Favorite Things: A Picture a Day

 

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This is a bench! 

Many years ago I read an article about Carly Simon that I have thought about over the years but have never been able to see it through. In it she shared an activity that she incorporated into her daily routine. Every day she was sure to snap a picture using her polaroid camera. The pictures she took that were chosen for the article were candid family photos. I haven’t been able to recover my original article, but I remember her describing the daily picture taken over time became a photo essay of her life and the people in her life. What a lovely idea.

I just haven’t been able to make it a daily habit until now. So far this year… all 12 days of it!

I haven’t decided what to do with the picture a day but for now I am enjoying taking it!

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My picture taken today! 

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: Wine and Crackers and Benches (Oh My!)

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Where can you go for an anniversary trip that you didn’t give yourself enough time to plan for: the Finger Lakes!

We live a few hours away from the area, we have never been there, and I enjoyed Sonoma when I visited our son. Reasons enough! (Also, it was fall, and we were able to get a hotel on short notice.)

We had a great trip and are looking forward to going again soon.

Here are some benches we noticed between wine tastings!

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Montour Falls

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Montour Falls

Black-Bench

Montour Falls

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Elmira College

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Hill Top Inn Restaurant

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Glenora Wine Cellars

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Ravines Wine Cellars

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Urbana

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

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Buttermilk Falls

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Buttermilk Falls

Scottrade-Bench

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