Instalife July 2014

July has been such an eventful start to summer! It began with a beautiful holiday with G and ended with some great events and planning for the months ahead! Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram snaps.

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Holidaying in Cyprus / Drinking Elderflower with fresh raspberries in the garden

My Pom Pom Sun Hat / Continuing the pom pom theme with some handmade slippers

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Getting over excited about Le Tour De France / Spotting a gold Bobbin bike

Announcing my latest book project! / Celebrating cycling in Cambridge

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Watermelon week on the blog with these DIY shoes and a smoothie recipe

Sharing my tips for storing photographs / Filofax Inspiration from my planner

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Customer photos make me super happy – the bicycle bracelets are still popular!

Stocking up on supplies for the store / Sending out some cute Scrabble Wall Art

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Finding a Bicycle Sculpture trail in Cambridge / My daily commute

Backstreets of Cambridge away from tourists / A London visit for the Crafty Fox Talks

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Learning paper cutting at the V&A with the wonderful Kirstie Allsopp!

Continuing the paper theme with a bookbinding class / A visit to Purl Alpaca

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TAMMY TURNED 10!! G and I can’t quite believe it. We’ve had her since she was 1 and she’s not changed a bit. Still as soppy as ever. I think she looks like the Grinch in that bottom left one……Yes, No, Yes, No!

I’ll be back Wednesday with a new Photo Walk series and then later this week I have some exciting news to share with you all.

Toodles!

Claire

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Instalife June 2014

June has been really quite great (migraines aside). There has been sunshine galore, bike rides, flowers and TONS of orders. It’s been the busiest month yet for the Etsy store and for wholesale. I’m thinking it’s the Tour De France effect?!

Here is my round up of the month via my Instagram photos.

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Geeking out over the TDF starting point in Cambridge / Bicycle shadows

Black Pashley’s are the classiest of bikes / Sunny rides with G to Grantchester Meadows

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Peonies are my absolutely faves / Roses and cottages in the city

Running work errands through flower filled colleges / End of term flowers from work

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An ace customer photo of their Scrabble Ring / Working on Bicycle Bracelets

120 bicycle charms which are almost all gone! / Coupon code running for the store

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Customising my bike helmet / Sharing top tips for crafters on the blog

Preparing lucky dip bags for the Etsy Craft Party / A giveaway on the blog (ends 6/07)

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Smoothies and bicycle bracelet fair prep / My stall at a local cycling event (windy!)

Scrabble Wall Art and accessories display on my stall at the Chesterton Festival

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May week fireworks on a punt / Testing my new clogs on the cobbled streets 

Discovering antique book shops / Attending summer garden parties at the colleges

Don’t forget to keep up with me on Instagram here!

Toodles!

Claire

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Instalife May 2014

Am I glad it’s June. A chance to start afresh after a month filled with migraines practically every other day. I was mostly sporting my ‘brave face’ (where I pretend I’m not unwell). If it wasn’t for keeping organised and forward planning, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did in May.

And keep reading for some shots of Cambridge, which has just been truly beautiful this Spring. Living here has helped, a lot! Here’s my Instagram round up.

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I attended a Crafty Fox Talk in London / Completed a jumper I starter last summer

Shared the first Lucky Dip Club Box and a post on How I Stay Organised

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Found a yellow Boris Bike in Soho! / Celebrated G’s 30th with cupcakes in London

Walks on the Southbank in London / Seeing the new Studio Ghibli film in Cambridge

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New yellow Tour De France Bracelets and Silver Bird Necklaces in my Etsy store

Launching Bicycle Necklaces and Paw Charm Macramé Bracelets

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Wisteria and Bicycles for the Floral Friday Competition (I won!) / Kings College

Views from inside Cambridge colleges / Punting boats in the sunshine

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Sunsets by the river (my most popular IG picture!) / Senate House in the city centre

More Cambridge colleges and cute cars / TDF advertising in Cambridge (eeee!)

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Finally, Tammy. She’s been the best migraine medicine ever. Cats are magic. Fact.

You can follow me on Instagram here to keep up with my goings on in June. I have an exciting announcement to make about the secret project I’ve hinted at and I may be ready to share the new studio space!

Toodles!

Claire

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All The Bicycles

This week it’s been all about the bicycles. What week isn’t for Claireabellemakes?!

I’ve been making a whole ton of Bicycle Bracelets for my new stockist and enjoying the pre Tour De France bicycle activity around Cambridge city centre. There is a great knitted bunting project happening in Cambridge (#CamBuntingTdF), more info here if you’d like to get involved!

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There has also been a new colour added to the selection of Bicycle Bracelets on offer in the Etsy store! This lilac hue is becoming a firm favourite of mine and it’s been creeping into my Instagram feed lately.

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Tour De France banners are being displayed around the city.

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The sunshine has been out most of the week!

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Wine shops, pubs and cafes use bicycles to advertise in the street.

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A close up of those banners.

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Pretty blue pashley bicycle near the day job.

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I hope you enjoyed a little bicycle excitement from me today. Soon I’ll be helping G pick out a new set of wheels for our summer bike rides (can’t wait) and I heard this week that my day job is likely to close on TDF day due to the road closures in the city. I can’t contain my bike excitement!

I also have some SUPER exciting bicycle craft news for you soon. A  secret project will be revealed…..

Oh and have you entered my craft giveaway yet? It’s a good ‘un.

Toodles!

Claire

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New Stockist: Design Essentials

I’m very pleased to announce that I have a lovely new local stockist! Design Essentials based in Saffron Walden is the creative venture of Wendy Howell, pictured below.

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Wendy supports a number of local artists and makers and stocks a wide range of products including home wares, art and jewellery. I’m very pleased that my bicycle bracelets will be sold in store alongside some fab Tour De France items!

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There are also fabric button rings and hair accessories on offer including the Russian Doll Rings made from this fabulous fabric sourced from Japan.

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If you are local to Cambridge or East Anglia, you can visit Design Essentials at 13 Market Hill, Saffron Walden (just up from the Market square). Or find them online here!

Toodles!

Claire

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