Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bound for Brewbound

Brewbound is a new beer tourism company created by microbrewery supporters Joshua Pratt and Matt Kennedy. They load up a bus-full of people and travel from brewery to brewery experiencing the greatness that is craft beer. Matt, a graphic designer, came up with the logo you see on the left.

For Brewbound's maiden voyage, which took place on March 13, 2010, Josh and Matt wanted to do something special for attendees. I have access to a laser engraver (yes an actual laser!) and suggested making customized cork coasters with the BB logo and trip info. This BB trip was to Portland, ME and Jeff Rowe, a Boston-based artist came along to play a few songs at each brewery. The coasters were a hit! The image on the right is an example of what the final coaster looked like. Pretty neat eh? And because the image is burned on, the coasters smell like campfire!

Check out pictures and footage from the first ever Brewbound adventure at or on facebook. If you'd like to order some custom cork coasters, email me at

Friday, March 5, 2010

Great Etsy Store: Love ♥ Nostalgic ♥ Whimsy

A friend of mine showed me this neat Etsy store. The creator of lovenostalgicwhimsy gives ordinary objects entirely new and unexpected uses. From chicken wire display frames to suitcase medicine cabinets, she has a gift for seeing the potential in otherwise overlooked items. Very inspiring stuff! She also has some great vintage items for sale. Check out her store here.

As it turns out, creativity runs in the family, because her Mom, sister, and daughter all have Etsy stores too!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Faking It: 10 Tips on Making New Homes Look Old

Originally from found by me via

I found this post very helpful. My current residence is a recently (within the last 10 years) updated duplex rental. I have trimless doors and windows, odd wall cutouts and builder grade cabinets. Major changes are usually strictly prohibited in rentals, but this Apartment Therapy post offers some great tips, such as changing out hardware and lighting fixtures, on creative (removable) workarounds.