This may be the product that we’ve produced that makes me the most happy. To make this sign we take some old reclaimed barn siding, white wash it, and then laser engrave the Love graphics with a couple’s names & anniversary date. We originally made this for ourselves but when I texted it to one friend she wanted one and three of her friends wanted one. So now we’re selling them until our barn wood supply runs out.
You can purchase on Etsy or Amazon for only $30
Winter was late in coming to Ohio this year and the weather people say you can blame El Nino. December was one of the warmest on record here in southwest Ohio, but this weekend ushered in the return of winter. The cold and snow has come just in time for the great tradition of socially drinking beer indoors to raise money for good causes. These events get us out of our homes to escape the cabin fever that 15 degrees and stale snow packs create. A night away from our homes to revel in school gyms and art institutes with fine food and alcohol is just the right way to beat the winter blues.
This year since we now have our business we’re planning on setting up booths at a few of these events. The first event will be the Dayton Brew Ha-Ha which is a fundraiser for the Montessori School of Dayton. It will take place on Saturday, January 30th and tickets are $35 or $50 for VIP status. We’ll be there selling stock design beer caddys, wall mounted bottle openers, hand held bottle openers, and premiering our new growler caddys. The event website is www.brewhahadayton.com if you want more details.
Getting our daughter to go to sleep at night can sometime be a chore ever since she switched to her toddler bed. She seems to decide she wants to stay up especially on nights that we have a lot of orders to fulfill. Now I’m only human and can only read so many stories in the dim light of her room without the urge myself to fall asleep myself. So I started the bedtime process by watching something that was completely boring to her on Netflix then moved to reading only one or two books to finish putting her to bed. One of those shows I really started watching was Black Dawg Salvage. The show instantly struck a cord with me as they take and reuse different pieces from old homes/buildings and sell them to be re-purposed.
One day I got bored and googled to see if Dayton, Ohio had any place similar where I could by reclaimed items and start incorporating the material into laser engraved items. It turns out that we happen to have a great place called Dayton Restoration and Reclamation and their warehouse isn’t far from where we live. When I stopped by I was amazed at the selection and it wasn’t long before I had a shopping cart filled with items for a Christmas gift. So I went home with my new (to me) treasures and built a six pack holder and had Cara come up with a design for the intended recipient. The beer caddy is built with an old painted board as the shell, a spindle for the handle, a piece of flooring as the inside dividers, and some old fencing as the sides. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but filled with a six pack of Breckenridge Christmas Ale it was the hit of the Christmas party.
Needless to say that we’ve been back to Dayton Restoration and Reclamation several times since the first trip. We’re coming up with a line of products from the old lumber and have taken many orders for customized items including some furniture. I’ll keep posting some of our projects with reclaimed wood here as we complete them.
I used to have a teacher who told me that each person’s handwriting was as unique as a snowflake. At the time I thought she was just telling me that to make me feel better about my horrible handwriting. However looking back her snowflake analogy was perfect. We use our handwriting to make our mark on the world before we melt away.
This Christmas season we were given the chance to help a friend keep the memory of her mother in law alive through a recipe card. She found three of her MIL’s favorite recipes, scanned them, sent them over to us, and we were able to laser engrave it on a cutting board to create the perfect gift. As the recipients opened their gifts tears flowed and it was truly a Christmas gift to remember.
We’d love to do more of this work so please feel free to contact us if you want anything a loved one has written transferred to a cutting board or other item. Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea of something you want done and we’ll try our best to make it happen.