Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Cards

February 12th, 2015

Waited until the last minute to buy your Valentine’s cards? No worries! We collected some of our favorite cards to say I love you in a way that fits is so you. You can pick these up at a local shop just in time for Valentine’s Day! Check out some of our favorite cards from our favorite designers below.

 

Find out what stores in your area hold your favorite designer by checking the stock lists below, so you can pick up a card before Saturday.

1. Emily McDowell  2. Hello!Lucky  3. Pei Design  4. Rifle Paper Company

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

Super Bowl Party

January 30th, 2015

Growing up as the daughter of a football coach in the South who has been coaching just about as long as your parents have been alive (sorry, dad!), I can assuredly say I know and love football. Like, a lot. I definitely know the game better than most of the dudes in the stadiums, or bars, where I watch the game. But I’m not a huge NFL fan. However, I do love Super Bowl Sunday. And while I don’t know much about either team I do know that there will be 24 perfectly inflated game balls this Sunday. And a lot of food. Lots. Of. Food.

The best part of the Super Bowl is always the company, the food, and the beer (or wine for me!). I love the idea of incorporating food that you would be munching on at the tailgate & stadium. Even if you are miles away from Phoenix you can still feel like you’re a part of it all with a few super simple foods. And even better than being there? You get to watch all of the commercials. Win-Win if you’re asking me.

Here’s what I like to do: I make meatballs. And then I just leave them on the stove and people can eat as many as they want! Best part? Three. Ingredients. Sorry there is no picture. But let’s be honest … when do meatballs ever look overly appetizing? They taste way better than they look.

  1. Meatballs (I just use the frozen guys. Don’t judge me, please.)
  2. Jar of Grape Jelly*
  3. Jar of Salsa*

*1 part salsa, 1 part grape jelly

Throw ’em in a pot on the stove and heat them up. And stir! Don’t forget to stir.

Just don’t tell people what’s in them or they may be grossed out. I promise they are good. Oh yeah, also don’t let them boil. But, I mean, it doesn’t get much easier than that, folks.

Here are some fun and simple DIY ideas from around the web (with cool pictures unlike my meatball speciality) that are easy to clean up. Easy clean-up = happy host.

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Beer Tasting on a Chalkboard Table Runner 

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Mess-Free Chili in a Mini Bread Bowl

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Hot Dog Bar! Love this. 

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Nacho Bar full of fixins.

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Frito Pie (Chili) with Toppings in a Bag. So. Yummy. 

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Popcorn in a Football Holder. Yes!

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Okay, so I know you probably aren’t eating ice cream sandwiches at the game or tailgate, but how good are these?

PS: If you’re into dip but you’re not trying to gain 94lbs in a night grab the Reduced Guilt Spinach and Kale Dip made with Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe’s and eat it by the face-full with carrots. IT IS SO GOOD. And it is 35 calories for 2 TBSP.

PPS: Why do I keep using post scripts? I need to work on that. But until then, I’ll be stuffing my face with chips and this Skinny Buffalo Chicken dip from Skinnytaste carrots and Reduced Guilt yumminess while Paul polishes off the Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip (because it is no longer “skinny” when you have no self-control like me).

XX Leigh-Taylor

Meet the newest member of the Craft Box Team!

January 29th, 2015

Y’all. I am so, so delighted to share with you an awesome gal who is the newest addition to the Craft Box family! Kate is going to be such an asset to the team. Get to know her a little bit better below and stay tuned for new things happening around here! We’re just so excited.

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I am thrilled to join the Craft Box team! Having grown up in a creative family, I have always placed a high value on creativity and art. I love that Craft Box makes crafting and creating easy and enjoyable for others. I grew up in a small town in North Alabama. Art was always a part of my upbringing, since my mother is an artist and former designer. Also, our home was always very festive around the holidays and birthdays. My mom went out of her way to make those special occasions a major event. I am very thankful to her for it. Therefore, to this day, I like to make special occasions valuable for others.

As the youngest of four girls, I dreamed of diverting from the norm and had my heart set on New York City from the age of eight. Little did I know New York would become a reality for me, but in quite a different way than I imagined as a little girl. After graduating from Auburn University, I went on staff with my campus ministry, RUF, at Wake Forest. After two wonderful years in campus ministry in North Carolina, I accepted an internship at the Bowery Mission Women’s Center in New York City. I moved here in February 2013 and jumped head first into winter in the city. I loved the city and was overwhelmed by it all at the same time. After adjusting to the pace and lifestyle that New York requires, I am sold. I love it more in its reality than I did in my previous romanticism of the city. Today, I work as the Community Group Coordinator for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. However, living in one of the most creative cities in the world, I want to be a part of that amazing community of artists in New York. Therefore, I am excited to be part of Craft Box and look forward to the ways in which it will grow and expand.

XX Leigh-Taylor