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Subscription Box Review: Wonder Crate ‘Miles to Go’

Ink & Wonder‘s Wonder Crate: June ‘Miles To Go’ Box

My favourite bookmarks are the woodmarks by Ink & Wonder, an Australian creator.  I’ve never used them as bookmarks, but I love the designs they do and the quotes they choose.  I missed out on the first Wonder Crate they released, but I was lucky enough to order the second box, and while I was concerned since I am very picky, I ended up loving this box!  In fact one of the items included has become my third favourite item I’ve ever received in a box!  So that’s very high praise coming from someone who was nervous to order the box in the first place.  It was $50 AUD plus shipping and I felt that was fairly high for a box with no book, but I wasn’t disappointed and I’m eager to order the next box!

Without furthur blabbering let’s get into this unboxing!
DSC_0772We’ll start with the box, I love the design, it’s pretty much like the envelopes they send their woodmarks out in, but in box form.  And it’s so pretty!  It’s sturdy – but I’m not sure how sturdy it would be for international orders.  This gorgeous box is now sitting (precariously) on top of my bookshelves with all my other pretty book boxes.  The packaging inside wasn’t anything to note, it had it’s purpose and it fulfilled it – and no packing worms!

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Laugh until we think we’ll die,
barefoot on a summer night
never could be sweeter than with you.

The front of the info card features lyrics from the song “Home is Wherever I’m With You” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, it actually says on the card that it will provide you with a song to listen to while unboxing if you choose to play it.  I didn’t read that before since I wanted to be surprised, but feel free to click the link and listen while you read this unboxing.

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I have very few rules in life, but one of them is to never decline an adventure.

Up first we have the woodmarks; the first of which is this Never Decline and Adventure maple woodmark featuring a quote from The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.  The artwork is inspired by the ultimate adventure – a journey to the Amazon Jungle.  I personally am not a huge fan of the Shadowhunters world, and while I think the woodmark is really pretty and love the quote I decided to put this one in my giveaway box for someone else to receive, someone who might appreciate more than me.

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Strays and wanderers are often sent by the gods.

The second woodmark is my favourite of the four included in this box.  This Strays and Wanderers aspen woodmark features the words of Rick Riordan found in the dedication of The Mark of Athena (which I think is so cool, using a quote from the dedication instead of the book itself).  The design depicts a wanderer of many worlds – if her pack patches are any indication.  I can see a Hogwarts patch, Night Court and Camp Half-Blood and one other that I can’t identify.  I love this woodmark, I love Riordan and I think the quote is really, really good!

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I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging.

The third woodmark is one that has found its way into a friends birthday stash – a J.R.R Tolkien inspired Share in an Adventure woodmark made of Eastern Red Sedar featuring a quote from The Hobbit.  I’m not a big Lord of the Rings fan, but my friend is, in fact I had ordered two other woodmarks from Ink & Wonder featuring LOTR quotes for her birthday, so now she’ll have three!

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Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?

The fourth and last wookmark features a quote from J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan and is made from aspen.  The design also has the crocodile and the clock he swallowed!  I think this is a great woodmark, and while I love it, I can’t wait to be able to pass it down to my (future) children to use when they’re reading Peter Pan themselves!  I normally don’t use my woodmarks and bookmarks but I’m planning on reading Peter Pan (and a few other classics) soon so I might actually use it for the purpose it was designed for!

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Not all those who wander are lost.

Now for my favourite item, or items.  This travel pack featuring a line from J.R.R Tolkien’s poem All That is Gold Does Not Glitter.  I love it, adore it, it’s a passport wallet and luggage tag and will be perfect for the trips I have planned in the near future!  I love travelling and have been looking for a passport wallet for quite some time and I’m so happy to have this one!  I have to confess, for some reason I thought this quote came from a George R.R Martin book, no idea why – so I also learnt something new! I obviously have not read The Lord of the Rings, so I didn’t know any better and while I have no interest in the books, the poem is quite lovely.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

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It also came in a cute clear reusable pouch which I will be using for toiletries, or charger cables or for my medication or anything else I need to keep together while travelling!

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And will you come with me; on this adventure – and all the rest?

Up next we have this magnet with a quote from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, and featuring a travel option frequently utilized in fantasy realms – a horse.  While I didn’t manage to finish ACOWAR I love this quote and can’t wait til I have my own fridge so I can display it (really my own house would be needed first).  I have quote the collection of magnets now and no way to display or use them… Anyway I think the design of this is beautiful!

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Then we have this enamel pin, which is glow in the dark, featuring a design inspired by Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.  It represents the way a book can transport you to far off lands in only a few pages; which I love!

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Up next we have a sticker sheet!  Who doesn’t love a good sticker sheet?  I used to hate them because I have commitment issues about placing stickers then regretting where I put them and not being able to get the exact same stickers again, but I’m getting a lot better. I have four stickers on my laptop and I’ll probably add more as I continue to work on this whole hoarding/commitment issue thing.  The stack of stickers I have is useless if I don’t use them!  Anyway, back to this sticker sheet; it features designs inspired by Wizardry/Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender (my favourite sticker), Wes Anderson’s Moonlight Kingdom and the wisdom of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.  I think this is super cool, I would have liked to only have on Wizardry sticker – but that’s just my preference.  I think the designs are, as always, wonderful!

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The wilderness isn’t quite what I expected.  It’s wild.

Second to last we have this sew on patch inspired by the Disney Pixar movie Up, which tells the story of how an adventure can heal a broken heart.  I love this, and I’m hoping to put it to use sometime soon along with a few of my other patches!

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To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.

The last item in the box is probably my least favourite, simply because I have no idea what to do with it. It is beautiful and I love the quote and design, I just literally have no idea what to do with it.  Currently it’s in a plastic sheet protector and at the bottom of a pile of bookstagram props.  Anyway it’s an A4 glossy print featuring Hans Christian Anderson’s poem about the feeling of freedom that a new adventure evokes.

Final Thoughts:

I loved this box, I highly recommend it and plan on ordering again when she released the next box!  They sell out very quickly and it isn’t a subscription so check out their Instagram and join their mailing list to keep up to date on Wonder Crate announcements!  I have so many of the Ink & Wonder woodmarks and I love them, and those which I would receive in the future that I don’t love will find a new home with someone who will love them – and that brings me almost as much joy as actually opening the box myself for the first time.  I especially love the travel pack, as I said in the beginning, this item has found its way to the top of my ‘favourite items received in a box’ list.  I’m very happy that I ordered this box, even if my bank account wasn’t, and I can’t wait to receive my next box!

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You can subscribe to the Ink & Wonder mailing list HERE. If you want to check out past boxes you can click HERE.

 

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