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Creative Makes and a Little Bit of “Forged” Love Fills the “Hearts and Arrows” Eclectic Box Goods

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How cool that one of the main Goods in our Hearts and Arrows box has been created by blacksmith entrepreneur, Sherrod Martin. We loved his ideas when we asked him to create a purposeful art piece and he really came through.  And the steel double arrow wood board he designed for Eclectic Box Goods was a perfect addition.


Sherrod is a woodworking, blacksmithing, small business consulting entrepreneur by day and co-owns an escape room by night.  He has a passion for molding metal and wood into art and creating something useful.  He has always loved woodworking, building furniture and custom pieces for the past 10 years and about two years ago, discovered a love for blacksmithing and added this to his list of creative outlets.

IMG_1678He custom designed the two-prong arrow and distressed wood hanger for us and it is fascinating to think that the arrows started out as just one huge sheet of 3/8″ steel.  Sherrod cut the arrows with a plasma cutter, heated the arrows in a propane forge and then added the decorative touches by hand with chisel and hammer.  Then, the arrows were heated again and bent into their final shape.

Sherrod dips the arrows into melted beeswax which provides a sealant and protective coating.  The arrows were then attached to a distressed wood board which had been stained and sealed.IMG_1660

We are thrilled with the result and to be able to document and share some of his creative processes.

Lady Alamo Arrow Dopp Bag

The arrow box zip “Dopp” bag was designed by San Francisco based company “Lady Alamo” which is owned and operated by Yiva and Bryce Beal.  Lady bagAlamo designs their own fabric and we thought the “Arrow” bag was perfect for our theme.

All Lady Alamo goods are made in the USA and the company started in the living room of a small apartment in San Francisco in 2011.  As they grew, they moved operations to a shared space and finally earlier this year opened up a brick and mortar shop and workshop.  And they are proud to say they are still producing their goods in San Francisco.

The “Dopp bag” is a water repellent and machine washable bag and is perfect for cosmetics, school and craft supplies, electronics and more.

Fun Fact:  The Dopp bag or Dopp kit is a term particularly used in America for toiletry bags.  The name derives from the early 20th-century leather craftsman Charles Doppelt, whose company designed the bag in 1926.

Arrow Art Button

Anne Hockenberry is a watercolorist living in Cody, Wyoming,   She specializes in creating watercolor art on cards, birds and landscape art on canvas and her new favorite–custom pet and house portraits.arrows

We discovered Anne’s art when we were looking for art for our Hearts and Arrow themed box.  We asked her if we could reproduce her arrow painting on a button and she agreed. Anne is a self-taught artist who grew up painting and drawing and has always loved art.  She worked as a teacher for 10 years but has always pursued her love of art and painting. button arrows In 2016, she opened a shop on Etsy (birdsandberrystudio) and began selling her artwork.  If you would like a free downloadable (and other freebies) print for her arrow art you can subscribe to her website at

Other Goodies

We created the tiny “Be Mine” sign by digitally printing it and then building a wooden frame from salvaged wood which we stained.

In addition, we designed and created the frame-able “Arrow” print and we made the “Heart and Arrow” necklace.






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Happy Everything and the Young Entrepreneur Edition–Eclectic Box Number Two Delights Subscribers

January Box

Our second subscription box, is themed “Happy Everything” and is filled with goods designed and created by young makers and entrepreneurs. We love supporting makers and really love to support young makers and entrepreneurs. We hope these goods make you smile!  The main featured item in the box is a fun-sized 10″ x 10″ letter board from Letter Love Goods.  

Letter Love Goods was founded by college students Jase and Bri Warner.  “We love providing a quality board that people can write messages, quotes and greetings on,” said Bri. “Our 10″x 10″ size fits nearly everywhere, and there are 300 letters included, so really you can write any message on it.” letters

Other sizes of boards and additional colors of letters are available at their website and will be available in our Makers Marketplace.  “We donate a portion of our company’s profits to help out the people of Nepal” says Bri.  “We made a trip their recently, and saw a great need.  We are heading back to Nepal this year and are going to help build a library.” We love these young entrepreneurs doing great things.  Eclectic Box Goods contributes every month to a cause and we will be making a donation to help fund the library build in Nepal.

We also included in our “Happy Everything” box, the 3-D printed word “Happy” for the letter board. We thought that many messages you would want put on a letter board would start with the word “happy”… like: “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Anniversary”, Happy Graduation”, “Happy Baby”, “Happy New Year”, Happy Weekend”, etc.

The 3-d “Happy” word as well as the banner hooks, present shape, snowflake image and olive branch swag were designed and created for us by two young entrepreneur sisters, Rilee Larson and Ansley Sitton.  3d printerThe sisters, with the help of their dad, Sean Warner, bought two 3-D printers and have them running almost 24-hours a day fulfilling orders.3d images on pegboard

Their company, LetterBoard Designs, sells assorted images and image packages to compliment the words on a letter board.  “We have individual images or images packages with themes like baby showers, birthday parties, all the holidays and seasons, said Rilee”.

“We can make custom images from basically any line drawing,” said Ansley.  “We just finished creating a custom image of a bulldog for one of our customers.” Check out their website

To make your letter board even “happier” we included 4 different ribbon garland to hang on the board.  They were made by college student, Abby Birrell.  Abby  was exposed to endless creative possibilities as a young child, because her mother owned a craft store.  “I have always had a love of ribbon,ribbon garland and no matter what store I went to, I would migrate to the ribbon section to look at all the colors and patterns available.”

Abby studies web design in college and enjoys DIY projects and is a fan of Pinterest. “The first ribbon garland was one I made for my room, to drape in a corner to add color.  I make garland for birthday parties and baby showers.  I love creating each one of them and watching them come to life.”

In every box we include a frame able art print and a button.  Graphic designer, Jessica happy everything buttonWinters created both of these for us.  Although, Jessica Image-1works full-time as a marketing manager, she finds time to do design work, photography, writing, cross-stitching, let’s just say she is one creative & talented gal.  She presented several designs for us to pick from and we decided to include two of them in your box.  One we used for the print and another for the button. We loved the colorful original design she made specifically for us. To reach out to her for any custom work, please email her at

And while Sarah and I are not necessarily considered to be in the “young” category of entrepreneurs we often have “the need to create” too! And wanted to contribute to this month’s Happy Everything box.  We made a cute wool felt flower and fabric banner for the letter board. And we even madewool rose a quick tutorial for the teeny tiny fabric banner.  Sarah also handcrafted some festive and “Happy” earrings for the box. Hoping you have a “Happy Everything” in 2018!

Are yBoardou a maker or know of a maker?  We would love to hear from you, please contact us on our website.









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Crayon Hoarder and Creative Mixed Media Artist, Jenny Baio, Created Our Welcome Art for Eclectic Box Goods

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Mixed Media Artist, Jenny Baio, creates art for Eclectic Box Gods

In every subscription box we send out, we include an original piece of artwork from a maker.  We ask an artist to create a piece that goes with our theme.  We were thrilled when mixed media artist, Jenny Baio, agreed to create our Welcome Cactus Art

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Welcome Art- Eclectic Box Goods

that will go in every new subscriber’s box.


As a self describer, crayon hoarder, Jenny was thrilled this Christmas when her daughter gave her a 25-year old unopened box of commemorative Crayola Crayons.

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Jenny Baio’s 25-year old commemorative Crayola crayons

Of course, she said, I opened it right away and only one crayon was damaged.

Jenny paints, draws, sketches, colors, sews, embroiders and so much more. (And it is not everyone who can rock green gummy bear earrings, like Jenny does!)

At her full time job at a software company, in Chandler Arizona, she finds time to create welcoming seasonal and themed art to be enjoyed by all who

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Jenny Baio used recycled boxes used to create this Fall themed art

enter the building. She often creates this art without a  “budget”– using ordinary office supplies, tape, glue and repurposed or recycled goods like this “Radiate Gratitude” piece (made with recycled boxes) she created with a co-worker.

We love following her on instagram

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Art that is still in the works by Jenny Baio

@jennyabioartwork and seeing all that she creates.  She often posts a series of “in the works” photos and it is fascinating to watch her creative process.

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Pen and paint work by Jenny Baio

Every good has a maker.  Every maker has a story. Are you a maker? Or know a maker you would like us to feature? We would love to see what you make and tell your story.  Sign up to be a maker on our website.

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Steel Shop Designs uses Upcycled and Repurposed Materials to Make Unique and Totally Handmade One-of-a-Kind Accessories

Kansas native, Charity Fontaine, of Steel Shop Designs, spends many weekends checking out estate sales, yard sales and vintage markets searching for the perfect pieces to create her One-Of-A-Kind head

We included two of Charity’s pieces in our first box.  The first is the “Love” pendant necklace she made from salvaged vintage silverware.  She cleans, trims,  flattens, smooths, polishes, stamps, curls and inks each vintage spoon to create her “Love” pendant.  love necklaceWe loved the pendant when we saw it because it was not obvious it started out as spoon and love how awesome it turned out.

Not wanting to waste a thing, Charity then used the trimmed pieces from the “Love” spoon pendant, and created the second
love stampitem on our box, the “Bee Kind” Key chain.

Charity custom made and stamped the “Bee Kind” keychain for us because we wanted to highlight one of our core values we have at Eclectic Box Goods.  Simply put, we think kindness matters and love having a little reminder  to “Bee Kind” on a key chain.

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We also love that Charity is a giver as well as a maker.  “I make stuff to sell so that I can raise money to take my family to Africa to work for the charity “Village of Hope.” My family spends a couple weeks every summer helping the people of Africa.”

Each month, Eclectic Box Goods will make a donation to a cause or charity and this month we will be making a donation to “Village of Hope”.

It is always interesting to watch a maker do her thing and see her passion at work. To “Bee Inspired”, check out the video below of  Charity making her goods.

You can find Charity and her Steel Shop Design goods at pop up shops, boutiques and maker events in the Wichita area.  We are also selling a few of her things in our Makers Marketplace.  You can also follow Charity and the see the things she makes on her Steel Shops Designs Facebook page.

We are packing up our January Eclectic Box Goods next week… Our theme for this box is “Happy Everything”...

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The Big Reveal Box 1 — “There is No Place Like Home” December 2017

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Photo from the movie “A Christmas Story”

Remember as a kid when you just couldn’t sit still because your mind would not stop thinking about Christmas and what longed-for gifts would be left under the Christmas tree? That’s how we have felt the past several weeks leading up to us shipping Eclectic Box 1— “There is no Place Like Home.” We have waited for this moment to tell and show you about our first subscription box and now we can finally share it with you since Christmas has passed and all the boxes have been shipped, received and opened. Its time for the big reveal for all those who didn’t get in on the action in December.

Our December Box was filled with nine dreamy items that we know brightened the life and home of our customers.

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We found all of our items for our December Box, “There is no place Like Home,” from local artisans and makers located in the state of Kansas. The Kansas state slogan is “as big as you think” and the makers that we highlighted in our December Box embody that slogan.

December 2017 Subscription Box Contents

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LOVE Necklace and Bee Kind Keychain – Charity Fontaine of Steel Shop Designs, flattened, trimmed, stamped and curled salvaged vintage spoons to create the “Love” pendant and used the “trimmings” to make the “Bee Kind” key chains.



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Used Wood Tablet/Frame Holder – Doug McQueary salvaged the wood he used to make our tablet/frame holder from a barn in Kansas that was dismantled.






Soy Candle & Bath Bomb – Lisa Williams, founder of Nectar Republic crafted two different “inspired by nature” scents from her soy travel candle tin collection. Rustic Woods and Cedarwood Amber plus she added one of her natural blended bath bombs.




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Handmade Chocolate Coin – Betty Albrecht, owner of Ceros (a confectionary shop since 1885) made us some custom Wichita Kansas Chocolate Coins and dusted them with gold luster to add some “magic” to them.





“Welcome” Print – Jenny Baio, artist and creator, drew this frameable print specifically for our first box. Since Eclectic Box Goods was founded in Arizona, we had to welcome you with a cute cactus print.

beeBee Button –   We included a button with our Bee representing our “mission and values” and this Holiday season we hope it reminds you to “Bee Generous,”  We are donating part of our profits this month to two charities that two of our featured makers, Charity Fontaine and Lisa Williams respectively, are supporting: Village of Hope, a charity helping people in Africa and, a company interesting in solving the problems and issues surrounding the declining number of bees throughout the world.

We are so excited for 2018 and our first Eclectic Box of the new year. Our theme to start the new year is “Happy Everything” and will include 2-10 eclectic and unique designs and handmade goods from local artisans plus a frameable art print and a button.

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Making Sawdust with Wichita Craftsman, Doug McQueary

While on the search for the goods for our very first Eclectic Box, we stopped by The Workroom located in the historic district in Wichita, Kansas.  The Workroom is a custom sewing studio specializing in home decor and is a retail shop featuring products made by Wichita area artists and artisans, unique vintage finds and accessories.

One of the first eclectic pieces we loved was a wooden i-pad/tablet/picture holder made by maker, Doug McQueary.  Here is a quick video at the Workroom.


Doug enjoys the hunt for salvaged goods and finds at estate sales, yard sales, and at building tear downs.  “To be able to find something that normally gets thrown away and create something cool with it, is thrilling,” said Doug.

Craftsman Doug McQueary saws salvage barn wood
Doug McQueary creates tablet holder for Eclectic Box subscription

Doug lives/works in a 4000 square foot warehouse turned living space he calls his “warehome” near the historic district in Wichita.  He has a workshop in the space as well as his home–which is continually changing and evolving, he said.

He sells some of his creations at the Workroom and vends at pop-up shops, makers markets and seasonal events.  You can follow him at @beforeshock on instagram.

Sawdust and Creativity. Wooden tablet/frame holders made for Eclectic Box Goods by maker, Doug McQueary
Sawdust and Creativity. Wooden tablet/frame holders made for Eclectic Box Goods by maker, Doug McQueary


The salvaged wood he used to create the wooden tablet/frame holder found in our first box was from a barn that was torn down in Kansas.