summer! I’ve also spent the last week packing tons and tons of Christmas decorations in the hopes of some sales over the festive season.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite alternative Christmas decorations that I found on Etsy. All of them are laser cut like my bicycle decorations and all are from UK sellers.Laser Cut Alternative Christmas Decorations From Etsy UK

G and I bought one of the Designosaur Roarballs a couple of years ago (in fact, it’s the one pictured below) and we love it. We go for a white and red theme on our main tree and then I have a completely multicoloured tree theme in the studio.

All of the shops are linked below, so please do check them out and consider shopping small for your Christmas decorations this year! Laser-Cut-Christmas-Decorations-Etsy-UK

Rock Cakes / Claireabellemakes / Designosaur

Hello Sunshine / Art Angel / Doodle Duck Prints

Glitter Punk Jewellery / Betsy Benn / I Like Cats

Maybe you celebrate a different holiday? If so, what decorations do you enjoy? I’d love to know!

A lot of these makers are going to be participating in the Etsy Made Local markets this year which take place over the first weekend in December. You can find a market near you if you are UK based by following this link. If you are based in the East, why not come along to the Cambridge or Norwich markets where I will be earning some pennies! More info on my events page here.

When are you decorating for Christmas?

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Crafting With Kirstie Allsopp At The Handmade Fair

Last weekend, G and I made the trip across London to Hampton Court Palace to attend this year’s Handmade Fair. In previous years I had attended as a Blogger, so it was great to go along and be involved with a talk this time! Pinterest had invited me to talk with Kirstie Allsopp about how I use Pinterest as a crafter and to share with the crafty crowd how they could use it too.

I was SUPER nervous until the moment my session started. To the point where I didn’t even finish one of the legendary duck wraps from the food stands because my tummy was in knots. Weirdly, as soon as I got set up and sat down on the stage I felt instantly relaxed.

Pinterest-Talk-At-the-Handmade-FairMy venue was the Super Theatre which was a great big circus style tent – so cool! What made it easier, was that I couldn’t see the audience at all due to the lights, so it took away the nerves of seeing faces I knew. I had my mic fitted and then we got on stage to make some DIY Envelopes (inspired by this Pinterest board) and to chat about the ways in which Pinterest is useful to crafters. I also got to bust out some stats and share the latest updates with everyone including the ‘Tried It’ feature which I love.

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I got all the supplies for our DIY in Hobbycraft so will link to them below. We used a fantastic set of metallic watercolour paints which Kirstie fell in love with. We had a Q&A with the audience with some great input from them and then the 45 minutes was up! It went by in a flash and we finished with some beautiful envelopes. Making-DIY-Envelopes-with-Kirstie-Allsopp

After some great chats with Keith Brymer Jones and his wife about selfie culture(!), G and I had some time to enjoy the fair and catch up with my Mum – No.1 fan! We met friends, looked at all the amazing stalls and enjoyed some Churros.
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Lizzie from Pinterest / Zeena Shah / Fuz from Cloth and Candy

 

I managed to vlog the day (with some help from G and Lizzie) which you can watch here or by clicking the video below. It was so much fun to be involved with the fair – it’s a great event which really celebrates the supportive, encouraging side of our community. On the journey home my head did start to hurt, but it was totally worth it for the experience!

Here are links to the supplies we used to make the DIY envelopes and to the awesome wooden template I found. I’m never buying envelopes again once I’ve used my stash!

Metallic Watercolour Pan

Permanent Tape Pen

A4 White Card Pack

Metallic Ink Pads

Wooden Envelope Template

If you were one of my followers that came along to support or someone who sent me a good luck message (lots of you lovely folk did), THANK YOU. It meant tons to have everyone’s support and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had this year.

The next month is looking pretty busy. I have two exciting workshops coming up in October, one of which is the Etsy Educators course for new sellers in Cambridge. If you know anyone who might be interested, please do share the event with them! I’m super stoked to be working with Etsy for it and to share what I’ve learnt.

I’ll be back here soon with some round ups from summer, behind the scenes in the studio and a stationery giveaway tomorrow!

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What Am I Up To? August & September

Lots of fun and exciting things are happening in the world of Claireabellemakes over the next two months, so I thought I’d share a quick post with some dates and info – in case you are interested in what I am up to!

This Saturday 12 August, you can find me and the Cambridge Made Etsy Team selling our wares at the summer fair! All the information is in the flyer below and you can find a Facebook event here.
Cambridge Made Summer FairMy next piece of news is that I have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award for the 3rd year running! So chuffed to be in the Best Craft Blog category again and would be so grateful for your votes here.

If you like the content I share – please do share my blog. I’ve often been quite close to the shortlist, so it would be fantastic to make it a little further this year and to welcome some new followers to the blog!Nominated-bloggerSome of you may have seen my previous post about The Handmade Fair. This year, I’ll be representing Pinterest and appearing on stage in the Super Theatre with Kirstie Allsopp. I will also be visiting my creative friends who take part in the fair each year and doing a bit of shopping and eating too!10746_HANDMADE_FAIR_2017_LOGO

There is a ticket offer for my followers if you fancy coming along! Simply quote CLAIRE when booking via the website for 15%  off either Full Experience or Entry + Super Theatre tickets.

Ts and Cs: Booking fees apply. Offer applies to adult Full Experience tickets, Full Experience tickets cost £27 + BF (usually £32 + BF) and Entry + Super Theatre tickets cost £17 (usually £20 +BF). Offer closes 14.09.2017 or when sold out.

CLAIRE offerAnd finally, Jo and I are super excited to be planning the next Cambridge Creatives Photowalk for 30 September! The first walk in September 2016 had around 16 people and the April walk (pictured below) was enjoyed by around 80 people!  Everyone is welcome to the next walk and we will be ending with a Food Park Night Market for those interested in some treats!

You can find out more on the Facebook event here.
Cambridge Creatives Spring Photowalk The BacksWhat a lot of things to tell you about! Give me a shout if you are planning to come along to any of these events – it always makes me happy to meet you guys in person.

What are you up to this summer?

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The Handmade Fair With Pinterest (And a Ticket Offer)

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Pinterest HQ in London to prep for an event I’m going to be part of.

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I’m thrilled to be joining Kirstie Allsopp’s line up of experts at The Handmade Fair from 15th – 17th September and would love to see you all there! Come along for a weekend of hands-on workshops, live demos and Q&As, unique handmade items and delicious food and drink.

My session about how to use Pinterest as a crafter is on Sunday 17th in the Super Theatre. Kirstie will be asking me for my tips and tricks and how I use the platform to inspire my projects. 

 You can see the full timetable for the Sunday here.10746_HANDMADE_FAIR_2017_LOGOThe Handmade Fair is such a great day out – I’ve been every year since it started and always love the shopping village, workshops and food vans. You can see my vlogs on YouTube from 2016 and 2015 and some more images below!
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Plus, I’ve got an exclusive offer for you – simply quote CLAIRE when booking via the website for 15%  off either Full Experience or Entry + Super Theatre tickets.

Ts and Cs: Booking fees apply. Offer applies to adult Full Experience tickets, Full Experience tickets cost £27 + BF (usually £32 + BF) and Entry + Super Theatre tickets cost £17 (usually £20 +BF). Offer closes 14.09.2017 or when sold out.

CLAIRE offerCan’t wait to see you all there! Wish me luck…..

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DIY Candles With Evermore London

Lately, I have been doing the odd craft project just for fun. When you run a creative business, it can often be hard to find time to make just for you. So when Evermore London got in touch with me about their candle making kits, I knew they would be a great rainy day craft to try out.

If you’ve never tried candle making, just know that it’s super easy to do! The kits from Evermore make it so simple to learn how to make beautiful candles in no time at all. Each kit is packaged in a gorgeous white box, with all the items you need.
Evermore-Candle-KitsEach candle making kit contains enough to make two soy wax candles. You can pick two fragrances from the following list to make them scented:

  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Gardenia
  • Coconut
  • Lemongrass

I found the fragrance to be quite subtle. My favourite was definitely the coconut, but the lavender was perfect to burn in the evenings before bed time.
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The kit has a little booklet to show you how to make the candles – it’s as easy as melting the soy wax and testing the temperature before adding the fragrance oil. I bought a pyrex jug which I use specifically for making candles and it gets used loads!  Evermore recommend an aluminium jug – but I reckon both work well!Candle-Making-KitThere were two decent sized tins to make the candles in and even labels to customise your tin with. DIY-Soy-Wax-Candles Making-soy-candles-with-EvermoreGlue dots are the best thing for keeping your candle wicks in place, as well as some skewers and strings for when your wax is setting. In-progress-Evermore-Candle-MakingI love how quick candle making is. It’s especially nice to make them alongside other long term projects that I’m working on (first quilt coming soon!). The burn time on these candles was really lengthy and I will definitely use the tins again.
DIY-Soy-Candles-EvermoreThe kits make a really great gift for someone wanting to learn how to make soy candles or I reckon they are a great treat if you want an easy make for a Sunday afternoon craft session. Evermore also sell ready made candles with some amazing scents and even have a wedding collection for favours. Evermore-London-Candle-Workshop

A big thanks to Sarah at Evermore who sent the kit to me for review purposes. I was so pleased to have a chance to work with them after discovering their candles at Renegade a couple of years ago.

Have you found any great craft kits lately? I’d love to hear!

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