Hello everyone! As you may or may not know, I’m actually on my way to India right now for Bossman’s wedding, which is SUPER exciting. There will be plenty more details about that to come in the future, but for now I’ve found someone to keep you company while I’m gone (as any good hostess would do, right?) – her name is Jessica. She gives a pretty good introduction of how we met below, but I want to tell her that she’s right in saying we got along right from the start – we both have a lot of energy and we both like pretty things. This seemed like a pretty solid thing to form relationships off of. Oh, and she loves tablescapes and DIY just as much as I do. #winning
Also, I LOVE this idea of making boxes for people. Once I find more free time in my life I really want to make one. See what I’m talking about below.
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Hello CN readers! Let me introduce myself: my name is Jessica Shaool and I curate the blog Fat Vegan Baby. Chrystina and I met during Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way course and we immediately connected with shared passions for our love of blogging, homemade cards, tablescapes, and (some would say) corny party games. While C is travelling and creating new adventures, she asked me to do a guest post and I was thrilled to contribute.
What we’re talking about today is my recent obsession with ___________(s) in a Box. That’s right, (Blank(s)) in a Box. Essentially, it’s creating a box full of awesome using what you have on-hand to brighten someone else’s day. _____________(s) in a Box can be created for any occasion. I recently did a Feel Better in a Box (see pictures below) and am currently working on an Awesome in a Box (for an Awesomeness party I’m throwing with some friends), but here are some other ideas for _______________(s) in a box, please post any other ideas you come up with in the comments below!
Best Friend in a Box
Romantic Comedy in a Box
I Am So Crushing On You in a Box
Let’s Stay on Our Diet in a Box
Marry Me in a Box
Baby Shower in Box
Miss You in a Box
Sweet Tooth in a Box
Anniversary in a Box
2013 in a Box
Happy Halloween in a Box
Christmas Party in a Box
Bar Mitzvah in a Box
1 Week Vacation in a Box
Letting It Go in a Box
Chocolate Planet in a Box
Arboretum in a Box
Happy Graduation in a Box
Happy Birthday in a Box
Getting the idea? The point is to have fun, get creative, think outside of the box (literally), and find a way to materialize your feelings into actual things that will bring a loved one delight. ____________(s) in a Box are a phenomenal way to use those buttons/feathers/bottles/stamps/stickers/corks/straws/papers/pictures/magazine clippings/postcards/string/ribbons/eye droppers/whatever you have been shamelessly hoarding in your junk drawer, vanity, or nightstand and recycle, upcycle, and reuse it all! It may be just me, but I get a huge pay-off from transforming an everyday object I’ve been storing into a thing of beauty. For some of the above boxes, these ideas might spark your creativity synapses into creating some box magic of your own:
- Kisses made from sugar, flour, glitter, punch out holes, pebbles, shells, or marbles.
- Spruce up your party theme with a mini-party hat, confetti, shredded paper, deflated balloons, a mini-homemade card, tiny bows made out of string or ribbon, a mini-cupcake or packaged treat (if you are shipping a farther distance, think about options like a Hostess cupcakes or apple pies), gift certificates, candles, sparklers (if you are not mailing), mini-bottles of champagne or apple cidar with a decorative cup.
- Label ordinary objects (i.e., cups, straws, underwear, candles, buttons, tea biscuits) with weighted words or phrases (queen, king, dominatrix, oh squirrely one, precious, sublime, walking on sunshine, proud and prouder, vixen)
- Use stamps, sticker letters, hand lettering, printed labels, cut-out letters, and/or embossing to get your message across on cut-out or die-cut shapes, washi tape, ribbons, banners, plastic silverware, or scraps of paper.
- Don’t forget about personal service coupons! People love gift certificates, so think about coupons that the recipient will really appreciate. For our anniversary each year, I always give my husband a coupon for an Override Any Decision Without Complaining coupon, a Clean Up 1 Room coupon (I’m a bit of a mess, while he’s the neat freak), and a Foot Massage coupon. The upside? 10% of gift certificates go unused.
- Guardian angels, celebrities, siblings, messengers, spirit guides, ghosts, ghouls, or substitute people made from socks, puppets, a picture/magazine cut out pasted on a stick/straw/plastic utensil, charms, small figurine, superhero, or taped video or recorded message on a usb.
Here are some shots of my Feel Better in a Box:
Thanks for joining me on my latest project ________________(s) in a Box. CN—come back soon we miss you!