How the Moscow Mule Got its Name (and its Shiny Copper Mugs)

How the Moscow Mule Got Its Name and Shiny Copper Mug

What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold cocktail of vodka, ginger beer, lime, and a sprig of mint served in a shiny copper mug?

The answer, of course, is “I can’t think of anything that would be more refreshing and now I want a Moscow Mule real bad”.

So what is this drink, how did it get its name, and why is it so special that it gets its very own copper mug? Continue reading

12 Vintage Coffee Signs

Vintage Coffee Signs Gift Ideas

Vintage coffee signs create an aura of trendy timelessness in your coffee shop, kitchen or breakfast nook. If you’re in the hunt for a coffee-theme kitchen gift for a caffeine junkie, you’ve come to the right place. Here is our roundup of twelve fun, funny, colorful, and classy vintage coffee signs. Grab a cup o’ joe and enjoy!

1. Personalized Vintage Art “Coffee Shop” Sign

Vintage Coffee Sign Gift Ideas

This nifty vintage-style coffee shop sign includes your name (on the top) and a custom line (“Little Creek – California”) across the bottom.

2. Vintage Espresso Sign

Vintage Espresso Framed Wall Decor Sign

Available with or without a frame, this 16-inch vintage coffee sign reads “Espresso” in classy lettering. Ideal as a gift for the true espresso connoisseur.

3. Vintage Coffee Sign: You Can Sleep When You’re Dead Distressed

Vintage Coffee Sign Gift Ideas

“Coffee! You can sleep when you’re dead!” We all know it, but it’s good to hear the reminder now and again. The overly-perky, already-caffeinated, steaming-coffee-cup-wielding 1950’s-retro gal helps reinforce the idea.

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4. Best Hot Coffee In Town Vintage Sign

Antique tin coffee sign

“The Best HOT COFFEE in Town Served Here” – and only 5 cents! What a deal! This reproduction has the distressed look and feel of the truly authentic vintage coffee signs, made from tin and ready to hang.

5. Vintage Coffee Signs: I Love You More Than Coffee

Vintage Coffee Signs

“I love you more than coffee (but please don’t make me prove it).” These vintage coffee signs are hand-painted on reclaimed wood. A light-hearted gift for a couple who loves coffee.

6. Instant Human: Just Add Coffee Sign

Vintage Coffee Signs Gift Ideas

Ever feel this way? Always feel this way? Ever not feel this way?

7. Vintage Coffee Signs: Open 24 Hours

Vintage Coffee Sign Espresso Decor

“Open 24 Hours: *Coffee Shop* We serve the best coffee in the world!” Cool colors and retro sci-fi fonts make this coffee shop sign a winner.

8. Vintage Coffee Shop Metal Sign

Metal Personalized Coffee Shop Sign

Personalized vintage-style coffee shop sign, includes your name and location along with two steaming cups of java.

9. Coffee Roaster Sign Personalized

Personalized Vintage Coffee SignsAntique-style vintage coffee signs, personalized for your Coffee Roaster friend or family member with a custom hanging name board. “Let me turn your choice beans into gold!” – “When the pot’s on – we’re open!!” – “Blended to perfection for distinct taste & aroma.”

10. Bottomless Coffee Cup Vintage Sign

Vintage "bottomless coffee cup" sign“Hot Coffee – Bottomless Cup: 10c” Great little coffee cup vintage style sign. Not quite as affordable as the 5 cent cup above, which is why this sign is ranked a bit lower on our *totally official* and **completely exhaustive** list.

*This list is actually not totally official.
**This list is actually not completely exhaustive.

11. Caffeine Problem Vintage Coffee Sign

Coffee Humor Sign

“I don’t have a problem with caffeine, I have a problem without it!!!” A little caffeine humor about your addiction never hurt anybody.

12. Hot Coffee Vintage Sign

Vintage Coffee Decor“Hot coffee – The Best Drink of All” Amen!

Which is your favorite of these vintage coffee signs?

10 Super Cute Doormats

10 Cute Doormats

What better to welcome in the New Year than an adorable, cute, or fun doormat? Here are ten of the best doormat designs we’ve found on the interwebs. These will be perfect for your home, or as a housewarming gift for a friend.

1. Cute Owl Doormat from KikkerlandSuper Cute Doormats2. Cute Key Doormat from Mod Cloth

Adorable Doormats3. Union Jack Doormat from Heal’s

Cute Doormats4. Cute Dance Step Doormat from Chiasso

Dancing Doormat

5. Cute Hot Air Balloon Doormat from Wal-Mart

Balloon Doormat6. Cute Leafy Doormat from Crate & Barrel

Cute Doormat with Leaf Design7. Cute Simpli-City Doormat from Mod Cloth

Cute City Scene Doormat8. Cute Waterlily Doormat from Pure Home

Cute Doormats9. Cute Playful Cat Doormat from Organize-It

Cute Doormats

10. Cute Cassette Doormat from Fab

Tape B Doormat