MrsBeesEmporium

Thoughtful, unique handmade gifts personalised for you

Keyingham, United Kingdom · 794 Sales

MrsBeesEmporium

Thoughtful, unique handmade gifts personalised for you

Keyingham, United Kingdom 794 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(82)

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Mrs Bee

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Announcement   *** CURRENT PRODUCTION TIME - 7 DAYS - this is the time we need to make your item, and is in addition to your shipping time ***
We are on our annual holiday 29th July - 6th August and 19th August - 27th August. Our shop will be closed during these two weeks.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 19, 2017

*** CURRENT PRODUCTION TIME - 7 DAYS - this is the time we need to make your item, and is in addition to your shipping time ***
We are on our annual holiday 29th July - 6th August and 19th August - 27th August. Our shop will be closed during these two weeks.

Mrs Bee

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Exciting post at Mrs Bee's Emporium! Keep your eyes on the shop for the cutest, most girl power stocking fillers ever!

About

Bee Happy

I thought I'd copy and paste an interview I recently did about Mrs Bee's Emporium for a craft magazine. I hope you find it interesting!

- How Did You Get Into Your Business?
I think its fair to say it's taken me a while to find my niche in life. Creative subjects were never taken seriously by my school, or by my parents (I was always guided towards more academic subjects) so I never gave myself the luxury of choosing to study them. I loved English and found my creative expression in reading and creative writing. As I progressed through the system the career suggestions that seemed available to me were always the same: journalist, teacher, librarian.

I did work experience in a library and quickly realised that it wasn't for me. I worked for a local newspaper, then a local TV station as a junior researcher. I loved the work - it was frenetic and stimulating - but I was uncomfortable with how some of the individuals were treated once their time in the spotlight was over. After this I trained to teach English. There were aspects I loved - I am a people person and always enjoyed the interaction with students, parents and other teachers. I also loved creating beautiful learning materials. I found I had an aptitude for working with disruptive, less able students and bringing them on-board, usually by using crafts. I taught secondary school for 15 years, moving into Senior Management. I spent less and less time doing the creative stuff I enjoyed and my love for the job waned. Instead I indulged my creativity at home, baking, sewing, quilting, crocheting and knitting. I especially loved giving home-made gifts to family and friends.

In 2014 the school that Dom, my husband, and I worked at was taken over by an Academy chain. I realised very quickly that I would be unable to work in the new manner that was required and maintain my mental health, so I quit without anything to go to - the first time in my life I had taken this bold step. Six weeks later, my husband was made redundant. This was unexpected and a very frightening time - we had a son about to start university, a 10 year old boy and a 3 year old daughter - and now no income.

We used the opportunity to take stock of our lives. We were both creative souls who had been guided towards academia, so hadn't really explored the gifts we'd been born with. Dom has always enjoyed working with his hands - making beautiful tables and wooden bowls in his spare time, and he's an expert DIYer. I'd had many private commissions for work over the years, which I had handmade in my spare time. We had always dreamt of having a smallholding and escaping the rat race together, which we achieved, in part, when we moved from London to a 200 year old cottage near the East Yorkshire coast.

We decided that it was time to take a huge leap of faith and believe that we could develop a way of life earning a living using our hands. We hoped that would provide a simple way of life that would allow us to work hard and bring up our children peacefully and quietly. We didn't - and don't - aspire to be millionaires. We want to work creatively and imaginatively, linking our hearts and our heads in honest hard work, living for the moment.

One thing that became evident right from the conception of Mrs Bee's Emporium (so named because our surname is Boynton, and we are beekeepers) was that we wanted to make a positive contribution to the world. Mrs Bee's Emporium came from a dark part of our lives, so we wanted the change to embody positivity; to be a ray of sunshine in an otherwise grey day. We were happy to work in our business and we want to pay that positivity forwards. We do that through innovative design, humour, top notch quality (we want you to love what you buy!), through outstanding customer service and through charitable work, such as our SATs Stars Project (we sent 200 stars and handwritten letters of encouragement out, free of charge, to 11 year olds who were anxious about sitting their school SATs tests.)

- What is your background?
In addition to the above, I trained to be a seamstress. I have taken courses in tailoring and bridal wear. I especially enjoy making items from my own patterns.

- What makes your process unique?
We love conceiving, designing and hand-making original designs. We don't outsource our products to other shops, so what we offer in our Etsy shop are genuinely unique products. We also love people. Dom and I are at our happiest when we are working with customers to create something perfect and original for a loved one. We make sure that we work in partnership, with proofs for approval, and we don't stop until our customer is 100% satisfied. Sometimes the custom projects are big - such as a memory quilt - and sometimes we are asked to change a colour or add a name, or swap a design from one product to another. We love all these requests big and small.

Shop members

  • Claire Boynton

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Storyteller

    I'm Claire and I'm married to Dom, Mum of 3 and addicted to chocolate. I'm a seamstress; I have always loved to sew and love living creatively. It's a real privilege to make gifts for people's loved ones. I have the best job in the world!

  • Dominic Boynton

    Owner, Creator, Shipper

    I'm Dom and have 3 children. I keep bees in my spare time and love being outdoors. Ex teacher of 20 years, and Chair of Governors at our local primary school. I do the embroidering at Mrs Bee's Emporium and take care of logistics.

  • John

    Assistant, All Round Superhero

    Hi, I'm John, I'm an undergraduate studying Medical Science and I help out at Mrs Bee's Emporium at busy times. My job is to help with logistics, photograph items, and manage the listings and SEO of Mrs Bee's Emporium. I'm a huge Busted fan.

Production partners

  • Cubbies

    Blackpool, England

    This company make the soft toys as embroidery blanks and we embroider our own designs onto them.

  • A carefully chosen factory

    China

    We buy the bags from this company. We then personalise them with high quality embroidery. We strictly quality control the items we sell and only work with partners we trust. We reject any individual items that do not meet our quality standards.

  • Mumbles

    Livingston, Scotland

    We buy soft toys from this company and finish them with our own designs and embroidery.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 27, 2017
Welcome to Mrs Bee's Emporium! Have a look round and let us know what you like - we make everything to order, so we can personalise or change anything at no extra cost.

We believe passionately in excellent customer service, and no pressure sales. Feel free to browse and ask us as many questions as you wish, we promise we'll never give you hassle or pressure to buy.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
We accept payment through Paypal and can take major credit cards by phone.

All items must be paid for in full before delivery.

We require a minimum of seven days notice for custom items.

Cancelling a transaction.
If you wish to cancel an order, you must do this in writing (email is sufficient). Orders cancelled within 48 hours of expected date of delivery will be charged in full.
Shipping
HOW TO ORDER
1) Choose an item (e.g. cushion, bag) from our listings. This is the price you'll pay.
2) Choose any design you like from our shop.
3) Personalise for FREE. Change a colour, add a name or a message. Make the perfect gift!
4) Convo us with your requirements. OR, if you want something we've listed, just check out!


CUSTOM ORDERS
We LOVE making custom orders; they keep us buzzing! Because we enjoy it so much, we don't charge extra. Drop us PM and let us know what you're thinking.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
We are happy to deliver internationally - if you don't see your country listed, please get in touch for a postage quote.

Customs charges are the buyer's responsibility.
Refunds and Exchanges
We do everything we can to ensure that any dispute or complaint is handled fairly and swiftly. You can be assured of our professionalism at all times.

You, the buyer, can terminate the contract and return the item even if the item is not faulty in any way up to seven days after receipt of the items. The item must be returned in the condition in which it was received: in the original packaging, with all swing tags and labels etc attached, clean and undamaged. We refund at our discretion. Refunds will be credited to your account within 30 days. The buyer pays for the cost of return postage.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on any customised or personalised items unless they are faulty.

Return of faulty goods.
We are happy for you to return faulty goods up to six months after receipt of the goods. You will be refunded, including the cost of return postage, within thirty days of the requesting a refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
FAQs:

- Can you embroider the design on this cushion onto that apron?
YES! We can embroider most of our designs onto any item we sell. Just ask us.

- I'd like some wording embroidered onto one of your items. How much do you charge per word?
Nothing - we can add personalisation to any item free of charge.

- Can you gift wrap my item and post it direct to my loved one?
Yes we can. Please add your item to the basket, and also add this listing for gift wrap. If you'd like us to include a handwritten message, please PM us with the wording you'd like.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/470140610/gift-wrapping-add-this-to-any-of-our?ref=shop_home_active_16

- Do you post internationally?
Yes, but please note that buyers are responsible for any customs charges.

- My postage seems way too high!
Please PM us and ask us to double check. Posting fabric, especially internationally, can be expensive. However, sometimes there are gremlins in the system and if you've been sent a high quote, we will happily check for you.

- I'm interested in putting your items in my bricks and mortar shop. Do you do this?
We always welcome enquiries from other companies. Please email us (hello@mrsbeesemporium.co.uk / claire.boynton [!at] icloud.com) for more information about wholesale accounts.