Once upon a time, I was a professional Barista at Bully Blends. Well, professional is a stretch, but at least I was ridiculously good at making latte art and preparing "high tea." Ahh, those college years spent working way too much and living at coffee shops studying like crazy... I actually kind of miss them. Thankfully, I took on other hobbies besides business, marketing, and frat parties. I learned how to sew.
In the basement of this lovely little coffee shop, among storage and dust, laid a pile of unused burlap coffee bags. They once carried the fantastic green coffee beans that we roasted ourselves, but for the time being, no one wanted them. I decided to "upcycle" them for my next sewing project. In a time where the "green movement" seemed to be at its highest, I thought I'd make two totes, from recycled materials, that were intended to prevent the use of plastic bags. I branded them with the name "Humungo & Bunk" and hand stitched on their labels. As far as where that name came from? ...lets just say it came to me.
I lined both bags with fabric gathered from thrift stores. In fact, each bag cost me practically nothing to make (except my time) and both were sold at Bully Blends for around $100.00 a piece. Okay, I was surprised by the pricing myself... I mean, I know I'm good but not that good! The owners of the shop decided on how much to sell them for and they actually sold. It was a really fun project and I made some extra cash during college, but now I almost wish I still had one. I guess I'll just have to make more.
Make something out of storage and dust, it's fun. "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." -Jonathan Swift
Lastly, on the interwebs and in my thoughts:
Always inspiring, Apartment Therapy and their colorful stairs.
A new blog to follow, A Day With Kate, and she makes me want to bring back snail mail. In fact, that's one thing I've tired to be better at, or at least it's the person I want to be... the girl who always sends you cards.