Life Lately #11: In The Studio

How is it February already? I love to show you behind the scenes so you can see what is coming up, but it’s been a while so here’s a bumper post in the Life Lately series.

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After a busy Christmas making lots of Wheelie Festive Bikes, I started the year with lots of product development and the continued clear out (which seems to be taking FOREVER).Christmas-Bicycle-Decorations

I’ve started to plan some new enamel pin designs for the shop, but in the meantime, the rose gold bicycle has had a little refresh in terms of photos. I’d love to hear if you have any requests for new pins!

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The start of 2017 has also been about all the pencils. The motivational pencil set has been restocked in the shop and also listed in my Look Lane store.

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I had some more fun taking new photos for the pencils too.Pencils-Restock

This haul is for a custom order of pencils which I’m currently packing up. I have been watching Netflix and YouTube whilst working lately. Current favourites are Sherlock (how have I only just started it?!) and of course planner videos on YT.

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The start of the year has also been about Valentines promo and if you are signed up to the mailing list, you will have seen there was a flash sale on Glitter Heart Pins.New Glitter ColoursClaireabellemakes-Pin-order

Some colours sold out in the sale, but I am working on a restock and a launch of some new colours – the mermaid glitter is stealing my heart!New-Glitter-Pin-Colours

Valentines cards are back in the shop (after a sale on Christmas cards) and I’m thinking about some new card designs for this year too. Any suggestions?!Kiss Me Valentines Card

I also had a positive moment when I was included in the Lucky Dip Club zine to share my Happy News for 2016. It’s always so inspiring to see what is included in these wonderful boxes and to be alongside such amazing women.Lucky-Dip-Club-Happy-News

So there you have it! Lots of fun things and ideas in the works.

I’ve also been doing some planning for this blog and would love to know which series you prefer and whether I should continue with them. If you have a moment to share your opinion on what you like I would be super grateful!

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Right, back to work now!

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Life Lately: In The Studio & More #10

It’s been a while since I did a Life Lately post, so there is lots to update you on! Here’s a little look behind the scenes for the end of summer and start of Autumn….where is this year going?!

The studio has been a constant mess, so October’s task is to have a sort out and clear up. Wish me luck.

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I sold at Craftacular back in August and had a blast catching up with my creative friends. Yoyo and I did some pin swaps…..craftacular-stall-buddies

…and Kate, Hannah and I recreated our silly selfie from the 2015 market!
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I hung the pin board display in the studio and I’m adding lots more to it on a monthly basis.enamel-pin-board-display

Still obsessed with these dungarees which are so comfy.pins

I was thrilled to see my collab with Daphne Rosa in the Autumn Winter 16 issue of Caboodle magazine. It’s such an amazing title filled with fashion, DIYs, recipes and inspiration.caboodle-magazine-aw-16

We’re on the Paper love page with our Hustle Hard print!caboodle-feature

There’s been lots of restocking in the studio, including Scrabble tiles and Christmas card designs (8 new ones coming soon!).sorting-scrabble-tiles

The planner addict print went live in the shop and the attendees of the first UKPA Big Meet found one in their goody bags.
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I started a new book hehe!the-life-changing-magic-of-not-giving-a-fuck

I restocked the motivational pencils and I’m thinking of adding some more soon!motivational-pencils-claireabellemakes

I LEFT MY DAY JOB! So many amazing people sent me mail and messages to wish me luck, it was a pretty emotional week. Being a full-time creative is great and I’m working on finding a new routine which includes slowing down a little. happy-mail

Of course this one has been keeping me company in the studio. tammy-in-the-studio

There have been some great sunsets from the studio.

In September, I ventured out to the Handmade Fair and picked up some new fabrics for the shop – watch this space to see what I create with them!

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I vlogged the day too which you can watch here or below!

I hope you enjoyed this catch up! I’ll be back on Wednesday with a simple DIY which I loved making!

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Life Lately: In The Studio #9

Time to share a little more behind the scenes in the studio. Lately, I have spent a lot of time working on the computer doing copywriting and social media work, but you’re unlikely to be interested in photos of me in my cactus print pyjamas working on my laptop! So that’s why I’m going to share the makes I’ve been working on behind the scenes today.

I’ll be the first to admit that the desk is not usually this tidy, but I’ve been switching up my pegboard decor and flowers every couple of weeks. Tulips for Spring……

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…..then Peonies for June!Claireabellemakes-Studio-Peonies

I wanted to work on a new sign for market stalls, so got in touch with Laura at Bespoke Laser to create a wooden Claireabellemakes sign.
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I painted it in my brand colours and I love the result! It now comes with me to markets….Claireabellemakes-Laser-Cut-Wooden-Sign

….and stays in the studio when I am not out and about.Claireabellemakes-Studio-Pegboard

I use a clipboard for displaying prints on my pegboard as it means I can change them regularly, depending on my mood. Whatever-Makes-You-Weird-Print

There was a ton of print packing in the studio over the last month, including my new collaborative collection with Daphne Rosa and the designs for Blogtacular.Hustle-Hard-Floral-Print

The view from the studio hasn’t been all that consistent (June hail anyone?!), but there have been a few sunny days as the start of summer arrived.View-From-Claireabellemakes-Studio

I’ve worked on some great custom word art frames for my local, regular customers which has really made me smile.Custom-Word-Art-Frame-Whale-Background Custom-Word-Art-Frame-Grey-Chevron

I’ve also worked on wholesale orders including a bunch of bicycle bracelets for Cycling Center Lab. All the colours!Claireabellemakes-Bicycle-Bracelets

One of my regular tasks in the studio is to undertake Scrabble tile audits. Of course I use a Scrabble notebook and pencil for that task! If you have any ideas for how to keep track of my tiles in stock I’d love to hear them. I’ve been using a tally, but they get used so frequently I often forget to update it!Scrabble-Notebook-and-Pencil

If you follow my Snapchat you will know that I can’t work without Tammy constantly needing my attention! She was pretty naughty last week and plonked herself on the desk, but usually she’s on my chair as soon as I stand up for a second.Cat-On-Desk-Claireabellemakes-Studio

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little behind the scenes update today. I’m still working on clearing out all my supplies in the studio, so expect more Instagram sales soon!

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Life Lately: In The Studio #8

It’s time for another behind the scenes studio post! I’ve been working on freelance writing, lots of lovely orders for the shop as well as designing new products to release at least one a month! It’s been hectic (and of course a little messy), but always enjoyable. I’ve been sharing behind the scenes on Snapchat every day (you can follow along by adding me here). The evening light has been so welcome and there have been some great sunsets from the studio window!

So here’s life lately……including some sneak peeks of upcoming blog posts and products!

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Meanwhile, around the rest of the house, G got a mini drone and has been having fun with that. Tammy didn’t seem to be a fan!

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I’ve also started a new series on my YouTube Channel called ‘Studio Snippets’. See the first video in the series here or just click play below!

Hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

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Life Lately: In The Studio #7

Despite my best efforts, the floor of the studio is still messy. I haven’t quite recovered from Christmas so I must get it back in order soon! I’ll be having an Instagram sale soon over on my Claireabellesells account to help me declutter the space. Stay tuned for a sewing machine, fabrics, planners and lots of crafty bits and bobs.

In the meantime, the desk has been the productive space and I’ve been working on lots of projects. Here’s a little from behind the scenes with some sneak peeks of new products, DIYs and blog features coming soon!

Editing planner videos on a new laptop…..see more on my YouTube channel.

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The wintery afternoon light has been so nice lately!Sunny-Studio-Claireabellemakes

I tried out Sugru for the first time which is a mouldable glue – perfect for home hacks and fixing things as it goes completely hard after 24 hours.Sugru-Mouldable-Glue

I decided to make hooks with Sugru to hang my scissors and headphones next to the desk. This stuff is brilliant and works really well!Sugru-Scissor-Hooks

Such a simple DIY and it literally took minutes to make.Hooks-For-Scissors-Made-From-SugruA peek at an upcoming blog post – the desk always gets a bit messy when I’m shooting photos for features!Stationery-Shoot-Claireabellemakes

I’ve been working on relaunching the Glitter Heart Pins for the shop, they are now much lighter making them more wearable. Coming to the shop soon!Glitter-Heart-Pin-In-Progress

I have also been working on new motivational wall art frames with new fabrics.Scrabble-Wall-Art-In-Progress

I am so impatient about this new product arriving! I can’t wait and hope to have them in the shop in early March.Rose-Gold-Enamel-Bicycle-Pin-Backing-Cards

Gearing up for some private craft parties and I’m starting to think about a Spring season soon. I’m working with new venues in Cambridge so watch this space!Tassel-Banner

Of course I’ve been enjoying some new stationery including kikki.K pens and sprinkles washi tape (available here).Sprinkles-Washi-Tape Do-What-You-Love

Another sneak peek at a DIY project!Padded-Shibori-Notebook-Cover

My friend Michaela managed to get me Super Scrabble for £10 this week! It has a bigger board, double the amount of tiles AND the opportunity for quadruple word scores.Super-Scrabble-Board-Game

I don’t know if I can bring myself to use the tiles in my makes so I think I’ll just play this one!Super-Scrabble-GameOf course my studio assistant has been keeping me company. Tammy-The-Persian-Claireabellemakes-Studio

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