Fair Ivy: April 2015

Every month Fair Ivy sends a handmade find with every other month including a jewelry surprise. April was a non-jewelry month so I was super excited to see what type of item I’d get.
Box
As soon as I saw what was written on the side of the box I got excited. Fair Ivy sent items from White Peach Pottery before and it was one of my favorite sub box items from 2014.

Now we dive in.
Box 2 Wrapped
Okay, I’ll admit that this isn’t the prettiest wrapping job I’ve received from a Fair Ivy product, but it’s cheerful and I’m sure I couldn’t have done much better.

We unwrap to reveal…
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Handmade Mug & Spoon from White Peach Pottery
(Retail: $32.00+)
White Peach Pottery writes, “Your new mug & spoon are 100% handmade by artist Marianne Tolosa, of White Peach Pottery, in the state of Virginia. Each mug is thrown on the potter’s wheel before being hand-altered and decorated with 14k gold luster.”

April 2015 Fair Ivy
Verdict:
Love!
Do I have mugs? Sure I do. But this one is so pretty. It’s really classic, lovely and makes my coffee treats feel extra luxurious. The best part is that adorable spoon. How can you not love it? If White Peach Pottery sold sets of just the spoons I’d buy a bunch. I don’t see this particular version available on the website, so it seems like it was made just for subscribers. I linked to a similar one with different coloring. Sadly, I cannot find a spoon available for purchase.

I paid $36.95 (including shipping) and with a retail price of $32 just for the mug (excluding the spoon & shipping), I feel like I got my money’s worth. I know this is pricey for a mug, but it’s handmade and very special so I’m fine with paying a bit extra for it.

EXTRAS
Fair Ivy has also been randomly sending subscribers small handmade samples to subscribers so they can share them on social media. It’s a fun way to try out some of these amazing indie artisans.

Tea SurpriseTea
Plum Deluxe Oregon Breakfast Black Tea

(Retail: $7.00 per oz)
Plum Deluxe offers teas for sale along with a tea-of-the-month subscription.

Soap Surprise
Wrapped Soap Soap
Natural Soap from Marvi Beauty
(Retail: $3.00 for a small bar)
Marvi Beauty is a skin and hair care company with 100% natural products crafted by hand in small batches.

It was really nice to get some fun extras in the mail box and find some cool new shops to stalk.

Do you enjoy handmade items? If so, where’s your go to outlet to find new artists?


THE BACKSTORY
Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, vegan friendly handmade items made by individual artisans from the US.

Subscriptions currently cost $30/month + Shipping.

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

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As usual, one of Fair Ivy’s specialties is wonderful packaging.

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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”…

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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.