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”...

Boxes, Home Decor, Jewelry

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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“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  www.Beesponsible.com, 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.