Friday Fancies

Happy Mothers’ Day weekend! Between us, we’ll cover ground in four states this weekend for assorted festivities – here’s to safe travels, sunshine and some very special ladies in our lives.

We’ve spent the week knee-deep in custom monogram designs, which (would you believe) go hand in hand with cocktails; Jack was particularly excited to have tracked down a bottle of the brand new Wire Works gin for his martini. We’ve been following GrandTen’s progress since they began their permitting process to distill in Boston, and it’s fun to finally have their (rather excellent) product in our hands. A vodka and a rum are in the works, and GrandTen hopes to have their space in Southie ready to go for tours, tastings and sales this summer. Follow their progress on facebook and twitter, or head to their site to learn more and find your own bottle. (image credit: Union Jack Creative)

We have a trip to the left coast in our future, and with transit planning comes my penchant for pining after new bags. This morning, this gorgeous tote arrived in my inbox (email, sadly, not in person). Handmade by Beka Forney of Louise Goods for Of a Kind, the Landscape Tote is realistically not capacious enough for my life – which is for the best, since this beauty sold out within hours. For more lovely leather from Beka, check out Louise Goods; for an interview with her and a peek behind the scenes, click through to Of a Kind. (image credit: Of a Kind)

It’s not quite beach weather yet in these parts, but this augmented reality sandbox seems like it would brighten even the dreariest of afternoons. A Kinect 3D camera and a projector allow for real time adjustments in topography to be portrayed on the sandbox itself; water flow can also be simulated and projected in real time. A team from the UC Davis W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences built the box as part of an NSF-funded project on informal science education. How cool is that? (video credit: okreylos)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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