Now that all of our January boxes are safely in the post and have started arriving in their new homes all around the world, we are looking ahead to a fantastical February with our MAGIC POTIONS theme!
And, because we’re terrible at keeping secrets we’re going to reveal another of our fabulous February suppliers! So without further ado, we are thrilled to announce that our Magic Potions box will include a beautiful, sparkly jewellery item designed and handmade by… Literary Galaxy!
We first started chatting with Jenn from Literary Galaxy about her awesome (and award winning!)book blog. We have been avid readers of her reviews for ages and because we have lots of reading tastes in common, we always keep an eye on what she’s been enjoying! After bumping into Jenn at YALC in July 2018 and fangirling over her gorgeous new jewellery creations, we knew we HAD to team up and create up an item for a future box. The Literary Galaxy item Jenn has been working on for our Magic Potions February box is super cute and very glitzy. We can’t wait for you guys to see it and it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for this month’s theme!
At Book Box Club we love getting to know the small businesses that we collaborate with, because they are a huge part of what makes our boxes so special! So we thought we would find out some more about Jenn and her love of YA in our Crafty Q&A.
We know you love books – so tell us about your favourites!
Oh my gosh I could be here forever. So one of my favourites is This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada! As I mentioned, I love watching zombie/virus type films, and that fascination extends to books too! I actually wrote my undergrad dissertation on virus narratives in movies (titled ‘From H1N1 to Z1N1; Curing and Creating Disease in a Post-Millennial Science Fiction Cinema’ in case you were interested) so this book really speaks to me!
I also LOVE space books, one which is really amazing is Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. That book broke my heart…
Honestly there are just too many to list but I talk about them a lot on Twitter and on my blog!
What inspires you to craft and how did you begin?
I always have to keep my hands busy. I love to watch movies and shows but I like to be doing things with my hands at the same time. I used to spend a lot of time on my bullet journal, but always admired handmade shops. I had some ideas of things I wanted to do, and decided to take the plunge and make a hobby something more. I love seeing my pieces in other people’s hands, it makes me so happy that something I’ve made can bring joy to others.
Have you ever had a crafting disaster?
Oh yes. I experiment a lot, I’m one of those people who learns by doing. So a lot of my early projects are awful. I’ve also experimented with foiling to mixed results!
One of my latest experiments I documented on my Instagram stories. I was playing with these filigree bronze settings and using varnish to put book pages on. The first ones worked well but the others ended up with weird blue marks in (probably from the copper), which I didn’t anticipate, but people loved the look of! I haven’t actually put them in my shop yet, but they’ll go in soon.
What do you eat whilst you craft and what do you listen to?
I don’t have anything in particular I eat to be honest, I do drink a lot of loose leaf tea though! I love listening to indie, acoustic type of music. Spotify always recommends me the ‘Sad Songs’ and ‘Life Sucks’ playlists (rude!).
What does your arty area look like?
A mess in all honesty! I live in a small flat and we converted the tiny spare bedroom into my office. I quickly filled it and now it’s just, overflowing. I have two trolley things that I fill with the supplies I’m currently using and wheel them out to my living room so I can watch TV whilst I make things. I hope to move soon though and have a nice big office where I can work comfortably!
Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?
This is a hard one! I really love my Cruel Prince and Everless bookmarks. I think they really capture elements of the stories as well as the covers of the books (which is what I try to do) and I just really enjoy looking at them. It’s really hard to know if what you think represents a book well will be the same as other’s perceptions. People seem to like them so I think I did okay! The green gem on the Cruel Prince bookmark is meant to represent the green bug on the cover of The Cruel Prince (and The Wicked King!) because finding an actual green bug charm was IMPOSSIBLE. So I like my solution to that.
I also have a TON of ideas and things I just haven’t listed yet… like a Priory of the Orange Tree bookmark (though that might be up by the time I post this!)
Apart from making beautiful things and reading what do you like doing?
I love to write! I’m working on a few projects at the moment, but also I love to blog! I have a book blog here I talk about books A LOT. I also enjoy watching movies, my favourite being zombie, virus – end of the world type films.
We are so excited to share with you what Jenn has been busy making! Don’t forget; you can sign up for our February Magic Potions boxes and Purely Books memberships over on our subscriptions page. February boxes are now very limited, so make sure you get yours before we sell out
If you’re already a subscriber, worry not! We have your February box set aside for you already and we’ll be sending it your way around February 15th
If you’re yet to join us, here’s a quick reminder of everything we’ve told you about our fantastical February box so far:
With a richly described fantasy world, plus lashings of romance and drama aplenty, our atmospheric February read is the perfect antidote to the winter blues! It’s a thrilling quest through deserts, ancient cities and long forgotten forests to find an antidote to save a dying prince. If you are a fan of The Last Namsara, The Star Touched Queen and Ember in the Ashes you will love this featured read. This beautiful, shiny foiled paperback will arrive gift wrapped and accompanied by a book-plate, signed by the author.
We’ve had so much fun creating some really unique items to include in our MAGIC POTIONS themed box and have been working with some very talented people! In addition to a stunning jewellery item handmade by Literary Galaxy, our February boxes will include an exclusive item illustrated by Fable and Black and inspired by Harry Potter! There will also be lots of other bookish goodies that celebrate perfumes, potions and poisons in fiction!
All members will also receive an invitation to our members only online book group! Our Clubhouse book group will transform into a potions dungeon where our special guest will be the author of our featured read, who is very excited to talk to you all and to answer your questions about her magical book.
Or opt for Purely Books: If you are unashamedly bookish, but bookish extras aren’t your thing, you can still join in the fun. Check out our PURELY BOOKS subscription. Our books-only memberships include the same great featured reads and membership to our awesome author book group, just without the extra themed accessories.
How to join us: February MAGIC POTIONS boxes and Purely Books parcels are available from our subscriptions page now. Shipping to the UK is completely FREE, but we send our boxes all around the world so if you’re a far flung book lover, check out our FAQ page for all of our postage fees.
We hope you’ll join us for a magical bookish February! Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Lots of love, Libby & Kate