Instalife: Crafts and Cambridge

I’m never sure how interesting I can make an instagram roundup, but I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to over the last two weeks!

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Cakes at our hugely popular WI meet, autumnal flowers from work, trifle at Mum’s, low flying hot air balloon, Moo cards & packaging for the shop, beginnings of a knitted cushion, cool cake tin in John Lewis, a Cambridge lunch date by the river.

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New bicycle cushion by Mella Makes, tea with the boy, results from a crochet flowers class with Not So Granny, preparing images for my Etsy shop About page, bow ring prototype coming soon, ric rac rose, book binding with my Crafty Creatives box, cows and cyclists in Cambridge.

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I’ve had a nice two weeks of family time, crafting and working hard for the shop. I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated in other areas of my life lately, so I’ve decided from now, I am gonna get my butt in gear and work towards a better life balance. Wish me luck!

One last thing, a thanks to Cybele and Clare for the lovely blog nominations this week! Please check out their blogs over at Stitch One Knit Too and Lottie of London.

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

You can never be bored at the weekend in Cambridge. There is always something happening and despite the tourist season being in full swing (I swear it gets earlier every year!) I decided to wander into town to check out Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair at the Guildhall.

The Affordable Vintage Fair started in 2005 in Leeds and now tours to more than 30 cities and 6 festivals around the UK. Cambridge’s fair this weekend displayed a vast array of dresses, jewellery, bags, crockery and cake. It’s not a proper vintage fair without tea and cake, right?

The atmosphere was relaxed with many sellers willing to share tales. One stall holder was still jet lagged from a recent trip to the US to source 50s swing dresses. Needless to stay I stopped at this stall to admire the polka dots and lace adorned frocks for a while. Although vintage clothes were not on my shopping list for the day, I took time to lust after all the 40s shirt dresses and hand sewn lace tea dresses.

Local vintage boutique Jemporium Vintage were in attendance with a great selection of demin cut offs and sunglasses.

I had to stop myself from buying vintage clutch bags as there really isn’t space in my wardrobe for any more!

How fabulous is this stall of vintage Vogues?!

I had already contacted my favourite vintage market stall Retrovert to reserve some items, so I headed there in excitement to collect my goods from Sophie and Jane.

As well as beautiful crockery, the stall had numerous baskets of vintage lace, doilies and retro nick nacks. I couldn’t resist taking a snap of this vintage icing set!

These retro tumblers were £12 for the set and Sophie had kindly reserved them for me. I am so impatient and realised I should have also reserved the tea cup I had my eye on too. Luckily it was still available and I parted with £5 for this china Mayfair beauty.

After leaving the fair I spotted many people around the city in vintage get up and some fab victory rolls too! Only made me wish I had worn my vintage frock which I adjusted last week.

Claire x

My Week In Pictures

Although I had intended to share makes and bakes this week, it has been busy, eventful and celebratory over the last few days, with not much time for creating. So I thought I’d share a snapshot of the memories I created, via Instagram.

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*Be warned: there may be many pictures of a persian cat named Tammy, who should really have her own fan club.

(1) Looking at old photos of Grandad on a recent visit (2) Peppermint Teapigs delivery

(3) New Cath Kidston bike seat cover (4) Finding a parking spot at the station bike racks!

(5) Masters Graduation! (6) Amazing Camomile Tea at Laduree

(7) & (8) Graduation Macaron treats at Laduree

(9) & (10) Lovely handmade card & crochet flowers from crafty friend

(11) & (12) Vintage button shopping

(13) Herman the German friendship cake

(14) Blossom on a rare sunny day in Cambridge

Finally, I couldn’t post without also sharing the most gorgeous box of macarons I treated myself to at Laduree. I couldn’t resist the sweet little Hello Kitty box . Needless to say, they didn’t last long!

Claire x

New beginnings

Somehow, Spring time always makes me feel as though it is time for a new beginning. Unlike some people who reflect on their achievements at New Year, I find myself clearing out, refocusing and setting new goals.

This year is going to be a creative one. I’ve started a ‘making’ adventure and will be updating here with craft, baking and photography creations. I adore living in the city of Cambridge, so no doubt I’ll ramble about that on here too.

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything in particular, but I hope that in sharing my creative journey, I’ll learn something and enjoy the wonderful world of blogging.

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Claire