Neatography Review – January 2015

by Must Have Boxes on January 27, 2015

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Company: Neatography

Category: Stationery

Cost: Paper Goods Subscription – USD $28.00/month, free shipping

About: “Neatography serves to give you the tools and inspiration you need to keep on writing. You can look forward to a hand-addressed package of paper goods in your mailbox on a regular basis.”

The Scoop: Each month (or quarter, depending on your preference), you’ll receive a collection of unique, high-quality items that will allow your paper creations to take flight. The contents of each package are carefully curated and feature a themed selection of greeting cards, postage stamps, notepads, and more. Now you can get your paper fix monthly.

The Box:

Neatography is one of my favorite paper goods subscription boxes. I’m always sending cards and notes to my loved ones and Neatography keeps me fully stocked with supplies. The January shipment arrived in a sturdy kraft envelope with the contacts carefully wrapped inside (check out the cute packaging above). This month’s theme is “Welcome Home.” Aw, love it! Let’s check out the featured products.

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1Canoe2 Letterpress Blue House Card 
Value: USD $4.50

This pretty blank card is perfect for any occasion. This hand-painted house is the perfect illustration to let someone know that you’ve recently moved addresses, or just to say it. The card is printed locally in the Midwest, USA on heavy cardstock. 1canoe2 letterpress was founded by two childhood friends who grew up to be professional illustrators, designers and printers.

Red Cap Cards Home in the Woods Card
Value: USD $3.95

This vintage-inspired illustration, by artist Josie Portillo, makes me want to take a vacation and relax! Printed with soy inks on 60% tree-free recycled paper, this darling card will help you tell the perfect story. Red Cap Cards, based in Los Angeles, California features cards from a number of illustrators who each have a unique perspective.

Constellation & Co. You Are Home to Me Card
Value: USD $5.00

Sometime it takes a special card to express your feelings. This magical little card from Constellation & Co. is perfect to give to someone you love. After all, home is where your heart is. This blank card features hand set type and it’s printed on recycled paper. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is a great way to say “I love you.”

The Cabin Supply Co. Home is Where Postcard
Value: USD $2.68

Vintage postcards are so lovely! I’m a huge fan of this design which includes a print from a vintage photograph overlayed with vintage style typography. This postcard is digitally printed in Queenstown, New Zealand on card stock. The Cabin Supply Co. was born out of love for adventure and the company’s products reflect the spirit of the outdoors.

Pickle Dog Design Recipe Cards
Value: USD $11.00

These gorgeous recipe cards will help ensure that you never forget how to make your favorite recipe. This set of 13 4″ x 6″ traditional brown kraft cards has been printed on heavy cardstock and hand cut with care. These recipe cards make a wonderful hostess or housewarming party gift. Pickle Dog Design is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and offers an array of eclectic handmade goods.

Lock and Key Gift Tags
Value: N/A

These darling gift tags will add the perfect finishing touch to any gift. The die cut tags feature a graphic lock and key design in three different colors. The blank side allows you to personalize the tags with you own message, and the ties make them easy to attach.

verdict

I really adore Neatography! This subscription is an awesome way to receive high-quality stationery and paper goods each month or quarter. The January shipment included a bunch of great items that will remind you of home. My favorite product this month is the Constellation & Co. You Are Home to Me Card. The design is simple and sweet, but the message has a ton of power. I can’t wait to see what Neatography sends my way next. :)

Do you love specialty paper goods? Thinking about subscribing to Neatography? Let me know! 

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Love + Blessed Review – January 2015

by Must Have Boxes on January 23, 2015

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Company: Love + Blessed

Category: Religious

Cost: USD $10.00/month, free shipping

About: “Encouragement Delivered.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a box filled with encouragement that will help you walk in faith and trust in God. Love + Blessed is a subscription aimed at women, that can serve as a reminder to live a more joyful life. Part of the proceeds from each box are donated to assisting the homeless.

The Box

I have to say that I really enjoy receiving my Love + Blessed box each month. It’s such a positive reminder that I have things in my life to be thankful for. The January shipment arrived in a pretty pink branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. This month’s theme is all about moving forward and being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There was also a card that described each of the featured items. Let’s check them out…

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Mini Poster, Scripture Card, Sticker

These printed items provide great encouragement, especially if you feel like you’re in a tough situation (we’ve all been there).  I like the bright yellow color and reassuring statements like “every end is a new beginning.” Hang the mini-poster on your wall, carry the scripture card in your wallet, and place the sticker wherever you like. Surround yourself with positivity!

Sunflower in a Jar

This grow your own sunflower kit is super cute! All you have to do is peel pack the top, add some water and watch your gorgeous sunflower grow. It’s that easy. This small jar is the perfect size for your desk, or even a window sill. I can’t wait to open this and start to care for my very own sunflower.

verdict

The January Love + Blessed box totally put a smile on my face! We’ve all experienced difficult situations and it’s important to remember that there are still good things ahead for us. This subscription box is such a nice way to stay positive and at only $10.00 per month, the cost is very reasonable. Love + Blessed is a great way to stay connected to your faith with inspirational messages delivered monthly. I’ll let you know how my sunflower progresses. :)

Do you know someone who could benefit from Love + Blessed? Interested in subscribing? Let me know! 

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Fair Treasure Review – January 2015

by Must Have Boxes on January 21, 2015

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Company: Fair Treasure

Category: Handmade, Lifestyle

Cost: USD $35.00/month, free shipping

About: “Handmade Treasures, Fairly Paid, Beautifully Crafted, & Delivered To Your Door Each Month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive ethically sourced treasures from around the world, ranging from jewelry to candles. Each high quality, handmade item is produced by a local artist with an incredible story to tell. Fair Trade allows you to explore amazing global treasures while supporting small businesses across the globe.

The Box:

The January Fair Treasure theme is all about celebrating the passing of the winter solstice with items that can help you cozy up at home and reflect for the new year. Now that’s something I can support! This month’s shipment arrived in a plain white box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There were also a set of cards that described each of the featured items. Let’s check them out.

thegoodies

Fair Treasure Exclusive: Perfect Slouchy Hat

This lovely, reversible hat was custom-made for Fair Treasure by the Elise Noel Design House in the Indian Himalayas. I love how thick and soft this hat is! It’s made with an environmentally safe, vegetable dyed wool that is custom blended with 50% fine merino wool and 50% Angora. This stylish accessory is perfect for the cool, January weather.

Kapula Candles Winter Solstice Tapers 

These gorgeous taper candles are handmade in Bresdadorp, South Africa. Kapula Candles supports local women who work to handpaint the candles. I really like the pretty blue butterfly design. This set of candles would look beautiful on your dining room table or around the house. Plus, the proceeds from the product will help women in South Africa make a living.

verdict

Fair Trades keeps getting better and better! The January shipment of handmade, global goods is the perfect way to keep cozy and warm. My favorite item is the Perfect Slouchy Hat because it’s super stylish and very comfortable to wear. Fair Treasure makes the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates handcrafted gifts from around the world. It feels great to know that this subscription helps support local artisans.

What do you think about this month’s Fair Treasure products? Interested in subscribing? Let me know!

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