Boxes, Makers, Subscription box

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

all itemsForged Arrows

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.

IMG_1660

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 http://www.birdsandberrystudio.com/.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Boxes, Home Decor, Jewelry

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

dreaming of Christmas
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.

Theres No Place Like Home #1

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

bee kind key chains

 

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.

 

 

tablet holder sawdust

 

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.

 

 

 

Cedarwood-Amber-2-TINS(1)

 

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.

 

 

 

choc strawberry cero

 

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.

 

WelcomCactiSig2

 

 

“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.

Boxes, Makers

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.