Happy Saturday everybody!
The fact that you’re reading this is in itself a miracle. It means I have dragged myself out of my exhausted, sick stupor to write a post! I was supposed to write it up on Monday, after all the wedding goodness, but I was so sick. So, so sick. Mes amis? Take your vitamin C. Get enough sleep. Learn from my mistakes.
Everything went really well! I’ll fill you more in on the wedding goodness on Monday. 🙂
For today, we have a Make-Your-Own Book Box inspired by The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I’m really psyched y’all voted for this one – it’s so timely with La Belle Sauvage coming out later this month!
The Golden Compass Box
A His Dark Materials Inspired Gift Box for Book Lovers.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.
I grew up reading The Golden Compass and always wished I had a daemon of my own. I will caution readers that there are some theological underlying themes. As a kid, I barely noticed these. To me, it was all part of a magical system, but these themes have gotten this book on the banned books list.
This book is available on Book Depository and they ship for free worldwide!
The alethiometer plays such a large part in the story, it positively needs to be included as part of the box. Without giving too much away – the alethiometer tells the truth to any question it is asked… if you can read it.
This pendant comes from inAPendant on Etsy. It’s a sealed pendant, not a working device! Still, it looks pretty cool and would be great for costumes or cosplays.
Iorek and Lyra Magnetic Bookmark
ISN’T THIS BOOKMARK THE CUTEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN?! I love this artwork. It was the first bookmark that popped up when I did my search, and I didn’t see a need to look any further. So. Adorable. It’s Lyra riding on Iorek, the armored bear, and !!!! so cute.
This bookmark was originally made for a subscription box, so I’m really excited to see this pop up for sale from the creator – a lot of book box
His Dark Materials Double Pin Pack
Huzzah for enamel pins! I love getting enamel pins in book boxes… and I shamelessly collect Disney pins, so basically I’m a sucker all over.
These are both GREAT, but I really love the Iorek pin, complete with his armor! This pin set comes from Hannah Hitchman and they’re fabulous. She has a huge collection of enamel pins… many of which are bookish!
The Mood Lighting
His Dark Materials 6oz. Candle Set
Candle sets are fun because you don’t have to choose just one aroma – you get a little of each! This three-piece set has aromas inspired by Lyra, Iorek, and Will Parry as well (although he doesn’t come into the series until The Subtle Knife).
This candle set is handmade by Willow Grove Candles.
“Dust” Nail Polish
Full disclosure: most of the nail polish I own has been purchased from Etsy. I love the handmade shimmers and honestly? My nails feel healthier using homemade polishes than using a lot of the commercial ones? That said, I’m still a sucker for a salon manicure. But if you want to do your own… I love the homemade stuff.
Dust is extremely important to The Golden Compass. It’s a material that cannot be seen by the naked eye, and is the topic of much curiosity to scientists and theologians. It won’t say any more about it, as Dust is the central focus of the first book (arguably, the entire trilogy) but it definitely belongs in this box!
This nail polish is made by Daphine Polish.
Something Just For You
“Creatures of a Brief Season” Art Print
The scene here is Lyra and Pan as they travel north with the Gyptians. The city in the aurora is a call out to the end of the book and there are SO MANY elements of this piece that scream different aspects of the book and would be major spoilers if I shared them all!
I think that even without reading the book, though, you can appreciate this art print. Really, I think the city in the aurora is a beautiful touch. This was drawn by Paper Wolf Studio and can be ordered in a variety of sizes.