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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Photoshoot Fun In Cambridge

I’ve been feeling pretty low this winter. For the second year in a row, the S.A.D has kicked in and it’s been hard to find the energy to stay motivated and cheery. So, when Lucy got in touch about a photoshoot day in Cambridge, I knew it would be just what I needed to bring me some positivity! It was also a chance for me to do something outside of my comfort zone – I’m not one of those people who can relax when¬†having my photo taken. Warning – this post contains a lot of my face!

Lucy (who’s business is Lucinda Price Photography) invited Jo and I to have a portrait photoshoot as besties on the route she takes clients in Cambridge city centre. We started at the historic Senate House and had a relaxed stroll along the back streets and cobbled walls.

I took my new Pup Tart glitter bag to wear because you know I love a bit of sparkle.
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I’m so glad Jo and I did the shoot together because it definitely helped me feel more relaxed. She’s one of the best people to spend the day with and having known Lucy for about 10 years, it felt just like a day hanging with friends.
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We got the giggles at one point……Cambridge-Portrait-Photoshoot

…and of course I did some bike spotting and wore my Traveller Bag from Cambridge Satchel Company.
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Lucy’s route took us to some of my favourite spots in Cambridge, we rode our bikes down Portugal Place and had our portraits taken with the famous Kings College in the background. At one point we even bumped into my Auntie who has visiting the city as a tourist for the day.Claireabellemakes-Kings-College-Cambridge

I think this photo is my favourite one from the whole shoot. It just sums up how much fun we had.
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I forgot to decorate Florence’s basket for the occasion. It’s on my to do list now! Any ideas for what to decorate with?Bike-Rides-In-Cambridge

Not only did Lucy take pictures of our faces, but she also asked us if there were particular shots we wanted to get as part of the shoot. Jo and I took our pins along and Lucy suggested these fun close ups.
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I had the best day and I’m super excited to share a fab deal¬†below to get a huge discount on Lucy’s photographic services. I’ve also linked to all the items I wore for the shoot in case you are interested!

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Lucy is offering 25% off all her services with the code CLAIREABELLE2017 at her newly launched website here!

Hustle Sweater – Letter Clothing
Black Skinny Jeans – Primark
Clogs – Swedish Hasbeens
Traveller Bag – Cambridge Satchel Company
Glitter Bag – Pup Tart
YAY Necklace, Glitter Pin, Bicycle Pin – Claireabellemakes
Cat Pin – Hello Sunshine
Oversized Pink Coat – Debenhams
Icon Sweater – H&M

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**This photoshoot was provided to me free of charge by Lucinda Price Photography for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.

Instalife February 2017

Oof February whizzed by didn’t it? It’s only a few days shorter, but it always feels like we loose a whole week or something. I had a tough one for migraines and S.A.D, but I managed to stay productive and share some of my creative endeavours when I could. Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram feed.¬†Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Studio-Behind-The-Scenes-Feb-2017

Packing up custom pencil orders and restocking / Print inspiration

Glitter pins in progress / Desk space / Local press featureClaireabellemakes-Instalife-Shop-Feb-2017

Shooting new images for the bike pins and Valentines cards in the shop

Launching new colours of the Glitter Heart Pins and sharing pencils

Updating product photos for my new shop on Look Lane
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Using my Hello Day Planner and enjoying coffee in the studio

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Obviously I did some bike spotting / Tammy keeping me company in the studio

I also shared this awesome illustration Jo from Hello Sunshine did of me! I love her new watercolour style doodles.Claireabellemakes-Portrait-by-Hello-Sunshine

Throughout March I’ll be taking part in the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge again. It is so much fun to share a bit more about my business through this Instagram challenge so be sure to follow along! You can see my posts from last year all together here.

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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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Instalife January 2017

I’m not gonna lie guys. January was tough. I had at least 2-3 migraine days a week ¬†(sometimes more!) and the world news got me down. My usually positive mindset was certainly challenged. But, as usual, creativity kept me going as well as lots of time with friends and some quiet days at home with G. Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram photos.¬†Claireabellemakes-Creative-Projects-Instalife-Jan-2017

A fun scissor shot – one of these is chocolate! / Working on a new hat for fun

DIY Copper Foil Planter / A jewellery DIY for We Make Collective
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Awesome customer photos of the bicycle pins and phrase necklaces!

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I spent a lot of time working on the Glitter Heart Pins – more colours coming!

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I shared lots of planner updates including my choices for 2017 & a dashboard

The Peony Planner launched and I started Bullet Journalling
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As usual, lots of bike spotting happened around Cambridge

….and Tammy kept me company in the studio

Thanks for letting me share an update today. I hope February will be better for my health so I can get back to regular blogging again. I miss it! Do let me know if there is anything you would like to see or any projects I should try.

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