The Berylune Blog / #craftpartyleam

They came, they saw, they crafted

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!

Want to see more pictures? Have a look here for our Pinterest board of the evening, or here for our Facebook album. Or, even better, we have an awesome YouTube video of the evening!

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It's party time!

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.

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...and then they arrived!

I was on the door with Paul & Barney, dishing out goodie bags and tickets. I wanted to stop and chat to everyone, but that just held up the queue, so my apologies if I was a little abrupt with any of you! Eventually, the queue died down and I was able to wonder around and see what everyone was up to...

They were sewing and printing bags-
Mixing scrubs and decorating plant pots-
Decoupaging tiles...
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I'm suffering from PCPD

That's Post Craft Party Depression. I can't deny it, we worked really really hard. Now it's over, we're all feeling a little lost. I imagine this is how people feel after organising a big wedding or something? I have a recurring dream that I got the date wrong and wake up with a start. But it's OK, I can just sleep as much as I want for a while.

Let me give you a quick peek of the setup.

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So much fun!

So we had our party last night! It was so much fun. Exhausting, but fun! I don't have photos from the luminous Fiona Murray yet, I'll post some on here as soon as she has finished her skillful editing process. Photos from our volunteers and lovely party goers can be found at until then.

From Fi's twitter feed.

THANK YOU everyone who came along, everyone who helped us out, Fa...
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More #CraftPartyLeam mini workshop previews!

Yeah, we're excited too!
Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.
Shop - Craft Classes - Studio
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We've all been doing homework

 Here is a picture of some samples from one of our mini workshops for you:

Zoë's cute wool felt envelope gadget cases!
Only a few days to go! #craftpartyleam has basically taken over the shop and studio, parcels are arriving every morning and we're all taking homework projects away at the end of each day. 

We work better under pressure. With our Friday deadline approaching fast, there is no time...
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It's Hama Time

More news on the #CraftPartyLeam preparations!

Another of our Craft Lounge activities - Hama Beads! The packet warns that it's for ages 5+. Primary school crafts rock - check out our pinterest board for further proof, should you require it.

Don't forget, Craft Lounge activities are in addition to 6 mini Workshops, Ready, Steady, Craft!, Knit Off, Photo Booth and our Charity Raffle! We'll be posting...
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Pomtastic Party Puns

I was gutted to see yet another grim, grey sky this morning. We were due to do some after-hours work on the craft party this evening, and I was hoping to get some photos of our samples. The sun was clearly on our side though, as it graced us with its presence just in time...

One of our Craft Lounge activities will be making pom-poms with our fancy pom-pom makers! Pom-poms aren't just for bobble...
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