The Buzz on Mead

Lately my husband has been turning our living space into brew stations. I encouraged the hobby with some beer brewing kits, not knowing what the takeover would look like. Not only have we been collecting and saving bottles for the brewing process but now he has decided to venture into brewing mead. I had no idea what mead was but I quickly learned it’s an alcoholic beverage that comes from honey, and I suppose it’s considered to be “brewed.” Well, we already happen to use a lot of honey at home, but since we don’t do anything half way we will soon be adopting a group of the cutest bees around! I think I was tricked into this idea since I have yet to find a type of mead I truly love; however, I’ve been told the hobby is here to stay!
Being the designer I am, of course I’m already researching and brainstorming label and branding ideas for our homemade brews. Before the pretty packaging here are some fun facts I’ve learned about mead:

1. Mead is it’s own category, like cider. 
Mead is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast and water. It can be flavored with various fruits as well. It isn’t classified as beer or wine in the typical sense, but stands apart in its own rank of alcoholic beverage.

2. It’s fancy! “Nectar of the Gods” 
Referred to as “nectar of the gods” by ancient Greeks, mead was believed to be dew sent from the heavens and collected by bees. Many European cultures considered bees to be the gods’ messengers, and mead was thus associated with immortality and other magical powers, such as Olympus-level strength and wit. For this reason, mead continued to factor heavily in Greek ceremonies even after its eventual decline in drinking popularity.

3. It’s *BASICALLY* healthy 🙂 
It was used medicinally in early England by infusing herbs of different varieties to heal various ailments.

4. Honeymooners?
Yep, honeymoon came from mead. The origin of “honeymoon” dates back to the medieval tradition of drinking honey wine for a full moon cycle after a new marriage. Supposedly the mead would ensure a fruitful union bearing plenty of children. Often mead was included in the bride’s dowry.

5. Mead is brewing all around
There are almost 250 meaderies in America currently. Even local mead festivals are cropping up and some chefs are using mead in their dishes.

Now that we know what mead is, here’s some packaging design and the last is our first homemade brew that I dutifully oversaw:

Stay tuned to see how the bee adoptions turns out!
For full article on mead see http://liquor.com/articles/10-facts-about-mead/#gs.MwTgxzk
Packaging: CODO design, Hired Guns Creative, Honey Creative and

 

Repurposing with Style

Even though Earth Day was almost a week ago, we are still celebrating it throughout Spring. So we are sharing some of our favorite repurposing opportunities that make great gifts and/or are easy to DIY.

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Our favorite finds on etsy are these can ornaments. It would be a great gift (I know so many coke addicts that would appreciate this) plus there are so many design opportunities!

09-altoids-tins-cork-07 mld106684_0311_tincans_297_vertAn idea that we do ourselves that would make cute gifts as well are these repurposed tins. Whether they are from mints, tea, canned goods etc. you can use them for all types of storage and add magnetics for the fridge! We also put small plants in the tea tins that are a good size for window sills.

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Leg warmers from old sweaters we have proven to be a success. Adding buttons  lace or edging is a nice touch too.

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Last but not least, these vase bottles look like an excellent way to reuse those wine bottles. They could even be candle holders. There are several tutorials floating around on how to cut them, but since we haven’t tried it yet we won’t recommend any process!

Green Beauty Packaging for St. Patrick

It’s St. Patrick’s Day so I have to share some green design to go with the lovely spring weather we are having here in Florida. The Dream Screen packaging is some much needed sunscreen from Benefit Cosmetics. I love the wooden textures paired with green for a crisp and clean look. I’m also a sucker for mint green.

“You can’t feel it, you can’t see it…but it’s got you totally covered.  Dream Screen broad spectrum SPF 45 silky-matte sunscreen is ultra lightweight and truly invisible on skin. It absorbs instantly to help prevent skin from aging by protecting against sun damage…and leaves skin feeling moisturized.  Dream Screen puts all other sunscreens in the shade! Oil-free. Fragrance free.”

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While we are on the subject of Green and Spring —> one of may favorite firms Pearlfisher created beautiful designs inspired by the British countryside. This design comes at a perfect time because several of my buds are traveling to the British countryside soon so I’ll be living vicariously through their photos.

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Snail Mail Boxes

I was just recently talking to a friend about BirchBox and BarkBox and the other potential goodies people can receive through subscription boxes when I saw today on 100 Layer Cake’s blog the new StudioWed Box. There are always new exciting things popping up for people planning their weddings making me, as well as others who are now married, envious. StudioWed Box looks like it could be the treat every planner needs. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the planning process, but it can definitely start to feel like a second job. The thought of having a box of goodies to help right when things get stressful could help keep your sanity! Samples and feedback along the way might just be worth the splurge-or it could make a great engagement gift. Check them out!

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