Nicolas T., a Horticulture student at my work, came up with the idea for an herbal tea product during an entrepreneurship class. Over the past 12 months our department has watched his idea rapidly develop, culminating in a product launch at the campus food co-op last week.
Taking off on his initial product idea, Nicolas grew Tulsi, Skullcap, and other ingredients for his tea blend in the UMD Community Learning Garden. He then navigated the bureaucracy of both the University AND state food safety laws to create a market-ready product: Terrapin Tea. If you have ever worked for a state-run organization, then you understand what a significant feat of tenacity and perseverance this is.
In addition to his pursuit of product viability, Nicolas harvested tea seven days a week, worked full-time at an off-site internship, dehydrated and packaged tea leaves at the Maryland Food Co-op, and still made the Dean’s List.
In exchange for some of said product, Nicolas asked me to design his Terrapin Tea logo. When his product launched at the Maryland Food Co-op on campus last week, I jumped at the opportunity to take some photos.
My co-worker, Heather, wrote a very engaging article about the entire process. I highly encourage a read! The rest of the photos I took are available on Flickr.
Nicolas (right) describing his product to Larisa and Amy.
When I saw the Buzzfeed article 6 Easy Holiday Gifts You Can Give Everyone in Your Squad, I knew that I must realize my dream of creating poop emoji Christmas ornaments. Unfortunately I didn’t see this article until December 22nd, so I made them the Wednesday after Christmas. Womp womp.
Additionally, I somehow managed to delay the posting of this until February. Also womp.
However, because I spent most of an afternoon purposely turning Sculpey and glitter into twinkly poops, I feel that I now can share some helpful photos with you should you choose to embark on the same adventure. Click the photos to enlarge.
The instructions showed eyes and smiles made out of white Sculpey. Instead, I decided to paint them on. I did this prior to applying the adhesive and glitter.
Don’t waste $8 on Martha Stewart glitter. Glitter is glitter.
Spray with several light coats of adhesive. Then lightly sprinkle the glitter on and allow the adhesive time to set. Follow with clear coat after the adhesive is dry. Complete these steps outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. See the next photo for more spray adhesive tips.
When you use spray adhesive, it is better to hold the can away and do a few light coats than to aim the can directly at the poop.
If you went to Delmar Elementary School with my dad, Walter Hovatter, from 1963 to 1964 – Here is your class photo. Dad is in the second row from the top, fourth from the left. I had my photo taken on the same stage many times, roughly 35 years later.