Claireabellemakes on Etsy – Bicycle Rings

Today marks the final day of #BikeWeek 2013 and what a perfect day to launch my latest product in the Clairebellemakes Etsy store!

You can get yourself a cute hand stamped fabric button bicycle ring for £4.00, plus a little extra for posting. I can post to anywhere in the world.

Hand Stamped Bicycle Button Ring

What do you think? I’ve been using this little image on my packaging cards for a while now, so I thought why not incorporate it into some ring designs?!

More bicycle themed accessories will be listed in the shop next week…..bracelets in fact! I am going to be launching a line of macramé bracelets which I am super excited about.

If you are a newsletter subscriber and you received the June mailout, you will have received a 20% off coupon code. Don’t forget to use it before 24 June!

Happy weekend,

Claire

Beg Bicycles (And Win A Bike!)

Beg Bicycles are a local company to Cambridgeshire selling stunning hand built, classic bicycles and vintage inspired cycling accessories. They also run free ‘Joy rides’, gentle, easy paced bike rides around Cambridgeshire. Lycra and stop watches are banned and pubs or tea room stops are scheduled in the ride. Win.

Beg Bicycles

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The upcoming bicycle ride dates are: Sunday 30 June, Sunday 21 July, Sunday 18 August, Sunday 15 September, Sunday 20 October and Sunday 24 November. Email hello@begbicycles.com to reserve a spot.

All bike types are included (so not just sit up and begs) and people can dip in and out of the rides as they wish. As soon as my poorly bike is all fixed up, I am going to be joining them for a Joy Ride. Look how cheery they all are despite the wind!

Beg Bicycles Joy Ride

Image courtesy of Beg Bicycles

As you know from my previous posts this week, it’s Bike Week! So I thought I’d also share with you some competitions I found around the web to win a lovely bicycle of your own!

This Dawes Cycle is available to win here in conjunction with The Simple Things magazine (Facebook account required). Closes 27/06/2013.Dawes Bicycle

Readers of Crafty Magazine can enter to win a State Bicycle Co fixie here by answering a question about a bike related craft project. Clue, it goes on the saddle! Closes 27/06/2013.

You can read the rest of my Bicycle themed blog posts here.

Happy Cycling!

Claire

This post is not sponsored by Beg Bicycles, I just wanted to share local cycling events for Bike Week.

Cam Bike Fest 2013: Yarn Bombing a Bike Wheel

This week I have been working on a yarn bombed bicycle wheel for Cam Bike Fest. The inaugural festival will celebrate cycling with wacky bikes, local crafts, bike decoration and a a yarn bombed treasure trail which my wheel is going to be part of. More on this later.

Pom Pom Bike Wheel

A while back I discovered local organisation You Can Bike Too in Cambridge, who are the folks behind the festival. They offer cycling sessions for those new to riding a bike and help people with disabilities or those recovering from illness or injury. 

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They are some really special bikes to try too and their disabled members have spoken on local radio about how learning to ride a bike has changed their lives. They even have special bicycles for those in wheelchairs to give it a go. Pretty inspiring really.

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You Can Bike Too Handcycle Bike

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So if you live locally to Cambridge, I would encourage you to visit the Cam Bike Fest which takes place at Milton Country park on Saturday 22 June. And if you do, see if you can spot my wheel in the treasure trail!

Yarn Bombed Bike Wheel

It’s thanks to Willow Wanderer that I became involved. Look at this wonderful knitted bike she made to promote the festival around the city.

Willow Wanderer Knitted Bike

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Do you know of any cycling festivals or events in your area? Have a look on the Bike Week website and you may discover some!

You can read the rest of my Bicycle themed blog posts here.

Claire

P.S. Thanks to Miss Chaela-Boo for her contribution to the bike wheel project. Cable ties are so much quicker than stitching crochet 🙂 Do check out her posts on Bike Week too!

This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share local cycling events for Bike Week.

Bike Week 2013 15-23 June

I love my bike. So this week to celebrate Bike Week 2013, I shall be sharing bicycle related posts including round ups, handmade projects, events, competitions and even new products for my store. Cycling fans you are in for a treat!

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Bicycles in Cambridge / Claireabellemakes DIY Bike Basket Bunting

So what is Bike Week? It’s the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, encouraging over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around.

I LOVE cycling to work. Cambridge is flat as a pancake so my 3-speed dutch bike is perfect. I feel privileged to live in such a beautiful city ready made for cyclists with stunning views and routes. Cycling here makes me feel free and happy.

This weekend I want you to enjoy some amazing Bike themed finds on the internet that made me smile.

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This sound architecture piece in Amsterdam is made from 5,000 repurposed bicycle bells that ring gently in the wind. Stunning.

Velodrome Cafe

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Architects from Holland have designed this velodrome cafe and bike rental building in China. You could work off a slice of cake on the roof?!!

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This Bicycle art print by Brittany Slopey on Etsy will hopefully make a few people stop and think about the eco benefits of cycling. Is your city full of traffic?

Bicycle Flowerman

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Sometimes I like to fill my bike basket with flowers from the market. Not quite like this though! I can’t find the original source to this Pin, so do help me out if you know!

Do you cycle? You can check out more bicycle themed finds on my Pinterest board here.

Miss Chaela-boo is also blogging about Bike Week, so pop on over here to check out her post!

Claire