National Scrabble Day – Trivia And Treats

It’s no secret I love Scrabble – but did you know my favourite word game is actually Boggle?! But, I still own 3 Scrabble sets – The Super edition, this travel version and the special edition Pink Scrabble for Breast Cancer. I love playing it so much.

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Anywho, as 13 April is National Scrabble Day in the USA, I thought I’d share some fun things I have discovered about Scrabble since I started playing years ago and some moments that stick in my mind from creating with word tiles!

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  • Scrabble was originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words! The inventor Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble in 1948.
  • 53% of all homes in Great Britain have a Scrabble set. Or maybe 3 like me….
  • The highest known score for a game is 1049 by Philip Appleby from Lymington in 1989
  • Over 150 million games have been sold in 121 countries around the world and it is produced in 29 different languages. Welsh was only added in 2006.
  • If all the Scrabble tiles ever produced were placed end to end they would reach the equivalent of eight times around the earth.
  • There are over a million missing Scrabble tiles across the world
  • Each hour, at least 30,000 Scrabble games are started
  • You can get the highest score of 1778 points for the word “oxyphenbutazone” which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug

Travel-ScrabbleUpon seeing my designs, people often ask me if I just keep buying Scrabble sets, but that would be pretty expensive and you only get one K in each set! That means a lot of sets for the popular KNIT necklaces ūüėČ

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Here are some more things I have discovered since playing and creating with Scrabble:

  • The supplier of my tiles has spent 25 years working on board games with Spear‚Äôs, Mattel and Bucher and Harrison and now manufactures and distributes a range of speciality games and puzzles across the world
  • I once sent a handmade Scrabble Inspired brooch pin to someone at Hasbro games in America (the brand that publishes Scrabble there)
  • In June last year before the UK voted, I played a game in which my tiles spelled out BREXIT as I took them out of the bag. Two weeks later the result was announced. I voted to remain.
  • I love it when a pub has board games. Especially Scrabble! On the flip side, I don’t like puzzles.
  • I really want to make a range of swear word Scrabble inspired designs, but I’ve never had the guts!
  • I still love it when customers tag me in their purchases and I know it will never get old. I especially loved this blog from Sam who shared her WTF necklace!
  • I own the following Scrabble themed items; tea towels, fabric, rubber stamps, stickers, notebooks, lunch bags, cookie cutters, magnets and pencils. Most of which were gifts!

Super-Scrabble-GameI mentioned treats didn’t I? I’m having a little sale in my Etsy shop at the moment and there are a handful of Scrabble inspired goodies included such as necklaces with minor imperfections, seconds if you will. There are only a limited amount available so be quick if you’ve had your eye on one of my designs!

Now I’m off to make some treats of my own, I was gifted these Scrabble cookie cutters for Christmas and I think we need some sugar over the Easter weekend. Obviously with a cup of tea and a game of Scrabble!

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Instalife March 2017

HOW THE FLIP IS IT APRIL ALREADY?! March was a fun but transitional month for me, as some projects came to an end and I started working on new things. One thing I loved participating in throughout the month was the March Meet The Maker challenge on Instagram. We posted one photo a day based on the prompts set by Joanne Hawker.

You can see all the original posts in my Instagram here or in this Facebook album where I have collated my 2016 and 2017 Meet The Maker posts!

It was a great challenge to share more of my story for Claireabellemakes and some of the posts were personal as well as a bit of fun. Looking at all the posts on the tag was really fun too – the creative community on Instagram is brilliant.

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Towards the end of the month I realised that this blog passed 1 MILLION VIEWS. Kind of blown away by that and still thinking how to say thank you to you all! I’m thinking of doing a giveaway so stay tuned and give me a shout if you have any ideas.

Thanks to all of you for following along with my Instagram posts, it’s still my favourite platform to get creative with ūüôā

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New In Store: Even More Glitter Heart Pins

Over the last week I’ve been working hard on expanding my collection for the Glitter Heart Pins. They are now available in 14 colours in both my Etsy and Look Lane shops! I’m currently wearing the silver one, but I still can’t decide on my favourite.

New-Glitter-Heart-Pin-ColoursThe pins are just £7 each with free postage in the UK. I honestly feel cheerier when I wear mine!

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I also made a fun little video¬†to show off the new colours a little more. I’m thinking about doing this for each new collection. What do you think?

Oh and don’t forget the bicycle pin giveaway on my previous post! I am loving all the comments about what you guys used to collect.

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2016: The Year Of The Pin

Enamel pins won my heart over last year. 2016 was definitely the year of the pin and I felt 100% nostalgic when growing my collection. I did a lot of pin swaps with fellow makers to add to my pins, so today I thought I’d share them with you. Since I photographed these, I have added more to my collection but I’ll¬†probably share¬†more soon! I’ve also updated how I store my pins and there is a little giveaway for some of you today, so keep reading until the end (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)!

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Hello Sunshine / Heidi Henry / Lucky Dip Club
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The Pink Samurai / Copper Boom Studio
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Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes / Annie Dornan Smith
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Pup Tart / Fox & Rose / Sparrow & Wolf
Lucky Dip Club / Finest Imaginary / Emma Carlisle
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Nikki McWilliams / Angela Chick Illustration
Basil and Ford / Nathalie Moore / Yoyo The Ricecorpse
Nikki McWilliams (x2) / Daphne RosaPin-Banners
Hah Online / Create and Craft Kits
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Apparently it is National Random Acts of Kindness Day in the US today, so I wanted to give away 5 of the rose gold enamel bicycle pins to 5 readers of this blog. Just let me know in a comment below what your favourite thing to collect was as a child. Mine was novelty erasers and hedgehog related items! I will draw the winners of the giveaway at random one week after this post goes live. Good Luck! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED).

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Oh and guys, I started a new collection. I’m making a denim tote bag covered in embroidered patches so let me know if you see any good ones!

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Winter Favourites 2017

I usually start these favourites post with an experience I have enjoyed that month, but it’s been a strange old start to 2017, so I wasn’t sure what to share. However, we have spent a lot more time with friends in January and February and it’s been so nice. We spent the weekend just got with some of our best friends watching films and relaxing in our slouchy clothes. It was the first full weekend I had taken off in months and it was gooooood.

Now onto things. I had to snap up the last monthly Lucky Dip Club box and I loved this Smile necklace that was included. The theme of the whole box was positivity!
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I decided to make 2017 a year of finishing projects because I have a habit of starting multiple things at once. The first project I finished was this Stitch and Story¬†chunky knit hat. The merino wool is so soft and cosy and it’s a really quick knit as it only uses knit and purl stitches.¬†Stitch and story hat

I like to change the art in my studio depending on the season. This print was a Christmas gift and is a collab by Oh Squirrel and Pup Tart. I love it!Makers-Gonna-Make-Glitter-Print

Another gift I’ve been enjoying is this essential oils diffuser¬†which I tend to have on when I work in the studio. The Lemongrass oil is good for pain relief so I have been using that for migraine days and the lavender before bed. It has a soft colour changing light too which I find relaxing.¬†Essential-Oils-Diffuser G and I came across The Amazing Chocolate Workshop when we were Christmas shopping and ended up buying a few gifts from their stand. Then he was sneaky and got me the chocolate scissors, pen and cheese!
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Super cool aren’t they?! The chocolate was amazing quality too.Chocolate-Pen

This month Taylors of Harrogate sent me their new coffee blend to try which is a collaboration with William Morris – how beautiful is the print?!

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I have had some lovely gifts from friends lately and I’m so grateful! One of them was this amazing monogrammed glitter bag from Hannah (Pup Tart) which she sent me as a surprise. It feels pretty special and I’m gonna use it for brunch outings and every day because you don’t need to have a party excuse to wear glitter!Pup-Tart-Glitter-Bag

I couldn’t pass up on the Nikki McWilliams¬†sample sale in January as I have had a pin banner on my wish list for so long. I also snapped up a passport cover too. A few other makers were having January sales too so I added to my pin collection. I am planning a separate update post on my pin collection soon, so keep your eyes peeled if you are looking for new designs!
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My final favourite is a swap that I did with a market stall neighbour at Craftacular in December. Little Tulip is a handmade candle company run by Lette. I have been burning this candle almost every day for 2 months and it’s still not finished. The scent is excellent and impressive for hand poured soy candle – it’s strong which I love.¬†Glow-Candle-Little-Tulip

So there you have it! My winter favourites which were mostly gifts ha! Maybe I should have titled this post “what I got for Christmas”…..anyway, tell me what you’ve been loving this winter. I’m off to enjoy a blanket and cat cuddles – more favourites!

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