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.
There 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. After 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:Then we got stuck into the serious business of crafting. Here’s what I made, read on for more details!
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.
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.
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. Here’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.
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. They are so sweet aren’t they?
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!
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.I saw a tweet yesterday from Berylune announcing they raised over £800 for a local hospice, which I think is wonderful.
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.
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…