Boxes, Makers

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.

Boxes, Makers

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 accessories.charity 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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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.

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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.