There’s something about Spring that kindles a desire for cuteness and lightness in my life. For the second time, I subscribed to The Crafted Van’s Read Happy Plan to satisfy the wish for whimsy, which can be delivered in the mail by way of a monthly subscription. I’ve featured this vendor in-depth before, but wanted to share my most recent order, for anyone else who might need some cheerful goodness right about now, vibes I can definitely use.
The Read Happy Plan is a surprise themed stationary gift consisting of 2-3 bookmarks and an art print or greeting card for $12 per month, shipped. April’s theme is: “Be a rainbow in someone’s else’s cloud,” a sentiment from one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Who could resist a smile with this friendly paint palette holding her page in place?Diana and Erica, Crafted Van’s creators, have come along way with color schemes since I last featured their bookmarks. My first 3 month subscription displayed products with 2-3 tonal hues, but these have a multitude of colors in the medium-intensity range, not pastel or neon bright. The muted colorway adds a sophisticated touch to the playful designs. While the themes remain a mystery, the balloons and books pairing was given a sneak peek on CV’s Instagram page and I admit, it was a stimulus for resubscribing this month. It’s so sweet that I want to tie a hundred balloons to my own bookcase to see if it might get carried aloft, soaring away with untold stories. The bookmarks measure between 2″ x 2″ for the artist’s palette and 2″x 3″ for the ballooned bookcase. Sturdy magnets hold the pages securely in place.My favorite part of the exclusive bookmark plan, besides the surprise, is gifting these little pick-me-ups to friends and family. The sparkly unicorn went to my niece, the magical creature in my own life, who was all over that gumball machine art print too. I think I’ll gift the beret sporting palette to my boss, a bit of a painter herself. The bookcase is my light, bright page holder and it does inspire a smile whenever I turn to it.
Two options exist in the subscription, book nerd (clearly me) or planner obsessed. With Diana and Erica’s quirky creativity, you never know what you might get; one month could be a likeness of Einstein, the next, dueling hamster pirates. You are guaranteed beautiful handwritten packaging, and a mix of timeless and whimsically detailed designs.
With their caring message these do add cheer to my reads. Supporting small business artists makes me feel good too. What’s bringing a little bit of color to your days?