Due to recent price increases for several aspects of the Weekend Warrior subscription, we're implementing a price increase for NEW SUBSCRIBERS of $3 per month, effectively immediately.
Current subscribers are not affected by this price increase at this time and will continue to renew at the previous price. However, please be aware that this increase will eventually be implemented for all Weekend Warrior subscribers.
We are very sorry for this inconvenience, but this is a necessary increase as our costs of operation increase.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply post a comment below.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we make strides toward growth and building a better product for you.
Candice & Jeremy
The time has come that we have finally launched the Etsy store! HOORAY!
Although we have a perfectly good gift shop right here on the site, adding another avenue through which potential customers can find us just makes sense.
Candles will be available through Etsy exclusively (as far as online channels go. Locals can still pick them up at Thrifty Chicks on Main St., Lucedale as well.)
Be sure to pop over and take a peek at the items we currently have to offer. More items will be added slowly as I get more things made.
Always something new coming at you from Blue Spider Books! :)
Have a great day!
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1. FILE BOX
Using your favorite scrapbook paper (or wrapping paper), some scissors, and some glue or glue sticks, cover the box and add additional decorations, if desired. Be sure to cover the top flap of the box separately from the bottom part of the box so that you will be able to open it. Also, be sure to allow the glue to completely dry before attempting to close the box or the paper may get wrinkled, torn, or everything may glue together. Once you have the box covered and decorated as desired, fill with important papers that you want to keep organized. Apply labels to the outside of individual boxes (if you have multiples) and stack on a shelf. Now, you will be able to locate exactly what you need without sifting through an avalanche!
2. KID'S SCHOOL YEAR ARTWORK FILE
If you have preschool or elementary aged children, then you know how many glorious pieces of artwork are created by your little darlings, both at school ans at home. When the fridge is full of mini-Van Gogh's drawings, what do you do with them? You want to preserve those memories forever and ever, amen!
Here's what you do: Give your little artist some paint, markers, crayons, googly eyes, glue, construction paper--all of the above or whatever you feel comfortable with--and let them decorate an empty Attic Box. Let them get really creative. Help them turn the box into a monster or character by painting it with certain colors and adding fun felt shapes and eyes or teeth. Once the masterpiece has been created and has thoroughly dried, direct your child to place any and all artwork they want to keep in their new Artwork Treasure Chest. Perhaps you want them to store all of their new creations inside, or maybe you want to use it to rotate out the art from the fridge and the various hanging-places around your home. Having your child put the art into the box will create a send of responsibility and importance in them, not to mention may help develop the habit of putting things in their place.
Be sure to supervise your child in this activity. Don't leave you little monster...er, darling...unattended with crafting supplies that may cause harm.
3. CARE PACKAGE FOR SOMEONE LESS FORTUNATE
This idea is never a bad one and can be used across many different instances. Especially with the holidays coming up, making care packages with things like feminine hygiene and grooming products and donating them to the local women's and children's shelter is a wonderful idea that is appreciated year-round. Include fun headbands and barrettes for little girls and small toys that would be appropriate for any age or gender. Crayons and small notepads are always a good idea, as well. You'd be surprised by how many pair of socks will fit inside an Attic Box. Shelters can use items like this. (Just make sure that any intimate and hygiene products donated are bought new.)
Perhaps you live in a city with a high homeless population. Use the boxes to pack self-care items into. Add notes of encouragement and other bits of inspiration. Have fun with it. Be respectful and give the packages with good intention. Good deeds go a long way!
4. USE FOR STORAGE OF COLLECTOR'S ISSUES OF MAGAZINES OR COMICS
Depending on the size of the Attic Boxes you have floating around, you may be able to use them to store magazines and comics that you want to keep. They'll be able to lie flat and with the lid closed, will store on a shelf. As in example 1 above, labels can be affixed to the outside of the box to display the issues contained within, especially if you are organizing them by year, series, author, or some other category. These can be decorated or not, per preference.
5. STORE SEWING, BEADING, & OTHER SMALL CRAFTING SUPPLIES
If you're like me, you have a plethora of small crafting supplies like beads, buttons, small spools of thread...the list goes on and on. Use the empty Attic Boxes you have lying about to store your sewing supplies in. You can even ad things to the box with intent, effectively assembling all the items needed to work on your current project. Add the items to the box, take the box to the sofa or other comfy crafting area, and craft. The box will sit flat and the sides are high enough that spillage is less likely (as compared to, say, a beading tray). The project, if it's small enough, can also be stored inside the box with the supplies. As in previous examples, labels can be affixed to the outsides of the boxes if multiple projects are being organized in this way. Easily stores on a shelf or under a chair.
6. ATTACH A HANDLE TO MAKE A PORTABLE ART KIT FOR KIDS
This project may take a little more effort as you'll need to make sure that you use the right type of rope and that the knots tied are strong enough to hold up to the banging that your little one is likely to inflict on this case. To do this, cut A long slit in the flap of the box, approximately 4 inches long and one inch wide, taking care not to cut too closely to the edges of the flap to prevent tearing. One the part of the box that the flap would normally cover, cut two holes large enough for your chosen piece of rope to fit through. Measure the distance between the two holes to be approximately the same distance apart as the slit in the flap is long. Attach the rope so that the two knots will be tied inside the box. Close the flap over the rope handle and pick the box up. The rope handle should fit through the flap in the slit, allowing the box to stay closed. Add art items and paper to the box so that your little one can enjoy a portable art box that he or she can use in the car or anywhere, and the best part-- the little artist can carry it!
As an addition to the post, reuse the crinkle paper that comes int he boxes. Especially with the holidays coming up, you can potentially reuse the box, the crinkle paper, and the bags to pack gifts in. The bags can be used as wrapping paper for small gifts!
Share your repurposed Attic Box photos with us on Instagram @bluespiderbooks. Be sure to tag us so we will see the pictures. You can do this on Facebook and Twitter as well. We look forward to seeing them!
As some of you may know, we previously offered one-time (no subscription required) boxes for kids that included several secondhand books and some pretty cool stuff along with it. We decided to pull those from our store and donate the books that we had on reserve for those boxes (--these were donated to help fill classroom libraries in Hattiesburg, MS--) and have since revamped our idea for the boxes for young readers.
Introducing Blue Spider Books for Kids!
Blue Spider Books for Kids features NEW hardcover books in an array of titles that are recommended for readers aged 8-10 and readers aged 10-12+. Currently available titles include The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (recommended for readers aged 10-12+) and Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (recommended for readers aged 8-10 yrs), among many others.
Add Blue Spider Books for Kids to our holiday shopping list! These boxes ship out weekly; no waiting for the subscription shipping date to roll around, and no commitment!
I wanted to reach out quickly to send a note about the tea (especially the loose leaf varieties) that we include in our monthly Attic Box and Basics shipments. We recently received a review that mentioned that the tea samples were "lacking" and would usually only yield one cup.
Before tossing out that tea, consider steeping it more than once. Yes, you can use the same bit of tea for steeping more than one cup of tea. Sometimes, depending on the type of tea, the flavor is actually at its peak after multiple steeps.
So, here's a hint-- stash that tea bag or infuser full of leaves in an airtight container and use it again for the afternoon tea time.
With the individually bagged varieties, oftentimes you can read on their website to find the brewing recommendations. Discover and learn from the samples you receive. Not only do you get to find flavors that you may have never tried before, but you get to experiment with various brewing methods.
Give it a whirl and let us know how your tea fares after its second (or third) steeping.
[Be sure to check out geekyteas.com for more marvelous tea blends like the one found in October's L. Frank Baum Attic Boxes. Donna, the tea blending aficionado at Geeky Teas, recommends getting multiple uses from the 2 oz sample we included.]
Have a wonderful Monday!
These boxes are packed and ready to go! No customization or preferences are available. What you'll find inside is a curated surprise that is guaranteed to delight the gore-lover nearest and dearest to your heart.
Here's what you'll find inside:
- ONE unopened, low-budget horror movie DVD selected from our stock
- ONE two cup pouch of KuKuRaZa’s s’mores popcorn snack to enjoy during your movie watching experience
- TWO pouches of hot cocoa—one for you and a date, or one for each hand
- ONE big goodie themed to match your movie—a mask or air freshener
- ONE small goodie to continue the experience or provide protection from the cursed undying—a pack of trading cards 80s and 90s kids will love, or a Celtic cross patch
- ONE exclusive 2-ounce travel-sized candle—the Plague Doctor (themed, through research, around the contents of a medieval plague doctor’s mask), the White Wolf (a dedication to Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher franchise), or the Ninth Ray (a fan favorite from the Edgar Rice Burroughs Attic Box in September)
- ONE horror movie button
- An assortment of horror-themed stickers distributed throughout the packages
We have a limited supply of these boxes and when they're gone, they're gone! Order yours today to ensure delivery by Halloween!
Shipping and applicable taxes are additional charges added at checkout. US delivery only. No refunds or exchanges.
I hope this day is treating you well. I come to you today with tips on how to fashion your own teabag in a pinch. I know that we frequently send out loose leaf teas and, while these teas are hearty and delicious, we may not always have empty tea bags or a tea infuser at our disposal.
Speaking of tea infusers, if you're unfamiliar with what these are, do yourself a favor and go read up on them. The link is for a Wiki article that will give you the basics. These handy gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and you can find them to fit any fandom or style you desire. If you are a regular tea drinker, I would recommend purchasing one of these to make life simpler and more enjoyable. *smile* You can find them on Etsy and many other places across the inter-webs. (I'm also happy to customize one for you. Check out our Instagram post to see what I mean.)
Now, if you can't wait until your tea infuser comes in the mail to try that deliciously smelling tea from a previous Attic Box or Basics package, then read on for a few simple remedies:
1. Use a coffee filter
This is probably the easiest DIY way to fashion a makeshift teabag. Simply lay the coffee filter flat (if using the standard round variety), place desired amount of tea in the center, draw up the sides to make a pouch, and tie with string (or use a bread tie). If using the cone variety, simply place the tea inside the cone and tie closed. Coffee filters are designed to get wet, so there's little danger of the pouch coming apart this way. Just like a regular tea bag, this bag will float until saturated enough to sink below the surface.
2. Use aluminum foil
I recently saw this as a suggested "in a pinch" method, and I guess it could work well enough. Making an aluminum foil ball follows the basic instructions as the coffee filter method. Place desired amount of tea in the center of a square of aluminum foil, carefully fold the sides up and crimp toward the top to keep the tea from spilling out. Here's where the instructions vary: CAREFULLY poke several holes in the rounded "ball" part of the foil infuser you've just made. Do not make the holes too big or you will defeat the purpose. Using a toothpick or something smaller is probably best for this. It may be a bit difficult to get this ball to stay submerged. You may have to hold it or dunk it until your tea has steeped to your desired flavor/strength. There is also a chance that any smaller bits in the tea blend will escape, needing to be fished from the cup when steeping has completed.
This next method isn't really a DIY so much as a saving grace...
3. Use a reusable K-cup
Many of us have a Keurig or other brand of single cup machine and many of us also have the reusable cups that can be filled with any preferred coffee and used over and over again. Why not also use it for your tea? Place your tea inside and float the cup in your tea cup until your tea is just right. You may have to fish the cup out with a spoon to keep your fingers from getting scorched, but it will work wonderfully to brew a cup of tea without the added stress of having to fabricate anything.
Okay, there you have it. Three different ideas (four, really) on what to do with that yummy loose leaf tea we've been sending to you. Do you have other methods of DIY-ing your tea? Please let us know in the comments below.
Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful day! Cheers!
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I wanted to take a few minutes to speak to all of you today about who we are and what we believe, from my side of things. The Attic Box is, foremost, our experiment in running a small business, and we genuinely thank you all for your patronage. But it is also our experiment in curating an experience we would enjoy ourselves, and it is something we wish to share with like-minded customers.
At Blue Spider Books, we enjoy giving homes to books that come in all conditions. You may receive a science fiction classic from the 1960s with a worn cover and yellowed pages, smelling of vanilla and age. You may receive a like new, barely touched example of literary fiction fresh from a book shop shelf. You may receive any number of books that fall between these two benchmarks. I, for one, love very old paperbacks that have survived out there for decades, passed from reader to reader.
Further, for the sake of keeping a healthy stock, we not only offer a broad assortment of genres, but we also try to be as open as possible to what those genres contain. Again, we are not specialized in any particular genre, though many, many other book boxes are. And to build from a previous example, should you list science fiction as one of your genre preferences with us, you may receive a classic 1970s space opera, a 1980s military sci-fi adventure, a 1990s Japanese-themed cyberpunk kick, a 2000s thought experiment on human identity, or any other sort of book that falls under the broad umbrella of science fiction, from Kurt Vonnegut to Ray Bradbury, from Octavia Butler to Dan Simmons, or from William Gibson to Nnedi Okorafor.
There is thought and planning that goes into the book curation process for our boxes, and we make it painless to choose and alter your genre preferences when you decide to subscribe—as it should be. You are all the reason we do this, and again, we thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you all for giving us a shot, and never hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing well-reasoned feedback, and we are more than happy to make right any complaints that may arise, so long as they are brought to our attention in a cordial and timely manner.
That said, enjoy the rest of your weekend, have a cup of coffee, and open up a used book or three.
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