November Favourites 2014

This month has been rather busy, but some lovely things have come my way. Here are my favourites for November.

This wonderful bunch of flowers were given to me by my Mum when I hosted a family lunch. Who knew cabbages were so pretty?! Family days are also one of my favourites, especially when we eat tons of sandwiches, take my niece and nephew to the park and discuss the wonder of handmade gifts with my Grandad.Cabbage-Bloom-FlowersWhen my Grandad visited, he gave me this frame which my Nan had displayed in her sewing room. I remember it fondly and the messy scene reminds me of the ‘craftermath’ in my studio which happens often. I shall treasure it.Sewing-Room-Sign I have kept up my monthly subscription to the Lucky Dip Club and it just keeps getting better and better! The Diner themed box for November included a gold donut necklace which I’ve hardly taken off. Leona has been getting a lot of press and she so deserves it – the boxes are ace!Lucky-Dip-Club-Diner-Box One of the items in the diner box was this amazing ice cream sundae tea towel.Lucky-Dip-Club-Sundae-Tea-Towel OK so maybe I love subscription boxes….but the Kawaii box is too cute and super afforable. Obviously the Pocky gets eaten way before I have a chance to photograph the box contents. Kawaii-Box-Subscription Beauty favourites this month include this Body Shop mango hand cream, No7 Damson Dream nail polish and the Seche Vite Top Coat.Beauty-Favourites-November I had some Not On The High Street vouchers to spend this month, so I treated myself to some new bamboo calligraphy pens from Kate Moby’s store. I plan to practice in my handmade sketch book which I made using the japanese stab binding technique.

Bamboo-Calligraphy-Pens I did a lot of calligraphy as a child but I’d like to learn the modern styles now. My sister got me a fab book my my birthday so I hope to have some time over the holidays to try it out.
Calligraphy-Pens I also spent my voucher on some Cable and Cotton String Lights as I’ve wanted some for ages. I think they make the studio desk space much cosier.Cable-And-Cotton-Lights-StudioI’ll be back tomorrow with the first of my Christmas gift guides.

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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.

Goodie Goodness Subscription Box

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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