Lucky Dip Club Meet Up

Back in August I was so proud to be sharing my designs in the Lucky Dip Club Travel Box. Lucky Dip Club creator Leona has been incredible in supporting designer makers and I was super psyched when she decided to hold the first ever Lucky Dip Club Meet up.

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I decided to vlog the meet up as I knew photos alone wouldn’t capture the fun we had. Think unicorn party with crafts and so much sugar we all had hangovers the next day! Thanks to Jo for hanging out with me on the night and a huge thanks to Leona and her girl gang for organising!

We all went home with decorated marshmallow unicorn horns, sun jellies bags, painted wooden brooches, embroidered cat postcards, pom pom cherries and a whole heap of excitement.

Don’t forget to check out Lucky Dip Club and the hashtag #luckydipclubmeetup on Instagram for more fun!

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Lucky Dip Club Travel Box

As promised, here is a look at the August Lucky Dip Club Box! I was so chuffed to be asked by Leona to contribute to the travel themed box which was named the Geek Girls Guide to Travel.

One of my big goals this year was to collaborate with Leona and I was thrilled to receive her email before I had the courage to do so myself. MUCH EXCITEMENT (followed by a ton of nervousness and self doubt).

Here’s what was included in the Lucky Dip Club box! The majority of the items were designed by Viktorija of And Smile fame.

Seek-Adventure-Lucky-Dip-Club-Travel-BoxThe zine is always my favourite part and this month included a feature on Viktorija, me and Pauline from Benu Made. Two awesome girls I admire so much. You can see more of the zine in the video below.

20 random subscribers also received a limited edition bicycle bracelet from my store – I made them in pastel colours exclusively for the boxes. And-Smile-Illustrations-Lucky-Dip-Club

How cute is that girl scout patch?! And the charm of the month was a little camera.Camera-Charm-Lucky-Dip-ClubEvery box also included a STAY LUCKY Scrabble Inspired Postcard designed by me. This was an exclusive design and I was so chuffed to see people enjoying it via their Instagram snaps (see them by searching for #luckydipclub).Stay-Lucky-PostcardIt was a stationery heavy box this month which suited me really well.Lucky-Dip-Club-Travel-Box

I just returned from my holiday to Disney World so the box was perfect timing. I used the Bon Voyage pouch to take my colouring pencils along.Minnie-Mouse-Ears-and-Travel-Pouch

If you want to see a full unboxing, you can see watch the video below or find it on my You Tube channel here.

I want to give a massive thanks to Leona for asking me to be involved and if you’re here after finding me through the Lucky Dip Club, a big welcome and hello!!!

The Lucky Dip Club is a monthly subscription box full of surprises and personalised goodies. I can’t recommend it highly enough and I’ve been a subscriber since day one! Each box is £18 per month and includes p&p.

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Claireabellemakes Collaborates

My overarching business goal for 2015 was to connect and collaborate. Most things that have happened for Claireabellemakes so far, have happened organically. For the first two years of the business, I had the financial freedom to let things evolve and to experiment as much as I could.

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Now in the third year of business, Claireabellemakes has gained momentum and I have been more strategic and directed with my goals. Perhaps it has gained momentum because I took that approach. In 2015 I chose to meet other bloggers and creatives in person as much as I could, and it has been the best business decision I ever made.

Earlier this year I joined local blogging group #CambMeetUp and my local Etsy Team in Cambridge. I attended Blogtacular and met some long term blogging friends in real life. I’ve taken on freelance work with a variety of publishers and I prepared to pitch to other creatives I really admired and looked up to. Basically I forced myself to be brave and put my business out there. So after that wordy introduction, I have two exciting collaborations to announce today! The first one relates to the Instagram post above. I am so excited to share that I have made some goodies for the August Lucky Dip Club box!

Working with Leona on this has been such a dream as she is THE BIZ WOMAN of the moment here in the UK. I honestly can’t believe how much she has nailed it in terms of the subscription box contents, customer service and general business amazingness. The Lucky Dip Club has grown from 100 boxes to 1500 in the space of a year and I’m super proud to be part of it this month.

My second exciting collaboration is with the We Make Collective. I’m really looking forward to my role as a We Make Contributor! If you’re not sure what the collective is all about, I urge you to follow their Instagram account and to check out the Kickstarter campaign.

We Make Collective is an idea created by the super inspiring Fran, of the blog Fall for DIY. If you like trying new crafts and are keen on kits – they are well worth checking out. Stay tuned for some We Make Collective content coming to the blog soon!

Thanks for letting me share my exciting collaborations with you today. I feel so lucky to be working with such amazing creatives and I am looking forward to learning as much as I possibly can.

I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. I’m working hard in the studio, but not without Tammy for company!

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Lucky Dip Club Folksy Box

UK handmade fans were up bright and early last week to try and grab one of 300 Lucky Dip Club Folksy boxes that went on sale at 7am. I managed to get one, but the website crashed under the huge demand and the boxes sold out in minutes #TEAMHANDMADE.

So what was the fuss all about? Lucky Dip Club collaborated with 15 Folksy designers to bring us a colourful collection of handmade items that were exclusively designed for the box.

If you’re still waiting for your box and don’t want the surprise ruined, I suggest you read once you have opened yours – SPOILER ALERT!

Lucky-Dip-Club-Folksy-Box-ReviewEach box has a zine which includes a message from Leona (the genius behind the Lucky Dip Club concept) and this time it included a message from the Folksy Team and a blurb on each designer.What-was-in-the-Lucky-Dip-Club-Folksy-Box
The box was a lucky dip of 5 products. The full list of designers can be found here.Folksy-Collaboration-with-Lucky-Dip-Club

I received the cutest ceramic ice cream from Little Birdy Crafts.

Lucky-Dip-Club-Handmade-Folksy-Box A Make Magic card from Lucky Dip Club which I will likely use for scrapbooking.

Folksy-Lucky-Dip-Club-Box-Claireabellemakes-Review I was super psyched to get some cheerful postcards from Bread and Jam.Bread-And-Jam-Postcards-Lucky-Dip-Club……

….and an adorable silkscreen print of an ice cream van by Bel’s Art World.Lucky-Dip-Club-Bel's-Art-World

I adore I am Acrylic’s creations, so I was really excited to see this carrot pin in the box. Their pieces are all cut by hand – these guys are killing it on the handmade scene at the moment.
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I like that the box introduced me to some new makers I hadn’t heard of too. Red Hang Gang included the cutest kawaii designs.
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I paid £25 for the box which included £40 worth of quality handmade/designed items. I’m so chuffed with the selection I received and as ever, the delivery was super quick.
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I also subscribe to the monthly box from Lucky Dip Club (Leona now puts together around 1100 boxes every month!), but there are one-off boxes and individual items available on the website here.

I do hope Folksy will be doing another one of these boxes again soon. It’s great to see UK designer makers being celebrated!

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March Favourites 2015

March has been full of nice things. G got me some lovely bright daffodils and Spring arrived. Here’s a bumper blog post of what else I’ve been enjoying throughout the month.

Spring-DaffodilsWe usually have a coffee date at the weekends and often go to our local Starbucks. For maybe 10 years now, I have collected Starbucks mugs from around the world. I started when I left my job at the Leicester Square London store and my colleagues gave me one as a gift.

Now friends grab me one when they travel and G even got me one from Tokyo a few years back. Of course, that is the one I broke – it’s from farthest away. If you ever happen to go to Tokyo, please grab me one and I will pay you!

Anyway, despite Cambridge being a tourist city, Starbucks mugs weren’t available. Apparently there is some rule where you have to have 5 stores in a place before you qualify as ‘mugworthy’. Cambridge ignored that and FINALLY started selling mugs. I was pretty excited about this, let me tell you. I don’t even drink from mugs. I just keep them all in a cupboard as we don’t even have anywhere to display them.

But at least I have one for my home city now! Plus I’m not even the craziest person to get excited about the mug – the barista told me that one woman ordered 130!!

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I promise this whole post isn’t just about mugs I never drink from…(but it’s GOT A BICYCLE ON IT).

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Staying with the local theme, G and I also ventured out for brunch one weekend at a new cafe called Espresso Library. It is themed for cyclists with bike racks on the walls and lycra gear to purchase. Terribly hipster in decor, but relaxed in atmosphere.

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The brunch speaks for itself. I opted for mashed avo and eggs on sourdough toast with a green juice, whilst G had a chunk of carrot cake and a latte. Obviously I couldn’t pass up a macaron staring me in the face at the counter too. Definitely going back as it was super reasonable – £4.50 for the avo toast!

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I’m also loving raspberries at the moment. They are the perfect snack for when I’m working in the studio (sneaky crepe optional).

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My beauty favourite of the month is Lush (surprise surprise!). What keeps me going there is the amazing service in the Cambridge store and also the seasonal products. The bunny bath bomb had popping candy in it! The Million Dollar Moisturiser was a freebie from #CambMeetUp and is a full size product. It’s a thick luscious cream which takes a while to sink into my skin, but it leaves it feeling super soft and hydrated for a couple of days afterwards.

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Moving onto stationery faves – the Lucky Dip Club box is a winner again! A recent box included personalised pencils and this amazing glitter lips pin.

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Each box now comes with a zine which has some great paper/wall art possibilities when folded. You're-So-Cool

Slogan pencils are becoming a new obsession. From top to bottom, this selection is from Oh Squirrel, Vivid Please, A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail, Gifts and Pieces and Lucky Dip Club for the bottom two.

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I haven’t neglected pens though. As you may know, I am practising hand lettering (when I have time) and have found a couple of pens that I love! The Pentel Brush Pen is great for trying out different strokes and the Paper Mate Flair Pen is my go to for day-to-day list writing.
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Last year I tried out digital magazine subscriptions to try and save some shelf space. I’ve gone back to a paper sub for Mollie Makes Magazine as I prefer it. The Comic Relief Crafternoon Magazine special was just brilliant. So many great projects.

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I also came across two new magazines this month – Simply Sewing which is a sister magazine of Mollie Makes, and #Crochet which I only found out about as somebody told me I was in it! What a great surprise that was. Both are fantastic magazines and I am hoping I will soon find some time to craft for myself.

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Here’s my little feature in the middle column!

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I subscribed to Simply Sewing at the Knitting and Stitching Show and received this free tote. I have so many cotton tote bags, but this one is super thick. I really want to up my sewing game this year, so I hope the magazine will give me some inspiration.

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So there you have it, lots of crafty favourites this month. I’m off to Espresso Library again tomorrow for a business brunch date with my friend Kate. I may have to have another macaron! Have a great weekend.

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