Handmade December Favourites 2013

Today I am sharing my Handmade December favourites, which include some items I just can’t get enough of. Enjoy!

I’ve been a Macrame Bicycle Bracelet making machine. And it’s been so great to see them sell so quickly for the You Can Bike Too fundraising campaign. I love the new colours too.


For UK readers, there is still time to order one of these for Christmas delivery. Last posting date is 20 December.


Christmas party outfits – I am trying to limit the amount of Christmas parties I go to (migraines are a nuisance like that), but I am definitely going to be wearing my handmade fascinator this year. We made these on my birthday day out at Drink Shop Do.


I cannot tell you how much I adore Mustard Coloured Yarn at the moment. These balls from Tiger are just £1 each for super soft acrylic. I might have to make some mitts out of this, but do comment if you have any better ideas!


I’m feeling much love for Handmade Subscription Boxes this month. The Goodie Goodness box is such a winner for lovers of handmade and the clay Christmas decoration in the December box is just gorgeous.




I am scouring my Christmas boxes and Pinterest for Christmas Wrapping Ideas this year. I like to change it up each year and use yarn and brown paper and of course something glittery! This year, I am loving these wooden Christmas tree pegs from Tiger, not technically handmade, but they will be paired with stamped wrapping paper and crochet yarn chains for twine.


I bloomin’ love scented candles. I just can’t get enough of them. As a pet owner, I’m super paranoid about the house smelling of cat (my friends tell me it doesn’t, but I am always cautious), so scented candles are a must. 


At the recent From Cambridge With Love market, I picked up these scented candles from Harpers Bizzare that smell like baked goods. They are made with all natural ingredients (soy wax) and are vegan too.

G has nabbed the Bakewell Tart one for his man cave!


Resourceful Restorationthese salt and pepper mills are hand painted by Stuart who runs his furniture restoration business of the same name. I spotted them on his Facebook page as he was packing up for a fair and snapped them up before he could sell them! Please check out Stuart’s website for retro and vintage furniture inspiration.


Glittery Christmas Decorations have taken over my house this year. The Christmas tree is adorned with glittery red bows and ornaments. I expect the cat will be glittery by Christmas eve as she loves to get involved with all the decorations!


Can you spot the mini toadstool ornaments on the tree too? I will be sharing more of my Christmas decor on Wednesday.


What are you loving this month? Please share in the comments below!



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You Can Bike Too: Macrame Bicycle Bracelets

Every now and again something inspiring comes my way and leaves a big impact. In the summer I discovered the Cambridge cycling organisation, You Can Bike Too having prepared a yarn bombed bicycle wheel for their event Cam Bike Fest.


Yarn Bombed Bike Wheel

You Can Bike Too allows anyone to learn how to cycle, providing alternative bicycles and a community of like minded individuals to encourage and support cycling. Their bicycles are available for individual hire or group sessions.

You Can Bike Too Handcycle Bike

Image: You Can Bike Too

As you all know, I go everywhere on my bike (although not at the moment as someone slashed my tyres!) so I wanted to find a way to communicate my passion for cycling and to support You Can Bike Too.

Bicycle Basket Bunting-Claireabellemakes

So, I am super excited to announce that I have partnered with You Can Bike Too on a fundraising mission!

From now until the end of December (and possibly longer), 50% of the cost of my Handmade  Macrame Bicycle bracelets will be donated to You Can Bike Too. 

In order for your donation to be registered, you should enter the coupon code YOUCANBIKETOO on checkout in my Etsy store.


Local followers can buy the bracelets in any of the Ben Haywards bicycle stores.

If you were thinking of getting a bicycle bracelet as a Christmas present this year, please do consider donating half the cost to You Can Bike Too. I hope you will agree it is a worth while organisation.



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Instalife July: Summer’s Here

Goodness me it’s August already?! Time for another Instagram round up for July.

We finally saw the summer in the UK and there were some especially hot days in Cambridge. I took time to enjoy it as much as I could (being wary of migraine triggers!).

Cambridge Claireabellemakes

Cycling home from work through the meadows / Enjoying a WI picnic

Sharing my travel smashbook / New postcards from The Calm Gallery

Claireabellemakes Bicycle Bracelets Etsy

Launching the Macrame Bicycle Bracelets in my Etsy store 

Sharing customer photos and a coupon code / Bird Necklaces in store now

DIY Projects Claireabellemakes

DIY projects including a cowboy coffee sleeve for G and a macaron print apron

DIY Braided Watch Strap guest post / Geek crochet for the amigurumi R2-D2!

Tammy Persian Cat on Claireabellemakes

Tammy got into the yarn stash / a cute notebook from Primark would you believe?!

Falling asleep with her mouth open / Helping with laundry

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This weekend I am going to Suffolk to watch my sister do a charity sky dive! It’s going to take a while on the train, so I’m taking my backlog of craft magazines and some crochet. What are you guys doing this weekend?



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Claireabellemakes Customer Photos

I’m feeling super grateful this month. Not only have my Etsy sales soared since the launch of the Bicycle Bracelets, but my customers have been utterly amazing and so supportive.

Claireabellemakes Customer Photos

The images above are a collection of customer photos, all sent to me to show their appreciation for a Claireabellemakes purchase. To say it gives me the warm fuzzies is an understatement. I love the fact that Twitter and Instagram have given us all an instant way to show our appreciation for handmade.

So to say “THANKS!” to you guys for continuing to support my journey, I’m offering you all 10% off in my Etsy Store using the coupon code THANKS.

I’ve now also listed the Birdie Necklaces that have been very popular on Instagram.

Birdie Necklace by Claireabellemakes
Birdie Necklace



Bicycle Bracelets Launch

Even though I’ve been quite poorly this month, when I’ve had better days, I have worked hard on developing and improving my Etsy store.

You can still find the popular Scrabble Rings and Fabric Hairslides, but there have also been new items such as the Hand Stamped Bicycle Ring and Lucky Dip Bags!

Claireabellemakes New Products

If you know me at all, you will be familiar with my love for bicycles and all things bicycle themed. Today I collected my bike which has been fixed after 3 weeks out of action, so it seems like the perfect day to launch my new Macramé Bicycle Bracelets!

Bicycle Macrame Bracelet

They are made to order in a variety of colours and will come with an adjustable band and silver or brass bicycle charm.

Available colours for Macrame bracelets

Macrame Bicycle Bracelet Claireabellemakes

What do you think? To be in with a chance of winning one of these or a beaded macramé bracelet of your choice, head on over to Anna’s blog – Crafting Fingers.

Anna has some amazing prizes on offer in her blog celebration giveaway and writes  regularly about learning a new craft each month. Don’t miss out!

Have a super weekend. I’m off to learn how to screen print!