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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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How times have changed

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 the above 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!


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Easter Crafts - Decorate Blank Easter Eggs

We have blank nests of Easter Eggs in stock, and Amy has been having fun decorating them!


Nest of 3 blank Easter Egg
1 pot of Mod Podge
3 sheets of tissue paper
A pair of scissors
A paintbruse

Apply a layer of Mod Podge
Smooth tissue in to place, trim and apply a top coat of Mod Podge
Fill with goodies and hide around the house for Easter
Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa...
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Save the Children Spring Fair

We're venturing out from the comfort of our cosy little shop on Saturday. Don't worry, we're just popping down to Leamington town hall for the Save the Children Spring Gift and Craft Fair. If you're at a loose end on Saturday, or you're looking for an excuse to cancel something boring you have planned, pop down and see us and 50 other stall holders selling hand made goodies.

Entry is free of charge, there is a cake stand, a giant chocolate tombola (what?!), a plant stand and some Beryloonies on a field trip. Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm. Below is a voucher for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake for just £1.50. Bargain.

 Also, how cute are these?

 Pretty new brooches

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.
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I finished something! All the way to the end!

Would you believe I have completed my first ever blanket?

Those of you who know me from knit and natter know that I have only learnt to crochet in recent months. I find that crochet grows at a satisfying speed. I love retro granny squares and zany colours together. Oddly, my first blanket wasn't granny squares though, I went for a stitch called 'Larks foot', which I found over at Meet Me at Mikes (great tutorial if you like the look of it!).

Here's how mine turned out:
It's pretty big, it will cover one human female completely. Here's a close up - I love the texture:

I made my blanket from Drops Nepal - Wool and Alpaca mix. It's really snugly and warm. Our local yarn supplier, Wool Warehouse, have an amazing promotion on at the moment, a massive 35% off Drops wools (and you get free delivery in the UK if you spend £25!). It was a pretty good price in the first place, but during the promotion the beautiful wool I used is just £1.30 for a 50g ball! I think my stash might need a top up...

I'm now looking for another project! I have always felt frustrated by knitting, it never seems to do what I want it to and I've no idea how to fix it when it goes wrong. I haven't given up on knitting yet, I'll almost certainly go back to it. I've been eyeing up Charlotte's beautiful socks recently, but maybe I should complete something a little less challenging first.

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.
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Goodies for your craft room. Or cupboard. Or box.

A box of goodies arrived today! We ripped it open, discarded packing and stuffing to find these lovely crafty bits:
Wooden envelope templates
Templates for pretty shaped envelopes

I used the unusually shaped ones to quickly make the above 'envelopes'. They take no time at all - I drew around them and cut them out with scissors, but the joy with a solid wooden template is that you could cut out your shape directly with a craft knife. We think they look really pretty - imagine a small sticker holding them shut. Great wrapping for a flat present, using as a gift tag or writing a special note.

For those of you lucky enough to have a beautiful craft room with a pegboard wall - like one of these - the above templates all have a handy hanging hole!

We love this new tape! It's natural colour fabric and has rough edges. You can write, draw or print directly on to it, so you could use it for labeling or decorating just about anything. I think I might label my spice jars with it. At the moment I have to identify things by smell alone. More than once I've sniffed a bit too much of something and had to have a bit of a sit down.

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.

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What. A. View.

We have a new view from the counter! Frankly, it rocks. I find myself spacing out, trying to choose which thing I would like to take home with me.


We have some new stuff! I've been meaning to photograph it for a couple of weeks and have been failing to find time. Sorry!  

We have Paddywax candles. They smell divine and come in the prettiest jars. They are made from soy wax, so you can wash the...
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Goodness it's been a busy one.

So much cake today! Brownies and lemon drizzle for our knicker ladies this morning:


Additionally, we had a hen's party this afternoon, calling for an especially moist, light and fluffy Victoria sponge and some delicious iced biscuits:




Our crafty hens are going to use all the bunting they made to decorate the bride's wedding, with labels saying who made each one. Good luck...
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The next Nikki McWilliams...

Ok, so the screen prints produced in our workshop last night weren't quite Nikki McWilliams standard, but we think for a first attempt they are really very good!

Hard at work
A few practise runs
Pretty flowers
Smile for the camera!

Don't they look great?

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.

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Denise is back! So our crochet workshops started again on Saturday. 
Deep in concentration

Our new-crocheters got to keep their hooks, a stitch marker and a pattern so they can carry on when they get home. Well done ladies, you all did brilliantly! Hopefully we'll see some of you at knit and natter soon?

We have a manic workshop week coming up. Screen printing with Lara on Wednesday, knicker making...
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Gone hibernating.

We've decided to stay at home today folks. It's snowing again and I rather imagine that you would all prefer to be indoors as well. Apologies to those of you with urgent gift/craft/vintage/soap/felt woodland animal needs. Service will resume as normal tomorrow, assuming we're not snowed in.

This weather really makes you evaluate the car you drive.

We have a new stuff in stock! Zoëhas made these...
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Zoë's Chest (again)

Zoë and Paul popped in to the shop on Saturday - although Paul cycled all the way from Rugby, so 'popped' isn't really the word for it... We thought Paul deserved a cuppa and a flapjack for his efforts:
Well done Paul! We were most impressed. We're saving a nice soft seat for him at knit and natter tomorrow night, in case he hasn't yet fully recovered...

Zoë was good enough to flash her chest for us...
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