In Production: Beta Testing Results In!

 

 

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Turns out beta testing is very fun.

Let’s start from the beginning…

Test Subject: Avocado Delight

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Brand Spanking New

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“Tequini” from See, Mix, Drink by Brian D. Murphy– Delicious!

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“Poolside Bar”

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Oops! 

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Drying out

Check out this slideshow to see the places we beta tested our coasters. Secondary results indicate that all restraurants were terrific! We highly recommend each of them if you visit Northern Michigan!

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It was fun to see the reaction of our servers when they brought out our drinks- They universally noticed them and liked them!

 

In summary, the coasters were up for the thorough testing we gave them. They traveled well, supported our drinks well, got the right kind of attention and even survived a dip in a lake!

Test Subject 2: Alter Ego

 I saw these icons on my brother and sister-in-law’s  Netflix opening screen. Each person in the household had their own Netflix profile picture that they chose. I thought it would be fun for each person to be represented on a coaster so I made these as a birthday present for my wonderful sister-in-law.

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Testers reported that the coasters were being used and holding up to the rigors of heavy drinking…no, I don’t think that is what was said. They work well.

Final results: Success!  

(Also, testing indicates that I tend to order wine and my husband orders beer.)

If you would like to do your own “product testing” check out our Etsy Store!

 

In Production: Coasters

 

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Here is a behind the scenes look at product development at Chillymink!

As I continue to wait for my avocado trees to bear fruit, I decided to make something with the image of one. Now I just had to figure out what…

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I found my answer after finding a cool book about making cocktails from the library.

Coasters.

Now it is time to see how well they work!

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Let the Beta-Testing Begin!

To see how and where they go check out my Instagram or Facebook!

I Have an Idea: Avocado Gone Wild

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I always wanted to grow an avocado from the pit.

I remember my sister starting one when we were kids and thought it would be fun to start one myself someday.

I never thought of what I would do with it if, in fact, it actually grew. I never really thought about what an avocado actually grew on–  a bush,  a tree, a vine like a pumpkin? I didn’t grow up around them.

I guess I never thought I would actually successfully start an avocado and would figure it out once it happened.

So one day after eating a delicious avocado I thought- why not give it a go?

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I remember my sister suspended the pit over some water with toothpicks so that it was partially submerged in water. I found some toothpicks and checked online which end should be submerged.

The water became cloudy, so I replenished it.

I waited.  No roots or leaves after several weeks. (It may have been months since I stopped looking.)

I noticed it doing nothing one day and wondered if I should just give up. I was planting some herbs so thought I might as well just stick the pit in some dirt and see what happened.

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It grew.

I put it outside its first summer, and that almost did it in until I read that it should be shaded. I put it under a tree.

It grew some more.

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I brought it in for the winter and soon I needed to provide it some support with something long and steady. I used my large umbrella. It stood a little straighter. I never thought it would grow so large.

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I am running out of room for it. But I love it.

I’ve read that it won’t bear fruit unless I have another one.

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And that’s how my house became overrun with avocado bushes. I may need to build a shed!