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!

 

Variations on a Theme: Barn Art

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Driving along a Northern Michigan country road, I not only saw an adorable mailbox and whirligig, but I also saw a beautiful barn with a quilt block painted on it. Since I recently learned about barn quilts during a lecture at my quilt guild, I was thrilled to see one in person.cm-michigan-barn-quiltfotor

This wasn’t the first barn quilt I had ever seen though.

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Last summer I saw a barn with quilt blocks painted on it in Oregon, but I didn’t know at the time this was a movement in rural communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.  I just thought I was looking at a really cool thing for someone to do- which of course it is!

Stay tuned for more art on very large canvases- buildings!

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Variations on a Theme: Marvelous Michigan Mailboxes

 

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I was driving with my husband through Northern Michigan a couple of weeks ago, and I was struck by how even in what I would consider the “middle of nowhere” there were fun mailboxes to be found!

This is what I saw:

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My first whirligig!

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I am not sure I would have noticed this mailboxes if I hadn’t started noticing them. How could that be? I think I would have missed it!

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I think I would have noticed this one!