New In Store: Wheelie Festive Bikes

I’m so excited to share my latest product with you today! The Wheelie Festive Bikes have arrived in store and it’s making me want to put my Christmas decorations up now! The wooden bicycle decorations are laser cut and hand painted, then finished off with a complimentary twine for hanging.

Available in 5 colours; red, white, gold, silver and plain wood. You can buy them individually or as a set of 5 where you can mix and match to suit your colour scheme.

I am so happy to finally share these with you after lots of hard work and prep in the studio. They will be available at all my Christmas markets this year too along with another very exciting product which I hope to launch soon.


See, I told you it would be super festive around here!



Bike Week Giveaway

Today I’m celebrating Bike Week by bringing you a bicycle themed giveaway! I have been collecting these goodies for a little while now and it seems like the perfect time to share them. Bike-Week-Giveaway-Claireabellemakes

The giveaway includes the following prizes:


Last year I contributed 3 projects to Craft Bomb Your Bike. It was such a fun book to be involved with!


I have a copy of this book and I love it. It shares tips for selecting the right bike and advice for cycling in style.


Of course it wouldn’t be a bicycle giveaway if it didn’t include some goodies from the Claireabellemakes shop!


The giveaway is open worldwide and closes on 29 June. Genuine followers only please! Just enter on the widget below. Good luck and happy cycling!

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Bike Week 2015: My Favourite Bicycle Posts

Bike Week starts today and is a week long series of events and campaigns to encourage cycling across the UK. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to round up some of my favourite bicycled themed posts that have appeared here on the blog in the last couple of years.

Stay in touch for a bicycle themed giveaway next week too!

DIY-Tassel-Bike-BasketDIY Tassel Bike Basket


Bicycle Decoration Ideas


Craft Bomb Your Bike BookSummer-Bike-Style-Picks-Claireabellemakes

Summer Bike Style

Yarn Bombed Bike Wheel

Yarn Bombing a Bike Wheel

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket


Tour De France comes to Cambridge

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

DIY Bicycle Basket Bunting


Bicycle Bracelets by Claireabellemakes

I’ll be cycling every day as usual during Bike Week, but I hope you all have a chance to go for a bike ride too! If you need inspiration, you can also take a look at my favourite bicycle finds on my Pinterest board below.

Follow Claireabellemakes’s board I want to ride my bicycle on Pinterest.



Tourist In Cambridge #5

Cambridge looks the most pretty in summer, but it is magical in the winter sun too. The ice rink arrives in the city in November and this year we had an outdoor Food Park with independent vendors and festive treats.

I took a photo tour on my bicycle one chilly afternoon to add to the Tourist In Cambridge series with a festive post.


There were lots of traditional wreaths on the cottage doors.


We added our new fabric wreath to the door for Christmas.


Florence has been out and about with me in the cold and her pom poms are holding up well.


Even in the winter chill, people make the most of the many green spaces around the city.


I love spotting bicycle decorations and especially love this Pink Pashley with floral bunting on the basket.Pink-Pashley-Bicycle

The Fitzwilliam Museum always manages to look grand whatever the weather, but it is especially majestic in the low winter sunshine.Fitzwilliam-Museum-Cambridge

We don’t buy a real tree because of our cat, but I love the smell!

This cycle counter is a great addition to the city. The lit up display really wouldn’t photograph well – there had actually been 514 cyclists. Not many, but most of the students had left the city for the holidays at this point in mid December.


I love the quirky bikes you can spot around the city. I was at the traffic lights on my bike when I quickly snapped this strange mode of transport!


I hope the winter sun lasts. We had a super sunny Christmas day, it was perfect for a walk along the river and around the city.


I plan to continue this series into 2015, perhaps with some features on local favourites such as cafes and shops. Do comment if there is something or somewhere in the city you would like to see!

What do you love about where you live?



Instalife October 2014

I almost forgot to prepare this post as I couldn’t quite believe it was November already! October gave us a truly magnificent Autumn in Cambridge and I know I always say it but I’m SO grateful for this beautiful city. For some weeks I hardly leave, but I never feel suffocated like I did in London. Despite having migraines almost every weekend last month, I managed to take my meds effectively and push through for some nice days and crafty happenings.

Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram photos.

Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Cambridge-October-2014Bike rides with G around the city / Lunch breaks and walks on sunny days

Finding the Pumpkins at the market / Enjoying autumn colours

Claireabellemakes-Instalife-BlogCrafts-October-2014Working on an IKEA Hack / Craft Party fun / Lemon Sherbet Cake

A free crochet pattern / Blanket progress / Knitting for me

The Studio Tour! / A DIY for stationery lovers / Sharing my Favourites

 Visiting the flower market for blooms / Bike Spotting around the city

Decorating my bike and enjoying the journey to the day job

Claireabellemakes-Instalife-October-2014Stationery love / Pink Scrabble! / Craft Party Projects

Baking / Crochet Book launch / Sentimental craft supplies

Launching bike streamers / Autumn Tea / Pumpkin carving party

Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Shop-October-2014Launching new products and packaging for the shop

Preparing stock for giveaways and charity events

Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Tammy-October-2014And finally Tammy. Because she’s flat faced and fluffy and doesn’t stop miaowing.

Here’s to November! It’s my birthday month and G and I are off on a mini break to the seaside. Can’t wait.




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