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Mother’s Day and a Beautiful Blogger Award

This is a dual purpose post: Mother’s Day stuff at the beginning and a little award I got this week at the end.
Mother’s Day

Yesterday, I got a phone call from my Mum thanking me for her Mother’s Day present that I posted to her earlier in the week (for the benefit of my non-uk readers, today is Mother’s Day in the UK, I know some of you have Mother’s Day at a different time of year).

You may have guessed that I’m a sewing kinda gal, but Mum is more of a Mad Knitter, so I made her a knitting needle version of the crochet hook roll that I blogged about a little while ago, as well as a sewing needle book to keep all of her sewing and knitting needles in one place (ok, two places).

What you can’t see in this photo is a little pocket that I put in for circular needles and other stuff that won’t fit in knitting needle slots.

The exterior fabric for both is  a Designers’ Guild light-upholstery fabric called Peaweed that I already know that my Mum likes, because I made an apron out of it for her birthday present just before New Year.

The felt pages in the sewing needle book are a wool-blend, because wool is good for your sewing needles, and the buttons came from my stash and are just cute.

I made several sewing needle books at the same time as Mum’s.  I’ve been intending for ages to make some needlebooks to sell on Etsy, and as I was in a sewing mood…

If you follow my Facebook page, you’ll have seen them already:

One has been snapped up already, before I’ve even managed to list them in my Etsy shop and the other two will be listed there as soon as soon as I can.

Mum was very happy about her new needle organisers told me that she has no excuse now for not getting her needles organised.

Now for something completely different.

I had a comment left on my blog earlier this week:

Hi – I’ve just nominated you for ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’ – it’s posted on my blog. thank you for your lovely blog and your support and feedback. x

When I clicked through to Nice Things in my Life’s blog I found this nomination:

“HandmadebyClaireBear for her beautiful quilts and inspiration”

I was stunned (I still am).

Me? Inspiring? Who knew I could do that? (While we’re on the subject, I don’t know how I got 217 people to like my facebook page either.)

I want to say a big thank you to nicethingsinmylife for nominating me for this award. I didn’t expect my  blog to be popular: after a year of blogging I still feel like a newbie.


1. Thank the person who nominated you – see above!

2. Paste the award on your blog – see above!

3. Link the person who nominated you for the award nicethingsinmylife

4. Nominate 7 blogs or less! – see below

5. Post links to the blogs you nominate! – also below

I am nominating:

  1. Raspberry
  2. Grosgrain
  3. Em Ay Kay Ee(make)
  4. The Purl Bee
  5. The Long Thread
  6. Very Berry Handmade and
  7. Stumbles and Stitches

I’m nominating all of these blogs for their beautiful photos, inspirational writing,  helpful and friendly how-to’s, and practical tutorials.  I am guided by their professionalism and high blogging standards.

Still Stunned Claire Bear

October – Breast Cancer Awareness UPDATE

As you may remember, in October I said that I would donate 50p for every purchase from my etsy shops (clairebearshop and handmadebyclairebear) to Breast Cancer Care to support their work.

I have since paid in the money I raised through this (all £1.50 of it), and this is the lovely e-mail I got in return:

In case you can’t quite read it, this is what it says:


Dear Claire,

Thank you so much for paying in £1.50 to Breast Cancer Care today.

Your contribution will help us provide our free services to people affected by breast cancer whenever they need our help in the days, months and years ahead. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who helped make your fundraising a success, we are very grateful for their kindness in supporting your fundraising activities.

The details we have for the money you paid in today are as follows:

Claire Jervis, UK.


Transaction Reference: *****

Unless you requested otherwise, we’ll write to you at the address above to confirm safe receipt of your money and to record our formal thanks for your support. Thank you so much for helping us to make a difference to people affected by breast cancer across the UK, today.

The Supporter Care Team

Breast Cancer Care
5-13 Great Suffolk Street


(Needless to say, I opted not to receive an acknowledgement letter)

Thank you to those who bought from my shops during October, thank you and I hope that you are happy with your purchases.

I intend to do this again next year, hopefully I will raise more as this is a cause that is close to my heart.

Claire Bear

See more of my posts about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Cancer Research UK here

Reminder – help Claire Bear raise money by buying from her Etsy shops in October

FYI, this includes my Halloween brooches





As many of you will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I have decided to donate 50p from every item purchased from and paid for either of my Etsy shops (Handmade by Claire Bear and Claire Bear Shop) for the whole month.

I have updated my shops with a lot of new stock today, and although it is the 3rd of October already, I will be backdating the 50p per item donation to cover all items already purchased this month.

You wont notice any increase in prices, because there aren’t any. My prices are staying the same, throughout October: I’m the one making the donation.

Having said that, if you want to make a donation, here is the link to donate  online


Happy buying

Claire Bear

me (in hat) with some friends at the start of one of the Cancer Research UK's "Race for Life" in 2010

a very tired me after walking the 2010 Cancer Research UK's "Walk for Life"

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