A chat with Claire from Claireabellemakes

Today I’m bringing back a feature – ‘A chat with…’ and I’m delighted to introduce to you Claire from Claireabellemakes. Back when I started This Little Space of Mine one of the areas I wanted to explore and share was how other creatives are inspired and how they organise themselves to create their independent business. There’s something fascinating about it, even if you don’t have a business or a desire to – we can all learn from each other. Claire talks also about how she keeps positive in a busy lifestyle, her hopes for the future and shares some of her favourite blogs to read.

I’m delighted to have Claire here on my blog today; so sit back, put your feet up and let’s have a chat with Claire…


A chat with Claireabellemakes about creativity, goals and running her own crafty business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


Hey Claire, so happy to have you here. Let’s kick things off by a little introduction to who you are…

Thanks for having me Leanne! Your readers may know me via my online business name Claireabellemakes. I’m a thirty something creative living in Cambridge with a huge love for my bicycle and crafts. I prefer staying in to going out and use my Persian cat as a hot water bottle.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Claireabellemakes, how would you describe the brand and your offering?

I describe Claireabellemakes as a creative lifestyle brand. At first it was just a hobby with a blog to share my creative endeavors, but now it encompasses my blog, shop, craft parties and freelance work. I enjoy living creatively and have a real passion for sharing this with others.

How did Claireabellemakes all begin? Was there a light bulb moment, or an accumulation of moments? What was the first product you developed?

It started with a craft blog when I had finished my Masters in Arts Management in 2012. Whilst I had learnt a lot about supporting creative organisations, I didn’t feel that I had learnt a lot about starting a creative business as a sole trader. I knew I wanted to learn more. I approached it as a journey and an opportunity to learn and evolve as the business progressed. The first products I made were fabric covered button rings which I still currently sell, but I feel so much more confident about how I approach the design process now and feel confident with photography and marketing. None of that would be possible without the learning journey! So there wasn’t a particular light bulb moment in starting the business – I’m a big believer in letting opportunities guide you and growing your skill set from each project or design.

The first products I made were fabric covered button rings which I still currently sell, but I feel so much more confident about how I approach the design process now and feel confident with photography and marketing. None of that would be possible without the learning journey!

In terms of crafting, what’s your favourite craft, your least favourite craft (if there is one!) and any new crafts you’ve recently learnt and loved?

I consider myself a multi-crafter so I always find this a difficult question when people ask. I’m particularly fond of yarn crafts as this is what I started with after being taught how to knit by my grandmother. I would say my least favourite craft is actually sewing as it is where I am least confident. I mostly use my sewing machine to make curtains or stitch paper. Papercrafts is definitely another favourite as I adore stationery and scrapbooking. Recently I went on a woodworking class at my local hardware store which was fantastic. Working with power tools is really fun!


A chat with Claireabellemakes about creativity, goals and running her own crafty business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


What’s the key to a happy life for you?

Positivity is something I seek every day. I consider myself a happy person who finds the good in each day. I practice gratitude journalling on a daily basis to ensure I am self aware and conscious of the happy moments in life. Things that make me happy are usually the smaller things in life like riding my bike and spending time with loved ones. I 100% feel that bringing a cat into your life is one of the happiest things you can do. From a business perspective, I’m mostly happy when I’m pushing towards goals and learning.

Things that make me happy are usually the smaller things in life like riding my bike and spending time with loved ones. I 100% feel that bringing a cat into your life is one of the happiest things you can do.

It’s the start of the year and that naturally means goal setting – do you have any goals or exciting plans for 2016 that you can share with us?

Funnily enough, I’ve written a blog post sharing all of my 2016 goals here. My biggest goal which I feel most driven by is the need to work entirely freelance. Right now I work full-time in a day job and almost full-time again as a freelancer/designer maker. It’s tough and many parts of my life have been pushed aside whilst I push towards this dream. I hope that in the future I’ll be able to live a more balanced life with time for work and play. There are also two big projects I am working on at the moment that I am desperate to share and I am sworn to secrecy. It’s killing me!

On a personal level I am hoping to travel more of the UK with my long term boyfriend and to plan a trip to Australia for early 2017. I hear the spiders are big but the stationery shops are great!


A chat with Claireabellemakes about creativity, goals and running her own crafty business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


To anyone reading this and thinking about starting a business this year, what’s the one piece of advice you’d offer them?

Be kind and generous to your community. Connect and make friends as it will always lead to opportunities that will surprise and challenge you. I have found my best friends through starting a creative business and I wouldn’t be without them now.

You’re often at craft shows, vlogging, blogging, instagramming and everything in between; so can you share some of your favourite blog reads and makers?

I LOVE what Fran from Fall for DIY is doing both on her blog and with the We Make Collective. I’m so happy to be working with her on content for the community she has built and to watch someone grow so rapidly has been inspiring.

On a business level, I’m extremely proud to work with stationers Kikki.K on promoting their brand. The products are insanely beautiful and the core values of the brand really resonate with me and how I view life. The story of how Kristina started the (now international) brand makes me feel as though anyone can follow their dreams.

Be kind and generous to your community. Connect and make friends as it will always lead to opportunities that will surprise and challenge you. I have found my best friends through starting a creative business and I wouldn’t be without them now.

For beautiful escapism and honesty, I frequent Kat Goldin’s blog and Instagram. As a maker and crochet designer she is extremely talented, but I mostly enjoy her personal posts about life in Scotland and her family. She is the one blog that I rush to read as soon as a new post enters my feed.

And finally, who would you invite to your famous person dinner party (dead or alive)?

Martha Stewart to find out about all the crafts and to ask her what prison was really like. Film Maker Casey Neistat to quiz him about You Tube and creativity. Mary Berry as she could bring dessert and give us kind tips and polite reviews of the food served. Walt Disney because he followed his dreams and gave fun to millions and millions of people.


A chat with Claireabellemakes about creativity, goals and running her own crafty business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


A big thank you to Claire for her time (and Tammy the cat for guest starring above!)

Claire has also very kindly offered a 20% discount to readers of This Little Space of Mine with the code THISLITTLESPACE (valid until the 14th March 2016). Pop on over to her Etsy shop and treat yourself or your loved ones to one of her makes.

You can also catch Claire over on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest YouTube and Facebook.

If you fancy catching a previous ‘A chat with…’ I’ve previously had a chat with Zoe from Ladybird Likes and Allison from The People Shop. Next month I’ll be talking to not one by two very talented ladies, so watch this space. Don’t forget you can also follow me on Bloglovin’ so you never miss a post.

Enjoy your Wednesday and thanks so much for popping over.

Leanne x

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2 Comments on A chat with Claire from Claireabellemakes

  1. claireabellemakes
    16/02/2016 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for having me on your wonderful blog Leanne x

    • Leanne Beale
      16/02/2016 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww it was my pleasure, so good to have you here! 🙂 xx