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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Instalife April 2014

It’s May. The month G turns 30 and the month I’m determined to get more organised! Would you guys like to see a post on how I stay organised?

Anyway, before I jump head first into May, here’s a round up of my April via Instagram.

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Working on the final touches of my studio makeover / Tammy helping out

Framing my Ste Illustrates Bicycle Print / Doing some writing work for future projects

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Spring inspiration in my Etsy store sale / Tulips are my utter fave

Sharing my commute to the day job / Making friends with an Alpaca at Burwash

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Floral ring displays at craft fairs / Working on the ever popular bicycle bracelets

My stall at the Shelford Fair / Custom Scrabble Wall Art now in my Etsy store

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My postcard city / Florence taking a break on the back streets of Cambridge

Fields of spring flowers / River scenes are the most relaxing

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Sharing a DIY for displaying photos / Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins recipe

Finishing a long term baby blanket project / A sewing project to be revealed soon

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Oh and Tammy of course. SHESOFLUFFYIWANNADIE (bonus points if you get the Despicable Me reference there!).

How was your April? Do let me know what you got up to in the comments below. I want to hear about everyone’s Easter eggs as we tried not to eat any this year. Did you forget I’m nosey?!

Toodles!

Claire

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Instalife March 2014

Time for another Instagram round up! Here’s what I got up to in March.

I generally felt quite well apart from sleep deprivation through stopping my migraine meds! I am one of these people who cries when they are tired and gets hangry when they need food. All is well now and I am grateful for another fun packed month.

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Swooning over my Kikki.k Haul / Taking part in a mail swap

Making a card out of old stamps / Bicycle notecards from my penpal in Canada

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Adding new product shots to my bestsellers / Releasing the Penny Farthing collection

Working on fair stock / Ordering yellow cord for Tour De France Bicycle Bracelets

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Getting out on my bike in Cambridge / Spring has arrived along The Backs

Stopping at the flower stall on the market / Soaking up the tourist atmosphere

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A weekend mini break with family – played golf / Lunch at Byron Burgers with my Dad

A crafternoon for Mother’s Day / My nephew in his craft creation

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 DIY Door Knob Necklace Display / DIY Fabric Magnetic Noticeboard

Sharing my fave Stationery stores on Etsy / A Vivid Please Giveaway

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Fat Free Brownies for the #TryTotal challenge / Taking a tea break in the studio

New coaster from The Bellwether / Cake with G after the Country Living Fair

How was your March? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget you can follow me on Instagram here. I just passed 1000 followers. WOWZERS!

Oh wait! I nearly forgot a Tammy photo! Here is a fab xmas time picture I found the other day. The new grumpy cat eh?!

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Toodles!

Claire

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Instalife February 2014

February was good. Apart from a massive 5 day attack this week, I am generally enjoying an improvement with my migraines, meaning I am having more ‘normal’ days. In 2013, I had 90 migraine days.  A quarter of the year. 3 months worth. Thank goodness for scheduling, that’s all I can say! I’m really hoping the good spell lasts well into 2014….

Anyway, here is a round-up of what I got up to in February via my Instagram!

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Share The Love month on the blog saw some amazing guest DIYS!

Crochet Notebook Sweater /Fabric Clipboards

Glitter Foam Wall Art / Wire Wrapped Dangle Earrings

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Working on some new Etsy store packaging / Scrabble Filofax Charms launched

Wondering how to store Scrabble Tiles / Continuing my Filofax Inspo series

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Getting creative at pottery class and using the wheel!

Learning about millinery at WI / A crochet Totoro for my Valentine

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Finding washi tape storage for £1.50! / Pincushions in my craft studio

Working on my craft studio makeover / Teapot in my February favourites

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Snowdrops in the garden / Spring time bicycle rides along the river

Tulips are my favourite flower / Sunshine in the city

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Florence arrived and I took her for a long ride 

Taking part in the 2nd Sheepish Heart Bomb / New bicycle brooch pin

Back Friday with a quick and easy brownie recipe and a whole ton of stationery themed posts for March. Follow on my links below to keep up to date.

Toodles!

Claire

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