A couple of weeks ago a very happy parcel arrived through my letterbox. I’ve been looking forward to blogging about it for ages now and this has been the first opportunity to put it online. The very happy parcel was from The YAY Makers, a monthly subscription box for lovers of colourful, fun, happy, handmade mail. As with most things, I discovered The YAY Makers on Instagram and when I saw their boxes I knew I just had to place an order.
The YAY Makers is ran by Kate and her husband Stuart who have had six years experience working on a craft and vintage market in Aberdeen meeting fantastically talented people. They now bring the market to you by showcasing colourful exciting products from creative indie makers and designers from all around the world in their monthly subscription boxes.
This box is their July box and if you love it as much as I do you can order a one-off box here.
You know it’s going to be an exciting package when the box looks as pretty as this (YAY for washi tape!).
As a self-confessed pin addict (see: this post, this post, this one, this one, oh and this one), this limited edition Rainbow Life enamel pin was the star of the show for me. It is designed by the talented illustrator, Nikki Miles. You may have seen Nikki’s creations already as they have been stocked in Paperchase stores throughout the UK via Whale and Bird. Nikki also won the 2018 Mollie Makes Handmade Award. This is such a bright and happy addition to my ever growing pin collection.
Check out Nikki on social media to keep up to date with the colourful creativity: Twitter / Instagram
Follow Your Dreams postcard by Poppekins. The creator behind this fun and fabulous postcard is Carla van der Meer who designs vibrant prints and family portraits as well as custom made birth announcements, party invites, portraits or just about anything! I’m absolutely loving the rainbow theme in this box, everything is so bright and colourful and this Follow Your Dreams postcard fits in perfectly.
Add a splash of colour to your social media by following Poppekins on Twitter / Instagram
I love discovering awesome creators and small businesses. This natural handmade soap is by Bean & Boy. Stacey & Graeme started making their own natural soap alternatives when their daughter developed a mild form of eczema that was made worse by commercially-produced soaps. Bean and Boy is affectionately named using the family nicknames for their children.
This soap smells gorgeous, it is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Bean & Boy’s special recipes have been carefully formulated to ensure that each bar lathers well, cleans brilliantly, and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. Check out all the different soaps here.
Check out Bean & Boy on Twitter / Instagram
Pastel Polaroid Patch by Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes (HOYFC). Firstly, I absolutely love the shop name Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes don’t you? Sally McAdam has designed acrylic jewellery, enamel pins, patches, accessories and stationery since 2006 and now has stockists all over the world. Secondly, HOYFC has an awesome range of enamel pins, I may or may not have just brought myself a little pin-sized treat. This pastel patch is easy to iron and I think it would be a cool addition on my Be Happy tote bag.
Follow HOYFC on social media to keep up to date with all the cuteness: Twitter / Instagram
As well as all these fabulous treats, I even received a handwritten thank you from Kate also offering me a 10% discount code, yay! I really loved this month’s box and enjoyed discovering more awesome creators. If you love the July box as much as I do, you can order your own here. You can order an August box (which I am very tempted to do right now) or even go one step further and sign up for a 3-month or 6-month subscription plan.
Share your boxes on Instagram tagging #YAYmakersmail and the best pic will win a YAY prize!
Which item is your favourite? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!