Behind the Box is a monthly series in which we dive into the previous month’s box and I share my thoughts on process and design of select items, theme etc. I hope these will serve as an inspiring look behind the scenes!
Welcome back to the monthly “Behind the Box” series! Today, let’s take a look at the ‘Celestial’ themed box from February 2019.
The Cerulean was a clear choice to me when I read it. It is such a unique YA fantasy that blends in a little sci-fi flavor. There are odd characters and creatures, mysterious societies and scheming, and brave girls who take incredible risks. I couldn’t stop thinking about this one after I read it. Check out the synopsis on Goodreads, if you aren’t yet familiar with this one. And stay tuned for an interview with the author here on this blog very soon!
As the curator of these boxes for almost two years now, I had been really wanting to do one inspired by a motif that I love, but not necessarily be limited in my curation by fandoms. Once in a while it is nice to take a break from all the fandom-saturated content and just create something beautiful. I knew a ‘Celestial’ theme was the perfect thing to accompany The Cerulean and it really excited me, so I went with it!
I personally LOVE everything moon and stars and constellations and sparkly astronomy and astrology-related things. As February is a chilly month, I selected an infinity scarf (I personally wear scarves a lot, living in New England). It is light an airy though, so I hope it can be enjoyed by people in a variety of climates for a beautiful layered look. The rose gold foil pattern of moon and stars makes this one extra special!
For the candle, I collaborated with Once Upon a Wick. I knew a sparkly-topped “Stardust” candle is what I wanted to go for, but what does stardust smell like? Not in the literal sense, but the magical imaginative sense, we went with a pretty blend of jasmine with a hint of citrus, sandalwood, and an teeny bit of cedar. I think it evokes a mood of enchantment!
Mismatched earrings are so fun, and these silver plated moon and star studs are a minimal yet whimsical piece of delicate jewelry that I thought a vast majority of people would enjoy. You can pair these with most anything!
The ‘Moon Child’ Coin Purse was a collaboration with Megan of Novel Grounds. I came to her with the idea of the phases of the moon circling the saying “stay wild moon child,” and she created a beautiful gold foil look! I think these are very useful and also a beautiful nod to the moon goddess in all of us.
Vinyl stickers are fun for decorating notebooks and journals, laptops, phone cases, water bottles, lockers, storage boxes, you name it. I could not resist including this little bottle of dreams with a sleeping moon inside!
The magnetic bookmark for this box was in collaboration with Idle Stuff and was the unicorn item of the month. They are hand cut so you may see some slight variations. These are a nod to the Unicorn Crate logo, but if the logo was traveling through a beautiful purple galaxy!
The notebook. Ah, it is beautiful with it’s embossed constellations and elastic, its fresh pages waiting for your thoughts, dreams, plans, and lists. This beauty is by Peter Pauper Press, but see below for the true details of how this ended up in the February boxes.
The $100 Notebook
Not everything works out the way you plan. I knew I wanted to include a notebook in this box and really wanted to create something special that was unique to Unicorn Crate. I found a manufacturer that was capable of printing beautiful foil stamped designs and created a prototype of the journal you see below. Marked with the Unicorn Crate name and everything. I placed a large order after seeing the sample (which I paid more than $100 for). Shortly after, they told me, “sorry we can’t actually deliver these to you by your deadline as we promised.” Subscription box owner nightmare. They refunded me but I had to scramble to find another notebook that met my standards for quality and beauty and theme alignment. The Peter Pauper Press constellation notebooks are certainly gorgeous (I absolutely love mine), but they also ended up costing me nearly twice the ones I had designed because they were not direct from manufacturer. This kind of rolling with the punches is what happens in this business. You are, to an extent, at the mercy of the suppliers, and sometimes you’re entire paycheck is eaten up by notebooks . . . sometimes you end up with a really special but frustratingly expensive one-of-a-kind notebook *laughs*.
I just loaded any and all extras from the February crates to the goodies shop on the main site, so if you want any of these go claim them asap! x Naomi