Handmade Accessories Gift Guide

Wasn’t last week’s Black Friday madness in the UK supermarkets a bit uncharacteristic of the usual polite British public?! Aren’t we supposed to love queueing? Personally, I love to do my Christmas shopping online as it really makes things a whole lot easier and I can avoid the crowds and rude people!

In the second of my Christmas gift guides, I’ve picked some of the best handmade accessories from Etsy and Not On The High Street.

Wooden Bow Tie / Pink Druzy Earrings / Embroidered Holly Brooch

Christmas Tree Ring / Floral Teapot Necklace / Glitter Hair Bow

Wooden Birch Brooch / Jupiter Bracelet / Vintage Map Cufflinks

The next Christmas gift guide is for cat lovers! I know there are tons of you out there and it gives me an excuse to indulge my crazy cat lady streak when hunting out some goodies.

Happy shopping!




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April Favourites 2014


It’s time for another favourites post! Today’s favourites are floral and pastel themed and begin with Spring flowers. How pretty are these lilac and white tulips from Cambridge market?


I often buy daffodils for the craft studio too. SO cheery.


I have been looking for a new business card holder lately as I didn’t want one of the boring silver cases. Rachel at OH NO Rachio makes these super cute glitter card wallets so I snapped up the parma violet one.


In a couple of weeks I’ll be attending the next Crafty Fox talk and will definitely be taking this sparkly baby stocked with cards!


Staying on the glitter theme, I am loving this Crown and Glory glitter heart headband. We recently went to a family wedding and I wore this instead of a hat with this frock.


The sun has been making a few appearances in Cambridge this Spring! It always makes me want to wear this wooden sunglasses necklace by Onetenzeroseven. I’ve been wearing it with my hand stamped star ring too.


Lush bath melts are my favourite treat! This time I got a Butterball, Melting Marshmallow and Floating Island.


These floral glass water bottles from Dunelm are now in our fridge giving us chilled water and OJ on demand. Much prettier than a plastic bottle right?


My sister got me some amazing loose tea from Fortum and Mason for Christmas and I’ve been enjoying a cup or two in the afternoons. I must be extremely British as I do think the afternoon is the best time to enjoy fresh tea.


I also want to say a little thanks to my Twitter followers who voted for me in the UK Arts and Craft Blogger competition run by Medals UK. I got the silver! You can take a look at the other winners here.



What have you favourites been this month?



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Claireabellemakes in the shops!

I’m writing an extra post this week to share with you some exciting news! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have heard me mention that I was working on wholesale orders over the last two weeks.

Claireabellemakes in the shops

I am super pleased to have been approached by Cambridge Folk Museum who are supporting local makers in their shop, which includes handmade jewellery, stationery, wooden children’s toys and home furnishings. Building a network in Cambridge is very important to me, as I love living here and know there are a ton of talented makers in the city.

In addition, one of my favourite stores; All the Fun of the Fair (on Carnaby Street in London) asked me for a large order of accessories to sell amongst their fabulous collection of yarn, trinkets and craft goodies. I have blogged about the store before (here and here) and feel so happy to have started a business relationship with them as well as being a customer. Creative Director Buzz is one of those people you could natter all day to!

Although I hadn’t planned to try for wholesale until next year, I’m very grateful for these opportunities and hope they will be the start of bigger things ahead. I am still keeping my Etsy store well stocked and always welcome feedback on my makes – good or constructive!

If you have a handmade business and are thinking of gaining wholesale orders, please check out this fantastic e-guide from Indie Retail Academy. It is well worth it and is free!