Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ruby Ale Jewelry

Yup, you heard me right.  We're talking about ruby ale jewelry today.

Let me give you the back story.  I met a group of fabulous friends on Twitter a couple of years ago.  We got along so well online that we started having tweetups and found out that several of us had a love of Ruby Ale made by the McMenamin Brothers here in the Portland and Oregon environs.  We all became just plain old friends, not tweets, and the tweetups turned into meetups at Edgefield (a McMenamin's outlet) and finally the meetups turned into Ruby Council (coined by Nick (Schnik), which is the hashtag label we use on Twitter to organize our gatherings.  Several of us have talked in the past about having badges or tee-shirts or SOMETHING emblazoned with "Ruby Council" to let people know who we are (they certainly hear us when we're together because there's lots of loud laughing and talking).  Ruby Council members decided to get together at another McMenamin's property, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, yesterday, and I decided to get busy and make badges finally for Ruby Council.

To make the OFFICIAL Ruby Council badges, I traced circles out of black felt and glued those to cut-out circles of bright red paper plates.  After that, red glitter glue and gold glitter glue were used to free-form decorate the badges.  Once the glitter glue was dry, I glued pins to the back and voila Ruby Ale jewelry was born:

I arrived first at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and sat out on the patio, had a Ruby Ale (natch) and handed each arriving Ruby Council member their badge as they arrived.  Each person pinned their badge on.  One member, who shall remain nameless, started to use it as a coaster, but was quickly reminded by several they needed to be wearing that badge proudly.  Anyhow, my friends and fellow Ruby Council members made my day by enjoying and wearing their new badges.  I wonder if anyone else on Ruby Council is going to come up with other "branded merchandise" for future council meetings?

UPDATE: I won't say which member, but someone on Ruby Council is working on some "branded merchandise" for next Ruby Council.  I love, love, love this because it just adds to the fun.  Remember, next Ruby Council meeting is at the Goose Hollow Inn, date yet to be determined, but I am really looking forward to that (possibly because it's one block away from my house, LOL, but truly it's all about fun and friends).

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