A New Way

February 5th, 2016

When I started this little venture of mine I always viewed my social media posts, specifically the blog at that time, to be an outlet of honesty. Craft Box is rooted in exploring different layers of DIY. The simple + the not so simple. And creating a community that can shoot me a message asking for tips, brand suggestions, and just general DIY-ery. But it is also built around my growth. Not just a creative but as a wife and as a mom. Because, let’s face it, that’s who I am! Wife, Mom, Avid DIY-er, and I would be remiss to not also include, Red Wine Guzzler.

I just conducted interviews with teenage girls + women in their early 20’s. I asked each of them their social media platform of choice and they all had the same answer: Instagram. I got Facebook in college. I joined Twitter in 2009 because I thought it was a blog platform. And I’m still working on what filter makes me look tan + a little thinner on Instagram. I love when women and especially these young strong female entrepreneurs step out and show the picture of them taking the picture. Open up their hearts and share their true story. Because Instagram pictures just aren’t the truth. They’re only a part of the big un-filtered puzzle.

With that said, we had a big change in our family recently. Nope, not pregnant. Yep, still love that handsome husband of mine. And no, Craft Box isn’t closing.

We had a shift in care for Xander. And while I’m not going into details, it broke my heart. And that is that.

With that said, we (specifically me) decided against bringing help back into our home due to several variables. So it is me and Xander-Bot holding down Craft Box LLC. It has been wild. Paul, that handsome husband I was talking about earlier, works long hours (today will be a 15+ hour day) so, in turn, my days can be long as well. The work seems endless and sometimes I’m still un-showered and in my yoga pants at 9pm. But, hey! At least the work is getting done. And they’re pretty. Like, really pretty. See.

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Wine Box White High Walled Boxes Liz Box

This time with my little guy has been awesome. He’s soaking things up like a sponge. We’re playing a lot. My heart is overflowing when my weary self crawls into bed. But in full transparency I’ve lost my cool with him a couple of times – forgetting where the line should be drawn in decibals. The best part? I’m learning to say, “I’m sorry” and his hugs could cure all ills.

I contemplated over whether this merited a post, but because I understand that we are made up by so many moving parts I felt it was important to share with my tribe. Because every bit of myself informs my work. My interactions with others. And this has been a reminder to extend grace to those around me no matter how far I am in the trenches.

My cup is overflowing and I am so grateful to be able to do what I do. So, with that, here’s a peek at what we do on snow days between naps.

Xander Feet

XX Leigh-Taylor

HI!

November 9th, 2015

It’s been a while. I was more than slightly concerned that I wouldn’t remember the password to my WordPress account.How embarrassing is that? Luckily my fears weren’t tested as it was auto-saved on my bar thing at the top of my computer.

Is anyone here? I see that y’all come around from these fancy analytic tools that I understand about 25% of but every time I see those numbers I feel bad because I’ve abandoned ship lately. I pinky promise I’ll be better!

Since I’ve been gone I have created over 1,000 bridesmaid // birthday // new mama // corporate gift boxes. Some wooden, some kraft, some filled, some not. But they’ve all been hand made and packed with lots of love and care and sent to gals and guys around the country. I just sent a banner to Alaska! And a box to London! Mostly to strangers who, some, are now friends. And they’ve all been Made in the USA. Start to finish.

I have had such a wonderful time meeting people and creating something perfectly unique to them. Margarita lovers, whiskey enthusiasts, and champagne sippers alike, I’ve learned so much in DIY-ing and I have loved those challenges.

I’m now promising to post 3x a week. A variation of blog posts + new creative projects that I’ve DIY-ed. Because I have really missed that aspect of my work. I love making to give + gift. But I want to try new things and share them with y’all again, too! I also miss that connection with my readers. And what better time to jump back in than this time of year? I’ve already got some goodness queued up for the next few weeks and I just can’t want to get back to it.

In the meantime take a peek at some of my favorites from the past couple of months.

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Bracelet + Custom Champagne Glass

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Bridesmaid Boxes with Mini Margarita Kits (I love the rim salt!)

3

Sea Island, GA Wedding

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Personalized Galvanized Steel Tray

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Black, White, + Gold Bridesmaid Boxes

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Groomsmen Box with Personalized Bourbon Rocks

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 Roaring 20’s // Prohibition Themed Wedding

XX Leigh-Taylor

Bach Bash Goodness

July 27th, 2015

I have been having so much fun diving into the custom bridesmaid boxes, bridal shower decorations, and baby shower decorations but I realized I hadn’t continued the bridesmaid story. Next step? The bachelorette party!

After playing around a bit and a flexible party pal I came up with these guys! I hope to get these into the shop soon! Until then, take a peek.

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Bachelorette Party_Hangover Kit Individual

Bachelorette Party_Hangover Kit Bag and Contents Individual

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Bloody Mary Kits

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XX Leigh-Taylor

Craft Box Craft Night!

April 29th, 2015

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You may or may not have seen this already but here we go again … we are hosting our first craft night! I am so excited to sit down with other makers and DIY some Monogrammed Leather Key Chains for dads, brothers, sisters … ourselves? Father’s Day is creeping up on us and these Key Rings are the perfect gift. We’ll be gathering on June 2nd with supplies to make 2 Key Chains each and with plenty of wine on hand.

Reserve your spot here!

XX Leigh-Taylor