A little inspiration: A refurbished school bus gets a new leash on life as a travelling cabin!

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I was in need of a bit of inspiration this morning and this refurbished Canadian school bus had me at hello.

In ten days this trusty 1979 GMC / Bluebird 36-seater school bus was transformed by Marco Khalil and Caroline West, owners of pop-up vintage shop Eight Inch Rule. Impressive. First everything in the bus was stripped out: the seats, stanchions, heaters. The floor was covered in vinyl, a timber day bed was fitted as well as out cute pieces of furniture sourced from many flea market visits. When not serving as a mobile store of travelling wares, the bus doubles as a camper for the two when they hit the road each Summer.

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Images by Caroline West, with thanks.

Thrifty Thursday: Cocktail Hour with The Mason Shaker by W & P Design

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It’s time to bring cocktail hour to the campsite. And seriously, why the hell not? The days are long and busy and what better way to fill that funny time after lunch and before dinner than with a cheeky cocktail or two? And this Mason Shaker is the perfect piece of cocktail kit. Designed by W&P Design, a Brooklyn-based firm run by two Southern boys who happen to be best friends. Together they create products inspired by their combined love of vintage Americana, southern sensibility and New York industrialism.

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It’s these “sensibilities” which led to the creation of their fabulous Mason Shaker – a product that naturally came about when Josh’s obsession with vintage kitchenware collided with Eric’s “uncanny ability to fashion impromptu drinking tools at a moment’s notice”. Love it! So, as the story goes, “after one too many mint juleps poured from a poorly-modified Mason Jar one summer, the idea for a better (and cooler) cocktail shaker hit us like a double shot of bourbon.”

masonshaker_1masonshaker_2It’s $US29 and you can order yours from here. Just promise me you’ll check out the fab cocktail accessories here too!

And even though it’s Thrifty Thursday, you could quite justifiably convince yourself to stretch to their divine Cocktail Kit, perfect for cocktail hour around the campfire.

cocktailkit_1cocktailkit_2The Cocktail Kit has everything you need for shaking up drinks on-the-go, all packed in it’s own custom W&P Canvas + Leather Mason Bag (in navy or white) to carry it all.  The Kit includes the bag, a Mason Shaker, a Muddler, Jigger, four Linen Cocktail Napkins and four Glass Picardie Tumblers. It’s $279 and you can order it here.

Hey, it’s always cocktail hour somewhere …