My Fun Night at Berylune’s Craft Party

I love crafts and have so many on the go. I am a ‘dabbler’ and want to try everything I can. So I booked myself, my friend Becky, and my sister Debbie on to Berylune’s Craft Party in Leamington Spa. We wanted to go last year, but couldn’t make it, so I was really excited, even though I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was there was craft, a bar and a raffle. And quite frankly, that is enough for me.

Balloons at the Berylune Craft PartyThere was a big room downstairs, with a small pop up version of the Berylune shop, which is one of my favourites. There was indeed a bar, and a few craft areas where you could make pompoms and fold your own envelopes out of pretty paper. We went upstairs to a larger room, which had all of the other crafts, and a rather amazing selection of raffle prizes. Raffle prizes at the Berylune Craft PartyAfter winning a great prize a few weeks ago, I thought I had better cash in on my winning streak, so bought five tickets. There was also an area for funny photos:Larking about at the Berylune Craft PartyThen we got stuck into the serious business of crafting. Here’s what I made, read on for more details!

My makes from the Berylune Craft Party

A monochrome mug, faux leather purse, brooch, necklace and stamp picture.

monochrome mugs

We all wanted to decorate a cute little mug with special marker pens, and didn’t have long to wait. But there was so much pressure! After a few false starts, we got our designs finished (luckily you can wipe away the pen with an alcohol wipe if you make a mistake.) I went for quite a simple design so I could move on to another craft – I was worried I’d run out of time.

When I showed this to Ryan, he said “That actually looks like it’s been made by a proper person.” Which I took to mean he thought it was quite professional. Debbie and Becky did more intricate designs than me, so I managed to take  quick snap of them hard at work.

Decorating mugs at the Berylune Craft Party

You have to leave them to dry for a few hours before you ‘fire’ them in your oven at home – take a look at some of the lovely designs, there were some seriously talented ladies there. Monochrome mugs at the Berylune Craft Party

rubber printing

When the girls were finishing their mugs, I spotted a gap at the printing table. There were lots of rubbers cut into lovely shapes, and you could just pop them onto ink pads and make up a freestyle picture. Rubber printing at the Berylune Craft PartyHere’s mine – I think I’ll put it in Ava’s room when I get a frame. This was such a fun and easy craft, and once you have cut up the rubbers, I presume they would last for years. Rubber stamp picture from the Berylune Craft Party

FAUX Leather purses

We were all excited to make our own faux leather coin purses, as the colours were so pretty! I went for pastel pink, Debbie got bronze, and Becky went for grey. You just cut a simple shape out of the faux leather, and make some holes, and pop in the press studs with a special gun, and fold  it up. Hard at work making purses at the Berylune Craft PartyThey are so sweet aren’t they?Grey and Pink handmade purses from the Berylune Craft Party

JEWELLERY

We waited in a line to make a notebook, but gave up as it was taking too long, and instead, made a wooden brooch with Mod Podge (I have always wondered what it is, I think it’s glorified PVA glue to be honest) and washi tape, and threaded beads onto a bar to make a necklace. That was trickier than it looks, as you have to make a loop in the bar with pliers, and cut the chain, and insert it. I got there in the end though!

THE RAFFLE

Then there was much excitement about the raffle – even though I had been joking that I was going to win a prize, I was really surprised when I actually did! I think I need to buy a lottery ticket. I won these cute treat boxes. Debbie also won some notebooks. We are on a roll.Raffle prize from the Berylune Craft PartyI saw a tweet yesterday from Berylune announcing they raised over £800 for a local hospice, which I think is wonderful.

Goodie bag

There were also lovely little goodie bags for everyone, and Becky donated her plastic poodle to me so that Ava and Thea could have one each. The goody bag from the Berylune Craft Party

Tickets were £15 plus a booking fee, so I think that is such great value – we were there from seven to gone ten o’clock and made so many things. I will definitely be going back next year, I wonder what lovely ideas they will dream up for us to try!

Which would be your favourite craft? Will you be going next year? I’m looking forward to it already…

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    • 7th June 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks Angela, it was a real bargain and such fun xx

    • 6th June 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks Maura, it was brilliant! xx

  1. 24th May 2016 / 11:26 am

    I would TOTALLY do this!!! What a fun day out!!! And it’s only a stone’s throw from me too! Will definitely be looking out for next year’s meet up 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Caro x
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    • 24th May 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Oh yes, you would be in your element Caro, I’d love to see what you came up with! xx

  2. 24th May 2016 / 8:26 am

    Superb idea!! I’d love this too – what a great way of being creative and having fun! Those mugs are amazing! Thanks for linking up #HomeEtc xx

  3. 24th May 2016 / 4:17 am

    This looks like so much fun! What a good night to be able to get away and have a little time to yourself <3 I'd love to find a craft event like that somewhere near me (: Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

    • 24th May 2016 / 8:52 pm

      It was brilliant, it felt like a micro holiday! xx

  4. Ali Duke
    22nd May 2016 / 6:10 pm

    This looked like a brilliant night. I would love to go to something like this. I don’t always have a lot of free time but I shall try and make some and see if I can find something to go to 🙂
    #KCACOLS

  5. 22nd May 2016 / 7:15 am

    Wow what a fantastic event! I love the cup decorating especially the bunny ears!! I have to admit I am pretty useless with crafts but I think even I could master this! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • 22nd May 2016 / 9:47 am

      That’s the beauty of this Fi, I think everyone could make something beautiful, even if they haven’t ever tried it before! xx

  6. 21st May 2016 / 11:22 am

    The event seems really good value for money. I paid for a pottery decorating class thingy which was using the same pens you used on the mug and it cost a lot more than your evening of multiple activities! I particularly like the cute little coin purses too 🙂

    • 21st May 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you Kay, it was such fun, I’m planning to order some of the pens to do more pottery decorating! xx

  7. 17th May 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Wow this looks like big fun! Would love to give this again, you’ve come away with amazing makes, well done you, looks lovely (:#TwinklyTuesday

    • 21st May 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you, it was so fun, I’ll definitely be going back next time! xx

  8. 17th May 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I need to find some of these events near me, I’d be in heaven! Your crafts are awesome! And what a great goody bag xx
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    • 17th May 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thanks lovely, it was a bit of a mission to get there (well, more on the way back when the M1 was shut!) but well worth it xx

  9. The Tale of Mummyhood
    17th May 2016 / 7:46 am

    This looks like a great thing to do, and the things you made look brilliant! It’s nice to do something different once in a while isn’t it?

    • The Tale of Mummyhood
      17th May 2016 / 7:47 am

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    • 17th May 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Yes it really is, kind of like a mini holiday! xx

  10. 16th May 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Oh, that is really good value! And it looks like sooo much fun! Crafts and wine-I’d absolutely love something like that! Everything you made is brilliant-I had to keep looking at the pictures to try and pick a favourite! I loved the comment from your husband about the mug! The ones made by the group were really impressive! I loved the picture you are going to put in your daughter’s room-that looked really professional too! And the purse really was cute! I’ve got a sewing machine, and it’s my ambition to really get to grips with it this year-I can do simple bunting on it, but my dream was to make my own clothes, because I can never seem to find what I want in shops, when I have a clear idea of it in my head! I’m not sure if I’m aiming too high with that dream though!
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    • 17th May 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thanks so much, I’m so glad you like it all! I too have a sewing machine gathering dust that I wish I could use. Maybe one day xx

  11. Nige
    16th May 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Great idea and looks like you had a fab time #bigpinklive

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