Well this is a bit of a dream come true!
We have been ogling crafty people's houses and creative spaces in Mollie Makes since just before we opened our shop, almost 5 years ago. We have had a few products featured within, and I won't lie, we have found some lovely goodies to stock via the pages of this ever-colourful magazine.
Imagine our delight when the opportunity came up to feature one of our houses! Our amazing friend Fiona, who happens to be an excellent photographer, popped up a few weeks back (months? Gosh time flies!), and snapped Amy's beautiful home.
Amy wasn't sure how she felt about this - she lives in a rented house, so there are some things about it that she just can't change. Namely the nasty green carpet.
We all talked her in to it, because in my opinion Amy's house is so filled with her personality, unique style and such a large helping of Beryluneness that I don't think you can even see the bits she would love to change.
So here is! Thank you Mollie Makes for such a lovely feature. Thank you Fiona for taking such beautiful photos of Amy and her home. Thank you Lara for your kind words and managing to put a nervous Amy at ease!
Friday was the big day! We headed over to The Family Tree, along with 200 revellers, for our fourth annual Craft Party.
The crafts on offer upstairs were a samosa coin purse, a beaded bar necklace, a monochrome decorated mug, a stamped landscape print, a collage decorated brooch and a marble paper notebook. Downstairs we had envelope making, 3m of colouring in(!), Hama beads & pompom making, so there was plenty to choose from!
We also had a fantastic raffle (thank you to our lovely suppliers for the goodies they donated), a Berylune popup shop, a photo booth and an amazing special guest appearance by Creighton's Chocolaterie, who were personalising chocolate bars! Although I think I saw more rude words than names... Our volunteers were all so wonderful, thank you all! This year we raised just over £800 for Myton Hospices.
We all had a great time! And judging from #craftpartyleam on Instagram, so did everyone who came along. We were so impressed by the crafty creations!
Thank you to everyone who came along, you lot are amazing!
We have been planning #craftpartyleam 2016 for a few weeks now. We have been making samples, ordering things, planning & plotting to make sure you have an amazing time! As before, you'll get a Berylune goodie bag to take home with you, in addition to everything you make on the night - all supplies, notions and whatnot are included in the price. Don't forget to check out our youtube video from last year!
Pop in to our shop to purchase tickets over the counter or us Eventbrite's online ordering facility below:
and what a Christmas we have had! We have had sacks and sacks of outgoing mail, a bashed head, a trip to A & E, two extra members of staff to help us keep up and lots of lovely customers visiting us in the flesh from across the country!
Most people write Christmas gift guides a few weeks before the big day, to give you plenty of opportunity to buy your presents. We have just been too busy! So here are our top 10 best sellers instead, in no particular order, and excluding a few we didn't find as interesting:
Both colouring in and Taylor Swift are crazes that are sweeping the nation - so a Taylor Swift colouring book is a no brainer! Tropical Wonderland is a favourite too, along with colouring pencils and Lyra art pens.
Light boxes with alphabet tiles - what's not to love! The rest of the nation's indie shops seemed to sell out of these super quickly, but we stocked up and never ran out.
Creighton's Custard Cream chocolate bar. Yes, it's as delicious as it sounds. Hand made in the UK.
Our modern craft advent calendar kit. Stamp your own numbers, decorate your bags and parcels and fill them with awesome gifts.
Our wrapping packs - this one is the monochrome colour way, but the colour pop pack has sold just as well. It includes everything you see here - pom pom makers, yarn, baker's twine, washi tape, the lot!
Spangly Christmas bath bombs - from Chilly Willy to Deer Me, Holly Bobs to Father Blissmas. The smell amazing and just look at all that glitter!
My personal favourite, simply because I was told Fisherman's Friends are horrible and they'll never sell! Little did they know...
Ceramic charms. Zoë has nearly collected all of them! But actual customers seem to like them too!
Washi tape. We've been selling it for years, but it seems like the world is finally beginning to catch up!
Retro tape writers - both this deluxe model and the smaller one have sold like hot cakes. I am imagining well labelled offices, school books, kitchens and work spaces across the country...
What an awesome bunch of stuff! You lot have the best taste!
New Years resolution - BLOG EMILY, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WRITE SOMETHING!
Merry Christmas one and all.
Last Saturday, we held our 3rd annual craft party at Family Tree Club on Kenilworth Street. 150 revellers came along, painted beads, made hand mirrors, threaded tassel bracelets, decorated party hats, played with Hama Beads, made pom poms, decoupaged pen pots, printed stationery, bought raffle tickets, drank Prosecco & Pimms, got a goodie bag and generally had a gay old time!
We were more organised this year - we limited the numbers to 150 (we reduced the tickets available from 200 last year). We put Denise in charge of queuing. We arranged the craft stations a bit better - some stations had no chairs, others were set up so colours/patterns/designs could be picked whist people were waiting to sit down and have a go. Family Tree had their liquor license this year, so drinks could be enjoyed in between crafting activities. Most importantly, we were lucky with the weather! 2014's party landed on a scorching hot day, it was thankfully much cooler this time around.
We again hosted a charity raffle in support of Myton Hostpices. Our generous suppliers, as well as some local Etsy Sellers, in addition to us here at Berylune (Amy, Zoë and I all picked hampers of our favourite stuff!), were kind enough to donate raffle prizes that helped us raise over £400. Check out #craftpartyleam on Instagram for more details of the fab prizes, as well as more photos from attendees on the evening!
We'd like to thank our lovely volunteers - those fantastic folk that helped out by manning craft stations, flogging raffle tickets, taking care of the pop-up shop, helped with decorations, assisted with set up, tidying up and packing down and really made the whole thing possible. Also Priscilla and her team at Family Tree - it really is an amazing venue, and available for weddings and events, I would highly recommend it.
We all had a whale of a time! We all got to chat to our friends and regular shop customers, everyone was so excited to be there, we have had so many positive comments and thank-yous both online and in the shop. Yes it's hard work, but it's totally worth it! Thanks for coming everyone, we'll see you again next year!
Our third annual Craft Party is scheduled for next Saturday, 6th June!
This year, we'll be painting big geometric beads to make a necklace, threading wooden bead bracelets with cotton tassels, applying sayings to pennant banners, playing with Modpodge to cover a wooden pen pot in fabric, having a go with the badge maker to make a hand mirror, printing a pretty stationery set, playing with Hama beads, making pom poms and much more!
It’s £15 a ticket – we have increased the price this year, so that we can reduce the numbers slightly (it was a bit crowded last year, and we can’t imagine finding a bigger venue!), but also so that we can offer some really awesome crafts and a fabulous goody bag.
On the night, each craft has its own table or station, and revellers work their way around, making things as they go. We have enough supplies for everyone to have a go at everything! If you’re not very crafty, don’t worry. We have chosen simple crafts and there will be plenty of Berylune helpers around to give you hints and tips.
We also have a raffle to raise money for Myton Hospice, tickets can be purchased for £1 each on the night. Many of our suppliers have been kind enough to donate prizes. Amy, Zoë and I have also chosen a prize each donated by Berylune.
There will be a bar and a pop-up shop, so bring some pocket money with you!
You can get your tickets here, or pop in to the shop to save Eventbrite’s booking fee.
Pretty pictures of last year’s party can be found here.
A lovely new customer came into the shop yesterday, and mentioned that she had been reading our blog. I apologised that I don't blog much anymore - we really enjoy posting on instagram, but the blog has definitely taken a back seat for now.
Why is this? There are a number of reasons, but mostly it's time related. I used to blog when I was at home, twiddlling my thumbs, hatching new plans. But since we have started selling online, that time is now taken up with photographing pretty new things, editing the pictures and listing them on the website. Also, instagram, that doesn't restrict the amount of text we can write like twitter does, just feels like a more natural place to communicate what is going on. We can post a picture and say as much or little about it as we like. Usually it's a little :)
Our lovely new customer kindly said that she had enjoyed reading the old blog posts, which, when I look back, gives some really interesting perspective in to how Berylune started and who we were back then. Reading back, I was convinced I was going to get a yellow satchel. I bought a red one. All of the cards we sold when we first opened were made by us, now less than 10% of the cards available in store are Berylune-branded (which is a good thing, we sell loads more cards now!). I took this photo of the baker's twine we were selling:
and on Friday, I took this one:
I do have a much spiffier camera and a super spiffy lens these days. Also I have a wonderful photographer friend who has taught me so much. I'm not a natural, but I do enjoy taking pictures of our products.
So a lot has changed. I really like that the blog is a record of that. This doesn't help me find time to write more blog posts, but that doesn't mean I don't plan to! We had great plans for crafting tutorial posts, but simply haven't had time to put them in to action. I got half way through the alphabet on my 80s movie posts, but then L happened and I had too many to pick from - Labyrinth? Lost Boys? Legend? Ladyhawke? Maybe I'll come back to that :) I'll try to post more details about new products as we get them too.
Like this amazing solid coloured baker's twine, that is so beautiful:
Thanks for reading!