Instalife May 2016

Right. Someone needs to tell the weather man it’s June. I’m writing this wrapped up in PJs and a dressing gown it’s so cold!! At least we had some sunshine in May and lots of lovely things happened. Despite May and June being super tough for my migraine head (changeable weather to blame!) there was a lot to be grateful for and many things to share on Instagram. Here’s a round up of the month….Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Shop-May-2016

Getting super excited when customers share their Claireabellemakes purchases online

Stationery in the studio / Relaunching the Notebooks / More customer snaps!

Working with Bloom & Wild / Appearing in Handmade Magazine / Tea Time

Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Blog-May-2016Making Clay Plants / DIY Lino Print Napkins / DIY Gold Stripe Vase

Appearing on TV! / New Planners / Knitting with Alpaca fleece

Visiting Catesby’s / Blooms in the studio / Blooms in CambridgeClaireabellemakes-Instalife-Makers-May-2016

New Etsy purchases and Lucky Dip Club Subscription Box

First printed 91 Magazine / Super + Super Crochet Course / New Bags

New Pins for my collectionClaireabellemakes-Instalife-Stationery-May-2016

Planner time / kikki.K Vanskap Haul

Weekly Planner spreads

Planner Geek Outs / New Books / Working on brush lettering


Sharing my Daily Bike and Bikespotting (now on Snapchat too)

Weddings / Brunches / Blossoms

More Bikespotting / More brunches / Cambridge doing its thing

And finally this fluffball. Who has now become known as the chair stealer in the studio. Literally can’t stand up to pack an order without her sneaking in!




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!).

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

Sharing my travel smashbook / New postcards from The Calm Gallery

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Launching the Macrame Bicycle Bracelets in my Etsy store 

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

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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

You can follow me on Instagram here.

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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Instalife: Yay May

May has been good to me. I had a better time with my migraines (fingers crossed the new meds are working) and the sun made an appearance in Cambridge, brightening a few days. Here are my instagram snaps for the month.

Spring In Cambridge

Taking my pom pom clad bike out / Passing tulip covered greens on the way to work

Indulging in a round of golf with G / Amazing Wisteria on a thatched cottage in town

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Hard work on the craft room makeover / Getting over excited about pastel sharpies

Finally finishing the Granny Square Blanket / Tammy enjoying the craft space

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The Rainbow Cake I made for my sister / Trying my first bubble tea

Throwing G an Ice Cream Party for his birthday / Cat In a Bag

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Wearing my hand stamped star ring / Launching my new cufflink line

Starting a mailing list for Claireabellemakes / My name necklace from Finest Imaginary

What did you guys get up to in May? You can follow me on Instagram here.


Instalife: Bring on Spring

I haven’t posted an Instalife update for a while, so I thought with the change of season it was about time. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve managed to get up to during a month of horrendous migraines!

Cambridge Yarn Bomb

Quentin Blake Exhibition at The Fitzwiliam Museum / The latest Cambridge Yarn Bomb

My DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket / Taking a train journey & loving the ticket stamp

Work Life in Cambridge

My City commute with the cows! / Anthony Gormley’s Feet (and mine)

Being frugal with the stationery at work & tidying the office

Remembering Nan

Sorting Nan’s things & finding her sewing machine / My new Janome – named Romy

A travel sewing tin of Nan’s (She was named Poppy) / Her garden in the sun

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Making up some new pendants /organising my ring display for a stall

Setting up for a vintage fair / new galaxy print studs (more coming!)

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A kind gift from a friend in the mail / Tammy sleeping against G’s arm (silly thing!)

Daffs always bring me a smile / My faves from the Vivid Please gang

A month of mixed emotions and tricky times, but at least I managed some craft and to keep blogging, which keeps me going for sure. I hope you enjoyed my month of giveaways on the blog! May will be fun as I have lots of crafty meet ups planned and it is G’s birthday. He has requested an ice cream bar at home, so I am busy planning that!

You can follow me on Instagram here, but be warned – my feed is mainly cats and craft! 🙂


Instalife: February

Where did February go? I’m already collating Instagram pictures and it seems like January only just began! I had a quiet month of taking more time for myself and my health did improve slightly, yay!

I haven’t had a big migraine since the beginning of February, so that’s something, but I have felt very fatigued which has been hard. In March I’ll go to London to see the specialist  again so I’m feeling a bit more positive.

Anyway, you are probably wondering what I’ve been up to, so here is my Instalife round up for February.

Baking February Macaron making with Dizzy / The finished treats 

Home made Sweet Potato Crisps / Thorntons Dessert Chocolates = AMAZE

Cambridge February Cambridge looking pretty at sunset / Pink bicycle on the market square

Preparing for #SheepishHeartBomb / My finished yarn bomb garland

Craft February

Evening jewellery making / New wooden stamp set

Cute new elephant print fabric / Amazing sewing themed buttons

Life February

Tea time for one / Daffodil blooms to will Spring to arrive

Snuggles with Tammy / Valentines outfit

What did you get up to in February? If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, you can find me under Claireabellemakes.