Growing up, during the time my family lived in Minneapolis, we had a cabin on Upper Bottle Lake in northern Minnesota. We would go to the cabin for weekends - or even full weeks - of boating, sunbathing, games, fires in the fireplace, reading, eating out and good 'ole family bonding. In addition to the trips made as a family, my dad would retreat to the cabin by himself, as it was his sanctuary. It was where he found peace. He named the cabin Simple Pleasures.
It was my dad who taught me, by the way he lived his life, that it's the simple things that bring us joy, and get us through the hard times. The sounds of loons on a lake, an afternoon listening to classical music, the memory of a laugh shared, the intricacy of tying a fly to go fishing.
The two new boxes that I'm launching today, Simple Pleasures and Book & Nook, are dedicated to my dad. He's been gone from this earth for about a year and a half now, but I feel his presence and his inspiration every day.
In launching these new boxes, I am also introducing three new product categories of Pacific Northwest artisan goods: Home & Decor, Paper & Stationery, and Accessories & Bags. Within these categories are a number of exciting new Pacific Northwest-made products including Dopp Bags from Appetite, bud vases from VIT ceramics, a perpetual calendar from Possibility Lady, tiny journals from Tiger Food Press, artisan matches in beautiful vessels from Studio Portmanteau, a variety of wooden bookmarks from Little Gold Fox, and new luxury candles from Penrose.
I hope you enjoy giving and receiving these boxes as much as I have enjoyed curating them. They come from a very special place in my heart.
-Elizabeth Johnston, founder of Grown & Crated
Shop the new Simple Pleasures and Book & Nook boxes here!