OwlCrate Unboxing: May 2016

Last month I decided to take a plunge and try out a different subscription box. Usually, as I live in Australia, I enjoy a month bit of fun from The YA Chronicles. But I whilst gallivanting through the joy that is Instagram I saw a bunch of people talking about OwlCrate, of course. OwlCrate is a wildly populate American subscription box and I can’t even begin to express how jealous I am of it. It always looks beautiful and amazing. But May had a theme that I just couldn’t resist:

Steampunk

You see, I’m a Steampunk addict. I don’t read crazy amounts of it but if I do stumble across anything Steampunk-y then it can consider itself bought. Hence, I threw my arms into the air and thought OH WHY NOT. So let’s take a peek into the box, shall we?


The Box

Let’s straight out say it: I LOVE this box. This was just everything and more that I had hoped for and I’m so pleased with myself for getting it. It’s been so hard to not re-order because I know this would be fantastic to subscribe to. But, alas, I am not made of money and cannot afford the shipping/conversion rate. *muchly sad sigh*.

// OWLCRATE //


The Book

Everland by Wendy Spinale

Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult, Retelling (Peter Pan)
Author: Wendy Spinale
Published: May 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320 {hardback}

When I first saw this book I freaked out. And then I freaked out some more because oh my goodness OwlCrate gives out hardback books. How awesome is that? The physical book itself is absolutely gorgeous, I love the cover design, I love the book without the dust jacket on, and I love all the little detailing. AND THEN I REALISED IT WAS A PETER PAN RETELLING. I’m such a sucker for retellings and I basically couldn’t breathe when I read that. I really think this is going to be a beyond awesome read and I can’t wait. How had I not heard of this before opening this box?!

// GOODREADS // BUY //


Nail Art

This was really quite cool. When I first saw this I was sceptical – how does one successfully apply these things?! But I’m really pleased with the result. They’re like little stickers that you fit to your fingernails and then stick on. These ones have glittery cog designs on them and I absolutely adore them. I’ve had so many compliments for them as well – I think I might be needing more of these!

// ESPIONAGE COSMETICS //


A Beautiful Brooch

Isn’t this adorable? It’s sort of a brooch, although I think it’s meant more as a general pin because it is quite large. It’s a mechanical designed dragonfly and I really like it. This was one of five designs and I’m actually not sure what the others were! I wasn’t quite sure where to put it but for now I’ve clipped it onto a tote bag so it’s sitting there looking all adorable.


A Key to Unlock All Doors

This is a delightfully curious little pendant. It’s, obviously, a key design so now I can walk around feeling like an all powerful sorceress with a magic key. It’s a nice little necklace and I think this is pretty cool. There’s something gloriously bookish about keys, isn’t there?

// CRYSTAL COMPASS DESIGNS //


An Angelic Ring

This is a little ring with a clockwork angel design on it. It’s inspired by The Infernal Devices series which I unfortunately have yet to read. But nonetheless it’s really cute and a quirky little design.

// SPARKS EMPORIUM //


 Second Star to the Right

When I saw this in the box, the penny finally dropped. I love this design so much and I spent quite a few moments flailing. Seriously flailing. As you can see and went and framed this one and it’s now sitting beautifully on top of my newest bookshelf along with all the other gorgeous designs I’ve received from subscription boxes so far!

// CREATIVE DAFFODIL STUDIOS //


 A Letter

This is probably the coolest thing about the box. I don’t know if this happens every month but we got this beautiful (long!) letter from the author of the book explaining why she chose Peter Pan to write about and her love for the story. This was such a nice touch to the box so I decided to frame this one too and put it on my shelf.


 Some Temporary Fun

And finally we received a selection of temporary tattoos which were super cool. I’m afraid I didn’t photograph these because in my excitement I put them on right away! But they were gold and glittery and cool cog designs!


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I am so pleased with everything in this box and I think if I see a theme that comes up in the future and I deserve to spoil myself then I might just order it again. I could not believe just how many things are in this box either! I can’t wait to use everything in this box and I really am jealous of people who can get this monthly. For now this was just a one off testing that I absolutely adored!

Coming up next: June’s theme is Royalty!


End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

15 thoughts on “OwlCrate Unboxing: May 2016

  1. The author letter is now being included every month. I love owlcrate but would love to try the YA Chronicles but living in the US the shipping cost is just too expensive. I can’t wait for my owlcrate every month and have really loved them all. I have been a subscriber since march.

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    1. Oh wow that’s seriously cool! And gah, don’t you just hate shipping costs?! We shall have to have a tea party where we stare at each other over the rim of our teacups and enviously bite biscuits to show our disapproval of these difficulties. I so can’t wait to see what’s in the Royalty box – I hope you love it!!

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  2. Yay for you! This looks like a lot of fun with all those awesome stuff. I love the letter so much. I wish I could also get my own, even just one subscription box, but sadly I’m very poor right now haha. Maybe in the future. 😂💞

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  3. Wow all of those seems so fun and exciting. Sadly, I haven’t read anything from the steampunk genre because I’m kind of scared to venture out of my comfort zone of contemporaries and dystopia/apocalyptic. But I recently heard of Everland and I put it in my want-to-read! I’m super interested.

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    1. *audible gasp* Okay okay okay you absolutely must give it ago – even if it’s to come back and throw potatoes at me because you hated it. Give The Girl in the Steel Corset a try, then, Legacy of the Clockwork Key – there are sooo many to choose from but I feel like they’ll give you a good feel for the genre (of course try Everland too because fantasy steampunk . . . *mind blows*).

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