The weekend is finally here and it’s time for a Book Box Club supplier reveal!
We are huge fans of Charlie’s (the brains behind Cherry Pie Lane) teeny tiny paintings, exquisite jewellery and beautiful homewares. We are so excited to include one of her exclusive designs in our November box!
The item that Cherry Pie Lane has designed is a super cute accessory, with a gorgeous illustration inspired by one of our favourite Dangers of the Deep. We can’t wait to wear ours with pride!
At Book Box Club we like to get to know the talented people who help to make our boxes so unique and so we were thrilled to get to know Charlie a little bit better in our Crafty Q&A…
We know you love books – so tell us about your favourites!
Oooh, I’ve read so many wonderful books over the years, it’s so hard to pick. I think one of the books that has stuck with me for over 30 years is “The little girl and the tiny doll”. I remember loving this book so much as a child, in fact, I have recently bought a copy for my daughter to read too!
Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?
Another tricky question… each new piece that I make is a result of all the pieces that I have made before. I learn and progress with every process. However, I am a huge supporter of small businesses and I am lucky enough to be part of a community of local, creative, small businesses and I sell at many local events, so I think I’m perhaps proudest of my local makes, like this “Hastings” sign which has been hand painted on to wood and then finished with handmade copper letters.
What does your arty area look like?
My arty area has evolved hugely over the years, and I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home. My desk is currently tucked away at the top of my stairs – although, if I’m honest, I spread myself around the whole house!
I try really hard to avoid snacking whilst I’m working, but I do have a terrible love for sweets, so if I happen to find an open pack lying around, they won’t last long!
I’ve recently discovered podcasts (I know… where have I been?!) so I’ve been chuckling away to “My Dad write a porno”, but if the children are about, I’ll pop “Masterchef” or “GBBO” on my laptop – that’s much less risky listening!
Have you ever had a creative disaster?
Haha, yes, SO many! From paint spills, to cuts, to dropping finished pieces – but I think the worst mistake was when I accidentally melted a whole kiln full of glass!
What inspires you to illustrate and how did you begin?
I find designing and making incredibly therapeutic, but at the same time, it really can’t be forced. I need to be in the right mindset to make – I’m not really sure what inspires me necessarily, but I get a feeling or a pull towards making certain items. It’s a lovely, organic way to make and create.
I guess I began by drawing on the walls as a child, but really, I’ve always been creative. It is the one process that has always been in my life and I’m happiest when I’m pulling ideas out of my head and making them come to life.
Apart from making beautiful things and reading what do you like doing?
I adore walking. If I can’t make or draw, I’ll walk – lovely long walks, in all weathers. I live by the sea and nothing beats a face full of sea breeze and salt!
I’m also a huge lover of cooking – I own far too many cook books and I’ve just started baking my own sourdough too, which is so much fun and a real labour of love.
If you’re yet to join us, here’s why you won’t miss out on our November DANGERS OF THE DEEP box:
On a richly imagined island, the people live in the wake of an era ruled by powerful god-like creatures.
Now, their much-feared, much-adored rulers have disappeared back into the Undersea and the islanders have moved on. As their world bustles with tales and trade of the mysterious creatures that they used to serve, a wily boy finds himself dragged back into the deep sea, where danger, myth and history are still pulsing, begging to be brought back to life…
Packed with epic world building, steampunk vibes, masterful storytelling and edge-of-your-seat action, our November read is one of the most original and exciting books that we’ve picked up all year. Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Percy Jackson and The Raven Boys, will LOVE this book!
Our featured read for November will be a beautifully gift-wrapped hardback by one of the UK’s most innovative authors. All books will be accompanied by an exclusive map, signed by the author.
Bookish Goodies Galore: Alongside an exclusive item from Cherry Pie Lane, our November members will be treated to bookish goodies galore inspired by creatures that lurk beneath the waves. Stand by for more supplier reveals coming your way very soon!
Book Group fun with the Author! Our friendly online book group is always a real highlight of the Book Box Club experience. All our members are invited to join us and the author of our featured read for a fun and relaxed chat about our book of the month.
Our November author is super excited to answer your questions and to tell you more about her brilliant book! You’ll find a personalised invite to the book group, with all of the info about how you can join in, inside your box.
Or Opt for Purely Books: Remember; If you love the idea a brilliant new read and membership to an exclusive author book group, 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 read and membership to our awesome online book group, just without the extra themed accessories.
It is now possible to purchase our Purely Books parcels on a one-off basis. Check out Our Shop to find out more and make sure you select the correct option for your location (postage prices are included in the costs displayed).
November DANGERS OF THE DEEP boxes and Purely Books subscriptions are available from our subscriptions page now. As ever, we only have a limited number of boxes available so get yours before they all disappear!
Make sure you don’t miss this box by clicking HERE. We can’t wait for an especially unashamedly bookish November!
Have amazing weekends, everyone!
Love, Libby and Kate xx