10 Of The Best Christmas Decorations From Etsy

It’s basically been Christmas market mayhem around here lately, so the blog hasn’t been as busy as I had hoped. I recently took part in the Etsy Made Local market in Cambridge and it was SO FESTIVE! We had massive screens with snow videos on and endless Christmas tunes inside the venue. It was an exhausting couple of days, but amazing to see so many locals enjoying our makes and taking the time to visit.

I got the chance to have a nose at other people’s stalls and found some amazing Christmas Decorations all available on Etsy.

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The top row are decorations that have caught my eye on Instagram lately and the bottom two rows are all from makers of the Cambridge Made group (the Etsy Team for Cambridge). It makes me so proud to be part of the team when I see how talented everyone is!

etsy-christmas-decoration-selectionWooden Mistletoe / Knitted Christmas Stocking / Moon Tree Ornament
Tree Shaped Pillows / Chalkboard Dinosaur Decoration / Unicorn Hanging Ornament
 Christmas Jumper Decoration / Brussel Sprout DecorationPersonalised Ceramic Decoration

 

I also couldn’t write this post without mentioning how pleased I am that people have liked the Wheelie Festive Bikes! I’m wheelie wheelie happy that I have had to paint so many 🙂 the red has been the most popular so far.

wheelie-festive-bikes-red-christmas-bicycle-decorationWe will be putting our tree up this evening and adding some bikes to our red and white theme. I can’t wait to get in the festive spirit at home and start gift wrapping too! Have you got your tree up yet?

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5 Of The Best Tea Advent Calendars

So many people are now looking for alternatives to the chocolate advent calendar and with the abundance of beauty, candle and toy ones available, there is a ton of choice! This year I discovered something even better. Today I bring you 5 of the best Tea Advent Calendars.
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As you may know, I’m a big fan of festive and herbal teas so these calendars are right up my street! Last year I tried a candle advent calendar which was slightly underwhelming, so I’m definitely lusting after a tea one for 2016. I’ve tried to include a range of price points in case a tea advent calendar appeals to you too!tea-advent-calendar-for-christmas

Post Tea – £49

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Bluebird Tea Co – £45fortnums-wooden-tea-advent-calendar

Fortnum & Mason – £125harrods-tea-advent-calendar

Harrods – £12.95wooden-advent-calendar-house

Ella James – £39 (can be filled with tea or any treats!

Have you decided on an advent calendar this year? Or perhaps you prefer a more traditional candle? Or maybe you don’t even celebrate Christmas?! Do share your traditions with me, as I’m feeling super festive this year and I’d love to know what you’re all up to.

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From Christmas to Valentines

Whilst I took a blogging break over the holidays, I was still creating DIYs for the Sizzix blog in my role as design team member. I said goodbye to Christmas and hello to the next holiday – Valentines!
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Find out how I recycled my Christmas cards into gift tags on the blog here
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You can see how G and I will be choosing our date nights with this DIY Date Night Jar here.

Sizzix have started 2016 with another giveaway to win a Big Shot Plus die cutting machine and a selection of dies (UK and EU).

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You can enter the giveaway until Friday 22nd January 2016 at 10am GMT here. Don’t forget to check if you were a winner in the previous giveaways here.

Thanks for letting me share today!

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Merry Craftmas From Claireabellemakes

I’m going to be taking a short blogging break until the new year so I wanted to wish you all a Merry Craftmas!!Merry-Craftmas

Thank you for all your support this year. Early in 2016 I will be reviewing my year and sharing my goals and achievements with you.

I will leave you with a quote which I’ll be remembering throughout 2016. I guess it is quite relevant too what with the latest big movie release….

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.”
— George Lucas —

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Hand Painted Christmas Cat Ornament

After my Christmas decorations post, I wanted to share a closer look at our hand painted Christmas cat ornament as I couldn’t believe how much it looked like Tammy!
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I picked up the cat ornament at the Etsy Cambridge Christmas market from the very talented Kim Haskins.  I may have also added a little santa hat for Tammy in the video below. Because it’s Christmas and why not?!

It is definitely one we will cherish for years and years and I especially love it because it is handmade.

I was asked to share my favourite Christmas decoration by Topps Tiles as part of their latest competition. Do take a look – there are so many cute Christmas ornaments and it will definitely make you feel festive!

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