Our Story

Paul and Denise Donnelly are the captains of our marvellous craft-loving crew who delight in helping you on your crafting journey. At the heart of everything we do is our four-part promise:

  • We will help you stand out from the crowd by offering something a little bit different from other craft suppliers.
  • All our products have been carefully selected for you to create quality crafts at affordable prices.
  • Our warehouse partners will take extreme care with your packaging so that your items arrive in perfect condition.
  • Above all else we put your needs first and provide you with an excellent customer experience.
Something Crafty Ltd sparked to life when Paul took voluntary redundancy from his IT career at Lloyds Bank.  We began with selling on eBay from a spare room!
Business boomed so we moved to a new industrial unit and Charming Beads was born! Our first staff member joined the team.
We moved from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire to Monmouth in South Wales, primarily for Paul and Denise to be closer to their families.
Growing from strength to strength we moved to a new home in larger premises and welcomed 5 staff members to the team. We embarked on selling on Amazon.
Our team grew to 19 vital members who had us quickly becoming the largest supplier of gemstone beads in the UK. 

We achieved 3rd place in Monmouthshire Business Awards! Something we are very proud of.

Covid brought the world screeching to a halt, but we persevered. We remained open whilst taking every precaution so that we could continue helping you, our loyal customers, to carry on crafting.
Our new website launched with 750 exciting new products on board.
Disaster struck :( The cost of living crisis meant that our wonderful customers had to prioritise buying beans instead of beads! Heartbreakingly, we had to fold. Our company was no more, our amazing crew moved on and found new exciting careers, whilst Paul and Denise had to battle the wolves at the door.

After 15 months away, Charming Beads was reborn in 2024! Our setup has changed slightly in that we are using a partner company to look after our amazing products and fulfil our orders. Please be reassured of the same quality products as before since we are using the exact suppliers we have had for 14 years. You can also expect the same level of excellent customer service as before.

We would like to thank you, our fabulous customers for staying around and being patient whilst we found a way to rise from the ashes. We will continue to source new and exciting products to help you on your own crafting journey whilst delivering you a fantastic customer experience.