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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!

Custom 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


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.

Anatomical Heart Mug

Hi Amanda:  My name is Rocky Bishop, and I reside in Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.  I am a Registered Nurse and work in an area where we preform angiograms and angioplastys.  (Stents to the arteries surrounding the heart).  I just received a mug from your business with a "heart" on the side.  It was a gift from my daughter for Fathers Day.  I just wanted to say THANK YOU, for the great work, it is amazing.  The detail is awesome, it actually looks somewhat like the real diagrams we use at the hospital.
THANKS AGAIN,
Rocky Bishop


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.

Comforting Mugs

Inspire calm and contentedness in your morning coffee routine with a mug that proves you are exactly where you're supposed to be.

$25, breadandbadger.etsy.com

 

visit: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/state-shaped-home-items#slide-9X


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

follow Emily on Twitter: twitter.com/emilymerc08

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!


Shop Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Spring Sale May 09 2014, 0 Comments

Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Spring Sale

This Saturday, May 10th
11am-6pm
Oregon Convention Center, Hall D, Booth #18
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Sean will be selling our wares at Crafty Wonderland's big event tomorrow! Come down to get new designs (Airplane, Chicken, Dragonfly, Crochet Yarn), as well as 50% off lowball glasses, juice glasses, and wine glasses. Grab last minute Mother's Day gifts, and get a head start on Father's Day shopping. Get there early before we sell out of your favorites!

Still Time to Shop for Mother's Day May 01 2014, 0 Comments

We make Mother's Day shopping easy for you with our Gift Guide for Mom to narrow down your selection to the very best options. Order by May 5th to have it delivered by Mother's Day (May 11th, 2014). Let us gift wrap it for you, to save even more time!


Interviewed by Cake PDX April 24 2014, 0 Comments

We recently chatted with Cake PDX about our business. This site is a great resource for small business folks, and we shared some of our tips for growing and finding your customers.

Let us know what other questions you might have, after reading the article!


Featured on Dansko blog April 23 2014, 0 Comments

Our bright tangerine orange Anatomical Heart Coffee Mug was featured on the Dansko (yes, the clog company!) blog! I've been a fan of Dansko's shoes for years, since I was selling them in a shoe store in Cambridge, MA, so this is pretty darn cool.

 


Pay What You Want for new Crochet Designs! April 22 2014, 0 Comments

We want to share our newest crochet hook and yarn ball design with you, at a value you're excited about! Don't delay, because this sale is almost over!

Now through April 24th, choose the value of our newest designs!


Featured in Paste! April 22 2014, 0 Comments

Our Oregon Pint Glasses are #38 on Paste Magazine's 50 Ways to Show Your State Pride guide! Get your state here.

From their site:

Proud of your Oklahoma origins but concerned that nobody knows it? Love living in Illinois but not sure your communicate that fact effectively in your public persona? Wish you had a more sophisticated way to publicize your Indiana roots than your dad’s Colts mug?
We’ve rounded up some well-designed state pride gear that will announce your allegiance to home or affection for your heritage.

We're Hiring! April 21 2014, 0 Comments

Bread and Badger is hiring!

Think you'd be a great addition to our team of fearless badgers? Sean and Amanda are silly, sarcastic, and upbeat. We've built our bootstrap business from the ground up, starting in Boston, MA in 2006. We're ready to hire someone for a steady position that we can train on all of our production and shipping tasks. We will rely on you to be our company's backbone! This is a great opportunity to have a satisfying job, making high quality, unique gifts that will be treasured forever by our fantastic customers. Plus, we're pretty fun to be around.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Reliable worker with a positive attitude in Portland, Oregon
  • A fast-learner who can follow directions carefully and has an attention to detail
  • Skills/Experience that are a plus:
    • Shipping, receiving, and production
    • Spreadsheets (OpenOffice) and computer POS/inventory systems (we use Stitch Labs)
    • Making screen printing screens, or similar
    • Sandblasting, working with air compressors
  • Good at working alone or closely with a very small team on somewhat monotonous and repetitive tasks
  • Can lift 36lb or more repeatedly throughout the day, and stand up for 8hrs

What we're offering:

  • A satisfying, fun work environment at a fast-paced, fast-growing family business
  • Trial period opening immediately, working up to 24-32 hrs/wk
  • Daytime work hours
  • Possible overtime during our busy holiday season
  • We'll start training in our home studio, then you'll help us move into our new warehouse in May, taking on more hours as our production is consolidated to one location.
  • Our warehouse is in a professional building in Parkrose, off of Airport Way near 122nd. It's across from daycare, the Leatherman factory, and in the same building as a cafe. We will have at least one coffee maker on the premises (because that is important!).

    What's the job?

    • Production:
      • Making stencils via an exposure and washout method according to a generated purchase order
      • Applying stencils to cups, masking them carefully and consistently
      • Sandblasting cups in a cabinet, while wearing a respirator
      • Washing stencils off in hot water
    • Receiving:
      • Receiving stock using corresponding paperwork
      • Bonus if you're comfortable using our online inventory management system, Stitch Labs
      • Organizing stock in warehouse so that it's easy to find
    • Shipping:
      • Picking warehouse stock using a picklist
      • Packaging it in boxes or bubble wrap
      • Gift wrapping
      • Packing individual orders using packing slips
      • Assembling shipping cartons, crumpling void fill, weighing boxes, applying shipping labels

    If all this sounds awesome to you, send your resume or a list of job skills and why you'd be good for the position to Amanda at breadandbadger [at] gmail.com


    50% Off Moving Sale! Help us follow our dreams to our new digs! April 07 2014, 0 Comments

    We have outgrown our digs and found ourselves a bigger Badger den! That's not in our home! This is giant, happy news for us and long overdue! We couldn't be more thrilled to be able to spread out and free up some much needed room in our living room (where this whole crazy thing started!!)

    How can you help, you ask? You are so sweet. What's better than being a buddy ol' pal  with a truck at moving time? Saving us a trip! Do your part in our 50% off sale! We have LOTS of discontinued glassware that needs new homes.
    Now is your chance to pick up something even more limited and unique from B&B! Act fast! Sale ends April 30th, while supplies last.

    Unicorn Skateboarder FACTS March 13 2014, 0 Comments

    The Celts (and Bread and Badger) believe the majestic Unicorn to be a symbol of grace, purity, of healing and of utter radness. Less is known of the Celts' thoughts on the common unicorn practice of riding skateboards...

    Many contemporary unicorn enthusiasts believe that the unicorn can fly. They cannot, that is the true myth (nor do they require protective headgear. Fact: Unicorns never, ever wreck.)

    These fantastical creatures prefer to keep it real and take it to the streets even though their magical splendor knows no limits. In fact, our newest design has shredded right out of your dreams and onto your glassware. Behold! Rumored to make all of your drinks taste like heaven. Shop now!  


    Fewer Products, Better Choices February 03 2014, 0 Comments

    Staying in line with the idea that we'd like our products to be packaged smartly and sustainably, we're having to make some tough calls about what we keep in stock. Our home studio is running out of storage space, and we can't afford custom-made boxes for everything we currently offer. This brings us to a few big decisions we've had to make for 2014:

    1. We're only going to keep pint glasses, mugs, travel mugs and rocks glasses in stock.
    2. We need to move into a warehouse.

    Don't panic! You'll still be able to request any of our other items with any of our designs on them. It will just take us a little time to get them through our production process. Currently, it takes 2-3 weeks for us to ship out custom requests, but we're working on ways to make that faster. I'm already working on ways to make custom orders easier to purchase.

    By keeping only our top-selling cups in stock, it's going to allow us to offer a lot more designs, which is super exciting! It also means we'll be able to focus more attention on wholesale accounts, so that you'll be able to buy our products in your neck of the woods without paying for shipping. Win-win, right?

    We're looking into getting a warehouse by this summer so we'll have more room to work and store our wares. Sometime after we settle in, we'll be able to introduce more cup styles again. I can't even tell you some of the secret things we have planned, but they are awesome. Tell us what you think in the comments below!


    Let Orion Light Your Way February 01 2014, 0 Comments

    The Orion constellation was probably the first one I learned to identify in the winter night sky, and it holds a special place in my heart. This celestial body is our latest space-themed design, matching nicely with our Astronauts in Love, Rocket Ship, and Astro Cat artwork. Each of those designs has recently seen a make-over, with loads of stars and planets added to better pair with Orion.

    New Designs, New Packaging! January 31 2014, 0 Comments

    We're thrilled to be charging into the new year! A skateboarding unicorn is already in production, with an historic WWII airplane, and lots of furry and feathered critters on their way soon. We're even planning to bring a few older designs back out from retirement.

    If you order pint glasses, travel mugs, or handled mugs from us, they'll also be packaged in our awesome new boxes! These boxes were a huge hit over the holidays, and helped make gift wrapping super easy.

    Not only do they help us share our story of how these products came to be, but they also eliminate the use of bubble wrap. We can't wait until we have locally-made cardboard boxes for all our products!


    Say, "I love you," with a fancy toast January 30 2014, 0 Comments

    Order by Feb. 6th for guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day in the USA

    Whatever your date night beverage of choice is, it's sure to pair nicely with our sturdy glassware. We just restocked our champagne flutes and wine glasses, so you can choose the perfect design to match your sweetie's personality.

    If you're the clumsy type (like me!), then perhaps stemless is safer. Our round rocks glasses are heavy-bottomed (also, like me--HEY-O), and are perfect for sipping wine, whiskey or cocktails. I seem to drink absolutely everything out of mine these days.


    New Packaging! December 10 2013, 0 Comments

    There has been a major development here at the Bread and Badger offices regarding packaging; Mainly, we have it now! And? It's awesome!

    This has been a really exciting couple of weeks for us what with our most successful year ever at Urban Craft Uprising and our lil' cameo in Forbes  and to that, we have a brand new look with imaging designed by our very own Amanda!

    The new cardboard boxes are recyclable and locally produced, easily wrappable if you're into those perfect origami corners and if not, slap a bow on that baby and call it good! No more bubble wrap! No more tissue paper! Plus, our contact information is right there and so are our mugs! Right next to your new mug...Right... 

    Available now with your Bread and Badger order! X

    Featured in the Oregonian December 09 2013, 0 Comments


    Interview in Forbes December 06 2013, 0 Comments

    I was just interviewed in Forbes about running a home business with employees! Read the story here.

    HUGE SALE - Black Friday thru Cyber Monday November 25 2013, 0 Comments

    Let's just agree that pants are a hassle. So why choose to wear them the very day after our biggest eating holiday? In fact, why be party to any standard hygiene practices on a day that is clearly meant for laziness? Let's make a pact not to trample one another over cheap socks, or brush our hair or teeth (maybe brush our teeth) and shop from home on Black Friday!

    Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Nov 29-Dec 2), we will be offering Buy 3, Get One Free on all our products. You can clear out your whole holiday shopping list with ease from the comfort of your goldfish boxers. We think you will find us a very welcoming, non-judgmental bunch over at Bread and Badger.

     

    The least expensive item will be considered the free one in every set, so look at it like this: if you decide on rocks glasses at $18 each, you are basically getting 4 of them for $13.50 each! The same deal for mugs would make them $18.75 each! Buying bulk is your buddy during this event.

    Great for host gifts, White Elephant, Secret Santa... All the hard to shop for people on your list use cups. All of the easy to shop for people too! Stock up now!

    How it works:

    Simply purchase any 3 items, and leave us a note during checkout for your 4th FREE item request. The 4th item must be of equal or lesser value to the other items in your order, or we'll recalculate your total and invoice you for the difference. If the item you've requested for your freebie isn't available immediately, we'll contact you for a second choice. Gift wrap/note cards must be purchased separately for each item.


    Interview and Giveaway at Urban Craft Uprising November 07 2013, 0 Comments

    We'll be selling our wares at Urban Craft Uprising's winter show this December in Seattle, WA.

    Read our interview with UCU, and find out how to enter our giveaway at the end!

    http://www.urbancraftuprising.com/bread-badger/


    Now Available at Rejuvenation! November 04 2013, 0 Comments

    We are thrilled to announce that Bread and Badger has been chosen--along with other Portland-area artists--to be featured at a trunk show for Rejuvenation (1100 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97214) on November 16th. They like us! They really like us! We had been forced into secrecy until now and it almost killed us. It brings us no pleasure keeping things from you.

    As part of the promotion, our holiday Oregon stag mugs (in red and green) and shot glasses will be available at all four West Coast locations (Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Berkeley) starting Nov 4th! That's today! Shop while supplies last, save on shipping and get out here and let us see your face on November 16th

    All of this early holiday planning (and shipping huge orders to a large retailer) has forced our already speeding ship into "Ludicrous Speed" with festive promotions for our famous mustache design, the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday weekend and? Wait for it...Brand. New PACKAGING!

    Lovely local, recyclable, easily wrap-able, slap-a-bow-on-that-baby, designed by Amanda PACKAGING! So yeah, tons happening over here.
    Locally, you have several options to find our glassware now including Rejuvination Hardware 1100 SE Grand Ave. Otherwise check our website for places to shop Nationally and online.  Happy holiday planning!

    Punch Cards are Here! October 24 2013, 0 Comments

    Bread and Badger Punch Card Rewards

    You told us the kind of rewards you wanted, and we listened!

    Punch Cards!

    With every item you purchase, you'll earn a punch toward a free item of your choice!*

    Get started shopping now, and get yourself something nice after you've reached 12 punches. Since this is such a sweet deal, you should tell your friends and family about it too.

    Referrals!

    If you send a new customer our way, we'll credit you with an extra punch toward your free item!*

    So, what are you waiting for? Share the news on Facebook, tweet about it, share photos of our products on Instagram and Pinterest... whatever it takes to earn yourself some free drinkware. Just make sure your friends tell us who sent them here, and you'll get the credit!

    *Some restrictions apply. Check out the full rules here.


    We Want to Reward You! September 23 2013, 0 Comments

    We're planning to start a punch card rewards program where you'll earn punches and redeem them for something awesome! We want to give you a reward that works best for you, so let us know what you want.

    Answer our one-question survey, and get a coupon for 20% off and a chance to win our giveaway of an exclusive etched water bottle just for helping us out.

    The coupon expires this Friday, 9/27/13, and we'll draw a random winner on Saturday, 9/28/13, so answer now!


    We're a FaveFind in Modern Dog Magazine! September 19 2013, 0 Comments

    Our tragically cute Sad Pug Mugs are a Fave Find in Modern Dog Magazine! Check out their recommendation, and share the love.

    New Brass Pendants August 08 2013, 0 Comments

    We have a new brass jewelry line, featuring our most popular designs! We teamed up with our friend, Shannon of rubygirl, who etched, cut, and shaped these beautiful pendants out of solid brass. She also added a patina and protective coating to the metal for a bold look that will last.

    Each brass pendant is strung on an 18" sterling silver chain and comes in a small gift box.


    Sharks are Here! August 05 2013, 0 Comments

    Great White Shark pint glasses

    Shark Week is upon us, so of course, our newest nautical design is a Great White Shark! This great new summer design is available on pint glasses, lowball glasses, rocks glasses, shot glasses, handled coffee mugs, and travel mugs. Wine glasses and champagne flutes are coming soon!

    Shark lowball glasses

    Shark shot glasses

    Shark whiskey rocks glasses

    Shark reusable travel mugs


    Pufferfish Rocks Glasses, the Cute Man Gift August 05 2013, 0 Comments

    Looking for a fun gift for a whiskey drinking man in your life? Our new puffer fish rocks glasses are the perfect shape for an expensive scotch, or a classy cocktail. Their heavy bottoms make them sturdy and pleasing to hold. They make great stemless wine glasses too, and you won't feel like you're going to shatter them whenever you set one down!

    These are one of our most popular glasses for groomsmen gifts, and the cute spiny pufferfish will always remind your friends of the beach wedding you had, or the silly summer antics you shared.