Beading Brilliant began primarily as a bead shop, but there are loads of those around so I started searching for my niche. Something I could get stuck into, but still fit around the kids and family life. A few years ago, I begun designing and putting together craft kits for kids, young and old. We have been selling these online and at local craft fairs in and around Haywards Heath and Mid Sussex. They have proven very popular.
My kits are aimed at primary school aged children, although anyone can have a go. I have a wide selection of keyrings, button mosaic and sock creature kits. I also have plenty of ideas in the pipeline.
Beading Brilliant is very much a family business. I am a busy mum to three young children, running Beading Brilliant from home around family life. Dad cuts out the wooden shapes for the button mosaic kits. My eldest daughter loves to help me out, usually by test driving the kits I put together or counting out beads. My husband is on hand for reality checking ideas and technical support (he is a software engineer by trade). Our two youngest are a bit small for helping out with beads just yet (although the middle one tries!). Their time will come!