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About Me

Hi, I’m Claire,

Welcome to Pillar Box Blue

This website is all about craft and upcycling with a weekly tutorial. I’m an award-winning blogger who has been crafting and upcycling for over 30 years. As well as the blog, I have written extensively for craft and upcycling magazines.

My home is full of the homemade! Some of it is a bit quirky and eclectic but unique, as I’ve created it myself.     I want to share with you my enthusiasm for all things crafty. Hopefully to inspire you or at least enjoy looking at my posts.

I love the buzz of reusing and revamping things into something more beautiful.  Many of my projects have some personal connection to me, whether in the materials used or inspiration from friends and family.  I also like to inject humour into my craft, as I love to make people smile.  I have hosted a craft club for many years.

claire farm 10by10

My home is in Bedford, England, with my husband, three boys, and our dog Toby.   I love Asian culture due to my colourful and exciting childhood and early adulthood in Hong Kong.  There is also a hint of Scandi love in my crafts, from soaking up my husband’s Norwegian culture.


Pillarbox 2018 awards

Since starting Pillar Box Blue, it’s been awesome to see my tutorials and upcycles featured on many fantastic sites worldwide and some offline magazines too.

Here are some of the fantastic places I’ve been featured:


As well as the many online features, my crafts are regularly published offline in craft magazines worldwide. Here is a selection of some of the magazines Pillarboxblue has been featured in.

Pillarboxblue magazine features 2017 2018

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email me direct


Sunday 31st of December 2023

Dear Claire, I must let you know I adore your blog! I am amazed at all of the wonderful ideas you share. Thank you so much.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 1st of January 2024

Aww, thank you so much that is lovely to hear. I just love creating and sharing my ideas with others who love to making things. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

My favorite colour is turquoise too! I found your gorgeous marimekko stairs on dwellinggawker and I've been pinning your projects like crazy for the last twenty minutes! You have some fabulous ideas, I just love your bold decorating choices and interesting projects.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

Thank you ! It's lovely when you find people who get your style. I'm pleased you've found projects you like.


Tuesday 1st of September 2015

the photo with the lady with the paper covered garbage can....I love the decor for the can...I would have never thought about using the paper in that way... I love the leather shoes that she is wearing...I would like to have a pair of those. I would like for this person to contact me please. Great goodies. Creat ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Thanks the wallpaper is Orla Kiely multi stem and the shoes are Clarks shoes, I think they are called Janey June.