The Royal Wedding Top Picks With Amazon Handmade

It’s almost time for the Royal Wedding! I love how involved us Brits get in celebrating and embracing the Royal Family. This week I’ve been hearing about schools throwing parties, neighbourhoods organising street parties and I’ve seen bunting aplenty being displayed already! In Cambridge there is a house which always goes completely all out for any Royal occasion, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do this time! It’s definitely been something cheerful to think about instead of Brexit and sad news across the world.

So in celebration of Harry and Meghan, I’ve teamed up with Amazon Handmade to share the launch of their new wedding section!

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It’s filled with tons of sellers sharing their wares for planning a wedding or gift ideas for the happy couple. Keep reading for my top picks and to hear my favourite parts of being a wedding guest.Royal-Wedding-Amazon-Handmade-Gift-IdeasAfter looking at the Amazon Handmade shop, I’ve been thinking about essential items for a wedding, whether you’re a guest or the bride and groom. One thing I love for all celebrations is confetti! You can’t beat those photos when everyone joins in – there is something about throwing confetti that just makes everyone smile!

An inventive save the date always gets me more excited about weddings. Whilst Harry and Meghan have to make formal announcements via the Palace, I love items that remind you on more than one occasion like these pencil save the dates or fridge magnets. Mind you, you can’t get away from reminders about the Royal Wedding once the media know in the UK! I can’t imagine how that must feel to have so many people publicly excited about your special day.
Amazon-Handmade-Wedding-FindsWe’ve been to a lot of weddings where the couple ask for honeymoon donations as they have already been living together a while and have no need for domestic items. As well as an experience, I also like gifting a sentimental keepsake to mark their special day, such as a colourful personalised wedding print or one of my Scrabble frames.

I have attended weddings with traditional cake, donuts, cheese wheels and cupcakes – anything goes these days! The cutting of the cake is supposed to symbolise the bride and groom’s union. However, many years ago, the cake was originally intended to be distributed among the guests by only the bride because consuming the cake would ensure fertility. A fun wedding fact for you there! Whatever the cake may be, it always looks good with some floral decorations and a cake topper.

Em&Daniel-Scrabble-Wedding-FrameAfter watching the Royal Wedding this Saturday, I will be enjoying the wedding of Jo and Will in the afternoon – who definitely announced it before the Royal couple! I know that they have planned lots of handmade touches for their festival style wedding, so I’m really looking forward to celebrating their special day and seeing all the detail they have worked hard at. I’ll be wearing a polka dot dress, probably subconsciously inspired by my confetti obsession! Handmade-Wedding-Gifts-PrintAre you going to be watching the Royal Wedding? Or perhaps you’re also attending a wedding this weekend? I’d love to hear your top wedding picks and finds too!

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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!

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The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show Ticket Giveaway

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This year I’m working on completing all my unfinished craft projects. It’s a huge pile of half knitted jumpers, an almost completed quilt, some endless cross stitch projects and loads of crochet goodies. And don’t even get me started on how behind I am with scrapbooking and journaling! Plus I definitely want to start sewing more clothes….have you seen the new Mila Dungarees Pattern from Tilly and the Buttons?! My pal Zeena looks so great in the launch photos!

This craft determination for 2018 is one of the reasons I am planning to attend the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London next month, to give me a burst of inspiration and motivation. I’ll be taking my Mum along too for a nice crafty day out!

Keep reading for giveaway details and a discount code if you can’t wait to snap up a ticket!Yarn-Knitting-and-Stitching-ShowI am definitely counting on you guys for tips on how not to spend all my money. I mean, look at all that yarn!Dressmaking Studio Knitting and Stitching ShowThe show has 190 textile workshops to take part in and a whole heap of galleries and stands to shop from.Mr X Stitch - Wrap CoverI love these kind of events for catching up with the creative community and soaking up new ideas. Kate Whitehead KNIT&STITCH 4I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for the show! They will be redeemable any day except Saturday 3rd March. All you have to do to enter is follow my Instagram and leave a comment here on this blog post. I will draw the winners on Monday 12 February. 

If you just can’t wait, you can use the code CLAIRE18 here to receive £2 off advance adult/£1 off advance concessions. This makes tickets £11.50 instead of £13.50/£12.50, plus a £1.50 fulfillment fee per transaction. I think that’s a pretty affordable day out for some crafty inspiration don’t you?!
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What craft projects are you working on this year? Are you interested in seeing how many I manage to complete? Good luck in the giveaway!

THE WINNERS OF THE GIVEAWAY HAVE NOW BEEN CONTACTED.

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Christmas Wreaths With John Lewis

It’s been a festive few days here with lots of Christmas markets and meet ups with friends. We decorated the house last week and I added a new Christmas wreath to the door, thanks to John Lewis!

They challenged me to customise a wreath with items from their online Christmas shop so I chose this beautiful snowy eucalyptus wreath.Flocked-Eucalyptus-Wreath-John-LewisAs the wreath was so beautiful, I only wanted to add a couple of touches to customise it and kept it very simple! I picked some red berry cluster decorations and ribbon to give it a pop of colour.

Festive-Berry-Decorations Using wire, I wrapped the stems of the berry decorations around the eucalyptus branches of the wreath.DIY-Wreath-ProjectsThen I simply tied a ribbon on the bottom of the wreath and left long tails for a bit of a statement.Wreath-Ideas-John-Lewis

So as I said a simple change, but one that makes quite a statement.
Flocked-Eucalyptus-Wreath-EmbellishedI also added some Christmas Fragrance Oil to give it a nice scent for when we come home or when the postie visits!Christmas-Fragrance-OIl

As well as some John Lewis decorations, we have added handmade Christmas  tree decorations from Hello Sunshine, Mooglears and Stuff, Kim Haskins and Designosaur.Handmade-Christmas-Decorations I better crack on with my Christmas shopping this week – can’t wait to use this santa and llama gift wrap. Look at his pom pom hat!

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Thanks for letting me share some of my Christmas decor today. Next year G wants to go nuts with tinsel and all the colours, so I’m looking forward to seeing his take on Christmas decor!

Are you hanging a wreath this year?

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*John Lewis gifted the items from their Christmas shop for the purposes of this blog post. As always, opinions are my own.

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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