My Year of Making Challenge January 20 2015, 0 Comments
I like to make things. That's probably pretty obvious, given my chosen career, but I don't feel like I have a lot of time for hobbies and experimenting with creation for fun. I often don't even feel like I have time for the design work to make my own products! Whether you share that feeling, or you just like to be inspired by what other people are doing, I think you may be interested in the challenge I've taken up for 2015.
It's called Year of Making, and it's a pretty open-ended challenge to make something new every day. One way to interpret this would be to create an entire project every day, but that's a bit much for me, so I'm giving myself a pass by accepting contributions to larger projects (like knitting a few rows of a hat, or coloring in a drawing from the day before), and including cooking and work projects in the mix.
If you want to follow my creative adventures, I'll be posting daily on Instagram with #yearofmaking.
If you want to know more about what #yearofmaking is all about, I recommend checking out Kim Piper Werker's ebook about it, and her podcast interviewing the woman who started it all, Miriam Felton. I'd love to see what you're making, too!
One of the first things I made was this hat, using a free pattern called Rikke. It's slouchy, and easy.
Recently, I made beef stew, using a cross rib roast from a cow share that I got from a local farm. I also tried a new corn muffin recipe (both from Best Recipes, by go-to cook book). Both were incredible.
The cocktail is one that I made up on the spot, called Ballyhoo, after this silly cup Sean made me with leftover stencils from a custom project that proved to be a lot more challenging than I'd anticipated. I've gotten tired of the old standby, gin & tonic, and have been really favoring bourbon lately. Here's the recipe:
1oz (or less if you like) Rose's lime
Bitters (I like 4 dashes or so)
I've been working on tons of sketches for new designs to put onto glassware and mugs this year. I know I should be planning ahead many months in advance, but so far, that doesn't seem to work out for me. I'm working on a line of silly, romantic, cute things, suitable for offbeat weddings. We're going to be SO READY for Valentine's Day, 2016.
My main reason for doing #yearofmaking is to get back into the habit of sketching, and trying new things. Often, drawing is a means to an end: getting my idea onto a product to sell. I'm completely missing all the unpredictable things that come up when you try new mediums, and get out of your comfort zone. I used my kid's fat, chewed up, half dried out markers and had FUN.
I also love to cook and make cocktails, and I'd love a place to share my recipes and experiences. I read Austin Kleon's book, Show Your Work, and it really moved me. I like to share my process, and I like to talk to people about it, even when it's scary because it's not finished, and I don't really love it yet. I want to hear what you think. I want to see what you make. And I want to be more creative. Want to join me?
New Shot Glass Designs January 19 2015, 0 Comments
Starting the year off with a bang, we've just released a set of new designs on our popular square shot glasses. All are $12, and permanently sandblasted with our original art. Buy the full set now!
Customer Stories: Skeleton Key Keystone January 13 2015, 0 Comments
We made a set of custom skeleton key mugs for a customer in December, and got to hear more about them when she came to the studio to pick them up.
Every year, Paula's family chooses a theme for their holiday gifts to each other, and this year was "Keystone". She deconstructed the concept a bit, and chose a key design sandblasted onto stoneware mugs, which is both clever, and useful! Now, everyone on her family can feel connected when they drink from their mugs.
I'm so excited that we were able to be a part of this family's sweet tradition, and that Paula shared her story with me. Share your own story here, or leave a comment below.
Packaging with Purpose January 12 2015, 0 Comments
Even when our shipments get left out in the rain for days and kicked around by delivery folks, our glasses are still intact. Hooray for our sturdy packaging!
We have custom-made display boxes for our pint glasses, travel mugs, and handled coffee mugs, which have nearly eliminated breakage during shipping! These not only gift wrap easily, look great on store shelves, and are completely recyclable, but they also protect these fragile items from abuse in the mail. Most packages don't arrive as beat up as the one shown above, but it's nice that they can take it if they need to.
Give us Feedback, Get a Discount & Chance to WIN! December 31 2014, 2 Comments
We want your feedback to improve our store, and you want huge discounts and a chance to win a SURPRISE PACK, right?
Help us out by answering our quick, 4 question survey now, wouldja?
Gift Shopping Made Easy December 16 2014, 0 Comments
What's something your significant other absolutely can't live without? Coffee? Beer? Wine? Water? (Yes, some people actually drink that flavorless stuff, and yes, it can be consumed from any cup you like.)
We've got you covered with all the drinking cups you could need, and there's something for everyone on your list!
Order by the end of the day TODAY to guarantee delivery by Christmas in the U.S. You really have until sometime around noon tomorrow (Wednesday) to get your order in, since that's when our shipment will be going out.
Missed our deadline? Don't worry!
Small orders of 1 or 2 items and anything going to CA, WA, and OR will still ship Priority Mail in the U.S., so they should still arrive on time up until midday Dec. 22nd. We don't like to guarantee things that late in the game because sometimes the USPS doesn't follow through, but we'll still be shipping every day for you.
We also offer local pickup from our warehouse in the Parkrose neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. We'll be here weekdays 9:30-3:30, up until Dec. 22nd. We may be available outside those hours if you schedule something with us. Bringing cookies will also not go unappreciated. Call Amanda for more info: 971-2701-0694
Gift Cards = Instant Solution
Can't get to us by Christmas and missed our shipping deadlines? Get a gift card, and it will be emailed to you immediately!
THIS WEEKEND - Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale! December 09 2014, 0 Comments
Shop Local! December 05 2014, 0 Comments
This is just a reminder that we will NOT be selling at Urban Crafty Uprising this weekend. We do love this show, so you should still go and support the amazing line-up of vendors who will be there.
If you're looking to save some dough on shipping expenses from us this season, please shop from these local shops instead:
- City People's Garden Store – 2939 E. Madison St., Seattle, 206.324.0737
- Click! Design That Fits – 4540 California Ave SW, Seattle
Loft 63 – 1205 E Pike Street, Suite 1A, 520.271.5903
- Makers' Mercantile – 18437 E Valley Hwy, Kent, 425.251.1239
- Metropolitan Market – Various Locations in the Seattle metro area, including 100 Mercer St, Seattle, 206.213.0778
- Museum of Flight Store – 9404 East Marginal Way S. Seattle
- Portage Bay Goods – 621 N 35th St., Seattle, 206.547.5221
- Rainy Day Yarns – 3200 Tarabochia St, Gig Harbor, 253.514.6890
We recommend contacting the shops first if you're looking for something specific, since not every shop carries all of our products. ALSO! If you want something these shops don't stock, remember that our website offers discounted postage for local shipping (including WA, OR, and CA addresses), so you can truly get what you want from us.
We WILL be vending at Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale - Saturday + Sunday, December 13th + 14th, 2014, 11am – 6pm at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D Portland, OR
If you're not in the Seattle area, check out our full list of stockists to find a local shop near you. We've recently added new shops in Santa Cruz CA, Indianapolis IN, Ithica NY, Naples FL, and Grants Pass OR.
Sandblasting Video: Ceramic Mug December 05 2014, 0 Comments
I think it's a little hard to envision what sandblasting is like unless you really see it in person. Here's a quick video of Heather blasting a ceramic mug, to give you an idea how long it takes, and what it looks like.
Biggest Holiday Sale 2014 November 24 2014, 0 Comments
It's that crazy time of year again, where you want the best deals, but you're not really on board with the whole getting trampled at 4am thing. I'm right there with you.
Bread and Badger is here to help. We have the right gifts, for everyone you need to shop for, and you're about to experience our BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR. Discounts off everything, plus, earn free shipping!
❆ SALE - BLACK FRIDAY - CYBER MONDAY ❆
❆ 11/28-12/1 ONLY ❆
Up to 25% off all orders! Price as marked.
❆ FREE SHIPPING for U.S. orders $150 and over! ❆
Choose the free shipping option when checking out (Use coupon "HOTCOCOA" on Etsy)
❆ HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES ❆
12/1 Everywhere Else + US Military
See us at Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale November 20 2014, 0 Comments
New Brass Pendant Designs Are Here November 11 2014, 0 Comments
Black Friday Sale! November 10 2014, 0 Comments
Our ever-popular Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale is coming up after Thanksgiving.
This huge sale will run from Nov. 28th (Black Friday) through Dec. 1st (Cyber Monday). Mark your calendars, and update your wishlists now!
Discounted Pint Glass Sets November 07 2014, 0 Comments
We just added a new listing to our website for ordering discounted sets of 4 or more pint glasses. This is a perfect way to get all your gift shopping done at once, and save big bucks at the same time.
We'll be rolling out discounted options for all our other products soon!
Meet us at our Open Studio Holiday Sale! November 06 2014, 0 Comments
Shop in Person
Meet us at our open studio on Saturday, November 15th, 12-7pm! We're in the Parkrose neighborhood of Portland, and we'd love for you to visit for free beer, wine, snacks, and super discounts! Join our Facebook event, and invite your friends!
We'll have some local friends there too! Pinkleton's Curious Caramel Corn (the BEST caramel corn in the world!) will be available to sample and purchase. My favorite flavor is Orange Cardamom Scotch, and Sean's is Spicy Mexican Cocoa.
Enter our raffle for a Plum Deluxe sampler set of gourmet teas. Order their Pumpkin Spice Tea now, since it's selling out fast!
Man's Face Stuff will get your facial hair fine and dandy for holiday parties, and every day. Get a free Mustache or Anti-Mustache Pint Glass with your Moustache Wax purchase!
Can't make it on the 15th? We're usually here Tues-Fri, 10-3pm to pick up your online order or shop our clearance items.
Don't live in the Pacific Northwest?
Check out our Where to Shop page to find a retailer in your area, or tell us about a shop you think we should sell at! We've recently added a few more shops to the list, and we're restocking everybody for the holidays.
Nails Magazine Feature November 05 2014, 0 Comments
Did you know there's an industry magazine exclusively for nail salons? I didn't either, until they asked to feature our "I like it here" mugs! State love is still super hot, and apparently, everyone knows it.
New Fox Designs November 04 2014, 0 Comments
A skulk of foxes just arrived!
These are sure to be the cutest gifts of the year, much loved by teenagers, vixens, and fans of musical Norwegian comedians.
Get yours now!Mugs: $25
Travel Mugs: $25
Pint Glasses: $18
Rocks Glasses: $18
Introducing: The 20oz MEGA TRAVEL MUG November 03 2014, 0 Comments
Customer Story: Virality Coffee October 16 2014, 0 Comments
New Sugar Skull Designs for Halloween and Day of the Dead October 06 2014, 0 Comments
Happy National Manufacturing Day! October 03 2014, 0 Comments
Manufacturing may not be glamorous, but we love what we do and we're proud of the quality gifts we create!
Shoppe on ScoutMob October 01 2014, 0 Comments
Looking for juice glasses, wine glasses and champagne flutes? We have some exclusively available on Scoutmob's Shoppe!
Want to order something that's not on Scoutmob? We'll custom-make any design on any of our glassware and more. (P.S. I'll be revamping this custom product page very soon so it's easier to order what you want!)
The Abundant Artist Feature About Websites For Artists September 24 2014, 0 Comments
My friend, Cory Huff over at The Abundant Artist, recently asked for some feedback about the e-commerce platform I use for our website here. Read my totally honest opinions about Shopify (spoiler alert: I totally love it!), and hear what others have to say about some of the other options out there for artists looking to sell their work online (including Wordpress and Squarespace).
Are you an artist who sells your work online? What do you use for your e-commerce solution, and how do you like it?
Customer Story #6: Perfect Girlfriend Gift September 17 2014, 0 Comments
We got this super adorable photo and message from an Etsy customer the other day, and I had to share!
"Thank you guys all the way from the great state of Pennsylvania! I bought your wonderful travel mug for my girlfriend and she couldn't be more pleased with it. I look forward to doing more business with you guys in the future. Keep up the solid work!
Grab your own Astro Cat Travel Mug, whether you give it to your girlfriend, or keep it for yourself (I won't tell her!).
NEW Bees are Sweet as Honey September 15 2014, 0 Comments
Our new honey bee design is as sweet as the honey in your tea. I've been brewing mead (honey wine) for a long time now, and I can't wait to drink my next batch (made from 15lbs of local blackberry honey) in a bee rocks glass. What will you drink from your bee cup?
Travel Mugs: $25
Pint Glasses: $18
Rocks Glasses: $18
This is Why We Test Products First August 21 2014, 0 Comments
We were super excited about the idea of colored glassware, so we decided to test some new products out. Unfortunately, glasses and ceramic mugs with a colorful sublimated coating weren't even close to being durable enough for our standards. The color started peeling off when our stencils were being washed off. And the few samples that didn't peel during washing started to flake off after a few weeks through the dishwasher.
This was really disappointing to us, because it could have meant all kinds of possible new products. But it's good that we tested first, because these would have been terrible! Beware glassware with sublimated color coatings instead of real colored glass.
Remember that we always test our products thoroughly before we put them up for sale because we only want to offer the highest quality gifts that really will last a lifetime.
Have a product idea you think we should test out? Let us know! Leave a comment or send us a message.
Umpqua Bank Local Spotlight Feature August 20 2014, 0 CommentsA sampling of our products are for sale at Umpqua Bank on SW Barnes Rd in Portland for their Local Spotlight feature! Our work will be on display, and for sale, through the end of this month. Check it out if you're in Southwest!
Customer Story #5: Honey Badger + Jeep = Love August 20 2014, 0 Comments
Customer Story #4: Cheering up a pirate-loving friend August 13 2014, 0 Comments
Probably the biggest joy in my work is getting to hear how something I've made is touching the life of someone else. When it's being used as a gift to cheer someone up, my heart expands. Here's one pirate-lover's story:
I have a friend who has had some very tough times this past year. I decided that a weekend trip to the beach would cheer him up. Since we have adopted pirate themes over the years, I wanted to do the same with this weekend. I found your pirate mugs online and ordered the navy blue for him and lighter blue for me. He loved his pirate mug and we used both all weekend. When it came time to leave, I gave him my mug to take home to use for my visits and other guests. The smile on his face and the lift to his heart as well as mine were priceless. I cannot thank you enough for getting them to me so quickly. The quality of the work is fabulous. Arrrrrgh!
It's obvious to me that you enjoy your work and have the kind of heart it takes to do well. I also like to designate a hero for the day when someone goes the extra mile for me in some way or fashion. You definitely made hero status this weekend by your quality work and kind demeanor. I'm thinking of ordering some more mugs etc. so you haven't heard the last of me. I will give you the highest review I can so that others can enjoy the same delight of the pirate life.
Glenna is one of those people who has made my day every time we've chatted via email. She placed two separate orders for the two mugs she wanted, so I combined them to save her a bunch on shipping costs. She didn't even expect a refund, which makes her an exceptional customer (though, of course, I sent one anyway!).
Is Sandblasting the Best Method for Decorating Glass and Ceramics? July 31 2014, 0 Comments
Customer Story #3: I Like it Here in Washington July 09 2014, 0 Comments
Shop Urban Craft Uprising This Weekend in Seattle July 08 2014, 0 Comments
We're heading to Seattle this weekend to sell at one of our all-time favorite events, Urban Craft Uprising! Shop from us at booth #96, and stock up on our latest and greatest beverageware. We'll be there 11-5 on July 12th & 13th, and the first 100 shoppers through the doors each day get free bags of goodies!
The entrance to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall is located at 321 Mercer Street (right beneath the Ballet, and wheelchair accessible!). There's a big parking garage just across the street.
Our booth space is limited, so let us know now if there's something specific you want to buy this weekend!
Customer Story #2: The Perfect Father's Day Gift for a Nurse June 25 2014, 0 Comments
I got this email a few days ago from a customer in Canada on the verge of retirement. He reminded me why I love my job SO MUCH. Making art that is the perfect gift makes my heart flutter.
Featured on GoodHousekeeping.com June 25 2014, 0 Comments
Our "I like it here" state coffee mugs were featured on Good Housekeeping!
11 Goodies That Show Off Your State Pride
Fill your home with these pretty (and quirky) picks that come in versions for every state.
Inspire calm and contentedness in your morning coffee routine with a mug that proves you are exactly where you're supposed to be.
Customer Story #1: Emily in Arizona June 13 2014, 1 Comment
I love hearing from our customers about their shopping experience and how our products have impacted their lives. It's always the highlight of my day when I can connect with someone in a personal way, since most of our work is done in the anonymous world of the internet.
This post is the first in a series of customer stories. Share yours, and we'll post it here (or keep it anonymous, if you prefer)!
This first story is from a customer who bought an Arizona "I like it here" travel mug for herself. She even shared a photo of her mug on Instagram!
"Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE my new State Design Mug! I am very please with it, especially since the silicone lid doesn't leak. But of course my favorite part is the design.
Very clever and wonderful work. Thank you!" -Emily M. from Phoenix, AZ
Visit Our New Location May 21 2014, 1 Comment
Our new studio warehouse is finally up and running! We're still working out a schedule, but we're consistently there on Tuesdays and Fridays for shipping from 10am-3pm.
Want us to refund the shipping costs for your online order? Make an appointment to pick up your order in person! We don't really have a retail space set up yet, but you can still make purchases from our extensive inventory when you visit, including clearance items and seconds that aren't available online.
Our address is 12003 NE Ainsworth Cir #109, Portland, OR 97220. Our door is on the east side of the building, on the opposite side from Capers Cafe. We're very close to the Leatherman headquarters, which is pretty neat. Use the map below to locate us. We're in the Parkrose area off of NE Airport Way.
We don't currently accept mail at this location, so please don't send us anything as it may not be delivered!
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