Friday, December 26, 2014

Introducing . . . and a giveaway!

UPDATED!! - Congratulations LCSmithSAVED - you are the winner of the first ever Magpie Box!  Please email us at jennibowlin@gmail.com sometime this week so we can get all of your information.

And Louise asked a good question that I will cover in the next newsletter again as well, but if you have a current subscription to the Papercrafting Kit it is no longer since that kit has been cancelled.  If you would like the Magpie Box subscription you will need to purchase it using the membership button beginning on the 1st.  Once you have done that you will be set until you decide to cancel.

And also. . . we are feverishly working on the changes to the menus at the site and they won't be ready until the 1st.  If you happen to be looking around over there before the first, you will not see any of the changes quite yet!  But it may be worth taking a look NOW since all of the JBS products and past kits are at a deep discount until the 31st and won't be available at the site after that (just a few JBS products will remain for sale in our General Store).






The Magpie Box – goods and curiosities for the maker, stylist and collector.  

Each month you will receive a box filled with expertly curated found, handmade, quality imported and exclusively designed items - all carefully nested into a Kraft box and delivered to your doorstep each month.

As I planned and pondered what I wanted to do next, I really looked deeply at the things that I loved . . . and why.  After one particular conversation this fall with my like-minded friend Kathe, I realized that perhaps there were other people out there like me - people who just simply loved to collect and often purchased items only to start one or to add to one.  As a "maker" I of course often re-purpose items in my work, but it seems as though I have to live with, display and simply "collect" those items before I do so.  As a "stylist", whether for business or in my home, I often end up also using items to create vignettes, changing on a whim whether with the seasons or my interests.  The Magpie Box is the perfect compilation of all of these parts of my personality and interests.  I'm hoping maybe for a few of you it will strike a cord as well!

And why "Magpie" might you ask?  If you know anything about birds you may then know that the Magpie is a collector, gathering anything and everything (particularly shiny objects) to build it's nest.  Nothing seemed more appropriate (and the Kraft paper "nest" that will hold the treasures each month just adds to the theme).

So here's how it works.  Simply purchase the January Magpie Box on the 1st as either a membership or a one-time-purchase.  The cost each month will be $25.  If you choose to start a membership you will automatically be billed on the 5th of each month.  No required length of membership.  Cancel anytime.  It's simply a way to save you time AND to guarantee a box.  Because of the found nature of these collections, quantities will be limited each month. 

So without further adieu, below is a sneak peek at the first ever Magpie Box for January.  And if you have read this far. . . a little giveaway:  leave a comment here between now and Monday the 29th at noon to win one of your own!  I will announce the winner on Monday night.








Re-purpose, re-make or simply collect.  What will you do with yours?

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69 comments:

Karen Poirier-Brode said...

So fun and so very Jenni. I think I need to try this!

Anonymous said...

I guess my husband would call me a Magpie!

Catherine said...

Oh Jenni, I am so happy for you and wish you success on your new endeavor. Hope you pick me :)
Hugs,
Catherine

The Lone Arranger said...

What a great new adventure! Here's to a year filled with great joy!

Em said...

Looks like a wonderful box, I can think of a lot of things I could create.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jenni- what a lovely idea and yes, I would love to win-thank you! Becky J abcjones@comcast.net

Jeannette said...

What an interesting new concept. Something new or old is always fun!

Nancy said...

I LOVE this idea and cannot wait to purchase. I was not able to locate a place to purchase so I am assuming not until January 1?
Love your idea, and looking forward to seeing what is in the kits! Hoping I am a lucky winner too! Thanks for all of your I spirstion!

Mel said...

What a fun new concept!!

Karol Nicoletti said...

How lovely! Would love to win! My husband would call me a Magpie! thank you!

boyd2 said...

It's like A Vintage Affair delivered to your front door!

rush said...

I am a Magpie! I collect, and many of what I collect are shiny. (BTW, it's "without further ado", not "adieu", which is French for "goodbye".

Christine Kiehl said...

Oh what a fun idea! Would love to win one of my own to see what vintage themed items awaited! Thank you for the introduction!

curlyqmosaics said...

Oh my goodness Jenni! This new kit is filled with lots of beautiful finds, I love the name, and everything the "Magpie" Box represents! With my kit, I plan to use it both in my creative pieces as well as in sweet vignettes throughout my home. I met you at Vintage Market Days OKC, and you were just as charming in person as I imagined you would be. Thank you for continuing to share your classy style with the world! :)

Ginger said...

What a cute idea! I'm the Magpie's twin when it comes to collecting! Love it.

pbo said...

Would love to win so I can play! Thank you for the opportunity! I love what you make.!

barbara macaskill said...

What a fun box of yumminess!! Will have to see if I can't convince hubby that I NEED this box of goodies!! I think this is going to sell out every month because it is such an awesome idea!! Would love to win one so I can show hubby what a great deal it is!! Thank you so much for the chance to from a new blog subscriber! Have a Great day!

Mitzi Y'Barbo said...

Would love this box of wonderment!

Jennifer said...

What an awesome idea!

rhonda nickol said...

Love this kit Jenni and I am for sure a collector! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Happy Holidays!

Christy Strickler said...

I am so excited for this kit! Thank you for the chance to win one!

Tina said...

These are fabbo. What fun. The possibilities are endless.

hobbemom said...

How exciting. I can hardly wait to get my box each month and see what you put together!

hobbemom said...

Oh. Wanted to ask if you are a papercraft member does it automatically roll over to this membership? Or do I need to sign up for it?

Dorothy Schrader said...

Looks like fun!

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Lana Manis said...

What a fun idea! I'd love to win this one... especially that pretty little bird. :)

Gale said...

All the best with your new indevour. First box looks amazing.

Katey said...

My mom & I swap boxes each September filled with treasures we've collected all year. Your magpie boxes remind me of our September boxes. I am looking forward to this new idea!! And how fun for you to create them!! I don't know which I would enjoy malong or receiving!

amfuller said...

Absolutely wonderful! Have fun with the new adventure.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful way to start a new chapter! Simply brilliant!

pearlswithplaid said...

I love of box of 'things' that I can stare at until the idea emerges of what it will become. Part of a book? An ornament, perhaps...

dian oliver said...

how fun is this!!???!! I am the Mom from Katey's comment. This would be so much fun to do. and who doesn't like to get a package in the mail!! Happy happy!!

Pamela Vollmer said...

I love it - I would keep it all for myself because I could not part with any of it! Love the name, the presentation and the monthly box idea. I met you at the Grapevine , TX, show and had your sweet husband take our picture! Thank you!

Debbie Nelson said...

Getting a box of goodies every month would be so much fun!!!
Thanks for a chance to win.

Laura K said...

What a lovely idea - beautiful and fun, thanks for the chance to win too!

Katie said...

Very neat idea. I could use pieces and parts of that kit for lots of different projects! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Katie B.

Teri Calia said...

An awesome idea! I love collecting as well as using sweet little vintage items and I look forward to subscribing to your new endeavor :)

Cat said...

If someone showed this to me and asked me who curated it, I would have immediately said, "Jenni Bowlin". It is your creative persona to a T. Good luck with this new endeavor.

DebbieLynn said...

So many things to create with the goodies in that box!! mdlugg@gmail.com

Cathryn said...

All things must change. And, this looks like fun!

Shroggie said...

Inspiring! I have always loved and been drawn to anything "bird". I often describe myself as a mockingbird but magpie is fitting as well. I am already looking forward to each new box.

Chris aka Scrappylassie said...

This is me!! Love finding treasures on walks in nature or at a Thrift store... What a cute idea! Thanks for the contest give-away and this inspiration!

Unknown said...

"Magpie" is much lovely-er than "vintage hoarder", as my family refers to me!

Amy C. said...

Receiving cute little treasures in the mail sound like a wonderful idea! I always love happy mail!

carriep said...

Definitely a magpie, the shinnier the better! Love this idea!

Nadine Palmer said...

When one of my daughters was in second grade, her class was named Team Magpie. Her teacher told them magpies are respectful birds and they were going to be respectful students. I guess that makes me a respectful hoarder, ooops, I mean collector. Best wishes for success with the Magpie Box, Jenni!

KristN said...

I am so excited for your new endeavor. I have been a subscriber/follower of yours since the beginning. I am thrilled to see where this year takes you. It is always great to follow your heart. I look forward to seeing what you amazing goodies have on store for us!

Diane said...

I love it. I have followed you for years. I am drawn to vintage anything. I think this is marvelous and want one!!!

Tessa said...

Looking forward to see how the Magpie kit evolves - I think this idea dovetails nicely with what a lot of people will be interested in!

Amy Adams (aka Scrapitgal) said...

Love the little box of pretties! So much fun. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Really lovely! Talk about some happy mail! I would re-use, create, assemble...exciting! Julia P., KY

Connie Mercer said...

I would would re-make. Stunning collection, love the bits & pieces!!

Tracy said...

What a great idea. A beautiful collection!

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

What a fun idea! Count me in.

LCSmithSAVED said...

Oh dear... I think I have a new addiction! And frankly, Jenni - I wouldn't trust just anyone to choose my bits & bobs :) Hope this new venture fulfills all the fun of hunting, gathering & vending! Thx for a chance to get a "free trial"

becky f. said...

really lovely. best wishes on your new endeavor.

becky said...

So many ideas already running through my head...eep!!

Betsy Brock said...

Ooh! I want it! haha. Beautiful! I was at your booth at the Country Living Fair in September and purchased some things that I love. So glad I found your blog tonight through the JBS online store!

Laura said...

What a lovely idea! My mother, aunt, and I all enjoy giving each other little things to add to our collections - the perfect idea for any collector! Congrats on a new adventure!

Jenni Carrino said...

Love it!! And I love the name and logo! Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan M. said...

What a fun idea! Little (or big!) boxes of "goodies" are what I like to pick up at flea markets and auctions. Sometimes the pieces wind up in a glass bowl, and sometimes they become immediately repurposed. Anything handpicked by you will be....classic.

Danielle Higginbottom-Brown said...

amazing!!!! love this!

{VICKI} said...

I'm a magpie too!
Wonderful goodies
I'm thinking of a remake on this one!

iwillbloom said...

Great idea Jenni!

ben irvin said...

It would be a wonderful blessing if I could win your new Magpie...excited for you but sad because i love to create with your papers, ect! Have a wonderful new year in your new adventure!! stacey irvin

hayley said...

I like your idea and might order a one off kit but every month I would end up with too much stuff and not much space to display or store them. I am so sad you have ended the papercraft kits as that my way I like to create. I was enjoying them, great paper, lovely stencils and stamps with a touch of vintage. I am feeling very sad those kits with add ons have gone. They were a bit diffent to other kit companies.
Hayley

Susanne said...

What an amazing concept - would love to have to decide whether to repurpose, reuse or just collect. Thanks for the chance to win.

LCSmithSAVED said...

Had a good laugh when I found my name on this post today, March 12th! I have been subscribing to The Magpie Box since January & have been utterly delighted with them. Have been working backwards on your blog for inspiration. I am participating in a design team challenge where we are each choosing a scrapbook celebrity that we have a crush on. You are my scrap crush, as much for your vintage vibe & creativity as for what a radiant person you are. You & your husband have always been such a pleasure to meet when shopping your booth at Novi Megameet.