May Favourites 2014

I hope you will forgive this mish mash of favourites for May! There are some handmade goodies, as well as things I’ve enjoyed throughout the month. First up, my new favourite breakfast – mashed avocado and soft boiled eggs on toast. This You Tube video has some good tips for getting the perfect boiled egg!


G and I went bike shopping last weekend (for him) and I found a half price helmet in a local bike shop. It’s basically a blank canvas right? Screaming to become a DIY. I’ve already had a suggestion to glitter bomb it and I have to admit I’m tempted.


Here’s where I pretend to be a beauty blogger. I’ve been loving the Clinique Moisture Surge gel, the Hairy Jayne handmade heat protection and refresher spray and Sally Hansen Complete Care for my horrendous nails.


I try not to buy craft books too often (bulging bookcase anyone?) but I couldn’t miss Tilly Walnes debut title Love at First Stitch. It breaks down basic sewing techniques and offers some gorgeous dress and skirt patterns.


This month I revisited one of my absolute favourite Etsy stores Vivid Please. They make the cutest stationery designs which will be perfect for my penpals and Post Circle buddies.


Isn’t that pug card is just the cutest?! I’m also super excited to announce I will be sponsoring the Edinburgh Etsy Craft Party which is being organised by Vicky of Vivid Please and some other fabulous Scottish Etsy sellers. More on this next week!


I am still in love with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera . I mean it’s pink for starters! Great for Smash Book photos and snaps to share with friends. The only draw back is the film can work out pretty expensive, but it makes me way more considerate about my shots.


What things have you been loving this month?



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Vivid Please Stationery Giveaway

Guys! It’s National Stationery Week here in the UK which runs from 31 March – 6 April. This means you are all in for some serious treats as I’ll be posting more frequently than usual to bring you giveaways, inspiration and to share my favourites with you.

This time last year I interviewed the fab duo behind Vivid Please. You can also take a look at when Vivid Please interviewed me on their blog! Then in November, I was lucky enough to meet them at Renegade. I’ve been a long time fan of their quirky illustrated stationery and prints, so just had to share them with you today.

Vicky and David have kindly agreed to give away the goodies below to one lucky Claireabellemakes reader! There are plenty of options to enter on the widget below. I actually own the craft blogs notebook and I love it.


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This giveaway is open worldwide and closes on 14 April. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted shortly after.

Make sure you check out the Vivid Please Etsy store as they are also offering an exclusive coupon code to you lovely lot! Use DOODLEPOP for 10% off until 6 April. (Orders will be posted out after 3 April).

More giveaways coming this week! Don’t you just love National Stationery Week? Use the hashtag #NSW14 to search for more paper goodness this week.





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Claireabellemakes on Vivid Please

Today I’m hanging out at From Cambridge With Love in real life, but in the virtual world I’m having a cuppa with Vicky and David of Vivid Please! I met them both at Renegade earlier this month and they are supporting me on their blog this weekend.


Come have a peek at what we were nattering about here!

I’ll be back next week with some pics of my 30th birthday celebrations and a sneak peek at the next issue of Crafty Magazine.



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Renegade Craft Fair London: My 2013 Haul


If you missed my review of the Renegade Craft Fair London posted earlier this week, you can check it out here.

Today I’m sharing my haul from the 2013 craft market, although some items will be left out as they are Christmas gifts for family and friends who read this blog. I definitely could have spent a ton more and many of the vendors had card machines (or nifty paypal readers) which made it totally dangerous for my bank balance!

In my previous post I didn’t have space to mention the fabulous Make Thrift London who were offering free Lino Printing workshops for fair goers. Daisy’s corner was super busy all day.


Anyway, back to the haul……

Acrylic Raincloud Brooch by Kayleigh O’Mara (this was from my sister Em’s haul not mine).


Wooden Crafty Brooch Pin and illustrated moleskin notebook from Vivid Please, plus some little freebies for supporting them! Thanks guys.




Illustrated Christmas card from Paula McGurdy. Her stall was displayed BEAUTIFULLY. This woman has such a fantastic eye and her cute son took my dosh as her helper.


Pins from The Bellwether.


Wooden Gingerbread Man Christmas decoration from Pygmy Cloud. This one was a gift for G. We can’t wait to hang the little dude on our tree.


Wooden earrings from Hapuska – they also sell the most amazing feather headdresses.


Some crazy cat lady items from Miss Ella.



So my haul consists of wooden things, cards and pins. I also bought more items, but I can’t share them until after Christmas!!

There was a wide range of vendors at the fair with plenty of screen printed items, acrylic and wooden laser cut jewellery, and tons of printed and illustrated stationery. The timing of fair made it a perfect Christmas shopping destination.

Other stores totally worth checking out:

I am definitely going next year and might even apply to be a vendor…..what do you think?!



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Renegade Craft Fair London 2013


Yesterday I took the train to London to meet my sister and Mum for the 2013 London Renegade Craft Fair. This is totally my shopping highlight of the year, so we set off early knowing that Brick Lane would be busy with people visiting the food and vintage markets too.

Not only was I excited about shopping, but I was also looking forward to saying hi to some familiar faces.

Vivid Please were there with their quirky cards and accessories. I interviewed them back in April for my Creative Inspirations series.


Getting to meet Vicky and David in person was awesome. I’m a total Vivid Please fangirl. They had travelled down from Edinburgh for the market.


Also representing the Scottish makers was Claire from The Bellwether with her tongue in cheek cross stitch designs. So nice to meet her in person and have a natter about how busy the fair had been.


Claire kindly gave me a cross stitch pin which I’ll share in my haul post on Wednesday.


Having read their Renegade prep blog posts, I was super looking forward to seeing Rachel and Harriet from Ohnorachio and Hello Harriet. I met these guys back in March for the Cam Blog Meet and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.


Their Pinterest worthy stall was full of illustrated stationery, ceramics, pouches, wrapping paper, succulent plants and more.



Kim from Finest Imaginary was there with her laser cut jewellery, coasters and stationery range. Even her price signs were made from laser cut wood – a really nice touch.


The guys from Oh My Clumsy Heart were there with their range of delicate jewellery. Spot the cute succulents on their stylish, minimalist stall.


The Pygmy Cloud booth really caught my eye with their homewear, toys and print ranges. The toys had such cute expressions I couldn’t bear to leave this stall without a purchase.


I had a nice chat with Sam from Polka Dot Dreams who has worked with Mollie Makes on some of the kits to make her crochet jewellery and felt fox brooches. Sam’s polka dot cork board display was so sweet.


A new find for me was Oh Squirrel stationery. These fabric tags were selling like hot cakes! The rest of the range includes vintage inspired cards, hen party accessories and wedding stationery with a cheeky edge. Definitely one to keep an eye on.


Collins and Brown were there promoting Mollie Makes books and magazine subscriptions. I loved the crocheted animals they had dotted around the stall.


Louise Dawson was selling upcycled textile jewellery including these gorgeous harris tweed and knitted button bookmarks. My sister thought her creations were very “Downton Abbey”.


Zoe Jade of Ladybird Likes had a super busy stall featuring laser cut jewellery and quirky accessories. We had a chat about the fair itself and how worthwhile she thought it had been. Turns out very. Renegade London has a high footfall and is a competitive fair to be a vendor at.


Designosaur had some uber cute designs (look at that googley eyed pineapple pin!).


Laser cut acrylic jewellery was definitely popular this year and Bonnie Bling didn’t disappoint. Their designs have been worn by celebs such as Rita Ora and even Boris Johnson. Hilarious. 


My sister and I spent some time chatting to Ian from Dandii Fluff who was a total sweetie. Renegade was Ian’s first fair and his unique hand printed goods were a perfect fit.

Ian said he hadn’t realised he needed to bring a table cloth, so he improvised with brown paper and wrote his prices on it – we thought it was intentional and told him it really caught out attention because it wasn’t the usual tablecloth!

I am sure we will see Ian’s designs cropping up in magazines soon – he is one talented lad.


I was wondering if I might actually be the soul mate of this squirrel from Jimbobart…..


I was pleased to see the bicycle trend well represented and these bicycle spoke bracelets didn’t disappoint. The vendors MakeShift Accessories had travelled from the US and it was their first time in London.


This fab guy sold prints and wore a Grape Soda pin badge. He happily posed for a photo and chatted about his creations.


I did have my eye on this bicycle print from his store.


Although these weren’t at Renegade, I spotted these neon brogues in a store in Spitalfields and had to take a photo. WANT!!


I left Renegade London feeling totally inspired and grateful that we have such a rich and exciting collection of makers in the UK. Absolutely everyone we spoke to was thrilled to be a vendor (despite exhaustion!) and gave their all to each and every customer.

Brick Lane is the perfect location and the craft fair is free, so we were able to nip out for lunch in a cafe recommended by the door man. Who by the way was awesome and so cheery all day. We nabbed him a lolly from one of the stalls and he was so chuffed he gave us all a hug.

The only criticism I would have, is that there were tons of stalls selling acrylic laser cut jewellery – it would have been nice to see more of a variety, although there were some beautiful silver jewellers too. I guess it depends what you are into. Tatty Devine fans would have been in their element.


I got some Christmas presents and a few bits and bobs for myself (mostly brooch pins!) which I will share on Wednesday in a Renegade London haul. Some items I wont be able to share as they are Christmas presents for people who read this blog!

The day was pretty tiring as travelling often triggers migraine attacks for me, but I’m glad I pushed through and if I have to feel awful for the rest of the week, it was totally worth it!



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