Fair Ivy Duet: March 2014

This is the post where we get to focus on those fabulous handmade finds and explore some of the artistry of American crafters. This month features Fair Ivy’s Duet subscription, which features a jewelry plus a handmade item.

So let’s jump right into the box.
Jewelry Box UnOpened

As usual, Fair Ivy has gorgeous packaging.

Jewlery BoxEarrings

Package #1 (Jewelry) –23k Gold leaf Inlay Sterling Silver Round concave dome post earrings
from Virginia Wynne Jewelry
(Retail: $27.00)
Description: “The studs are hand cut out of sheet metal, shaped and then a thin layer of 23K gold used inside the dome with a technique called Keum-Boo”
Verdict:
Love!
I like to wear studs to work and these are lovely and unique. I think the concave shape gives them a bit of an edge. These are quite versatile and I think they’ll be a nice counterpoint against feminine spring florals. This also came with a coupon code. Just use the code SURPRISE10 for 10% off Virgina Wynne’s Etsy shop.

An unassuming envelope arrives…

Envelope
And now we have Package #2:
Other Wrapped Towel

Package #2 –Screen Printed Tea Towel from Wit & Whistle
(Retail: $20.00)
Description: “Wit &Whistle offers witty greeting cards and whistle worthy paper and home goods” all designed by Amanda Wright.
Verdict: Love!
I’m planning a giant spring cleaning overhaul of my home including my kitchen so I’m thrilled to get new home items to spruce it up. The Wit & Whistle shop is full of cute offerings and I am particularly enthralled with this Escargot Stamp.


OVERALL
Verdict:
Love!

Estimated Retail: $47.00. I paid $43 including the shipping so I got more than my value and I loved the items in this box. I will definitely use both items andthe Wit & Whistle shop is a great discovery for my online shopping fix.

Last month I expressed that I felt I kept receiving jewelry from Fair Ivy that was a bit too similar and was wishing for a box that only included just the handmade item. The genies at Fair Ivy must have heard my wish so they created the Mystery subscription featuring just one handmade item per month. I’ve signed up for that subscription going forward and I’m uber excited to see what shows up on my doorstep.

Do you enjoy handmade items? Are you a frequent Etsy shopper?  

THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.  
There are now three exciting subscription options:
A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month. (This option will ship in the US & Canada).
Or
The Mystery at $20.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 handmade mystery gift every month
Or
The Duet subscription at $35.00 a month (plus shipping) of 2 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry). (This option only ships in the US).
Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose a duet subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.
DISCOUNT CODE: FAIRIVYFRIEND for $5 off the first month of any subscription.

Fair Ivy Duet: February 2014

Now it’s that time of the month where we get to check out those fabulous Etsy finds and explore the creativity of some American artisans.  With Fair Ivy’s new Duet subscription, I get two cool packages a month – one with jewelry and the other with a mysterious surprise.   You know how I love mysterious surprises, so enough chatter and let’s see what’s inside!
Package #1

Jewelry PackageJewelry Box Close
As usual, one of Fair Ivy’s specialties is wonderful packaging.

Full ChainNecklace Closeup
Package #1 (Jewelry) –Sterling Silver Hammered Disc Necklace from Grey Goose Gifts
(Retail: $28.00)
Grey Goose Gifts from Ohio make beautiful handmade jewelry.  They are chock full of charming layering pieces with classic delicate designs.  This piece is just a simple short silver chain with a hammered silver circle.  I think it would work best layered beneath other longer chains.

Verdict:
On the Fence
Oh, how I really hate giving that verdict because this is a lovely little piece and I do like the style of it.  My issue is not with the piece itself, but this piece in the context of my Fair Ivy subscription.   As a Fair Ivy subscriber I have already received many necklaces that I feel are too similar to this one.  The only jewelry pieces I’ve received since joining have been  earrings and necklaces (3 sets of earrings; 5 necklaces).  Every necklace has been on a short silver chain and two others (besides this one) featured small circle pendants.  It is the same silhouette each month and while I really like the look I don’t feel as though I need so many similar jewelry pieces in my collection.  I’d really love to get some other types of jewelry (bring on the bracelets, rings, brooches, and watches) or at least some necklaces with a different style and shape.  Last month’s chain featured pearls and I found that to be a nice variation.

Package #2…a box mysteriously labeled “Fragile”…

Fragile BoxPackage #2

This little box is too damn cute for words.
White Peach Packaging

Pottery
Package #2 –Tillandsia planter from White Peach Pottery
(Retail: $18.00)
Artist Marianne Tolosa of White Peach Pottery creates hand-crafted pottery at her studio in Virgina. Housed inside that enigmatic Fragile box was an adorable Tillandsia planter. I’m guessing my version was made specifically for Fair Ivy since I can’t find it in the White Peach store (although there are lots of other styles).

Verdict: Love!
I love this cute little pot and its cute little magic plant that doesn’t need dirt.  It has been a cold barren winter folks, and seeing this cheerful guy show up was perfectly timed.  White Peach has some gorgeous (and reasonably priced) things in her store and I could envision a bunch of these little planters in those pastel colors being an amazing Easter table centerpiece.  This is the kind of item that makes me love this subscription.  It’s unique, supports independent artists and isn’t something I’d find anywhere else (or think to pick up for myself.)


OVERALL
Verdict:
Mixed

Estimated Retail: $46.00
With shipping, I paid $43 including the shipping so I got more value that what I paid. Judging this box solely on its own merit it is a wonderful box.  The problem comes from the fact that I feel like as though I keep receiving the same necklace every other month.  I do adore the planter and it’s exactly the kind of thing I want from this type of subscription.

I’m going to see what pops up in next month’s box, and if the jewelry is still too similar I may take a brief hiatus from this box to build up some room for more silver necklaces.

Fair Ivy offers a jewelry only subscription in addition to the Duet.   I’d love it if they offered one for just the other handmade items.  I’d be happy to pay $20 a month just a handmade surprise each month.

What is your jewelry collection like?
Are you eclectic or do you stick to the same type of design?

THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US & Canada).

Or

The Duet subscription at $35.00 a month (plus shipping) of 2 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  FAIRIVYFRIEND for $5 off the first month of any subscription.

Fair Ivy Duet: January 2014

Fair Ivy’s been kicking off the new year with a lot of fun changes.  As I mentioned in my last Fair Ivy post, they’ve changed their subscription options and this will be my first one featuring their new “Duet” subscription.  They’ve also revamped their website to feature more info on their featured artists.   For more info on subscription options, pricing and a coupon code, jump down below.  Now let’s jump into the packages!

Caramel Box

Caramels
Package #1 – Cajeta Goat’s Milk Caramels from Bliss Farms Dry Goods
(Retail: $2.00 each = Package of 8 for $16.00)

Verdict: Miss/Hit for a different month
Last year Fair Ivy included a wonderful goat’s milk caramel sauce by these same folks at Bliss Farms Dry Goods  and I loved it.  I’m sure these are delicious, but January is sandwiched between December’s Christmas excess and February’s Valentine’s decadence, so getting candy felt very ill-timed.  I think food items like jarred preserves, interesting seasonings/spices or specialty trail mix/dried fruit would have been more appropriate.  I’m sure these are still wonderful but I’ll just wait a little while before I enjoy them.

 

Jewelry Package Jewelry Box

Package #2 (Jewelry) – Sterling Silver & Freshwater Pearl Necklace from
Just A Charm
(Retail: $25.00)

My second Fair Ivy package has a funny story attached.  As usual I received a gorgeously packaged box.  It was from Just A Charm who’d sent me lovely things before.  I excitedly opened the box and inside was….nothing?  Cue confused Lisa searching the packaging and the floor making sure I didn’t miss something.  But it seems somewhere along the way someone had painstakingly wrapped an empty box which got sent to me.  I emailed Fair Ivy and they responded immediately with an apology and a brand new package.   All subscriptions get the occasional bump in the road, but they don’t all have such wonderful customer service.  Just A Charm also more than made up with it by sending me an additional gift. I really couldn’t have asked for it to be handled in a nicer way.
Pearl NecklaceCloseup Pearl

Verdict: Love!
Just A Charm describes themselves as making “contemporary jewelry with clean and simple geometrics…The style is modern, versatile, minimalist and understated.”   I adore the unique way the pearls have been included on this chain.  I don’t have a single piece like it and I think it’s going to be so lovely for spring.  It is feminine and dainty and exactly the type of jewelry I’ve come to expect from Fair Ivy.  I can’t wait to wear it.

Bonus BoxFreebie Necklace
FREEBIE
This is the just charming necklace that Just A Charm added because of the mishap with my package.  It’s really lovely and I think it will make a wonderful layering piece.  It was such a nice surprise in the box and I appreciate that they went that extra mile because of the earlier mistake.


OVERALL

Estimated Retail: $43.00.  I paid $43 including the shipping so I got exactly the retail value but without paying the shipping costs I might have if I just purchased through their Etsy stores.  The necklaces were beautiful and I even though I wasn’t crazy about getting candy this month, they still won’t go to waste. I’m excited to see what new things will come in February (Valentine’s Day theme perhaps?) and I’m hoping we’ll see some exciting new artists!

What did you think of this box?
Would you be all about the caramels or is the pearl necklace more your speed?


THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US & Canada).

Or

The Duet subscription at $35.00 a month (plus shipping) of 2 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  FAIRIVYFRIEND for $5 off the first month of any subscription.

Fair Ivy: Jewelry & More! – December 2013

As you know we recently had a Fair Ivy giveaway.  Congratulations to our winner Patty from Texas!  She won a lovely vintage style bag made by Dulcinas for Fair Ivy.  A big thank you to Dulcinas, Fair Ivy and all of you wonderful readers who participated.

Fair Ivy is a subscription service that features hand-crafted gifts.  They recently changed their subscription options so this will be my last post that features three packages.  They still offer two subscriptions but now you will chose from the Duet (two items; one is jewelry) and the jewelry only subscription.  For more info on pricing and a coupon code, jump down below.  Now enough backstory, let’s get into the box!

The first package I received was the jewelry Item.
Wrapped Jewelry
Package #1 – Jewelry

As usual, amazing packaging.  Inside the lovely little box was a pair of earrings from Lustrous Elements by Erin Miller.  Erin writes, that she “these sparkly little gold filled and sterling silver earrings” have been “cut from gold filled and silver sheet, sanded smooth and given a satin finish” and “hang on handmade goldfilled earwires.”  She also enclosed an adorable quote in the gift box.  Those little extra details are what make these packages feel super special.
EarringsQuote
Verdict:
Love!
These are cute and versatile.  The mix of metals ensures that they’ll match just about anything you have while the size makes them perfect for everyday use.  The dangle gives them a playful, whimsical vibe.  All the previous earrings I’ve received from Fair Ivy have been studs so I’m thrilled to have a different style to add to my collection.

 

Chocolate
Package #2 – Chocolates

My second Fair Ivy package brought on the yum.  Enclosed were two square chocolate bars from the Animas Chocolate Co. I received a Milk Chocolate with Almonds and 71% with Peppermint Dark Chocolate.

Verdict: Hit!
The logo on the Animas Chocolate Co. card is “lose your soul to chocolate.”   I guess my soul is in jeopardy since I pretty much ate that entire Milk Chocolate with Almonds immediately after taking photos for you guys.  It was delicious.  I’m not a huge fan of peppermint and chocolate, but the first bar was so good I will most certainly give the other one a try. I love getting food items in these subscriptions since it gives me the opportunity to try things I may never otherwise hear about.

SoapBalm
Package #3 – Soap

My last Fair Ivy package was from Piccolo Paradiso who make artisan soap and body products.  Tucked inside was handmade soap and Grapefruit Lip Balm.

Verdict:
Gift/Hit
As is par for the course with we subscription box junkies, I receive lots and lots of soap bars. This one smells fabulous and is beautifully packaged so I’m reserving it as a gift for someone special.  The lip balm on the other hand, is something I can always use tons of.  I have different ones all over the house and in my bag and I love trying out new ones.  Included with this gift was a coupon code.  If you like Piccolo Paradiso, you can enjoy 20% off your next order of $25.00 or more.  Just use FairIvyDec.  It expires 4./30/2014.


OVERALL
Package #1
Earrings from Lustrous Elements by Erin Miller: $28.00
Package #2Milk Chocolate with Almonds and 71% with Peppermint Dark Chocolate from Animas Chocolate Co.: 2 @ 3.25 each (Total: $6.50)
Package #3Artisan soap & Grapefruit Lip Balm from Piccolo Paradiso.
Estimated Retail: $44.50.
I paid $48, and since the retail prices don’t include shipping costs,  I feel like I definitely got my value with this box.  I loved the earrings, and will use or gift everything in the box.  Be sure to take a look at new pricing and subscription options Fair Ivy is offering below. I think their new setup is going to allow for a wider variety of surprises in their boxes.

What did you think of this box?  Did you love the earrings as much as I did?

THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US & Canada).

Or

The Duet subscription at $35.00 a month (plus shipping) of 2 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  Sign up for the Fair Ivy Newsletter here to receive a $5.00 off coupon.

Fair Ivy: November 2013 – Jewelry & More!

For details on Fair Ivy subscriptions and a discount code, jump down below.

Fair Ivy sends me each of their three items separately, but this was a busy month for subscription boxes and all these packages came together so this review is going to include all the items I received for November.

      The first is the jewelry item.

Package #1 – Jewelry

Jewelry Opening
As is typical for Fair Ivy, this item came beautifully packaged. 

NecklaceNecklace LongNecklace from Silver Vine Boutique.  (Retail: ??? I couldn’t find a comparable piece on the Silver Vine website so I can’t estimate a retail on this one.)
They “specialize in providing unique, handcrafted and vintage items for you and your home.”

Verdict:
Hit for the Designer/Miss for Fair Ivy
Now I think the design on this piece is great.  It’s simple and elegant, great for everyday use and the combination sterling silver and gold plate is lovely.  So I give points to Silver Vine for their design.  Unfortunately, I think it is way too similar to a necklace Fair Ivy sent out earlier this year.  I own this lovely piece: http://www.fairivy.com/portfolio/hammered-silver-circle-necklace/ that they sent out several months ago and wear it regularly.  I’m not sure how much use I have for a second necklace that’s only real discernable difference is having another gold circle.  

Package #2
Soap
Orange Clove Soap from the Emerson Soap Company  (Retail: $8.00)
These handcrafted soaps are made in small batches and are packaged using recyclable materials and plantable seed paper.

Soap Closeup
Verdict:
Hit!/Gift
If you subscribe to numerous subscription boxes, you will quickly accumulate lots and lots of soap.  Package #2 for November has brought me another bar, but this one is by far the most gorgeously packaged that I have seen and is so pretty that it must become a Christmas gift.  I’m sensitive to smells and despite having cloves, this scent is not at all overpowering.  It feels very warm and Autumnal.  If you’re looking for stocking stuffers these would be perfect.

Package #3
Package
Cards
Water Ways
Note Card Set from Sloe Gin Fizz by Nicole Ray (Retail: $20.00)
Nicole Ray, an artist and illustrator based in southeast Michigan, “creates a line of whimsical art prints and paper goods infused with a playful sense of humor under the name Sloe Gin Fizz.  This set of Water ways cards was inspired by all things water and contains two designs created specifically for Fair Ivy.”
Verdict: Love!

One, I adore stationary.  Two, whenever something is made especially for a subscription box it makes me feel super special, so this item is already doing well before I even get to the artwork.  The designs on these sweet little cards are lovely and can work for so many occasions.  You can even frame and hang a couple for an inexpensive  art series.  I am a firm believer in thank you notes and thinking of you notes, and I don’t think ecards can ever replace the real thing, so I would love Fair Ivy to keep adding notecards and stationary to their packages.


OVERALL

Package #1Silver Vine Boutique’s Necklace: $???
Package #2Emerson Soap Company’s Orange Clove Soap: $8.00
Package #3Sloe Gin Fizz by Nicole Ray’s Water Ways Note Cards= $20.00
Total $28.00+????: I paid $48, and that puts the necklace at a $20 value which I think is a fair price, so I think I got my value in the items.  However, I’ve got mixed feelings on this month.  As much as I loved the cards and the soap, I’m really disappointed with the choice of jewelry.  I think if Fair Ivy wants to keep subscribers beyond just recipients of gift subscriptions they really need to watch the repetition of items.  

What do you think?  Are the necklaces different enough to warrant receiving them both in the same year?

 

 THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.  

There are two subscription options: 

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy: October 2013 – Package #3

So this review is coming a little late, but it’s because my postman randomly decided that this package somehow required a signature (unlike the eleventybillion other packages I get) and so took it to the post office where it was then held hostage.  I work in NYC and live in NJ, so I am almost never home during the hours that the aforementioned post office is open.  The slip was MIA so I couldn’t bribe my boyfriend to pick it up for me creating quite a dilemma.  Thankfully, the kind folks at Fair Ivy and the gracious makers behind my item sent me a new one because I was having a meltdown trying to figure out how to procure this package.Bag

Purse
Verdict:
Hit!

It turns out it was a lovely purse from Dulcinas, which is a collection of jewelry and accessories designed and handmade by Claudia Anaya.  The designs are “inspired by the past infused with a vintage chic vibe using repurposed jewelry, vintage baubles and findings…”

I am a sucker for all things vintage and I adore that this purse came with a matching storage bag (which was also used in the purse lining).  I don’t actually own any white bags (I tend to shy away from them because subways and white fabric do not mix) but this is more of a special occasion bag so it will be avoiding my daily commute.  The simplicity of the color choice means that it will match pretty much anything.  I also have a collection of vintage brooches that will look perfect pinned to this little guy and will be a great way to glam it up.

There isn’t an exact version of this in Claudia’s shop, but most of her bags retail for $16.00 so I will estimate that as the value.

OVERALL
Package #1Fabled Soap Co.  “Pumpkin Spice” soap = $5.00
Package #2 – Candice Vostrejs Silver stud earrings = $15.00
Package #3Dulcinas, Vintage bag = $16.00

Total $36.00

So my other two October items were the adorable pumpkin soap and the even more adorable silver stud earrings.  I had to estimate values based on similar items, which put my October Fair Ivy box somewhere in the neighborhood of $36.00.  While I did pay $48 (including shipping), I still think I got my value since most of these items could not be purchased on their own and seem to be exclusive to this subscription.  Each was well made and I will use all of them.

THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy: October 2013 – Package #2 – Jewelry

For some info on Fair Ivy subscriptions and a discount code, jump down below.  Now onto our review of the second Fair Ivy package from October!

Package

This one was the promised jewelry package and featured artist Candice Vostrejs from Colorado.  The little card included described her pieces as a “combination of minimalist and modern combined with the beautiful and decorative style of art nouveau.  Her pieces are designed to be beautiful and feminine but simple enough for everyday wear.

Earrings

Included were itty bitty teeny tiny square silver earrings.  They are cute and comfortable.  I’d say they are perfect for use in a second earring in each ear.  They definitely fall into the subtle and understated category.  I’m sure I will get plenty of use out of them, but since Fair Ivy just sent silver studs to me in August, I would have preferred something a bit different.

Verdict: Likeable

I think Fair Ivy would probably be better served to perhaps to do one jewelry item and one other mystery surprise instead of committing themselves to 3 items per month.  I think they are locked into these low price points per item, so it can make the variety difficult to come by.

I still like the earrings, but I’m hoping to see a bracelet or even a brooch in next month’s box.  I’d love a piece of gemstone jewelry since I’ve only ever received metal.

I couldn’t find an exact match to these in Candice Vostrejs’ Etsy store. I did find some super tiny silver dot earrings that I think are comparable.  They are priced at $15.00.

THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy Package #3 – September 2013

I received  Fair Ivy’s third package for September.  Their subscription service features beautifully wrapped handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now for  the review!
Box with Cards

Once I opened my package I was greeted by a lovely tulle and raffia wrapped box with a cute little stamp that read “uniquely handmade limited edition”.  I think of all the gorgeous packaging I received from Fair Ivy, this is my absolute favorite.

Closeup Box

Once I stopped being distracted by the, oh so pretty packaging, I opened it up to discover Botanical Dead Sea Bath Salts in Lilac from Paradise Bath Boutique.  According to the card inside:

“Paradise Bath Boutique offers a large array of scented products created with many natural, organic and paraben-free ingredients.  With over 130 products and more on the way Paradise Bath Boutique boasts salon grade scented lotions body butters & scrubs, bubble baths, shower gels, botanical dead sea salts, hydrating body mists, antibacterial had soaps and sanitizers, aromatherapy and gifts.”

JarVerdict:
Hit!

The only bath salts I currently own are some lavender scented Epsom salts from the grocery store so this is a luxurious upgrade.  The salt mixture includes dried flowers which really make it feel special.  This package plus the fancy pants bubble bath from my fall style Popsugar box make me think I need a much better bathtub to go with all my awesome products.

According to the Paradise Bath Boutique website, the cost for these salts is $7.00.  My first package for Fair Ivy was the lovely silver and gold plated necklace at about $23 and then the caramel sauce which I’m estimating at about $8.00.  This brings the total value I received at about $38 without shipping costs.  My Fair Ivy subscription costs me $48 including shipping so I think I got my money’s worth.

THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy: Package #2 – September 2013

I received my second package for September from Fair Ivy, a subscription service that features handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now onto the review!

Box

Tucked inside my cardboard box was a lovely little fabric topped Mason jar filled with cajeta traditional goat milk caramel sauce from Bliss Farms Dry Goods.  They describe themselves as a “sweet little family owned micro farm in Northern Arizona”.  They “create fine foods, body care products, visual/funcational art, jewelry and ceramics.”

Open Box

Verdict:
Hit!

Ingredients are listed as: Goat Milk, evaporated cane juice, Mexican vanilla bean, baking soda
Caramel sauce is a perfect item for the fall.  My birthday is in October and I typically find myself entertaining friends and relatives so I think I’m going to use this sauce in an amazing caramel apple cheesecake dip recipe.  You can check it out here, but be forewarned it’s addicting.

Caramel

I couldn’t find the caramel sauce in the Bliss Farms’ Etsy store, but if you’re dying for a jar, I’d shoot them an email request.  I have no idea how much this costs, but I’d give it a value about $8.00.  So far Fair Ivy has sent me a fabulous silver and gold plated necklace and this awesome caramel sauce.  I can’t wait to see what the last package for September will bring.

THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy: Package #1- Jewelry – September 2013

Got my first package for September from Fair Ivy, a subscription service that features handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now onto the review!!!

Closeup Packaging

This month’s first package featured a jewelry selection from Just A Charm jewelry.  They describe their pieces as “contemporary jewelry with clear and simple geometries.  Each piece is handcrafted in New York City with sterling silver, gold filled, semi-precious gemstones and delicate charms.  The style is modern versatile, minimalist and understated.”  As is par for the course with Fair Ivy, the packaging was lovely and inviting.

Closeup UnopenedInside was a sterling silver necklace.  It features a 14K gold-plated bar charm.

Necklace

Verdict:
Hit!

This is a simple, understated piece that goes with everything.  I really find mixed metals to be interesting and I like the combination of sterling silver and gold plate.

I couldn’t find this piece in Just A Charm’s Etsy store but a similar one in all sterling silver was priced at $23.00.

As usual, Fair Ivy delivers sophisticated, timelessly appealing jewelry.  Of all the boxes I receive I think this one ranks the highest in the category of gift giving.


THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

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