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Campfires. I have always loved them. My earliest memories of them are at Chaumont,NY. My grandparents had a cottage there when I was growing up. Grandpa had built the cottage and the firepit. The firepit was made of flat beach rocks he had piled up into a half circle to protect the fire from wind off the bay. It was right on the edge of the beach, where the grass ended and the rocky shore started. We had a campfire every night. Grandpa would spend hours sitting at it, just staring at it. I asked him once what he thought about and he smiled and said “not much…” It was fun to watch the fire, find faces and shapes in it, watch it dance. It was mesmerizing. My favorite childhood memories involve listening to the waves lap the shore while sitting at the campfire with grandpa. The smell of the smoke, the heat on our faces… If we were good grandpa would let my sister and I build little mini campfires along the outside edge of the big campfire. We would gather small flat rocks from the beach and build little firepits, then use twigs to make our own fires. Often our cousins were there at the cottage with us and of course we would toast marshmallows and make s’mores. They almost always had ash in them from the fire, giving them a smokey taste. We would all sit around laughing and talking and toasting marshmallows. But my favorite memories are still of sitting quietly with grandpa watching the fire dance for us.
When I met my husband he came with a campsite (bonus!). For the past twenty some years it has become a second home to me. The campfires there are always fun. Sometimes just with just us and our children, but more often with friends and neighbors. Learning to build a campfire was one of the first things my son most wanted to do when he was young. Now he builds most of them. Sleeping in his hammock in the woods nearby. Our friends all gather, sometimes to sit quietly and relax and exchange stories about our lives. Sometimes one of the kids breaks out their ukulele and they all start singing. Or acting out skits they learned at summer camp. Mostly we laugh. The campfire is a place to gather and unwind and relax with friends and family. I wonder if grandpa was remembering back to some of his campfires as a youth with his friends and family, doing the same things I am with mine. It really hasn’t changed much. Luckily.
Many mornings following campfires we still have hot coals. So my son throws some bacon over the fire. That brings out the neighbors. They arrive carrying eggs, bread, fruit, etc. and we feast. Sometimes our campfire breakfast lasts until noon. We all sit with our coffee and plan our day. Days spent doing our separate things. Swimming, boating, hiking, relaxing, etc. But we all wind up back together that night gathered around a campfire.
Campfires to me represent family, friends and all that is good and basic and pure. They have been there for me since I was a child, since my grandparents were children and back for generations. Campfires are for relaxing and connecting and making memories. Just the smell of one takes me back to those lazy summer nights in Chaumont with grandpa watching the fire and not thinking about much at all- just feeling the moment and loving every second of it.

How does insulation work in drinkware?

To understand, you first need to remember some high school science. Heat is transferred in three ways: Convection, conduction and radiation. Copper insulated drinkware works with all three.

In convection, heat transfer occurs when a liquid or gas — air, for example — moves. In other words, it works by moving heat from a hot liquid to the cooler air by the motion of the air. For example, when you blow on your hot coffee you are transferring the air particles, cooling the hot substance. In drinkware you want to prevent the heat from being transferred away from your liquid to keep it hot- or into your liquid to keep it cool. We accomplish this with the vacuum. There is a vacuum between the inside layer and outside layer. By eliminating gas from this space we eliminate the convection of the heat. There is little to no gas to transfer the heat through. Some of our drinkware comes with vacuum sealed lids- this would help eliminate convection cooling of your drink also. As the vacuums in drinkware are not perfect, and some lids are not vacuum sealed, eventually some convection occurs.

In conduction, the transfer of heat is through a conducting material, such as metal. Heat causes the molecules to start to move and transfer from the heated molecule to another molecule. This transfer continues until all the molecules around the hot molecule are hot. An example of this is putting a metal spoon in your hot coffee, it conducts the heat up the spoon and soon even the handle is hot even though it is not touching the hot drink. We eliminate heat being transferred out of your hot coffee (or tea, etc) with the double layer of stainless or acrylic. The interior layer does not touch the outside layer. This helps keep the outer layer cool for you to hold and prevents it from forming condensation when you have something cold in your drinkware. Simply put, the outer layer does not touch the inner layer so it does not come in contact with the temperature of the liquid. Double layered drinkware is very effective and usually suitable for casual coffee drinkers.

Radiant heat moves in a straight line away from your hot drink, heating up anything solid that it encounters. This form of heat doesn’t heat the air, it heats just solids. The metals that are in the direct path of the heat absorb it immediately. Once the metal has been heated up, they radiate that heat to other metals. Copper is an excellent conductor. It absorbs the heat the radiant energy is transferring to it immediately and radiates it back. Since the copper is attached to the inner layer of our drinkware this radiation of heat occurs right back into your drinkware. This helps keep your drink hot longer.


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Do not put our products in the dishwasher. Even if you really really think it will be ok. You would think my own children would know this. But yesterday my son very nicely loaded the dishwasher. Including my water bottle. I am very grateful he did the dishes. Now my water bottle is no longer round. And leans a bit. And is softer than it was. The lid fits still- so I am using it today.


But I am using this as a teachable moment. Please follow our recommended care instructions. Your bottles will last longer and look better. Since they likely have your logo on them, you want them to look their best for your customers and employees. We include cards inserted in almost all our products with care instructions. Sometimes customers request that we do not, or the shape or size of the bottle/mug does not allow us to stuff it.

I know, there are a lot of people out there who say that they are dishwasher safe- most of my suppliers do. But they do want to keep supplying me with drinkware- right? My research on plastics in general tells me that they should not be superheated as it effects the integrity of the plastic. Most residential dishwashers are probably safe- maybe not the “sanitation” setting- but regular wash. But my water bottle is proof that not all are ok. Of course, I would like to sell you more water bottles when yours eventually give out. But I would rather have you love the one you buy and use it for years and years to come. And have your customers and employees appreciate the quality of our products. If you had a really nice car would you put it through the drive through car wash? Or would you hand wash it?  Do you throw your good wool sweaters in the washing machine? Or hand wash and dry? This is the same thing. Take care of our products and they will look good and make you look good for years to come.

Thank you!


We just added a new category to our website. Bags, Coolers, Growler bags, Bottle bags, wine totes

Bags and coolers have been with us since the beginning back in 1996. So offering them is not new, they just have not been on the website. We have hundreds of great bags. I am starting off small with just a few that are specific to drinkware.

Six bottle wine tote, 6 bottle wine bag

We have several wine totes. From single bottle totes to six bottle totes. I personally look over each sample before we offer it to you. I really dislike those cheap tote bags that rip after a few uses. My totes live in my trunk and I use them every time I grocery shop- so they get a lot of use. I consider myself somewhat of an expert therefore- I know which ones have lasted and which have not. I look for not just what the tote is made of but also how it is made. I want the handles attached correctly- double stitched- preferably all the way down the bag. I want handles long enough to go over my shoulder to make them easy to carry. Also, you want totes in the colors you need. Colors that won’t rub off on your clothes (yes the cheap ones do!) And totes that will show off your logo the best. We do have totes other than wine totes- I will get those added soon. But you can email me if you want any and I can supply you with any size or color of grocery totes you need.

The insulated bags are new to me and I think exciting.

Bags, Coolers, Growler bags, Bottle bags, wine totes

We have insulated bags for growlers and water bottles. After my daughter spent way too much for a bottle cooler from a certain bag company I started looking for one to offer. This is just as nice if not nicer than the one she got. Plus you can put your logo on ours! Imagine you are at a trade show or convention and the other booths are handing out bottles of water (how very nice of them). You hand out this cute water bottle bag for them to put the bottle in- now your name is in their hands. And they will reuse your bag long after they have tossed that disposable bottle. OR double up- get custom printed water bottles from us to encourage environmentally friendly behavior. Now your custom printed water bottle is in an insulated bag. You have truly impressed your customers.

Insulated 64oz growler bag, growler cooler, carry bag for growler

Insulated growler bags are really cool also. We have a variety of great growlers to choose from. But if they are not in your budget- how about a growler bag? They are insulated and have removable carry straps. Let your customers put those other growlers (or custom printed ones from us) in these great bags. Now your name and logo is on the outside and getting promoted. This is a perfect giveaway for launching new craft beers! If you own a craft brewery or bar these would be a great holiday gift or thank you gift for your employees.

Watch for more great bags to get added. Let me know if you are looking for anything in particular- I am great at finding exactly what you need!

Thank you for reading this. Have a great day!

I found this on my travels through the internet today and thought I would share it:

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water , they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

*anonymous author