Handmade products Surprises

Fresh strawberry soap, passionfruit rose lip balm

We love handmade soap, and especially love it when it comes all wrapped up in an adorable, clean-feeling way!  This fresh strawberry soap was handmade by Mickey of Fabled Soap Co, and mailed to the subscribers of our Fair Ivy monthly surprise boxes.

Fresh strawberry soap + passionfruit rose lip balm - Monthly Gift Box

Fresh strawberry soap + passionfruit rose lip balm - Monthly Gift Box

These photos don’t do the smell of this fresh strawberry soap justice.  It was delicious enough to want to drink it up in a smoothie!

handmade passionfruit rose lip balm - Fair Ivy Monthly subscription gifts

The handmade passionfruit rose lip balm smelled just like a rose garden in the spring—and felt absolutely amazing as a lip product.

Lip balm packaging using Washi tape | Gift box subscriptions from Fair Ivy

Fabled Soap Co - Artist of Fair Ivy's Monthly Gift Box for Women

We also really liked the way these handmade surprise gifts were packaged.  We always love using kraft paper as a gift wrapping base, and in this instance Fabled Soap Co went with some adorable washi tape for a cute, fresh look (and it also meant she didn’t need to use any regular tape!).

About our artist, Mickey Cho from Fabled Soap Co: After years of unsuccessfully searching for detergent-free washes and soaps, Mickey discovered she could make them herself. So, it became her mission to create the best body products with the highest quality ingredients she could find — and Fabled Soap Co. came to be. Didn’t get a chance to receive this lovely fresh strawberry soap and passionfruit rose lip balm back in August as a monthly gift box?  Check out Fabled Soap Co on Etsy for these and other wonderful handmade gifts!

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Do you want to receive a gift box every  month?  Or even two?  Subscribe to Fair Ivy! Every surprise gift from our monthly gift box subscription is handmade and comes hand-wrapped, along with an informational note card  from the artist to let you know about their process, business and background.  It’s delightful plus you will be supporting US artists at the same time! subscribe-button2
Handmade products Surprises

Honey Bee Tea Towel

We absolutely love tea time here at Fair Ivy—and what is tea time without a lovely tea towel? In August, one of our monthly surprise gift boxes was this fantastic honey bee tea towel from Pickering Linen Co.  It is made from organic cotton and features a honey-colored honeycomb pattern stamped by hand.

Honey tea towel - August surprise gift boxes

Pickering Linen Co is a new Fair Ivy hand-maker, and we think they did a fantastic job.  We even loved their information card, which introduced our surprise subscribers to their business:

Pickinger Linen Co - Surprise Gift Boxes from Fair Ivy

We don’t have a photo of their surprise gift packaging, but it was very creative and even incorporated recycled scrap paper!

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As it turns out, we end up featuring about 2 handmade tea towels a year—if you’d like to email us to get a general gist of when the next one will be appearing, just drop us an email and we’ll give you a little bit of a hint! To visit Pickering Linen Co’s lovely handmade item store, click here.  We know you’ll love their products as much as we do!
Handmade products Surprises

Sterling Silver Dot Earrings

We love elegant, classic handmade jewelry pieces, and the handmade sterling silver dot earrings from our surprise monthly gift boxes in August 2013 kept with that vibe.

Handmade Sterling Silver Dot Earrings - Monthly surprise boxes from Fair Ivy

Handmade Sterling Silver Dot Earrings - Surprise Gift Boxes from Fair Ivy

Handmade Sterling Silver Dot Earrings

This elegant handmade sterling silver dot earrings set was handmade by Virginia Wynne, a Louisiana native and graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. They were custom-created for Fair Ivy—she had a similar pair of earrings that were a larger size—and here at Fair Ivy we tend to lean more towards slightly smaller earring sets.

Handmade Sterling Silver Cirlce Earrings - Subscription Gift Boxes from Fair Ivy

Handmade Sterling Silver Circle Earrings - Gift box every month from Fair Ivy

I loved the texture on the front of the earrings—a brushed matte effect. I’m starting to realize that my favorite handmade jewelry style is either hammered or brushed gold or silver.  So these really fit the bill!

Handmade Sterling Silver Dot Earrings - Monthly subscription gifts from Fair Ivy

Handmade Sterling Silver Dot Earrings - Monthly box for women from Fair Ivy

She included an artist information card with these lovely handmade sterling silver earrings, as seen below: IMG_8305 Really like this set of handmade silver dot earrings but weren’t a subscriber to our monthly gift box service back in August?  Head on over to Virginia Wynne’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

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Do you want to receive a gift box every  month?  Or even two ?  Subscribe to Fair Ivy!  Every surprise gift from our monthly box for women is handmade and comes hand-wrapped, along with an informational note card straight from the artist to let you know about their process, business and background.  It’s fun, pampering, and you will be supporting US artists at the same time! subscribe-button2