Instalife: October Was Good

Happy Friday guys! October officially ROCKED. I had 2 migraines all month. 2. I was completely shocked and didn’t quite know what to do with myself as I’ve been having 2-3 per week previously.

However, once it sunk in that October was going to be a ‘well’ month. I did as much as I could without triggering attacks. Here’s what I got up to with a little round up from my Instagram feed.


 Autumn/Fall Mantel Decoration / DIY Gold Leather Leaf Keyring

G and I had a pumpkin carving date / Searching for conkers in the park


Seeing the results of our WI’s crochet plant exhibition / A stunning tree in Cambridge

Pretty flowers in the Botanic Gardens / Flowers from my garden 


Beautiful sunsets over the river Cam / Spotting the cutest trike in the city

New local cafe Afternoon Tease / Watching the GBBO final at the Clandestine Cake Club


Relisting the Russian Doll Rings in my store / Announcing my Etsy Ambassador role

Hitting 2000 followers on Twitter (OMG!) / Launching Scrabble Tile Necklaces


Bathroom cabinet DIY with my friend Jess / Preparing goodie bags for a craft party

Played spot the word with my IG followers / Obligatory Tammy picture (and xmas PJs) 

I love these round-ups because they are like a little diary of what I have achieved each month. I have announced in my newsletter that there are some exciting new plans ahead for Claireabellemakes. I’ll soon be offering Craft Parties for adults in Cambridge and I can’t wait to share the details with you all! Watch this space.

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Instalife: When September Ends

Phew – September was terribly busy! Here’s a round up of my month via Instagram.

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A wonderful holiday to Cyprus / Showing off my tan with my own Bicycle Bracelet

Gorgeous Cypriot Lace Doillies inspired a DIY for Cobweb Book Ends

Claireabellemakes Instalife Crochet and Knitting

A popular DIY for a Crochet Pumpkin Coffee Sleeve / Customising my Camera strap

Starting a knitted cables project / A review of this darling Embroidered Cherry Brooch

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Spotting the GBBO gang at the Cake and Bake Show / Pretty Macarons

Living up to my crazy cat lady reputation by Instagramming Tammy

Claireabellemakes Instalife Scrabble Brooches

Custom Four letter word Scrabble Brooches / Modelling a YAY Scrabble brooch 

Launching Glitter Heart Brooches / My stall at the Cherry Hinton Festival Craft Party

Claireabellemakes Instalife Crochet Flowers

Whizzing through the streets of Cambridge on my bicycle / Trinity College in the sun

DIY for a Crochet Puff Stitch Flower / Decorating my bike basket with crochet flowers

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte at the day job / My new PEN!

Having a mooch round Spitalfields Market on a day off / FACEbook 😉

I hope you all had a great month. October is looking quite exciting as our WI crochet project with the Cambridge Botanic Gardens launches and it is one month closer to my big birthday. Yep, that’s right, I hit the big 3-0 soon!

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Instalife: August 2013

Another month has whizzed by! I want to put the breaks on for 2013, it’s all happening so quickly. Anyway, here’s what I got up to in August via my Instagram.

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DIY Curved Bead Cord Bracelet / Southbank Centre Village Fair Virtual Stall
Making some Glitter Heart Brooches for a future market / DIY Feather Necklace

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Baking some Vanilla Macarons for a friend / Hosting a Tea Party on the blog
Trying on my flower crown / Tammy always watching even when sleeping

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Enjoying my Make and Craft Feature / A commission for Map Cufflinks
Launching the Scrabble Brooches in my Etsy store / A custom Bicycle Bracelet

Cycling in Cambridge Claireabellemakes

Dodging the traffic on my cycle to work / Getting a new kitty themed bell
Spotting a unicorn on the way home from work / Bike rides along the river Cam

Friends and Family Time Claireabellemakes

Family party time at a beautiful vineyard / G and Moni playing table tennis in the park
Catching up with a friend after 5 years / Emmanuel College Cambridge

I also discovered my phone camera had a panoramic setting! I took this shot of Emmanuel College to test it out.

Emmanuel College CambridgeYesterday I discovered a little hedgehog living in our garden! His name is Harold and he wasn’t shy in having a close up photo taken. SO CUTE!

Baby Hedgehog

Hedgehog Baby

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Instalife: Craft Partying and Bike Week

Well, it’s been a pretty busy few weeks for Claireabellemakes! Here are some of my Instagram snaps so you can see what I’ve been up to.

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Morning walk along The Backs in Cambridge / Tammy helping me blog

Starting a new Crochet project / Customising a Phone Case

Etsy Craft Party Claireabellemakes

Throwing the 2nd Cambridge Etsy Craft Party / Working on a Baby Blanket

Hair slide sale in my Etsy store! / Launching Lucky Dip bags for Claireabellemakes

Bike Week Claireabellemakes

Celebrating Bike Week with Etsy store items, the Bicycle Bracelets are popular!

Yarn Bombing a Bike Wheel for Cam Bike Fest / Screen Printing for the first time

Liberty London

Day Trip to the Migraine clinic and Liberty London / Buttons galore!

Pretty tea dresses in Liberty / A modest stationery haul for my collection

I’m so looking forward to the warm weather ahead this weekend, I need some sunshine! Although I will be sporting big shades and drinking loads of water to avoid migraines. What do you guys have planned?!

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