Creative Inspirations: Hester’s Handmade Home

It’s been quite a while since I added a post to the Creative Inspiration series, but today I’d like to introduce Hester! I’ve become a huge fan of DIY You Tube Channels and Hester shares weekly craft videos. Read on for my interview with her.


  • Tell us about yourself and blog

Hello, I’m Hester and run  a craft blog that I started at the beginning of this year. I’ve been blogging for a while but decided to give the craft section of my blog it’s own place.  I make craft videos and post a new tutorial every Thursday on my YouTube channel, Handmadehome. I like to focus on crafts that are simple to make, are frugal and have an element of up cycling. You can also find my tutorials in Reloved magazine. 

  • What inspired you to start a YouTube channel for DIYs? Tell us about the process of making a video.

I started my craft blog after a friend visited my house and saw all the decorations and furniture I made myself and told me I should blog about those as he found my home very inspiring. The YouTube channel was a logical step to show my crafts, especially after my cousin (a YouTube specialist and film maker) kept telling me the future of blogging is in videos, he bugged me for years so I finally gave in 🙂

The making of a tutorial can be anything from one hour to a full day’s work.  I think of a craft I want to show and set up my camera. I always try to film in daylight as the look of my site is fresh, airy and natural. I film all the steps for the tutorial and an opener and closing bit of me talking to the camera. Then I load it all into my laptop and start editing. I try to keep my videos between one and two minutes as most craft videos are very long and dare I say boring. I’m trying to make mine a bit more to the point and quick.  


  • I’m obsessed with my home city of Cambridge. Tell us a bit about where you live and how it inspires you.

I live at the beach and that reflects in my home, I decorated my house in a Scandinavian beach house look. Think natural wood, white tones and blue hues. All very plain but with hints of colour and texture. If you want to have a look around go to the ‘about me’ section of my website. You see the beach influence in everything I make as well; they have a relaxed feel to it. And there is a lot of blue 😉 Might have to go on a blue detox soon! I’m trying to give my website the same airy, beachy look my house has by trying to keep everything light and fresh. Hence me trying to photograph and film everything in daylight.

I love living by the beach, if you have writers block there is nothing better to clear your mind then a nice beach walk. Staring out to the waves, enjoying the sunshine and a cup of coffee in hand you’ll be sure inspiration will hit you 😉


  • Do you have an interior background and how does this influence the DIYs you share and create?

Sorry to disappoint but I don’t have an interior background. I always had a passion for interior design, I must have been the only toddler that didn’t want to be a princess or a nurse, I wanted to be an interior designer :-).  But I ended up as a makeup artist doing hair and makeup for photo shoot, still creative but in a whole different field.  I’ve always liked crafting; I grew up in a very creative household and was always making things. The love for crafting rekindled after decorating my home last year. Out of budget reasons I decided to make most of the furniture myself. I love up cycling, making something out of things you already have. I’m no eco warrior but I do think its crazy people throw so many perfectly good furniture pieces away. It’s also so easy to make your own soft furnishings and small furniture bits, that’s what I’m trying to show on Hester’s Handmade Home anybody can craft and it doesn’t cost a lot of time or money. Just find the right tutorial for you and you can make anything!

  • Can you share some of your top tips for crafters?

Just do!! If you have an idea, think about how your going to make it or look at a tutorial, and then just start. If your craft goes wrong just stop and start over. The amount of times I heard you can’t make that, and I thought; yes I can! Just do, if it doesn’t work out, take it apart, rethink and start over. I must say I don’t do anything that involves electrics as for that you do need to be educated. But decorating your home, making small bits and reworking your furniture, it’s all possible!

  • If you could meet any creative alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I think it has to be Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets. To have such a creative mind you can think of all the Muppet stories and jokes. And to create the first puppets out of carpet pieces and golf balls, amazing!!  You might have guessed my love for the Muppets if you follow my blog and especially my Instagram as you would have spotted Kermit the Dog, my little Jack Russell. 

  • Finally, one craft only for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tricky one as I use so many different techniques and materials in my makes. I might have to choose fabrics as you can mould them into so many different things. Dye, bleach, print, sew, make soft furnishings, canvasses, covers etc.  Mean question but yes fabric crafts.

Thank you so much for stopping by today Hester! It’s been great to get to know you a bit more and I encourage all the Claireabellemakes readers to subscribe to you on You Tube!

You can see my latest video DIY for Hester’s channel here. I’d love to know what you think.



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Etsy updates from Claireabellemakes

Its time for a little Etsy update today including some fun videos and a little housekeeping (including an AMAZING coupon code at the end of this post!).

Etsy aired their first UK advert on TV last week which was pretty exciting! I applied to be included along with 1200 other Etsy sellers! 64 were selected and here is the finished video.

Although I wasn’t selected to be included, Etsy have allowed sellers to customise the video to include their shop information. You can see my version below and catch up with all the other photos, stories and videos by searching #PeopleMakeEtsy.

A little while back, I received an Etsy order from a lovely Twitter follower during #Handmadehour. Hester ordered one of my bicycle bracelets and I promptly discovered her blog and YouTube channel full of DIYs!

I am really chuffed to share a video we collaborated on which went live today. As the first guest on Hester’s channel I shared a DIY Macrame Keychain tutorial. I hope you like it.

Tomorrow I will be publishing an interview with Hester, so you can learn all about her channel and creative life by the sea!

Finally, one last update. The Etsy store will be closed for a short holiday from Saturday 28 June – Saturday 5 July inclusive. If you are a brand new Etsy shopper, you can get £5 off your purchase using this link as a thank you from me! 



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