Who remembers this J&B holiday campaign? If you grew up in the 90s, you might remember it. It’s one I’ll never forget. I was probably 11 years old at the time and this campaign was the first ah-ha moment I had with advertising. I was sitting in the backseat of my parents car, stuck in downtown traffic on our way to see the city lights and holiday window displays. Bored out of my mind, I read every billboard on the highway and that’s the one that stood out. I didn’t even know what J&B was, but at 11 years old, I figured out that’s what was being advertised. It was simple and clever. Just the way I like it.
For the longest time, my supplies for making jewelry have been unorganized and all over the place. Everything would end up in piles on my desk and I’d have to push it out of the way to make room for my laptop. For a while, I had my eye on this cubby hole organizer, but did not want to pay that price. Plus, I didn’t like that you can only fit so much into a 5×5″ square and I really wanted some sort of pole involved to hang finished jewelry from. A few weeks ago, Kyle and I browsed through Roost on a whim and I that’s where I saw this. An old wooden toolbox! And the price? $69. It was perfect. I brought it home, turned it sideways and screwed it into the wall (using heavy duty anchors, of course). The dividers in the toolbox work perfect as shelves and the handle acts as a pole to hang my jewelry from. At some point I’ll change out the original handle (pole) for a skinnier dowel rod so I can fit the spools of chain on it, allowing more shelf room for materials. But this works great for now.
We made a stop in Memphis, Tennessee on our way down to New Orleans for new year’s. What a great town full of history and soul. Here’s just a few of the amazing typographic signage that we saw.