Dear members, followers and others!
We wanted to write a little letter of reflection, to thank you all for your custom and support over the past 12 months. It’s been a crazy year, full of growth, change and development. Here is a summary of our past year’s activity!
January: We kicked off the year with the Woodland box, #ccbox7, and it was one of our most popular ever boxes! So many of you loved the introduction to needle-felting, plus all of the owly, leafy and mushroomy goodies.
February: Another popular box, Spots ‘n’ Stripes – a great polymer clay pendant kit teamed with loads of bright and fun craft supplies, smiles were unavoidable!
March: We took a risk this month with a Steampunk theme – it was very stylised and specific, but we were thrilled with its reception.
April: Using a single colour as a theme was a challenge for us – we could include almost anything! This was a packed box, and introduced springtime with a bluebird mobile kit.
May: Magically timed with the cinema release of The Great Gatsby, this box was Glamour! A feel for the luxury and decedent, many of you loved this theme. May was a hectic month as Isobel (one half of CC) emigrated to Canada! It was a massive move and change, but hugely exciting for Isobel and indeed CC, as the possibility of launching the business in North America grew ever closer.
June: One of our most fun boxes – The Treat Box! Kitsch and colourful, this super kawaii box was a hit with our members, you LOVED the Paris Macaroon fabric! During June we got the keys to CCHQ – our wonderful little office! This was a huge relief to Claire (one half of CC) and her husband, who were now able to prevent their flat being filled with crafty stuff and boxes each month! It’s fantastic to have a dedicated space for the growing business.
July: A very important box for us – our first anniversary box! We couldn’t believe that a whole year flew by so fast, so we repeated the Floral theme of CCbox1 but provided five whole mini kits to make five different flowers. Not everyone enjoyed the multiple kits, but we loved seeing all the photographs of your creations!
August: Our Western box was so much fun to put together – there was so much history and tradition behind the things we included. By August, operations were struggling with the lack of Isobel helping with prepping and packing, so Claire hired help in the CC office in the shape of Becca and Nicole, who dedicate their time and love of craftiness to CCHQ when we need them.
September: Perhaps our most elegant and beautiful box – Monochrome. Black and white can be bland and boring, but not with Crafty Creatives!
October: The Halloween season brought out our dark sides again, and we created a vintage Circus theme with blacks, purples, stripes and harlequin patterns.
November: One of our favourite boxes of the year – the Medieval theme was full of rich colour and pattern. The beaded bracelet kit was a favourite with our members! We also dispatched our first ever dedicated Christmas box this month, which resulted in us being SUPER BUSY but it went down a storm, bringing festive crafty joy to hundreds of you!
December: As we announced the changes to our boxes for 2014 from themed crafty supplies to a more kit-focused box, it seemed really fitting for the Handmade theme. Lots of trinkets and fabrics to treat yourself to some fun craft time.
Whilst it is hugely sad to say goodbye to the monthly themed boxes, we will keep them alive in the form of occasional one-off boxes throughout the year. They will be sold in the same way as the 2013 Christmas box, via early pre-orders sold during a limited time, and then a second batch of a limited quantity sold online. The theme will be revealed, but the contents will be a surprise! Price to be announced.
Our new boxes are very exciting indeed – we can bring you better materials, better tools and better instructions to help you get the very best out of your box. Whilst many loved the original format, many of you were having difficulty using everything, and felt much was being wasted. We also must stress that these changes are not all about money – logistics and time play a huge factor, sourcing and prepping all the materials for these boxes takes a long long time. Crafty Creatives would simply not be viable to continue as is! We believe that our new boxes will leave you with impressive results to be proud of. Oh, and we must not forget that our new boxes allow us to showcase other fantastic British businesses. Rather than purely order bulk goods from overseas, it’s amazing to be able to share the crafty produce and skills that other entrepreneurs from within the UK have to offer. We hope that you will help us support them and let them flourish!
THANK YOU for all of your support during 2013. We thrive on your positive comments and hope that whether you continue to subscribe to our new boxes or only buy our one-off themed boxes you will find happiness in your creative crafting!
Claire and Isobel xx