A couple weeks ago, while my girlfriends and I were checking out an art show, we got into a ridiculous and hilarious conversation about an untapped market in town: swim up bars. We pictured tourists swimming in any number of beautiful lakes in Jasper National Park this summer, thinking something along the lines of, "What I wouldn't give for a margarita right now" and then POW, there they are at an amazing bar without even having to leave the water. Brilliant, right!? We thought so.
But then we realized, "Oh yah, we live in a national park in Canada, not a resort in Mexico, so it would probably be frowned upon to sell liquor to people swimming in a lake, with really, really deep, made-for-drowning areas. (Can I assume the swim up bars in Mexico are limited to really shallow pools where all drinkers are able to stand up if they so choose?)
Now, despite our initial defeat, it didn't stop us from brainstorming. We asked ourselves, "how else can we make drinking in public easier in the park?" And then it dawned on us... drinks from the sky! Imagine this, you're parched, you're walking around and you're dying for a beverage and then suddenly an adorable little parachute comes drifting down and attached to it is your beverage of choice. Nice, right?
Enter para-bevie. I made this hot air balloon inspired drink delivery system as a birthday gift for one of my girlfriends last week. She had totally forgotten about the previously mentioned conversation, so she had a good laugh when I pulled this out from behind my back.
I have to admit, I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out. It perfectly fits a mini bottle of wine.
To make your own, check out this pattern (I enlarged the pieces by about a third). For my basket, unlike the one in the pattern, I hot glued felt around a plastic flower pot and then just used a needle to thread the twine through. The whole project took me about three hours to complete, which—considering I did all of the stitching by hand—is pretty good, I'd say.
Have you made any fun crafts lately?