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.

Floral Baby Box_600

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

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.

Bachelorette Party_Lip Straws

Heart Cupcake Toppers_Pink and Gold

Bachelorette Party_Hangover Kit Individual

Bachelorette Party_Hangover Kit Bag and Contents Individual


Bloody Mary Kits

Bachelorette Party_Packaged

XX Leigh-Taylor

Darby Smart

March 5th, 2015

Y’all! You know how I mentioned how I’ve been even more busy than normal lately with some stuff? Here’s one of the stuffs! I’m now a designer over at Darby Smart and my first project launched earlier this week!

We’re all over this lame cold + snowy winter. These white-washed planters are the perfect antidote! Spring is on its way.

Darby Smart White Wash Planters

Stay tuned for our other projects in the pipeline. In the meantime, go visit Darby Smart to cruise around the site … and follow me to keep up with other things that may just be hitting the interwebs soon.

In the meantime bundle up and get ready for spring!

XX Leigh-Taylor

DIY Valentine’s Cards

February 6th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let others know how much you care about them. I think we should take a cue from our elementary school days and hand out cards to our friends, family, and loved ones! Below are a variety of creative cards you can make yourself, ranging from simple and beautiful to complex and witty. I even included a little 90’s throwback. Pick out your favorite and take some time to send some love to those around you!

XX Leigh-Taylor