Claireabellemakes at the Shelford Fair



Hey guys! Just popping in to let you know I’m going to be at the first ever Shelford Fair this weekend.

It takes place on Sunday 13 April from 10am-3.30pm at the Memorial Hall in Great Shelford. It’s right near the train station, so very easy to get to.

I’d love to see some local faces, so do come along and say hello if you can. There will be food stalls (Steak and Honour, yes please!) and plenty of handmade goodies.

Visit the Shelford Fair website to be in with a chance of winning £10 to spend at the fair! 

You can also find the fair on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.



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DIY Curved Bead Cord Bracelet

Claireabellemakes DIY Curved Bead Cord Bracelet

Today I’m sharing a simple tutorial to make these quick DIY Curved Bead Cord Bracelets. Great for layering bracelets and nice and light for every day wear!

So what will you need? Start with these jewellery findings (I got mine on eBay).

DIY Curved Bead Cord Bracelet 1

You will also need jewellery pliers and strong glue. If you aren’t familiar with opening and closing a jump ring, you can watch this video – it’s really simple I promise!

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My end cap bails were fairly small so only fit two cords, but you could buy bigger ones and add a few lengths of cord to the bracelet. Test them out for size before you glue!

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Super easy right? You can use different beads if you aren’t keen on the curved beads. I made this Hello Kitty bead bracelet for my niece.

Hello Kitty Cord Bracelet

I wear my curved bead cord bracelet layered with 2 or 3 on one wrist. I’m definitely going to be wearing these on my holiday soon.

DIY Curved Bead Cord Bracelet Claireabellemakes

I hope you enjoyed this DIY today! This weekend there will be a bonus blog post as I am involved in the very exciting Southbank Centre Village Fair!



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Craft Magazine Features

This week has been exciting. My regular readers will know that as well as this blog, I have an Etsy store which I’ve been working hard at since July.

claireabellemakes Etsy shop

Orders have been flying out with some organised customers getting Christmas gifts ready and even an international sale to NYC. I just wish I didn’t have a day job so I could spend all day making!

I decided that I needed to put myself out there a bit more, regardless of how scary it is when you’re just starting out with a Handmade business. A feature in issue 17 of Craftseller magazine came up at just the right time to give me a little push!

Apparently, I’m a Crafting Whizz! Chuffed to say the least! I’ve been a subscriber to Craftseller for a while now and really value how supportive they are to small businesses.

Craftseller Crafty Whizz

At the same time, another super supportive magazine was launched and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Make and Craft is from the same editor as Popular Crafts Magazine and really embraces the craft community. There are tons fabulous projects in the first issue and the website is full of fantastic competitions, a shop and an engaging forum.

Plus, I’m on the home page for my behind the scenes interview with them! Click the image below to read it.

Make & Craft Home Page

So it’s all happening at the moment! My friend Jess and I are gearing up for our first craft fair and I’m really looking forward to connecting face to face with customers.

Keep an eye on the Etsy shop and Twitter/Facebook for new accessory bundles coming soon!


Claireabellemakes on Etsy

The time has come! My Etsy shop is finally open. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram will have seen a couple of sneak peeks over the last week or so, but now it is time to finally reveal claireabellemakes on Etsy!

claireabellemakes on Etsy

All my products are hand crafted and combine my love of jewellery, accessories, fabric, shabby chic, kitsch and vintage. I’m so excited to share my first product lines with you and would welcome feedback, good or bad! Here goes…..

Fabric covered button rings feature in all different patterns & colours.

Blue Floral Ring by claireabellemakes

A selection of vintage button rings and hair slides, I love these big shiny brown buttons!

Brown Vintage Button Ring by claireabellemakes

The shop also features Personalised wooden Scrabble tile rings. There were quite a few pre-orders of these so I think they will be popular. Thank you to Eve and Suzie who were my first orders! I wear C of course, which is worth 3 points 😉

Scrabble Ring by claireabellemakes

Cabachon flower hairslide sets and rings, simple and pretty.

Flower Hairslides by claireabellemakes

A selection of fabric covered button hair slides – I never have a bag without hair slides in!

claireabellemakes on Etsy

Future lines will include coin purses and BOWS! I absolutely love bows, so will be working on some product lines in the near future for claireabellemakes.

My Etsy shop button will now be a permanent feature in the right hand column. The blog will occasionally introduce new lines, but will not be a forum for sales.

Please get in touch if you’d like a custom product or have feedback! I hope you have enjoyed this little introduction and will pay my shop a visit. It’s been hard work, but so worthwhile for those moments when other people value something you have made.

I now declare claireabellemakes open! *ribbon cut*

claireabelle x