Instalife August 2014

I had two migraines in August. Two.

Taking a week off the day job no doubt helped, but I’m not 100% sure what has changed. Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe the meds worked, it’s hard to tell. I was having 2-3 attacks per week last year.

August has been my best month in a really long time and I’m happy to share what I got up to via my Instagram snaps.

I’ve worked hard on the craft studio and shared snippets here and there. A full reveal post is coming, I promise.

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The Etsy store has been a little quieter, so I’ve worked on Scrabble Wall Art orders and product development for Christmas (yes, small businesses need to plan that far ahead!).

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Cambridge has been good to me and always provides joy even on a rainy day. I just make the most of it by putting on my wellies and stomping through the (deep) puddles to get pick and mix from the shops.

After a little flooding along the river, we are back to normal levels and I’ve been out and about on Florence.

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In August I got my baking mojo back! I made merringues, scones and foraged for apples to start crumble season early. I’m updating my recipe book and giving my kitchen a little refresher with some pretty purchases. It feels good.

I’ve had dates with G (sushi is our fave), sweet shop visits with my dad and virgin cocktails with my bestie for her 30th.

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On the blog there have been Filofax and stationery posts, handmade finds, news of a book release, DIYs and fashion wish lists. 4 posts a week now and I couldn’t love blogging more.

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Oh, and Tammy keeps falling asleep with her tongue out #cuteoverload.

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So there you have it! August has reminded me of how it feels to be healthy. I never take it for granted when I feel well, I just feel lucky and enjoy the moment in case the next bad spell is on its way.

Here’s to a happy and productive September for all of you too.

Toodles!

Claire

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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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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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