January Favourites 2016

I like to start my favourites posts by sharing my favourite experience of the month. Right now we are on holiday with G’s family enjoying Center Parcs and we’re having a great time. I’m so grateful I get a chance to take time out which is already ticking off my self care goal for 2016 (see the rest of my goals here). I am trying to relax as much as possible.

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Now onto the ‘things’ that I’ve been enjoying this month. My love for spray paint has not diminished. In fact it’s grown. These shiny metallic cans are going to be used very soon.
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I’m super proud to share a new venture for the girls behind The New Craft House (formerly the New Craft Society). Hannah and Rosie have launched craft kits to make your own patchwork cushion or hand sewn knickers. Keep an eye on their website for details of workshops and events at their new London studio.New-Craft-House-Cushion-Kit

LOVING all stationery at the moment. As you all probably know by now. Very much enjoying these scissors and a pen that was gifted to me from the team at Kikki.K.
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Next up is my mermaid glitter pouch from Pup Tart. I use it every day and keep my lip balm, meds, hand cream and essentials in here. So many people love the glitter when they see it. Pup-Tart-Mermaid-Glitter-Pouch

My winter skin care essentials have all been dry skin products. Cycling across open commons every day means I need these products in the winter! I’ve been slapping on my EOS Lip BalmClinique Moisture Surge and this Garnier Shea Butter Hand Cream in a bid to stay moisturised. It’s definitely mittens weather now yay! Winter-Beauty-Favourites-ClaireabellemakesI’m also working my way through my Christmas stash of Lush products which I received as gifts. Still love Lush so much!
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I’ve really been enjoying the free gifts with Mollie Makes magazine for the last two issues. Looking forward to practising my origami!
Mollie-Makes-Magazine Mollie currently have a deal to grab 3 issues for £5 which is great value.

Believe it or not, I’ve momentarily ventured away from my Cambridge Satchels and purchased this beautiful hand woven bag from The Basket Room with my birthday money. Each basket is woven in Africa to provide creatives with a sustainable income. This bag came with a note that said this is the kind of bag mothers in Africa gift to their daughters on their wedding day. I love it when there is a story behind a make.

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One thing that hasn’t left my side since I purchased it with a gift card is this blanket scarf from Not On The High Street. Scarves that double as blankets are the best invention ever.Grey-Reversable-Blanket-Scarf

We’ve also been loving F is for Family, which was a random Netflix find and only 6 episodes long. Really funny if you don’t mind lots of curse words! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea mind. Should we be watching Making a Murderer next? I usually don’t follow hype, but I can’t stop hearing about it.

What’s on your favourite list this month?

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November Favourites 2015

I always like to start my favourites post, by sharing an experience I have enjoyed this month. As it was my birthday, the best thing I did all month was have afternoon tea at Sketch with G. Such a treat! You can read more about the afternoon tea and see all the photos in this post!

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The remainder of my favourites are mostly lovely birthday gifts which I’m really grateful for! So consider this a little birthday haul post with some extras at the end.

My Mum gave me this glass bike ornament which she picked up on her travels around the Baltic earlier this year. I must keep Tammy away from this one!

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My friend Jess gave me a sugar cookie candle which smells SO GOOD. I have been quite organised writing my Christmas cards this year (these cat ones are from Hello Harriet) and I always like to have a festive candle burning when I do them.Christmas-Cards-and-Candles

My pin collection has grown with the addition of this rose gold persian cat pin from Hello Harriet thanks to my friend Kate. My personalised biscuit pin is from the Lucky Dip Club box and the tea pot one from my friend Troy #pingame.Handmade-Pin-Badges

My wonderful sister gifted me this beautiful rose gold and grey watch from Olivia Burton. It has been on my wish list for yonks. Olivia-Burton-Rose-Gold-Watch

I nearly bought this Harry Potter Colouring Book for myself, but received it in the mail as a birthday gift, so I’m glad I didn’t. Can’t wait to get started on this one. I’m hoping for some down time over the Christmas break, but it depends how long my accounts catch up takes! I want to colour a pink Dobby ha!Harry-Potter-Colouring-Book

G took me to Lush Oxford Street when we went to London to celebrate and I picked up some festive bath bombs and melts. The melting marshmallow moment (pink and orange) smells exactly like fruit salad sweets! Super gutted the snowman bath melt has been discontinued though, it was my ultimate fave.Lush-Bath-Bombs-and-Melts

At the Lucky Dip Club Meet Up earlier this month, we were given a Sun Jellies bag to take home. Mine is now being used to hold candy canes which I send out with orders and it has been decorated with the cherry pom poms I made on the night. Pink-Sun-Jellies-Bag

As I’m on a Slimming World plan (lost over a stone so far!), I decided to get a Yankee Candle Advent Calendar instead of chocolate. It smells so good without even opening the windows. A bit pricier than a chocolate version, but I wont spoil the diet any more (and I especially need to be good since that afternoon tea!).

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I’ve been trying to support designer makers this year and got some of my Christmas presents at Renegade or Craftacular markets. I also got some fantastic hand lettered Christmas cards from The Lovely Drawer.The-Lovely-Drawer-Christmas-Cards

Finally, DMC were kind enough to send me some of their Natura Just Cotton yarn to try out and so far I love it! I’ve made some crochet dishcloths, but I’d love to hear any ideas you have for other things I can make. I have these purple tones and also some autumnal yellow and greens.DMC-Natura-Just-Cotton-Yarn

What have you guys been loving this month? It’s a busy week here with two Christmas markets to prepare for, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with a festive DIY I think you will love. Oh, and the studio is getting decorated for Christmas this year so watch this space!!!

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October Favourites 2015

My number one favourite thing this month has been my friends. It’s been a strange old month for motivation and happiness and they have been there for me when I’ve needed a a pep talk or a shoulder to cry on. It’s only now in my 30s that I feel like I’ve made the best friends I’ve ever had and I am thankful for that. And when they buy you flowers it really helps.

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OK, soppiness over.

October was a self care month with lots of rest and acupuncture. I’m actually following a Slimming World healthy eating plan and have managed to loose one stone so far. I taste tested this pumpkin salad for my local cafe Bridges and it was delicious. Seasonal food is definitely my favourite.

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I’ve really been getting back into my planner and stationery items this month. I picked up this (stackable) Washi Tape Dispenser in Home Sense which has been on my wish list for aaaages.

If you’re into paper crafting, make sure to check out Home Sense as their We Are Memory Keepers ranges are pretty good and more affordable than anywhere else too.

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I have been trying to read more this month to take time away from screens. I am absolutely LOVING Caboodle magazine. Every page has something that suits me and I haven’t found a magazine like that in a really long time. Definitely not missing an issue now.

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In addition to reading, I’ve been enjoying Podcasts whilst working in the studio. My current favourite is 10,000 Hours. Grant Spanier and Vince Koci discuss creative topics with a different guest each week. They swear loads and discuss an ‘off topic topic’ each time. This can range from beards and hipsters, to what shoes they are wearing. It’s comical and insightful and gets you thinking about creativity, entrepreneurship  and workflow.

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Whilst I’m in the studio I always like to have a big pot of tea to hand. Each year I make sure to stock up on the seasonal teas from Bluebird Tea Company. The Spiced Pumpkin Pie tea is a winner every time.

I’ll be posting more about Bluebird’s Christmas Tea Blends later this week so keep an eye out if you’re also a tea lover!

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One last favourite. It’s that time of year I want to get back into yarn crafts again and I made another (smaller) Totoro for a friend to gift to her husband. I will never tire of making these, they are SO CUTE! G still loves his one and I try to steal it back most days.

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What have you been loving during October?

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September Favourites 2015

September was full of lovely things. Of course my most favourite thing was our trip away to Florida! Disney’s Magic Kingdom fireworks were really magical.

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This post is really two month’s worth of favourites as I took August off from blogging. It’s also in part a mini haul of items I bought in America (full hauls are being uploaded to my You Tube channel).

I’m always keen to support UK designer makers and often find talented people to buy from on Instagram. How good is this terrarium pin from Finest Imaginary? Kim offers free UK shipping for all her orders too.

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At a recent craft market, my stall neighbour was Alison Hullyer and I couldn’t resist one of her screen printed bicycle tea towels.Bicycle-Tea-TowelI needed a new needle case and found Helen from Living Longingly selling these sweet polka dot ones on Instagram.

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It wouldn’t be a favourites post without some stationery right? In the US, I was on the hunt for Heidi Swapp products including Project Life and planning supplies. These gold foil stickers were on offer too!Heidi-Swapp-Gold-Foil-Stickers

We visited Target where I found some stationery items in their ‘one spot’ dollar bins. Perfect for my plannerTarget-Stationery-Haul

This gold chevron fabric from Michael’s craft store will probably be made into a cushion cover. It’s super pretty. I’m definitely having a gold moment right now.Gold-Chevron-Fabric

I had to pick up some recollections glue runners too. They are the best ones I’ve ever used for papercrafting and scrapbooking.

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Now we’ve moved into autumn, the seasonal candles have arrived in shops yay! I went to Bath and Body Works in the USA and found some great pumpkin candles and cinnamon scents.Pumpkin-Apple-CandleI reaaaaally wish Bath and Body Works delivered to the UK. I was seriously pushing the luggage limit after visiting their store!Pumpkin-Candles-Bath-And-Body-WorksAutumn means plenty of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes too! G and I have been taking our usual weekend trips out for a coffee and enjoying these illustrated seasonal cups. It’s about time I used my handmade coffee cup sleeve too!Starbucks-Pumpkin-Spiced-Latte I had heard lots about the EOS lip balms before I went to the US, so picked up a Strawberry Sorbet and a Honeysuckle one. The dome shape is great for application, but they do take up more space in your bag. You can get these in Boots in the UK, but they are a lot more expensive than in America.EOS-Lip-Balms

The range of New Balance trainers in the USA was extensive! I picked up these grey and pink suede trainers for around £40. I made an error by wearing them to an outdoor craft market last weekend so they are a little grass stained now!
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Kate Spade shops were everywhere in Florida and the sales were insanely good. I picked up a purse and a handbag for just under £100. I think I’m having a hot pink moment right now. This purse has a ton of card slots too which I really needed.Kate-Spade-Hot-Pink-PurseThis Coral Kate Spade Handbag has a cross body strap and makes a nice change from my usual Cambridge satchels!Coral-Kate-Spade-Handbag

I want to give a nod to Cath Kidston this month. I had bought a raincoat from them which was faulty and I had to return it to be replaced. Their customer service team were absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond. So I did some more shopping in store and got this cute squirrel mug and pin for a friend. Cath-Kidston-Squirrel-Mug

Right, I’m off to enjoy my autumn candles and Mollie Makes magazine in the studio!

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July Favourites 2015

I feel like I’ve made the most of summer so far, although I am feeling pretty worn out. I decided to enjoy some time with family and made sure to enjoy Cambridge as much as possible. We’ve been punting, visiting food fairs and my Grandad and I went on the annual boat trip with his Parkinsons group which I always enjoy.

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G went to France and returned with a big box of macarons! Obviously I scoffed a load before I could snap a photo. They were delicious.

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I decided to treat myself to a Ban.do Watermelon Bag from The Hambledon. It’s actually a cool bag so I’m thinking it will be useful for our trip to Florida later this year.

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Continuing the bag theme, I was gifted this Cambridge Satchel by some friends who know of my obsession! I now have 4, but they are oh so practical. I think they are having a 50% off sale at the moment so it might be worth checking out the website if you’re after one. For my shoulder bag, I managed to grab it in a previous sale for £70 reduced from £240!!

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I think the addition of the ‘Cambridge’ logo on the buckles is a new thing, but I really like it! The studs have tiny little bicycles on too.

Cambridget-Satchel-CompanyThis month I also got a new bicycle watch from Light In The Box.

Bicycle-watchWhen I’m in the studio in the summer, I like to drink iced tea. I got this cute cup from The Hambledon. Perfect for a clumsy person like me who tends to knock drinks over frequently. A sippy cup with a lid haha!

Shop-Bando-Cup Kittens-Get-Thirsty-Too-CupBeauty favourites this month have included a selection of bath bombs. I tried an avocado one from Lush and the new Zoella bath fizzer from her Tutti Fruity range. As it’s a bar rather than a ball, you can just break off how much you’d like. It definitely smelt more subtle than the Lush ones though.

Zoella-Bath-BombsMy favourite craft supply this month has been Liquid Leaf Gold Metallic Paint.This stuff isn’t cheap, but it’s bloody marvellous. Once my calligraphy improves, I think I’ll try writing with it. I also want to use it in some jewellery DIYs so watch this space.

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It worked really well for giving my marbled clay dish a fancy edging.

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Another lovely gift I received this month was this awesome watermelon pin cushion kit from The Make Arcade. I can’t wait to make it! Funny how my watermelon love continues on since last year…..

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Last month I said my Fitbit was one of my favourites. It still is, and this is why…..

I’ve been working on a Wool and the Gang Julia Sweater Kit which is made with their Shiny Happy Cotton yarn. It already feels soooo nice, I know it is going to be a great sweater for the autumn.

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Do you have any favourites this month? I’d love to hear what you have been enjoying in the comments below.

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