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Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's better than art on your walls?

Answer: Mosaic art made from your favorite beer bottle caps

I very much encourage all of my friend's creative ventures, especially if it means making them a few extra bucks. I have stood by and helped my friends make art out of crayons and a hair dryer based on something that looked awesome on Pinterest. I have helped my friends make countless holiday cookies in multiple adorable ways. I have joined in on the occasional pottery painting session at As You Wish. And tonight, I bring you my latest investment in one of my friend's creative ventures.

One of my very dear friends, Brooks, from college recently started his own Etsy business called Capital Bottle Caps. Because I'm an incredible friend with a large, giving heart, I took him up on the offer for one of his custom mosaics made with my absolute favorite bottle caps.

Here's a picture of us circa Summer 2007. Isn't he a hunk?

Let's start with the piece he did for me. He made me an amazing stiletto heel out of Miller High Life beer bottle caps. As many of you know, I own more than 200 pairs of shoes and since Miller High Life is the champagne of beers, it suites me absolutely perfect. Here's a photo of my mosaic and another angle on his original prototype of it.

As you can see, these come in a black or white shadow box frame which is quite sturdy. When I requested the stiletto, he send me two drafts and a preview of my mosaic before he put it together and shipped it out. I knew exactly what I was getting, which is nice, and its a great addition to the rest of my shoe art in my bedroom.

Some other examples of his awesome mosaics include an ode to our love of DC. I'm considering getting these bad boys for my wall as well. They're just so frickin' cute. Any of you DC dwellers who read this blog NEED this pair. Its certainly a great conversation starter at all of the swanky cocktail parties you'll be hosting going into election season (or more like decorating your sad, bare cube in the campaign office while you weep silently under your desk while stuffing field canvass packets).

Next up is the Dartmouth Block "D," and Brooks said he can work with customers on fitting college logos for their alma mater. I suspect this is a popular idea for people who have actual pride in their collegiate sports teams and such. I personally couldn't care less about the college I attended and certainly have no interest in displaying their logo anywhere but on the handbasket I'm riding to hell in.

Capital Bottle Caps is on Etsy at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/
CapitalBottleCaps. Any customer can reach Brooks at this address. He generally respond within 24 hours and should be able to turn around on a draft of a design within 24 hours after that. Depending on the size and complexity of the order, he can have it complete within 2 weeks (usually).

I recommend that you grab one of these pretty babies before he starts get all rich and famous and successful, raising his prices and such. Right now, these are a great deal and you get a very neat, original piece of art to hang in your home. I actually wish I could get a huge poster sized version of my smaller Stiletto heel artwork to fit over my desk.

Get on it, Bitches, these are the best thing since 100 calorie packs of chocolate covered pretzels.


  1. AWESOME! Also, I recently made that crayon art with a hair dryer you spoke of... It's pretty groovy.

  2. My crafty friend promised me a heart shaped crayon art piece...and its gonna be real groovy.

  3. I never knew Brooks was such an artist! In lieu of an AU piece, I'd like a life size penis made out of Natty caps to commemorate my collegiate experience.