Stationery and Handmade Subscription Boxes

I have tried out lots of different subscription boxes over the last couple of years. They seemed to start out in the beauty industry, but now handmade, stationery and craft boxes are giving the beauty companies a run for their money. You can even get them for tea lovers these days and I love the idea of this Try The World food one.

I thought you guys would like to see the contents of my current stationery and handmade themed subscription boxes. Starting with the Kawaii Box for July.

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When there are items which are not really for me, I will use them for gifts (although I keep ALL THE STICKERS). Love this macaron eraser to add to my collection.

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The August Kawaii Box had a make your own candy kit, stationery and plushies.

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I adore the macaron themed items of course. After conversion, this box actually works out about £10 including postage.

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Next up is the Lucky Dip Club Subscription Box. This one is receiving a lot of press so I’m glad I signed up early from the very first box. The July theme was Pet Parade.

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Tammy got a gift in this one! Each box contains a personalised item which Leona makes for almost 400 subscribers!

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The August box was Ice Cream themed which I adored. You can buy individual items and past Lucky Dip Club boxes here.

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The packaging is always so well thought out and I have to be so restrained to photograph items before I carefully unpack them.

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I adore the personalised ice cream necklace and pins. The theme for the next box is Woodland I believe.

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After much experimentation with sub boxes, I can honestly say that these two are my favourite so far. They just contain so much cute!

You can find more of my posts on subscription boxes here. I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.

Toodles!

Claire

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Goodie Goodness Handmade Subscription Box

Today I’m excited to be sharing with you a fantastic new handmade subscription box. Following great success in the Netherlands, Goodie Goodness has now launched in the UK.

Goodie Goodness Handmade Subscription Box

What makes this box different? Goodie Goodness curate the box to introduce you to new artists, designers and small creative businesses. The monthly box includes 2-5 unique handmade products including a card introducing the makers and explaining the stories behind each item and designer.

What is included in the Goodie Goodness box is a surprise each month! I really like the idea of discovering new makers that I may not have found otherwise. Here is a peek into the August box.

Note – the box is slim and fits through a letter box, so no collecting from the post office!

Goodie Goodness Handmade Box

The bakers twine, cute tag and hand stamped box immediately communicates the handmade theme.

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Goodie Goodness Postcard

When you open the box you are greeted with pretty wrapping and a card introducing the designer for the month.

Goodie Goodness Box Card

Sian Elin is a small Wales-based online boutique selling interior products. Her story was included on the card and described each product included in the box.

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This card is hand drawn and printed on fantastic quality card. Perfect to send to one of my creative friends.

It's Always Time To Create Card

Two luxury cotton tea towels were included which are also hand drawn, sewn and printed in Wales. Sian tells us they are from a new collection influenced by Moorish and Islamic architecture.

The quality is high and they would make wonderful gifts. Something different which I may not have selected myself, but I really like the unusual patterns.

Sian Elin Printed Tea Towels

Sian included a card with a coupon code and giveaway information.

Goodie Goodness Business Cards

These cute polka dot paper straws were included as a little extra. You can never have too many paper straws!

Polka Dot Paper Straws

I adore the idea of a curated box as it allows you to discover new artisans and receive surprise items of fantastic quality. I am sure I’ll be revisiting Goodie Goodness site to buy another box for myself or a gift box for a friend.

Anything that embraces handmade is a win in my eyes and this is a unique kind of subscription box!

You can take a look at the contents of previous boxes here. Past artists include one of my favourite Etsy stores – Vivid Please.

The monthly subscription costs £14.99 (+ £5.00 shipping) or can alternatively be purchased as a one off box. Find out more on the Goodie Goodness website or contact them on Twitter or Facebook.

Toodles!

Claire

Disclosure: I was sent the Goodie Goodness Subscription Box to review. All opinions are my own.

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Tea Horse Subscription Box

It is no secret I am a tea fiend. So when I discovered Tea Horse a few weeks ago, I just had to try their offering of a Tea Subscription Box. Regular readers will know I love a subscription box and can read previous reviews here.

Tea Horse collaborate with Master Tea Taster Tim Clifton (who has worked for over 30 years in the tea trade, including as a Director of the UK Tea Council) to ensure that they select and deliver the best loose teas each month.

Tea tasters (what a job!) choose a theme each month to create a box that includes:

  • 4 x 15g or 20g packs of loose leaf tea – enough to make at least 10 cups of each tea.
  • 40 x bio-degradable, unbleached filter tea filters. You just pop the tea in, pour on the water, brew the tea and then chuck it in the bin afterwards.
  • A little booklet with lots of lovely information on the teas. This includes a section to take notes on each tea, nifty!

The box I received was themed Refresh and Revive. Perfect for after Christmas indulgence, but also for me as I suffer with chronic migraine and often need a lift.

Tea Horse Subscription Box contents

The teas included:

  • Green Tonic – an Indian organic green tea blend with ginger, lemongrass, liquorice root and spearmint
  • White Monkey – a Chinese white tea with a sweet biscuity flavour and notes of honey
  • Keemun Hao Ya A – a Chinese black tea with cocoa notes and hints of pepper and fruit
  • Nilgiri Thiashola – an Indian black tea similar to ceylon with a naturally sweet taste

Tea Horse Subscription Box

Each tea is presented separately in part recyclable and bio-degradable packaging and the booklet offers detailed notes on history, flavour, steeping times and water temperatures. The tea filters are easy to use and dispose of.

The Green Tonic felt healthy and the citrus flavours made for a bright, fresh cup of tea. It would be a good tea to start the day with and certainly feels as though it would aid well-being.

Tea Horse Box Green Tonic Tea

As well as having a super name, White Monkey is a great anti-oxidant with delicate flavours. I tried steeping this one with my tea ball, but I think I’ll use the filter next time as  it did let some tea out. I always have white tea after a massage, so I immediately felt relaxed whilst drinking this.Tea Horse Subscription Box White Monkey Tea

I’ve yet to try the Black teas, but will be indulging in some more tasting this week.

Tea Horse have a great mission and seem genuinely passionate about what they do. All the teas are available to buy in their Shop online, but a subscription is only £11.95 per month and good value in my opinion.

Highly recommended and a must for any tea geek!

claireabelle

NB: This is not a sponsored post and I have received no payment. I am a tea lover and support companies I believe in by reviewing their services on my blog.

Crafty Creatives Subscription Box 3

It’s that time of the month again when the Crafty Creatives Subscription Box arrives! This time it was the turn of box number 3. In my opinion, this is the best one yet!!

If you don’t know about Crafty Creatives, take a little look at their website here. If you like the look of what they have to offer – you pay just £10 a month and a little extra P&P for a box of lovely supplies to craft with, win!

What was in Box 1 and 2? Find out in my previous posts here and here.

If you don’t want to know about this month’s box just yet, don’t scroll any further! SPOILERS AHEAD!!

The art card this month is of koi fish by David Martignoni. Pretty!

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The Chinese theme included many paper supplies which I was really happy about!

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The fabric is beautiful and will probably be made into a drawstring bag at some point. Always handy to have needles!

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I’m always happy if there are food stuffs involved. My fortune cookie told me “someone is watching you smile….” creepy!

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I was most excited about the kit this month as book binding is on my craft bucket list, yay!

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I did mine along the long edge (the instructions said to stitch along the short edge) as I wanted it this way. I glued the coins on the front and some beads to finish. The stitching could have been neater and a little tighter, but I still like it.

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Have you received a Crafty Creatives box? I’d love for you to share your links below!

claireabelle x

It’s Paper Dear: Stationery Subscription Box

I’m a stationery geek. A full-on paper loving weirdo.

Since I started blogging, I have discovered it’s not all that weird and there are people like me out there! People Like Zie who runs the stationery subscription box It’s Paper Dear.

Zie amazes me. She runs It’s Paper Dear, whilst juggling school as an illustration student amongst many other things. Even her recent house move didn’t stop any orders being delayed.

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So, let me share with you this super cute box of stationery goodies, with supplies all hand selected by Zie herself. All for a very reasonable $20 (around £12.95 with a little extra for postage).

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Cute little notebook and pen…..always room for more notebooks in my life!

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Super quirky greetings cards from Paper Sparrow. Not something I would usually choose, but that’s what I love about subscription boxes!

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Gorgeous moleskin notebook and magnet from print maker and visual artist Jessica Gowling. The notebook is just beautifully made and designed. I can’t wait to use it.

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Polka dots! Chevrons! Paper bags and scrapbooking card 🙂It's Paper Dear on claireabellemakes

These journalling cards are designed and printed by Zie herself and are probably my favourite thing in the box. This spotty box will definitely come in handy. There was also a clicky pencil, but unfortunately, mine hadn’t survived the trip from the US.

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Cute envelopes, cards, buttons, sequins and washi tape. Such a cute little selection!

I was hugely impressed with the box. It came with a handwritten thank you card and was packaged in pink tissue. I’ll definitely be ordering again!

It’s Paper Dear is available in one month or three month subscriptions. As I’m saving for Christmas holidays this year, I’ll be buying a box as a treat every now and again.

Be sure to check out Zie’s blog over at Hello Darling Dear!

claireabelle x