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Customer Story: Odd Salon February 24 2015, 0 Comments

(Picture by Kimberly Huntimer)
So, there's this super cool meetup in San Fransisco, called Odd Salon. We've had the pleasure of making custom logo travel mugs for them, and we're currently working on a batch of black handled mugs as well, which are already pre-selling like crazy. Not only do I love their creative jackalope bird logo, but I also think their cocktail hour lectures sound completely fascinating!
With the tagline, "LEARN SOMETHING WEIRD", how can you go wrong? Here's more info, from their About page:

Expert talks on odd topics; odd talks on everything else.

Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures based in San Francisco, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.

We invite experts and amateurs alike to have a drink with us and share inspiring and strange tales so we can all learn something new.

Twice monthly at DNA Lounge, once a month at the California Historical Society June-Nov, 2014. Occasionally elsewhere.

Want your own logo mugs? Contact us now!


Seattle Times Features February 10 2015, 0 Comments

This may be old news, but we've been featured in The Seattle Times, twice!

Brighten your dreary mood with some color therapy! Grab your own Astronaut Love mugs here, or from City Peoples Mercantile. Read the Seattle Times feature here.

 

Buy your own "I like it here" travel mugs here, or from Portage Bay Goods in Fremont. Read the Seattle Times feature here.


Curvy or Classic: Cocktail Glass Opinion Poll February 09 2015, 0 Comments

Our age-old debate at Badger HQ: Curvy or Classic?

CURVY Rocks Glasses -

Pros: fits nicely in your hand, looks like a stemless wine glass, sort of non-traditional
Cons: It's hard to put stencils on curved glass, so there are more imperfections in the etching, some designs don't work at all, or need to be sized down quite a bit, some giant ice cubes are too big to fit inside

CLASSIC Lowball (Double Old Fashioned) Glasses -

Pros: All designs look fantastic on this glass, giant ice cubes fit easily
Cons: This classic design might not feel as modern or exciting as a rounded glass, it may not be as appealing for wine drinkers

We've been offering both cocktail glass shapes for a long time, but continually wonder if we should discontinue one of them so we can keep our inventory streamlined. Both glasses hold 10oz, and are $18 apiece. What do YOU think?


Last Minute Love - Shop for Valentine's Day Now! February 09 2015, 0 Comments

Shop now for Valentine's Day
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's, Galentine's, or Palentine's Day this Saturday the 14th, we've got you covered with last minute gifts to show you love your bestie. At $25 and under, these cups will be used everyday, and pair perfectly with the apple of your eye's favorite beverage. We'll even gift wrap them for you!

Globe and Mail Feature for Valentine's Day February 05 2015, 0 Comments

The Globe and Mail featured our Anatomical Heart Mugs, for Valentine's Day, along with a selection of other great anatomically correct gifts!

Get your heart mugs here! Check out our romantic collection of products that use hearts in the designs.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/valentines-day/i-heart-you-ventricles-arteries-chambers-and-all/article22785230/


My Year of Making Challenge January 20 2015, 0 Comments

patterns and colored pencil sketches

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!

knit Rikke hatBeef stew and corn muffins from Best Recipes

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:

Ballyhoo

2oz bourbon
1oz (or less if you like) Rose's lime
Bitters
(I like 4 dashes or so)


bourbon cocktailromantic heart sketches for Valentine's Day

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.

sketching bugs, playing with fat markersgeometric colored pencil sketch

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?
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5VT3WWC


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 this Saturday & Sunday from us at Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale!
Booth #104, right near the entrance to Hall D!
We'll have new designs like Sugar Skull, Fox, Bee, and more! Contact us in advance if you'd like to pick up an online order from us there.

Shop Local! December 05 2014, 0 Comments

Hey, Seattle!

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:

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)

Locals can always use coupon "PICKUP" for free pickup on all orders from our studio in Portland, Oregon

❆ HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES ❆

12/16 USA
12/9 Canada
12/1 Everywhere Else + US Military


Shop Gift Sets Now


See us at Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale November 20 2014, 0 Comments

We're only doing one holiday show this year, and it's Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale in Portland! Come see us December 13th & 14th 11-6 at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall D, for Buy 3 Get 1 Free savings.
You may recall that we normally go to Seattle for Urban Craft Uprising at this time of year, but we will NOT be attending this time, much to our disappointment. We hope to be back in Seattle next summer!

New Brass Pendant Designs Are Here November 11 2014, 0 Comments

New etched brass pendants just arrived from @rubygirljewelry!!
We just got in some new etched brass pendants, made for us by local friend, rubygirl jewelry! Snag one of these honey bees, chickens, foxes, or sugar skulls right away, since we only have 2 of each.

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

open studio flyer color

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

Bread and Badger mugs featured in Nails Magazine

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

We've gotten a lot of requests for extra-large travel mugs, since our standard size just isn't big enough for true caffeine addicts, and we totally hear you! Now, you can order any of our standard designs on a Mega 20oz Travel Mug!
The first one of these that we had the pleasure of making went to a customer who gets the concept of BIG. Our Sasquatch (Bigfoot) design seems especially appropriate on one of these monstrous vessels.
These 20 ouncers aren't double-walled like their smaller cousins, so a hefty handle will keep you from hurting your delicate fingers when it's full of hot stuff. A small footprint means it will fit in all your car cupholders--even the ones that are only designed for soda cans!
(Photo send by a happy customer, used with permission.)

Customer Story: Virality Coffee October 16 2014, 0 Comments

A local coffee roaster just opened up shop by the name, Virality Coffee, and we're lucky enough to have been made some great mugs for them.
They even have coffee subscriptions, and this great Office Survival Kit which includes one of our mugs!

New Sugar Skull Designs for Halloween and Day of the Dead October 06 2014, 0 Comments

sugar skull pint glass gift sets

Our new sugar skull design is just in time for Halloween and the Day of the Dead! What will you drink from your spooky skull cup?

Mugs: $25 / $90 for a set of 4 colors

Travel Mugs: $25 / $48 for a set of 2 colors

Pint Glasses: $18 each / $34 for a set of 2 / $65 for a set of 4


Happy National Manufacturing Day! October 03 2014, 0 Comments

All our glasses and mugs are sandblasted in-house in Portland, OR. Check out our sandblasting process here, or view our Facebook gallery or production photos.

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? 

http://theabundantartist.com/shopify-hosted-solutions-review-artists/


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?

Mugs: $25

Travel Mugs: $25

Pint Glasses: $18

Rocks Glasses: $18


This is Why We Test Products First August 21 2014, 0 Comments

pink cup samples

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 Comments

A 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

In June, a customer bought an orange Honey Badger mug from us, and I didn't think twice about it. About a month later, she wrote to say that she'd recently bought a Jeep Wrangler, and was wondering if I could paint the honey badger onto her spare tire cover. Now, a painter I am not, so I declined the offer but gave my blessing to anyone that she could find who could accomplish this crafty task.
I eagerly awaited word, and sure enough, she found someone to paint an orange honey badger for her! I love this so much.
If anyone else out there uses our art for a personal embellishment project, please send me pictures so I can share it!

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.

Blessings,
Glenna

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